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The Republican Party's Puzzling Obsession with Socialism
With a pandemic ravaging the country, a historically unpopular president and no platform to run on, the GOP has set its sights on attacking socialism. It doesn’t seem to be working.
Miles Kampf-Lassin
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Want to Abolish the Police? The First Step Is Putting Them Under Democratic Control.
Abolition is part of a broader struggle for democracy.
Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò
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Community Control Won’t Fix What’s Wrong with Cops
There's no reforming an inherently violent, white supremacist system. We must abolish the police.
Carl Williams and Christian Williams
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To Transform Policing, We Need Community Control
An elected civilian council could crack down on police abuses, and pave the way for longer-term transformations.
Jazmine Salas
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Stop Blaming Individuals for the Spread of Covid and Start Blaming the Government Response
By presenting collective, structural crises as separate, individual problems with separate, individualized solutions, the government abdicates its responsibility to meaningfully intervene.
Joel Bleifuss
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15 Years After Hurricane Katrina, Another Perfect Storm Is Upon Us
When Katrina hit, the mainstream media and Congress both reacted shamefully. Their response to the pandemic is no different.
Joel Bleifuss
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It’s Not Just Trump: The Neoliberal Roots of the Postal Service Crisis
We should defend the Post Office, both from Trump and the ideology of austerity that treats the agency “like a business.”
Max B. Sawicky
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To Win in 2020 and Beyond, the Democrats Need a Bolder Moral Vision
The urgent case for setting our sights higher.
Rev. William Barber and Rev. Liz Theoharis
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This Terrifying Economic Crisis Will Make Cities Better
Amid the pandemic, the rich are fleeing American cities. That’s a good thing.
Hamilton Nolan
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U.S. Sanctions Are Strangling a Lebanon in Crisis
As Lebanon faces multiple, overlapping catastrophes, U.S. policies are making them worse.
Bilal El-Amine
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Now Comes the Difficult Work of Pushing the Biden-Harris Ticket Left
If Biden's VP pick Kamala Harris is a “weather vane,” then it’s up to progressives to change the weather.
Natalie Shure
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Want Progressive U.S. Politics? Continue to Reform the Democratic Party Rules
There would be far more elected officials like Jamaal Bowman and AOC, if New York complied with the new Party reforms.
Larry Cohen
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Robert Reich: How Mitch McConnell’s Republicans Are Destroying America
While a lethal pandemic and economic crisis wreak havoc on working families, McConnell and the GOP are dead set on protecting business interests and enriching the wealthy.
Robert Reich
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The Search for a Covid Vaccine Is Not an Arms Race
Treating vaccine research like a national security secret endangers us all.
Sarah Lazare
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Workers Blow the Whistle on Mass Death
Private equity firms have imposed austerity measures on the hospitals they acquire. In a pandemic, that’s meant countless preventable deaths.
Moe Tkacik
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Defund the Police? Why Not?
We should not confuse public safety with investments in systems of punishment.
Joel Bleifuss
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All Undocumented Immigrants Deserve Citizenship—Not Just “Essential Workers”
The pandemic has made clear that we need to provide citizenship for all immigrants, and safe working conditions for all workers.
Shannon Gleeson and Sofya Aptekar
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There Is No Plan (For You)
Unemployment, evictions, business failure, a pandemic and health crises are all here at once. The federal government doesn't care.
Hamilton Nolan
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“Blue Lives Matter” Comes to Brooklyn, and Everyone Screams
In Bay Ridge, pro-police demonstrators were met with the righteous anger of Black Lives Matter.
Hamilton Nolan
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What’s Missing From the Biden-Bernie Task Force Plan? Medicare for All.
The recommendations are an improvement on Biden's previous healthcare plans, but a public option won't cut it. We need free, universal coverage.
Natalie Shure
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How the Trump Administration’s Small Business Protection Program Has Failed Communities of Color
The Covid-19 pandemic has devastated businesses run by people of color. The Trump administration's Small Business Administration isn’t helping.
Miranda Litwak
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My University Plans to Reopen This Summer, Based on Advice From McKinsey. That’s Terrifying.
McKinsey & Company is pushing a military-style, corporate response to the Covid-19 crisis in public higher education. What we need is an anti-racist approach.
Jeffrey Helgeson
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The Left’s Resurgence Is For Real
Jamaal Bowman and other progressive and democratic socialist challengers had a very good night, while Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cruised to victory—proving that the left wing is a force to be reckoned with.
Miles Kampf-Lassin
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Derek Chauvin and Amy Cooper Are One and The Same
Bogus allegations waged by white women are just as dangerous as police brutality—and come from the same callous privilege.
Chandra Thomas Whitfield
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