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Only Mutiny Can Set Us Free

by Jack Metzgar | Jul 8, 2013 | Media

The Los Angeles Times provides a colossally wrong picture of American workers. Writing about union organizing among professional workers, a Los Angeles Times reporter last month provided the following, colossally wrong, picture of American workers: Professionals account for 62 percent of the workforce, up from 15 percent in 1977. It’s true that professional occupations have […]

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Needing to Bear Arms

by Simon Balto | Jul 1, 2013 | Books

Throughout the long struggle for African-American freedom, tactical and philosophical nonviolence was rarely predominant. The quest for full civil and human rights was long, arduous, and multifaceted. And, whether in the 1870s or 1970s, black activists and citizens proved willing to take up arms to defend against white supremacy’s architects and agents. In his new […]

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Dreaming the American Dream in Mexico

by Win Vitkowsky | Jun 28, 2013 | Foreign Policy, Media

Make a call to Time-Warner Cable’s customer service and you may find yourself talking to an American—in Mexico City. According to Jill Anderson, the author of Los Otros Dreamers, a forthcoming book about young Mexican-American adults who have been deported or who returned on their own volition, there is an industry growing in Mexico City […]

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This Is Bigger Than Paula Deen

by David J. Leonard | Jun 28, 2013 | Media

We have spent time discussing, debating, and arguing over Paula Deen. From print pundits to cable-news talking heads, much has been said of the TV personality’s use of the “N-Word,” her firing from the Food Network, and whether “in her heart she is a racist.” But a closer look at the details of the civil […]

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Choose Your Own Dystopia

by James Berger | Jun 25, 2013 | Books, Politics

George Orwell’s great dystopian novel, 1984, was published in 1949. The U.K. and the rest of Europe were recovering from years of devastating war. And in eastern Europe, the genocidal dictatorship of the Nazis was being replaced by the rival totalitarian rule of Stalinist USSR. 1984 has become a template of subsequent visions of modern […]

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