Anis Shivani

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) arrives at the Capitol for a vote on a coronavirus bill amendment on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Views
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Bernie 2020: What Went Wrong?
It was a curiously pacified campaign all along. The huge fervent rallies were deceptive for the depth of political compromise they concealed. The ever-burgeoning grandiose plans to remake the American economy showed less and less connection with reality as the basic presumptions of an actual...
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Former Vice President Joe Biden looks on as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during the second night of the first Democratic presidential debate on June 27, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Monday, March 09, 2020
Time to Debate: How Bernie Could Destroy Biden in 120 Minutes Or Less
Dear Bernie, Provided Michigan hasn’t been a blow-out against you, the debate next Sunday will be your last and best chance to regain the upper hand. You can do this if you disavow your natural tendency to be kind to Joe Biden and his ilk, and remember what brought you to the movement in the first...
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Those of us who have been with this unprecedented social justice movement with our heart and soul for the last many years expect that Bernie goes to this climactic fight with Biden with nothing left unsaid. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, March 04, 2020
After Super Tuesday, Bernie Must Go All Out to Make the Case for Biden's Unelectability
For the second time (after the heart attack last fall), the Bernie Sanders movement is on life support. Let us not sugarcoat this: last night was worse than the worst-case scenario any Bernie supporter had imagined. The drastic slippage in Texas, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, and even Vermont,...
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Democratic presidential candidates former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and former Vice President Joe Biden greet each other prior to the start of the Democratic presidential primary debate in the Sullivan Arena at St. Anselm College on February 07, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire Views
Saturday, February 15, 2020
So Many More People Understand the Meaning of Neoliberalism Today, and That’s a Huge Thing
One of the most frustrating things for me, as a political writer over the last twenty-five years , was the inability of most liberals to grasp what neoliberalism was. But compared to even five years ago, the situation has changed dramatically, as many more ordinary people—nurses, teachers,...
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Flooding in the author's neighborhood, Houston, September, 2019. Views
Friday, October 04, 2019
Lessons from Hurricane Harvey, for a Still-Flooded Houston
After Hurricane Harvey damaged or destroyed nearly 135,000 homes, killed eighty-eight people, and led to the deliberate flooding of west Houston as two main reservoirs threatened to fail, what did the city of Houston do? It did the least possible it could get away with, and then casually moved on...
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How does one fight for freedom by locating oneself in the headquarters of the worst human rights violator for the last seventy years?(Photo: The Education Trust/Twitter) Views
Thursday, August 22, 2019
The Dream Is Dead Not Just for Dreamers, But for All Americans
In her important op-ed for the New York Times on August 13, 2019 , a DACA recipient (Dreamer) named Tawheeda Wahabzada, whose Afghan parents had earlier sought refuge in Canada but then came over to the U.S., declares that she is no longer willing to wait for our country’s legislative bodies to do...
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Law enforcement agents respond to an active shooter at a Wal-Mart near Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas, on August 3, 2019. - A gunman armed with an assault rifle killed 20 people Saturday when he opened fire on shoppers at a packed Walmart store in the latest mass shooting in the United States. (Photo: Joel Angel JUAREZ / AFP / Getty Images) Views
Monday, August 05, 2019
What the El Paso Mass Shooting Tells Us About the Operationalization of Fascist Violence
As repulsive as it might be to take the manifesto of the El Paso killer seriously, we must shed inhibition aside and take a close look at it. For a 21-year old, it’s quite well articulated, beyond the reach of most American college students in terms of linking cause and effect and describing...
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Wednesday, November 07, 2012
What Progressives Expect from Obama
Dear President Obama,
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Saturday, April 07, 2012
Modern American Politics as Performance Art
At an early Republican presidential debate the candidates all raised their hands like robots when asked if they would veto a ten to one ratio of spending cuts to tax increases to balance the budget. Ten to one! I suspect the answer would have been the same had the ratio been a hundred to one.
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