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American Paranoids

by Arthur Goldwag | Jan 4, 2014 | Books

  The United States of Paranoia is witty, smart, and more than a little subversive. Ranging confidently through history and popular culture—from the Indian wars of Puritan New England to Andrew Jackson assassination conspiracy theory and the deconstructive tricksters behind Discordianism’s Operation Mindfuck, from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” to Jack Chick’s Evangelicalist comic books—Jesse […]

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Great American Home Loan Hustle

by Jenny Blair | Nov 1, 2013 | Books

  In A Dream Foreclosed, journalist and activist Laura Gottesdiener highlights four people threatened by the loss of their homes; discusses racism and predatory lending; and challenges old ideas about property and private housing. In the orgy of subprime lending that created the great recession, and the subsequent foreclosures and evictions that followed, African Americans […]

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White Working-Class Complexity

by John Russo | Oct 7, 2013 | Books

Since the late 90s, political pundits have debated how to define the working class and how to explain their voting patterns. Prior to the 2000 presidential election, a standard definition of the working class combined income, occupation, and education. Ruy Teixeira and Joel Rogers made the case for using education in part because exit polls […]

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New American Police State

by Chase Madar | Oct 1, 2013 | Books

  What is a police state, and have we become one? These questions are asked with higher frequency since young Edward Snowden blew a loud whistle on our government spying on our phone calls and e-mail. But there has long been a more prosaic, everyday quality to American over-policing that doesn’t require high-tech surveillance. The […]

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All God’s Children

by Yuko Narushima | Sep 1, 2013 | Books

  The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking and the New Gospel of Adoption, by journalist Kathryn Joyce, forces readers to question just whose needs are satisfied by adoption, driven as it is now by conservative Christians and a dangerous desire to do good. Joyce unpacks a multibillion-dollar transnational industry that is manufacturing orphans to satisfy the […]

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