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How a 19th-Century Absurdist Playwright Accidentally Predicted Trump
Ubu Roi is newly relevant, thanks to our president.
Hannah Steinkopf-Frank
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Can We Have ’90s Roseanne Back, Please?
We need the old Roseanne’s working-class heroism now more than ever. We're better off with the reruns than the reboot.
Kate Aronoff
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Working Night and Day, for 1,000 Years
A new book tells the hidden history of work—on and off the job.
Joanna Scutts
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A Brief Case for Guaranteed Housing
Why housing should be a human right.
Dayton Martindale
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And the Oscar for Best Protest Goes To…
Awards show activism, then and now.
Joel Bleifuss
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Portraitists with Disabilities Celebrate the History of Black Art
David A. Holt on his artistry and work with Project Onward, a studio and gallery for artists with disabilities.
Elena Sucharetza
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Is Neoliberalism Making Our Depression and Anxiety Crisis Worse?
How capitalist culture is making us sick.
Johann Hari
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The Essential Ursula K. Le Guin
Don't know where to begin? Here are her masterworks.
In These Times Staff
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Black Panther Engages with Decades of Black Liberatory Theory—And Is Also a Great Movie
The film, in no uncertain terms, considers the possibility and necessity of revolution for Black people across the world.
Nate Marshall
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Yes, You Should Watch The Chi
The Showtime series may not be perfect, but it’s an illuminating look at Chicago beyond the violent headlines.
Salim Muwakkil
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The Abyss of Motherhood
A tightrope walk without a safety net.
Jude Ellison Sady Doyle
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Kara Walker and the Missing Pages of the History Books
Artist Kara Walker uses visual disruption to restore the significance of Black experiences to the Civil War’s legacy.
Micco Caporale
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Does the Natural World Needs Its Own Bill of Rights?
Why environmentalists are working to grant rivers and mountains legal status.
Dayton Martindale
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A Year On, Trump Admin Refuses to Drop Charges Against 59 Arrested at Inauguration Protest
The government isn't arguing that the defendants damaged property, but that their presence at the protest makes them guilty.
Patrick Corley
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Best Books of 2017: In These Times Staff and Reader Picks
From Naomi Klein to Roxane Gay, the reads that made 2017 bearable.
In These Times Staff
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Centrist Think Tanks Won’t Save Our Cities
Economic democracy must come from below.
Gar Alperovitz
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A Brief Case for Prison Abolition
We know prisons are racist, classist and abusive. Are they also obsolete?
Dayton Martindale
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The Uncolonized Mind: An Iraqi-American Artist Explores Memory, Star Wars and Bad Translations
Michael Rakowitz on his latest exhibition.
Tamara Nassar
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Beyond Vibrator Feminism
Orgasms will not set us free.
Jessa Crispin
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The Self-Help Guru Who Shaped Trump’s Worldview
How the commander-in-chief succumbs to the perils of positive thinking.
Chris Lehmann
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Emmett Till’s Cousin on Why Mississippi’s Flag Is Still Racist
Edelia “Dr. Jay” Carthan is at the forefront of a movement to remove the Confederate “stars and bars.”
Hannah Steinkopf-Frank
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The Specter Haunting Infowars
The new documentary A Gray State, executive produced by Werner Herzog, explores a murder-suicide that has become a far-right obsession.
Michael Atkinson
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Lauren Greenfield’s Look at the Children of the New Gilded Age
The creator of The Queen of Versailles on the “hamster wheel of wanting more and more.”
Hannah Steinkopf-Frank
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Building an Alternative to Capitalism From the Ground Up
A primer on the solidarity economy.
Dayton Martindale
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