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They Wanted to Overcome Late Capitalism

They Wanted to Overcome Late Capitalism

February 1968. Radical leftists from all over the world are in West Berlin to attend the International Vietnam Congress.

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Same-sex marriage has become a political football in Italy’s elections

Same-sex marriage has become a political football in Italy’s elections

Ahead of Italy’s national elections on 4 March, towns and cities across the country were plastered with posters to “defend the traditional family”

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Candidates

Candidates

In accessible and engaging prose, historian Ellen Fitzpatrick chronicles the political careers of three women who attempted to ascend to the American presidency.

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Some Degree of Voting

Some Degree of Voting

On 21 June 1908, half a million people gathered in Hyde Park to celebrate “Women’s Sunday”. There were 30 brass bands, bugles and 20 platforms...

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Smash the Patriarchy (and Capitalism)!

Smash the Patriarchy (and Capitalism)!

The Time’s Up movement uses the language of radical left-wing politics. But it has yet to do radical left-wing politics...

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‘The last thing many voters wanted was a continuation of the status quo’

‘The last thing many voters wanted was a continuation of the status quo’

No doubt the staffers and cabinet members whom Wolff reports as describing Trump as an “idiot” or “moron” have reason to think of him in this way.

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Embodiment Beyond the Binary

Embodiment Beyond the Binary

Intersectionality remains a very important tool within any attempt to understand the historical arc of relations between trans* people and feminist...

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Immigrants are 45’s most frightening imaginary enemy…

Immigrants are 45’s most frightening imaginary enemy…

Trump appears to be obsessed with people who embody choice. Immigrants are his most frightening imaginary enemy, the ones who need to be “extremely vetted,” blocked out with a wall...

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For the Loss

For the Loss

As the campaign came to an end, Trump himself was sanguine. His ultimate goal, after all, had never been to win. “I can be the most famous man in the world”...

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A Letter From X

A Letter From X

I write to you from the fraying edges of a dying empire. An America assailed by its own bad thoughts. We’ve given the keys of the kingdom to a bunch of hen fuckers. Even from the cold, dark, damp confines of my Appalachian bunker I catch stray signals from the rottenness.

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Radical Britain

Radical Britain

It is an extraordinary feature of British politics that two years ago there was no revolutionary party in the mainstream, and today revolution is the only item on the menu.

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Most Were With Her

Most Were With Her

Clinton lost a race that few thought possible to lose. Her opponent was not Mitt Romney or John McCain or Marco Rubio but Donald J. Trump, a demonstrably crooked businessman.

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Splendid Grime

Splendid Grime

I have been reading Jason W. Moore’s Capitalism in the Web of Life — a book which helps to theorize the rise of the Biotariat. Moore writes, “all limits to capital emerge historically, out of the relations of humans with the rest of nature.

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45 and Low

45 and Low

Do you think that after the nuclear trigger is pulled that any of the survivors will be able to honestly say that on some level they didn’t always know that it was bound to happen this way?

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‘As avowed anticapitalists, communists made for unlikely business owners’

‘As avowed anticapitalists, communists made for unlikely business owners’

It’s not entirely clear when communists first sold books in the US. But almost as soon as they split off from the Socialist Party of America to form their own parties in 1919, communists opened their own bookstores, too.

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Got Skinny Repeal?

Got Skinny Repeal?

Though the collapse of the seven-year Republican effort to kill off the Affordable Care Act came in one of the most dramatic moments in US Senate history

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Wasn’t Benjamin a tad too comfortable in his outrage?

Wasn’t Benjamin a tad too comfortable in his outrage?

“Left-wing melancholy” was once the title of a review essay that Walter Benjamin wrote in 1931 for the feuilleton section of the German newspaper Die Gesellschaft. 

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