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The Frustrating Yet Beautiful Drama of “A Ghost Story”
Filmmaker David Lowery's latest is slow, but contains a few genuine spiritual ideas.
Michael Atkinson
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Squatters’ 60-Year War Against Private Property
How propertied classes team up with the state to forcibly evict urban squatters.
Margaret Garb
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Beta Testing Fascism: How Online Culture Wars Created the Alt-Right
Angela Nagle's "Kill All Normies" charts the ideology's emergence from the internet's darkest corners.
John Michael Colón
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The Fairy Tales Capitalists Tell Themselves
The new book The Wisdom of Money amounts to morale-boosting capitalist agitprop.
Chris Lehmann
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Okja: The Veggie-Prop Children’s Film You Really Need to See
The director of Snowpiercer is back with a kiddie film that meets vegetarian propaganda, with surprising success.
Michael Atkinson
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Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay: Examining Britain’s Populist Revolt
David Goodhart's The Road to Somewhere goes nowhere worth following.
Jane Miller
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The Return of Nunsploitation
Jeff Baena’s The Little Hours is a clever update on Boccaccio's The Decameron.
Michael Atkinson
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How the Threat of Apocalypse Justifies American Empire
A new book argues that in the military's hands, warnings of world's end become self-fulfilling prophecies.
Chris Lehmann
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When the Bankers Took Manhattan: Austerity’s New York Roots
The new book Fear City documents the slide of New York City from vibrant social democracy to neoliberal abyss.
Moe Tkacik
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The Milquetoast Militants of Showtime’s “Guerrilla”
The protagonists' middle-class naiveté rolls off them in waves.
Eileen Jones
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How To Resist, in 6 Books
Your guide to the guides to the resistance.
Kate Aronoff
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The Scrooges in Charge
From refugees to healthcare, Theresa May's policies are paranoid and mean-spirited.
Jane Miller
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Hulu’s Brilliant Adaptation of “The Handmaid’s Tale” Says More About Our Present Than Our Future
For many marginalized women, dystopia is already here.
Jessica Stites
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The Elusive Emily Dickinson
A new film explores the poet's restless mind and lonely life.
Michael Atkinson
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Our New Philanthropic Overlords
Why the donor class loves charter schools—and themselves.
Chris Lehmann
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To Form a More Corporate Union
The Land of Enterprise: A Business History of the United States shows that Trump's greed is no aberration.
Chris Lehmann
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Toward a Real-Life Zootopia
How a fuller conception of freedom can help humans and others coexist.
Dayton Martindale
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View of the Swamp from Across the Pond
As the U.K. barrels toward Brexit, Trump provides Britain with another bizarre spectacle.
Jane Miller
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The Best Police Money Can Buy
In the Fox series APB, police misconduct doesn't exist, and privatization and technology can fix any problem.
Kristian Williams
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Girl, You’ll Be a Cannibal Soon
A new French horror film explores identity, coming of age and the various temptations of the flesh.
Michael Atkinson
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Brexit From the Side of a Volcano
Contemplating capitalism and democracy in the Canary Islands.
Jane Miller
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How Today’s White Middle Class Was Made Possible By Welfare
Whites, angered at blacks and immigrants receiving "government handouts," forget they were lifted out of poverty through racially exclusive welfare programs in the 30s.
Margaret Garb
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George Saunders’ New Novel Follows Abraham Lincoln’s Son to a Buddhist Afterlife
In his first full-length novel, the short story virtuoso weaves U.S. history with the otherworldly.
Chris Lehmann
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Don’t Be Fooled By the Trump Spat—The CIA Is Not Your Friend
A new book reminds us that the CIA is one of history's great purveyors of fake news.
Branko Marcetic
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