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Sword-and-Sorcery Into Plowshares: Game of Thrones’ Anti-War Message
The hit HBO drama makes a carefully constructed argument for the futility of war.
Sean T. Collins
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Judginess Built the Middle Class
A new book explores the 19th-century origins of middle-class respectability—and the misfits kept out of the club.
Margaret Garb
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Heart of Whiteness: The Stories Western Philanthropists Tell Themselves
Why do Western efforts to help the environment and Africa so often fail?
Laura Orlando
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At the Bullfrog, Those Left Behind by the Global Economy Find Relief—and a Place to Talk Trump
In a Jamestown, N.Y., hotel and bar, down-and-out former factory workers seek solidarity and camaraderie—often expressed in shared rants about immigrants or liberals.
Kari Lydersen
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The White-Supremacist Roots of America’s Libertarian Right
The history of Koch-style libertarian economics is steeped in racism.
Chris Lehmann
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War for the Planet of the Apes Lacks the Courage of Its Convictions
Koba should've won.
Eileen Jones
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Before Punk, Skiffle Music Gave Voice to a Working Class That Wanted to Dance
Billy Bragg's new book explores the blue-collar precursor to the British Invasion sound.
Micco Caporale
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The Abolitionist of Walden Pond
Two hundred years after his birth, Henry David Thoreau is as relevant as ever.
Dayton Martindale
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Sorry, Tories: Jeremy Corbyn’s Success Is a Win for the Anti-Austerity Movement
British progressives have a long fight ahead. But for now, we're breathing a collective sigh of relief.
Jane Miller
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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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