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Thursday, October 29, 2020
Let’s vote. Let’s recognize and reckon with our dark history. (Photo: ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images) Tim Koechlin
This Land Is Our Land: Trump's America, and Our America
The Trumpian tragedy is doubly tragic because it makes so much sense. We can decide that Trump is an anomaly. But, in fact, Trump looks and acts a lot like America.
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Workers in this pandemic aren’t just losing their jobs—an estimated 12 million workers and their family members have lost employer-provided health insurance due to COVID-19. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Heidi Shierholz
Let's Be Very Clear: Senate Republicans Have Failed Every Struggling American Family
It is cruel, and bad economics, to withhold stimulus aid.
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President Donald J. Trump talks to members of the press on the South Lawn of the White House Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, prior to boarding Marine One en route to Joint Base Andrews, Md. to begin his trip to Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Nevada. (Photo: Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian) Ruth Conniff
Donald Trump Is a Superspreader of Many Terrible Things
Trump, GOP dismiss the pandemic as Wisconsin cases spike.
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President Donald Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin participate in a video conference with representatives of large banks and credit card companies about more financial assistance for small businesses in the Roosevelt Room at the White House April 7, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images) Thom Hartmann
Was April 7, 2020 the Day That Sealed the Fate of America?
Look at what they said and did. And look at when they said and did it.
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This election, regardless of who wins, marks an opportunity for news outlets to recommit to the climate story, which will only become more important and all-encompassing in the years ahead. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images News / Getty Images) Mark Hertsgaard, Andrew McCormick
The World Is Burning, but the Political Press Insists on its Horserace
In the few days that remain before the election and in the months that will follow, journalists must ask themselves if they’re truly conveying the gravity of the climate crisis to their audiences, as well as all the challenges and opportunities it entails.
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 We can start a nuclear war in five minutes, faster than we can order a pizza. (Photo: Pixabay/geralt/cc) Robert C. Koehler
The Parallel Universe of Peace
Those who are committed to peace and global equality are forced to work for it in a world that is seriously prejudiced in favor of war.
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Maybe we need to accept the challenge of proving in this election that one of the world’s longest-standing democracies can rise to the occasion and vote to uphold the foundation of its system, elections themselves. (Photo: urbantimes.co) Karen Greenberg
Donald Trump’s Failed State
America's daunting New World and the coming election.
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Norman Solomon
Why Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg Are So Adamant About the Imperative of Defeating Trump
Defeating Trump is a crucial—and certainly insufficient—precondition for making possible the kind of changes in government policies that are desperately required for social decency.
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An indigenous woman votes at a polling station in Huarina, Bolivia, on October 18, 2020 during the country's general election. - Landlocked Bolivia elects a new president on Sunday after a 2019 poll was annulled and follow-up elections postponed twice amid the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP via Getty Images) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
Ending Regime Change—in Bolivia and the World
In the long history of U.S.-backed "regime changes" in countries around the world, rarely have a people and a country so firmly and democratically repudiated U.S. efforts to dictate how they will be governed.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Voting lines in Milwaukee, April 2020 (Photo: Shutterstock) Margot Rathke, Sarah Anderson
Unleashing the Power of Poor Voters
Low-income voters could decide this election. These neighborhood activists are working to make it happen.
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A Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump sign is displayed in the backyard of a house on August 14, 2016 in Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania. This Western Pennsylvania city has a median household income of $32,442. Trump has been holding rallies in the state frequently as he targets Pennsylvania's 20 delegates, the 5th largest total nationwide. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images) Mariko Lewis, Yixia Cai
The Rise in Material Hardship Among Working-Class Whites and How It Could Impact the 2020 Election
The rise in material hardship among lower-income whites without college degrees, and the Congressional GOP’s opposition to new legislation addressing it, will likely make it harder for Trump to hold on to these important swing voters in next week’s election.
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Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on October 14, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst-Pool/Getty Images) Jules Lobel
Incensed Over Amy Coney Barrett's Confirmation? Don't Mourn—Organize and Vote
For the past half century or so, the progressive movement has often relied on the courts, not the political branches to win and protect rights. It's time for that to change.
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A shared dream is a powerful force for change. It’s time to share the dream of freedom from student debt. (Photo: YouTube/screenshot) Mary Green Swig, Steven Swig
Freedom Dreamers: The Faces of Student Debt
Millions of people don’t even know they’re being harmed by student debt, but should be dreaming of a world without it. The facts are staggering.
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We may call this state of affairs Capitalism, but the rot goes back deep into the history of Civilization, a history of conquest, colonization, and oppression of the many by the few. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Greg Wilkinson
Between Chaos and Commonwealth
Some reflections from decades of contemplating the rich, the poor, and the conviviality that comes with common purpose.
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In short, Trump has left African Americans in the deepest hole with the shortest rope. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jesse Jackson
Black Americans Won’t Fall for Trump’s Big Con
Comparing Trump to presidents who actually made things better is to fall into his trap. Trump hasn’t done things for African Americans, he has done things to them.
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The United States keeps expecting that pressure will convince North Korea to unilaterally disarm without providing any sanctions relief or security guarantees. (Photo: Handout/Dong-A Ilbo via Getty Images) Christine Ahn
What Trump and Biden Get Wrong About North Korea
Instead of further militarizing the region and applying more sanctions and pressure, which are harming innocent North Korean civilians, the next administration should engage in the hard work of sustained diplomacy based on specific, concrete next steps.
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Getting journalists to talk more directly about the true problems with the court  is a critical step along the way. (Photo: Joe Ravi/CC-BY-SA 3.0) Julie Hollar
Journalists Pick Sides When They Call Adding Justices 'Court Packing'
By accepting "court packing" as "the term for" expanding the court, journalists lend a hand to those anti-democratic forces.
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So, really, there is only one thing to do if we want to preserve our jobs and our wealth. That is to invest in getting off fossil fuels as soon as humanly possible. (Photo: Julian Meehan via Takver/flickr/cc) Juan Cole
The Black Hole of Depressions: Doing Nothing About Climate Emergency Could Cost More Than All the Wealth in the World
The worst case scenario of not doing anything is that we lose everything.
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Just because some of us don’t see hateful posts in our newsfeeds doesn’t diminish the impact they have on those who do. (Photo: Legal Loop) Carmen Scurato
Facebook's Content-Moderation Policies Are a Hot Mess
The proliferation of divisive and hateful content is baked into Facebook’s business model: The platform profits from finely targeting ads to users who are most likely to respond to them.
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We may not have candidates that embrace our exciting new solutions to today’s problems or inspire us to dream big, but elections still put people in power, and who those people are will have serious, material impacts on our ability to survive another day. (Photo: Brian Angell/flickr/cc) Cassandra Carver
Voting Will Not Save Us, But We Must Show Up Anyway
The work is voting. The work is showing up at city council and school board meetings. The work is taking care of your neighbors. The work is to not give up. The work is to fight. The work is to live. Let’s get to work.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2020
With such large stakes for our fragile democracy, we cannot afford to bypass such a course of action that will assure a peaceful transition in accord with the rule of law. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Ralph Nader
Don't Rush to Declare Victory: Implementing a Two-Week Grace Period After November 3rd So All Voters Can Be Counted
A demand for a grace period needs to start now to build up powerful support from a multi-partisan combination of national, state, and local candidates for public office.
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The Trump regime committed several other serious crimes, such as sabotaging the postal service to hobble mail-in voting, and extorting campaign assistance from a foreign government by threatening to withhold duly appropriated taxpayer funds. (Photo: Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Mike Lofgren
Should Trump Be Held Accountable? A Harvard Academic Says No
The elites rush to the defense of the status quo.
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The Doomsday Clock reads 100 seconds to midnight—a decision made by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists—during an announcement at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 23, 2020. (Photo: Eva Hambach/AFP via Getty Images) Olivia Alperstein
As Historic Nuclear Ban Enters into Force, It’s Time for the US to Help Put an End to the Nuclear Age
The only nation to use a nuclear weapon in an act of war can and should take steps to end the nuclear threat for good.
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This growing imbalance can be remedied by creating more states representing a larger majority of Americans. At the least, statehood should be granted to Washington, D.C. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images) Robert Reich
How to Reverse This Craven GOP Power Grab
The most ambitious structural reform would be to rebalance the Senate itself, as well as the Electoral College.
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 Trump may not be a close friend of Barrett’s, but his personal freedom is potentially at risk if Biden wins, when Trump would no longer be immunized from criminal prosecution. (Photo: Chen Mengtong/China News Service via Getty Images) Renee Knake Jefferson
Why Amy Coney Barrett Must Recuse Herself From Election-Related Cases
The choice is simple: She must recuse, and welcome Trump’s scorn.
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Trump is now trying to win back seniors by muddying the waters about which candidate is the real supporter of Social Security. But no one should be fooled. (Photo: AFGE) Nancy J. Altman, Linda Benesch
Donald Trump Is an Existential Threat to Social Security
The contrast between the two parties on Social Security has never been clearer. Every working family that has contributed to Social Security has a stake in this fight. All of us should vote accordingly.
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To anyone who is listening in elected office anywhere in America: I hope you have a plan for a peaceful transition of power, since the “law-and-order” president is, of course, anything but that when it comes to sustaining our democracy, rather than his presidency. (Photo by John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Andrea Mazzarino
A Well-Armed and Unpatriotic Far Right
How the war came home, big time.
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While the odds of Trump leading a de-facto coup have decreased with Biden’s steady lead in the polls, it is still a real possibility. (Photo: Alex Edelman/Getty Images) Stephen Zunes
Is the U.S. Prepared to Resist a Coup?
If Trump refuses to step down, we must be ready to not cooperate.
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Monday, October 26, 2020
The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons delivers a clear message from nations across the globe that nuclear weapons threaten the survival of all of humanity and must be eliminated before they eliminate us. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images) Robert Dodge
Nuclear Weapons Banned—Illegal at Last
With Honduras delivering the 50 th ratification of the treaty on Saturday, the world has spoken and the global community has banned these most dangerous of weapons.
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Republicans can’t win elections on their "ideas" of tax cuts for billionaires and eliminating protective regulations on polluting corporations. (Photo: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images) Thom Hartmann
Because We Don’t Have a Right to Vote…
If you care about the survival and expansion of democracy in America, this may be your last chance to get out there and vote.
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Sudan is one of the world’s poorest countries and its people just last year ousted the first Islamist dictatorship to ever be defeated by nonviolent people power.  (Photo by Jean Marc MOJON / AFP) (Photo by JEAN MARC MOJON/AFP via Getty Images) Michael Beer, Mubarak Elamin
Removing Sudan From the Terror List Is Welcome; Yes to Assistance No to Extortion
We should be celebrating the bold nonviolent revolution in Sudan, investing in their economic development, empowering them to become the shining light and a model for other countries in the region to follow.
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The level of suffering the vast majority of chickens in our nation’s food supply chain endure is unimaginable to most—and it’s cruelty that shouldn’t exist. (Photo: Food & Water Watch) David Coman-Hidy
Half a Million Chickens Will Be Boiled Alive This Year
It’s time for these corporations to transition away from the cruel, outdated practices of factory farming, adopt much stronger animal welfare policies, and ultimately focus their energy on expanding their plant-based alternatives—all of which will help reduce this widespread, unfathomable suffering.
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For nearly 250 years, USPS has been a cherished giant of public life. (Photo: Paul Ratje/AFP via Getty Images) Taryn MacKinney
The Postmaster General’s Manufactured Mail Slowdown and Racial Inequality
Compared to the national average, mail delay complaints are nearly 50 percent higher in zip codes with populations that are more than 45 percent Black, Indigenous, or other people of color.
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People gather to celebrate the victory of the referendum, in Santiago, Chile, on October 25, 2020 that will replace its 40-year-old constitution, written during the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet, in Santiago, Chile. (Photo by Felipe Vargas Figueroa/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Simon Davis-Cohen
Chile, Bolivia, El Salvador Lead On Decolonial Constitutional Change
Legalizing the world we need: social movements with constitutional visions.
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He will want only one thing: to see his successor fail. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Rajan Menon
So Trump Loses to Biden....Then What?
If Trump loses in November, he won’t just moan about election rigging, he’ll also lose all interest in providing more help to millions of Americans at the edge of penury and despair.
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Adelaide Convention Center. (Photo: Wikipedia) Juan Cole
South Australia to Go 100% Solar as Sun Power Offers World's Cheapest Energy
For one hour, on October 11, all of its electricity was generated by solar power, the first time this feat was achieved by any major jurisdiction in the world.
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Supporters listen to US President Donald Trump speak during a campaign rally at Waukesha County Airport in Waukesha, Wisconsin on October 24, 2020. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Debi Smith
Hello, Neighbor: My Letter to a Trump Supporter
"The only way we will love our neighbor as ourselves is by getting to know our neighbors, even in the midst of our differences." I love that.
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Sunday, October 25, 2020
Robert Freeman
How Did We Get Here? And How Do We Get Out?
It's important that we figure this out, and figure out how to inoculate the country from this disease—the disease that conflates bravado with brains, degeneracy with dignity, greed with grace, hate with hope.
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Protect the results Cynthia Kaufman
Preparing to Protect the Election Results
Winning, and then protecting this election against a coup, are necessary steps to getting back to our regular work of fighting to build a just and sustainable society.
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Prop 22 California Steven Hill
Why Uber's Desperate Prop 22 Is Bad for Drivers and Society
It would lock in a serf-like condition forever, since Prop 22 requires an unprecedented 88% vote by the state legislature to change it.
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Sam Pizzigati
Out of the UK, a Bold Pay Prescription for a Post-Trump America
Two British think tanks are calling for a cap on the compensation that goes to corporate chiefs.
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Juan Cole
Donald Trump, the Mr. Magoo of Geopolitics, Incites Warfare Between Egypt and Ethiopia
Trump is much more terrifying, if equally cartoonish.
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Bryce Greene
After Socialist Victory in Bolivia, Media Still Whitewash Coup
U.S. media have a long history of reporting on Latin America that does more to please the State Department than to inform readers.
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Saturday, October 24, 2020
Sanders Warren Biden Tom Weis
Like Sanders and Warren, I'm Backing Biden
Any hope of advancing the popular causes championed by Sanders and Warren begins with removing Trump, flipping the Senate, and electing more progressives to the House.
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Bolivia Benjamin Dangl
Ballots Defeat Bullets: MAS Wins Historic Mandate in Post-Coup Bolivian Election
The MAS victory is a rejection of the racist coup government. Áñez pushed the MAS down, but the party and its diverse base of supporters rose up and won.
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Jeff Bezos Amazon Sarah Anderson
The Trump Tax Reform Helped the Billionaire Class—Not the Working Class
The Republican tax law boosted the fortunes of America's wealthiest while increasing insecurity for U.S. manufacturing workers.
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Christopher Brauchli
The Art of Packing
While accusing Democrats of wanting to "pack the courts," Trump has appointed almost a quarter of all active federal judges in the United States.
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Russell Mokhiber
NPR and the Corporate Criminal Element
Suffice it to say that the corporate criminal element has infused NPR with millions of dollars of donations.
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Friday, October 23, 2020
Protesters gathered outside of the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where President Donald J. Trump held a campaign rally on October 10, 2019. (Photo: Tony Webster, Wikimedia) Jeremy Brecher
How Workers Can Help Defeat a Trump Coup
Donald Trump, desperately behind in the polls, appears to be laying the groundwork for illegally attempting to remain in office if he loses the election. This commentary focuses in on the role of workers—union and nonunion—in resisting a Trump Coup.
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If not for moral reasons—for the sake of future generations and the environment—the nation should spend to fight climate change now to secure its economic well-being. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Lee van der Voo
Remember This the Next Time Someone Says a Green Economy Would Be Too Expensive
We spent $2 trillion to keep Americans afloat in the pandemic. Putting a similar amount toward the climate crisis could be even more pragmatic.
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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks to reporters before boarding his campaign plane at Nashville International Airport on October 22, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. Biden is traveling to Nashville, Tennessee for the final presidential debate with President Donald Trump. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Jamie Henn
Joe Biden is Finally Talking About Fossil Fuels—That’s a Good Thing
It is high time to break the spell the industry seems to have cast over Democratic politicians. This was a promising start.
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App-based drivers from Uber and Lyft protest in a caravan in front of City Hall in Los Angeles on October 22, 2020 where elected leaders hold a conference urging voters to reject on the November 3 election, Proposition 22, that would classify app-based drivers as independent contractors and not employees or agents. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images) Margaret Poydock
The Passage of California’s Proposition 22 Would Give Digital Platform Companies a Free Pass to Misclassify Their Workers
Californians must require that companies follow the law and properly classify their workers. No company should be able to buy its way out of treating workers fairly.
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Some of those Trump voters are experiencing a level suffering that is unimaginable to outsiders. (Photo: Kerem Yucel / AFP via Getty Images) Richard Eskow
The Sunset Gun: One Nation, Under the Influence of Hate
Repairing the breach left by centrism and fueled by rage will require radical love, the kind of love that condemns a broken system and not its broken people.
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U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden participate in the final presidential debate at Belmont University on October 22, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. This is the last debate between the two candidates before the November 3 election. (Photo by Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty Images) Michael Winship
That Final Debate Was a Parade of Presidential Prevarication
Notes from the ghost town that only exists in Trump’s impoverished imagination.
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That so much of the media are so dead set against the idea suggests whose interests they really serve. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Alan MacLeod
Media Outlets Owned by Billionaires Very Quick to Tell Readers Taxing the Rich Is Bad Idea
A wealth tax as modest as some Democrats are proposing would affect precious few Americans, but still generate trillions of dollars of revenue from people who have largely been increasing their fortunes throughout the pandemic.
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Union activists and supporters rally against the Supreme Court's ruling in the Janus v. AFSCME case in Foley Square in New York City on June 27, 2018. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Kenneth Peres
Why the Republican Party Wants to Destroy Labor Unions
The GOP sees unions and their supporters as enemies to be politically and economically destroyed.
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The ruling elite in Washington, D.C., has long opposed the socialist policies of Bolivia for economic and geopolitical reasons. (Photo: Reese Erlich reporting from Bolivia for NPR) Reese Erlich
What Bolivia Can Teach the United States About Democracy
The South American nation sets an example of how to undo an attempted coup.
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The United States will have to reckon with the scale of the disaster it has helped inflict on the world—and on itself—through three presidencies. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Matthew Duss
Only a Reckoning With the Disastrous Legacy of the So-called 'War on Terror' Can Heal the United States
U.S. foreign policy never recovered from the war on terror.
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Thursday, October 22, 2020
Due to the impact of historic and current systemic racism, Black and Latinx communities have seen more job loss in this recession and have less wealth to fall back on. (Photo: Giles Clarke/Getty Images) Heidi Shierholz
With Millions of People Out of Work, the Senate’s Inaction Is Not Only Cruel, It’s Bad Economics
When these programs expire, millions of these workers and their families will be financially devastated.
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JBS, the world’s largest meatpacking corporation, has refused to compensate the families of employees who died after contracting COVID at its facility in Colorado. (Photo: Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) Navina Khanna, Axel Fuentes
Here's How Meatpacking Corporations Could Protect Workers From COVID-19—and What They're Doing Instead
It’s time for our elected officials to pass enforceable workplace protections like those in the HEROES Act to make sure workers are able to stay safe, maintain social distance, and access paid sick leave.
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Trump has been caught in 20,000+ falsehoods or lies in the past four years alone—telling an average of 22 a day—including several that led to thousands of deaths.(Photo: Rhys A./flickr/cc) Ralph Nader
Wrecking America: How Trump’s Lawbreaking and Lies Betray All
If you don’t want such a person as your neighbor, why would you want him as your President where he’d have exponentially more power to harm you and your family?
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The more Trump has abused his power and position in this world and the more he’s escaped any retribution for his crimes, the more obsessed I’ve become with visualizing ways for him to pay in some version of the afterlife. (Photo: Sarah Silbiger for The Washington Post via Getty Images) Ariel Dorfman
Sending Trump to Hell
Dante Alighieri has words for Donald J. Trump from the other side of death.
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As a socialist, I don’t support Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s center-right Democratic politics. Indeed, for those whose political ideals embrace an end to class inequality, support for workplace democracy and opposition to global imperialism, what is there to support? (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Mark Harris
A Trump Defeat Will Not End the Far-Right Threat
For decades now, the Democratic political establishment has overseen the betrayal of progressive and working-class hopes and interests.
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When a deadly infection flames across an entire nation like a wildfire, the times demand leadership. Trump ran the other way. (Photo: Shutterstock) Mitchell Zimmerman
Trump to Seniors: Drop Dead
In lieu of a plan for the virus, the president keeps assuring audiences that "only" older people will die.
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People stand in line, spaced six apart due to Covid-19, in order to vote early at the Fairfax Government Center on September 18, 2020 in Fairfax, Virginia. Voters waited up to four hours to early vote in the upcoming 2020 presidential election. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Gleb Tsipursky
Are You Prepared for an Election Disaster?
Everyone should have a plan to vote this year, but people should also have a plan for what comes after that.
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 Lisa herself was a victim of terrible crimes, and her actions are inextricably linked to her own history of trauma, mental illness, and brain damage. (Photo: Lisa Montgomery on death row) Sandra Babcock
Lisa Montgomery: A Victim of Incest, Child Prostitution and Rape Faces Execution
The story of Lisa's life reads like the script of a horror movie.
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Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe arrives for briefing in the Capitol with the Senate Select Intelligence Committee on allegations of Russian links to the Taliban on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) Juan Cole
DNI John Ratcliffe, a Trumpie Wingnut, Hilariously Blames Iran for Pro-Trump Proud Boy Email Spoof
Anyone with the slightest common sense can see that Iran would be much better off with Biden, who is likely to try to re-implement the 2015 nuclear deal.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Amy Coney Barrett and Donald Trump. (Photo: Creative Commons) Bill Blum
Confirmation Hearings Exposed Barrett as a Hardcore Rightwing Activist
Her goal on the court will be to drive America back to the days before the New Deal and the civil rights movement.
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Donald Trump will stop at nothing to retain his power. (Photo: Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Robert Reich
How to Stop Trump from Stealing the Election
Make this a blowout victory for Joe Biden and Democrats down the ballot, and stop Trump from stealing this election.
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Every election, more than 700,000 Americans are denied to the right to vote as they sit in jail awaiting trial. This must end. (Photo: Frederic Brown/AFP via Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
Denying Pre-Trial Detainees the Right to Vote Must Stop
This form of voter suppression is a social injustice and a civic indignity.
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Whenever there are discussions about enacting a national fracking ban, corporate media seem to prioritize the supposed short-term potential “risks” to Democrats’ electoral prospects, or potential economic downturns, over the long-term prospects for human civilization’s survival. (Photo: Food & Water Watch/Flickr/cc) Joshua Cho
Press Worries About a Fracking Ban’s 'Risk' to Democrats—Not Fracking's Threat to Planet
There is no reason for a fracking ban to be "political suicide" unless corporate journalists are determined to equate that with the death of the fossil fuel industry.
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Money needs to move not just out of incarceration and into care, but into the hands of those people and communities whom our current system has harmed most. (Photo: Robyn Beck / AFP - Getty Images) Laura Flanders
The US Spends More Than $80 Billion a Year Incarcerating 2.3 Million People
There’s never been a better time to reconsider the entire system.
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Trump’s removal from office is only the first step. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images) Mike Lofgren
Damnatio Memoriae: The First Step to Recovery in a Post-Trump America
To get beyond the present crisis, we must undo his crimes and follies.
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Dr. Scott Atlas, member of the White House Coronavirus Taskforce, walks at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 12, 2020. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images) Michael Winship
Scott Atlas Is Trump’s Doctor Death
He’s a reminder of an infamous Russian who "probably killed more human beings than any individual scientist in history."
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Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Youth climate activists hold signs during a Climate Strike youth protest outside of Chevron headquarters on Sept. 27, 2019, in San Ramon, California. Hundreds of activists and their supporters were calling for the company to abandon fossil fuels by 2025. (PHOTO BY JUSTIN SULLIVAN/GETTY IMAGES) Mike Males
Young Activists Aren’t Waiting For Anyone
Older generations have generally favored "nowism," which privileges short-term well-being at the expense of long-term environmental and societal sustainability. And today’s youth are done with it.
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Protesters at a rally against President Donald Trump in San Francisco, January 20 2017. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Pax Ahimsa Gethen. CC BY-SA 4.0.) Marc Edelman
Fascism in America
Words matter. We must call what is happening in the US by its true name.
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2020 has the chance to be a historic year for international reproductive rights.  (Photo: Tami Chappell/AFP/Getty Images) Stacie Murphy
Global Reproductive Health on the Ballot this November
If Democrats are elected, we can have a new president and a congress that will fight to repeal the Helms Amendment and safeguard accessible and affordable healthcare everywhere.
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We can simultaneously embrace our exile as an experience of transformation while voting to reclaim the world beneath our feet. (Photo by Matteo Trevisan/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Amy Reed-Sandoval
Voting in Exile
The forces that have kept us in exile want us to lose touch with our sense of democratic agency—they want us to feel that we have forever lost our worlds.
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 In the wake of the pandemic, food security has emerged as a key issue. (Photo: John Benford/Aurora Photos/Getty Images) Shiney Varghese
World Food Day Drives Home Need for Change in the US
The pandemic has exposed the fragility of the current industrialized food supply system, which is nested in an unequal, racialized and gendered socio-economic system experiencing the increasing prevalence of unemployment and food insecurity.
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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) Rebecca Gordon
Guns, Germs, and Smoke
UNITE-HERE! Canvassers take on Trump in Nevada.
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Monday, October 19, 2020
What should be clear from this review is that discriminatory policies that unfairly target Arabs or Muslims didn’t begin with Donald Trump and will not automatically end with a change in the White House. (Photo: Sue Ogrocki / AP) James Zogby
Policies Targeting Arabs and Muslims Didn’t Just Start With Donald Trump
Regardless which party is in the White House, these onerous policies must finally be challenged and defeated.
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America's history of war, militarism and international coercion has reached its final stage in the terminal decline of an increasingly corrupt and decadent American empire. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
How Biden Flubbed Town Hall Foreign Policy Question
Most of our leaders are still hell-bent on preserving America's imperial power at any cost: endless wars, climate catastrophe, mass extinctions, and the terrifying risk of a final, apocalyptic mass-casualty war—most likely a nuclear war.
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To ensure that the global economy is not only resilient but also conducive to social progress, governments must restore the social contract by rebuilding trust in democracy and a fair and equitable economy.(Photo: Scott Lewis/Flickr/cc) Ruwan Subasinghe, Makbule Sahan
Ending Corporate Impunity Is at the Heart of a Sustainable Post-Pandemic Global Recovery
Upcoming negotiations for a UN Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights provide a critical opportunity for governments and business to demonstrate their commitment to responsible corporate conduct.
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Trump’s opposite approaches, discouraging masks and other Covid restrictions while seeking government intrusion into the most intimate decisions anyone makes, have become the de facto centerpieces of his campaign. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images) Robert Reich
The Public, the Personal, and the Utter Hypocrisy of the GOP
It is nonsensical to argue, as do Trump and his allies, that government cannot mandate masks or close businesses during a pandemic but can prevent women from having abortions and same-sex couples from marrying.
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People watch as President Donald Trump arrives on Air Force One for his campaign event at the Orlando Sanford International Airport on October 12, 2020 in Sanford, Florida. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Thom Hartmann
How Does a Nation Best Deal With a Leader Who Intentionally Kills Its Citizens?
Regardless of his motivations, Trump is engaging in and encouraging behavior that is killing and disabling Americans by the millions.
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I urge Green Party members in battleground states to do the right thing and vote not for Hawkins but for Biden. (Photo: CNN/Screengrab) Norman Solomon
Why a Former Green Party Candidate Is on a Very Long Fast—Urging Progressives to Vote for Biden to Defeat Trump
"A very large number of people on the left who supported Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren have come around to an understanding that Trump and his accomplices are such a dire threat to any hope of forward progress in this country."
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The domination of women is encouraged by the culture, but its strength comes from the need of males to control and domi­nate the female-self in themselves. (Photo: kai.bates/Flickr/cc) Bud McClure
Donald Trump's Hatred of Women
The extent to which he denigrates women and the anger and even hatred he projects onto them reflects, in equal measure, his own self-hatred of his dependency, weakness, and passivity that he associates with the feminine in him.
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Only by genuinely democratizing the formulation of foreign policy will real change become possible. (Photo: U.S. Army/flickr/cc) Andrew Bacevich
Reframing America’s Role in the World
The specter of isolationism.
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Sunday, October 18, 2020
Just imagine if we interpreted everything like people living in the 18th Century! (Photo: Astrid Riecken/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Steven Singer
An Originalist Reading of Public Schools and the Absurdity of Amy Coney Barrett
GOP is now the the party of plutocrat neofascist Christian fundamentalism.
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The president encourages white supremacist groups and rationalizes right-wing terrorism when it is carried out against peaceful, legitimate protests of police brutality. (Photo: Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Robert Freeman
Judge Trump’s Worthiness by Either Past or Future
If the next four years besiege the country as did the last four, our problems will be immeasurably worse, for they will only fester, mutate, magnify, and multiply.
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Sen. David Perdue (R-GA). (Photo by Toni L. Sandys-Pool/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Dear Sen. Perdue: Kamala Is the Name of Great Americans
Since Perdue is implicitly playing the American card by othering Kamala Harris, let us look at some very American Kamalas who are much more admirable people than David Perdue and who have achieved much more of lasting value for Americans than he has.
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Workers at an outdoor furniture manufacturer in Illinois make personal protective equipment. For some workers, the demand for their labor has skyrocketed during the pandemic and for others the opposite has happened. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Anna Bian­ca Roach
This Crisis Makes Clear: We Need a Four-Day Work Week, Now
A shorter work week could help create a more thriving society. But to work it must be equitable.
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President Donald Trump looks on as he departs a rally at Toledo Express Airport in Swanton, Ohio, on September 21, 2020. (Photo: Mandel Ngan Getty Images) Sara Reardon
Leading Scientists Urge Voters to Dump Trump
Journals and Nobelists, usually cautious, cite unprecedented damage and incompetence in calls for a U.S. leadership change.
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Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett is sworn in on the first day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on October 12, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Edelman-Pool/Getty Images) William Cohn
Amy Coney Barrett: Just Another Pro-Corporate Villain on the Court
As the judiciary heads further to the right it is evident it no longer serves the values of the majority of the people.
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Saturday, October 17, 2020
Huthi rebel fighters inspect the damage after a reported air strike carried out by the Saudi-led coalition targeted the presidential palace in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on December 5, 2017. Saudi-led warplanes pounded the rebel-held capital before dawn after the rebels killed former president Ali Abdullah Saleh as he fled the city following the collapse of their uneasy alliance, residents said. (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP via Getty Images). Juan Cole
America Is Complicit, as Yemen Spirals Toward Mass Starvation
This is an American war, and Americans have Yemeni blood on their hands.
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The foregoing is nothing but a smattering of the words the trump has used to describe women. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty) Christopher Brauchli
The Monster and the Trump
The Executive Order was signed by Trump who has repeatedly shown his disrespect for people with whom he disagrees by the language he uses when addressing them. It is mostly directed towards women and people of color.
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., speaks as the Senate Judiciary Committee hears from legal experts on the final day of the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, on October 15, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Susan Walsh-Pool/Getty Images) Mariah Kreutter
Dianne Feinstein Was Harder on Preteen Climate Activists Than She Was on Amy Coney Barrett
The contrast makes it clear that Feinstein prioritizes an outdated model of bipartisanship over engaging a passionate, young, left-leaning voter base.
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The hearings were truly a travesty. (Photo by Demetrius Freeman - Pool/Getty Images) Ralph Nader
Corporatist Judge Barrett–Two More Senate Abstentions Needed to Stop Trump
It's time for the rising movement of elected and grassroots progressive to take over.
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Equanimity is defined as mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in difficult situations. (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images) Zoe Weil
Four Ways to Find Equanimity When the News Is Overwhelming
Staying healthy and effective in the maelstrom.
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David Suzuki
Humility, Caring and Wisdom Make a Better Future Possible
For many, the pandemic has renewed our innate appreciation for and connection to nature. People have taken to growing food on windowsills and in backyard and community gardens. We’re cultivating yeasts to bake bread and getting outside more to walk, run, swim and cycle.
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