Adolph Reed Jr.

Adolph Reed Jr.

Adolph Reed Jr. is professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania. For the March 2014 issue of Harper's magazine, he wrote, "Nothing Left: The Long, Slow Surrender of American Liberals." And more recently, along with Mark Dudzic, he wrote the essay, "The Crisis of Labour and the Left in the United States," which appeared in the Socialist Register (2015/Vol. 51).

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Sunday, June 25, 2017
Monumental Rubbish: With the Statues Torn Down, What Next for New Orleans?
I’ve been in New Orleans since May 1. I came to visit my mother, who died on May 4, five months shy of her 95th birthday and was buried on May 10. That means I’ve been here through much of this latest round of public cavil over the city’s decision to remove the four most conspicuous monuments to...
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Thursday, August 18, 2016
Vote for the Lying Neoliberal Warmonger: It’s Important
In 1991, former Klansman and American Nazi Party functionary David Duke ran for governor of Louisiana and made the runoff election against Democrat Edwin Edwards, the popular but scandal-plagued three-term former governor. Duke had made the runoff between the two top vote-getters since no one...
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Thursday, August 11, 2016
The Battle Over Trump's Taj Mahal Is a Battle for Us All
In Atlantic City right now workers at the Trump Taj Mahal casino hotel, members of UNITE HERE Local 54 , are waging a struggle that should make it one of those crystallizing flashpoints that garner national attention and mobilize support from the entire labor movement, progressives, and working...
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Sanders Challenges Neoliberal Stranglehold with Call for Free Higher Education
The recent New York Times op-ed by N. Gregory Mankiw, " Three Reasons for Those Hefty College Tuition Bills ," is pure ideological huffing and puffing of the sort we'd expect from a former chair of George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisors. It's just a bushel of the same old free-market...
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Thursday, October 22, 2015
Higher Ed for Bernie
The proposal put forth by U.S. senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders for free public higher education has spurred a new initiative called ' Higher Ed for Bernie ' that looks to operate as a kind of movement wing of his campaign, focused on free higher education. Supporters of the effort...
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Saturday, August 29, 2015
Hurricane Katrina and Bernie Sanders: From Neoliberal Disaster to 'Political Revolution'
The 10th anniversary of the devastation of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina has been an occasion for reflection on that horrific event and the state of the city’s recovery. Much of that commemoration, especially locally, has centered on the theme of resilience . This is...
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Sunday, August 16, 2015
Does Chicago Need a Katrina? A Response.
[The following piece is in response to Kristen McQueary's column in the Chicago Tribune on how Chicago could use a Hurricane Katrina.] Kristen McQueary’s attempt to walk back from her scurrilous column of last Thursday extolling the wonderful changes that the devastation of Katrina brought to New...
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Monday, June 15, 2015
From Jenner to Dolezal: One Trans Good, the Other Not So Much
By far the most intellectually and politically interesting thing about the recent "exposé" of Spokane, WA, NAACP activist Rachel Dolezal’s racial status is the conundrum it has posed for racial identitarians who are also committed to defense of transgender identity. The comparisons between Dolezal...
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Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Liberals, I Do Despise
First Published in The Village Voice, Nov. 12, 1996 After years of crafting and rationalizing Bill Clinton's version of the attack on poor people, high-ranking Department of Health and Human Services officials May Jo Bane and Peter Edelman resigned recently, several weeks after the president signed...
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Thursday, November 15, 2007
Sitting Out This Round of Candidate Charades
OK, here we are again, a year out from a Presidential election, and we're all supposed to be figuring out which of the Democrats has the best chance to win-determined mainly by the standard of raising the most money-and subordinating all our substantive political concerns to the objective of...
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