Rebecca Gordon

Rebecca Gordon

Rebecca Gordon is the author of "American Nuremberg: The U.S. Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 War Crimes" (2016) and previously, "Mainstreaming Torture: Ethical Approaches in the Post-9/11 United States" (2014). She teaches in the philosophy department at the University of San Francisco. She is a member of the War Times/Tiempo de Guerras collective. You can contact her through the Mainstreaming Torture website.

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In this long exposure photo, the LNU Lightning Complex fire continues to burn in the ridges near Chemise Road in Healdsburg, California on August 21, 2020. (Photo: Ray Chavez/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, February 09, 2021
The Looming Fires
If you live in California, you’re likely to be consumed on occasion by thoughts of fire. That’s not surprising, given that, in last year alone, actual fires consumed over four and a quarter million acres of the state, taking with them 10,488 structures, 33 human lives, and who knows how many...
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Security forces respond with tear gas after President Donald Trump's supporters breached the U.S. Capitol, storming the building as lawmakers were set to sign off on President-elect Joe Biden's electoral victory. (Photo: Probal Rashid/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
The Rubble of Empire: A Fine Time To Begin Thinking About What Might Be Built in Its Place
How can you tell when your empire is crumbling? Some signs are actually visible from my own front window here in San Francisco. Directly across the street, I can see a collection of tarps and poles (along with one of my own garbage cans) that were used to construct a makeshift home on the sidewalk...
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Nothing in Joe Biden’s history suggests that he or any of the people he's already appointed to his national security team have the slightest inclination to destabilize that Democratic-Republican imperial pact. (Photo: Ron Adar / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, December 17, 2020
It's Almost Twenty Years Since 9/11: Can We Finally Stop Marching to Disaster?
It was the end of October 2001. Two friends, Max Elbaum and Bob Wing , had just dropped by. (Yes, children, believe it or not, people used to drop in on each other, maskless, once upon a time.) They had come to hang out with my partner Jan Adams and me. Among other things, Max wanted to get some...
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Now that the election season has reached its drawn-out crescendo, there is so much work ahead of us. (Photo: John Williams/flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, November 05, 2020
Our Work Is Just Beginning
In the chaos of this moment, it seems likely that Joe Biden will just squeeze into the presidency and that he'll certainly win the popular vote, Donald Trump's Mussolini-like behavior and election night false claim of victory notwithstanding. Somehow, it all brings another moment in my life to mind...
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UNITE-HERE! is a union representing 300,000 workers in the hospitality industry—that world of hotels and bars, restaurants and caterers. (Photo: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Guns, Germs, and Smoke
"Look, folks, the air quality is in the red zone today. The EPA says that means people with lung or heart issues should avoid prolonged activity outdoors." That was J.R. de Vera, one of two directors of UNITE-HERE!'s independent expenditure campaign to elect Biden and Harris in Reno, Nevada. UNITE-...
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When the pandemic finally ends, there’s a danger that some modified version of this new system of labor exploitation might prove too profitable for employers to abandon.  (Photo: Giles Clarke/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Why Does Essential Work Pay So Little...
In two weeks, my partner and I were supposed to leave San Francisco for Reno, Nevada, where we’d be spending the next three months focused on the 2020 presidential election. As we did in 2018, we’d be working with UNITE-HERE, the hospitality industry union, only this time on the campaign to drive...
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The platform of the Movement for Black Lives represents an excellent place to start when it comes to preventing this country from becoming a failed state. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Failed State: The Sudden Descent of the United States
You know that feeling when you trip on the street and instantly sense that you’re about to crash hard and there’s no way to prevent it? As gravity has its way with you, all you can do is watch yourself going down. Yeah, that feeling. I had it the other day on my way to a Black Lives Matter...
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The credibility gap and the war that generated it gave rise to another kind of division: "the generation gap." (Photo: Scott Heins/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
How the Credibility Gap Became a Chasm in the Age of Trump
These days, teaching graduating college seniors has me, as the Brits would say in the London Underground, “ minding the gap .” In my case, however, it’s not the gap between the platform and the train I’m thinking of, but a couple of others: those between U.S. citizens and our government, as well as...
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For him, governing is nothing but a performance. (Photo: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images) Views
Monday, April 20, 2020
Strange Attractors: On Being Addicted to Trump and His Press Conferences
My partner and I have been fighting about politics since we met in 1965. I was 13. She was 18 and my summer camp counselor. (It was another 14 years before we became a couple.) We spent that first summer arguing about the Vietnam War. I was convinced that the U.S. never should have gotten involved...
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Thousands of protesters take the streets during the International Women's Day demonstration on 8 March, 2020 in Madrid, Spain (Photo: Sergio Belena / VIEWpress). Views
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
The Future May Be Female, But the Pandemic Is Patriarchal
Before I found myself “sheltering in place,” this article was to be about women’s actions around the world to mark March 8th, International Women’s Day. From Pakistan to Chile , women in their millions filled the streets, demanding that we be able to control our bodies and our lives. Women came out...
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