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Covid Conspiracies

Covid Conspiracies

The conspiracy theories about the virus range from it being a biological weapon created by the Chinese government, that it is a conspiracy created by U.S. democrats to prevent Trump’s reelection...

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Voted, Ran, Isolated

Voted, Ran, Isolated

On the dot of noon yesterday, we received text messages from the government telling us to observe the ‘strict rules’ laid down by the president of the republic.

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Now Pepe was going to be president…

Now Pepe was going to be president…

The recent chaos at the Iowa Democratic caucus was exacerbated by eager Anons responding to a 4chan call to “clog the phone lines”...

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Adam Staley Groves on the Iowa Caucus

Adam Staley Groves on the Iowa Caucus

CNN by Adam Staley Groves Today, love seems more a privation than I could ever remember. Maybe that’s the problem of being aware of it, as if we could ever know love—or—as Foreigner once clamored, “I wanna know what love is.” So if there’s the small violence of certainty...

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Cacophonous cross talk that’s only seen when there’s no real news to report…

Cacophonous cross talk that’s only seen when there’s no real news to report…

A third-party app the party had deployed to count and transmit votes, apparently without adequately training precinct chairs in its use...

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With the Option to Sell Out

With the Option to Sell Out

For forty years the center had been drifting steadily to starboard. So what if it jumped a ways to port? It might have been abrupt, but it’s not as though anyone was proposing the abolition of the monarchy or the nationalization

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Not Enough Voters for Corbyn

Not Enough Voters for Corbyn

Before trying to examine the outcome of the 2019 general election, before any attempt to analyse the social complexities of the electorate that it reveals, it is important to understand three things.

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When Will Labour Win Again?

When Will Labour Win Again?

The immediate, clear consequence of the UK election of December 12, 2019, is that Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has succeeded where Theresa May’s failed in the last general election, in 2017—by winning an emphatic parliamentary majority...

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The Punch That Wasn’t a Punch

The Punch That Wasn’t a Punch

First, some facts, as they are in precious short supply. Around noon on Sunday 8 December, Daniel Sheridan of the Yorkshire Evening Post published a story about Jack Williment-Barr

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Susanna Crossman: A Year of Yellow Edges

Susanna Crossman: A Year of Yellow Edges

Roughly one year ago, on 17th November 2018, an impromptu French national protest was held against fuel tax. On Facebook, the instigators said: Put your fluorescent jacket on your dashboard.

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‘Socialism was hardly in the air in the suburban US’

‘Socialism was hardly in the air in the suburban US’

Socialism was hardly in the air in the suburban us of the late 90s and early 2000s. In Sunkara’s characteristically breezy telling, it took a lingering oasis of American social democracy, the local public library...

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Will Warren Win?

Will Warren Win?

The big story of the campaign so far has been the ascent of Elizabeth Warren. A reluctant and somewhat shaky candidate in 2012...

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Mothers Without Men

Mothers Without Men

Place Edmond Rostand in Paris was packed on Sunday 6 October. Smartly dressed families kept arriving. They had gathered to oppose a new law that will extend assisted reproduction (PMA) to lesbian couples and single women...

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What Johnson Did

What Johnson Did

It’s not unusual for governments to throw tantrums when defeated, but quite another for them to do so after a victory. But in the week since Boris Johnson brokered a revised Brexit deal, No 10 has had a snit almost daily.

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The women of the ‘68 student movement in Mexico

The women of the ‘68 student movement in Mexico

The masculine narrative of history has insisted on downplaying the role of women in the student movement of ’68, although there is research...

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Adam Staley Groves: Stevens, Benjamin and Trump

Adam Staley Groves: Stevens, Benjamin and Trump

We watch screens. That is where we think politics happens. But in truth, politics does not happen beyond one’s feeling for something.

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45 on the Line

45 on the Line

The White House on Wednesday released a "memorandum" documenting the July 25 conversation between the president and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Adam Staley Groves: Debate Number Three

Adam Staley Groves: Debate Number Three

It’s only debate number three, so the recent lefting by candidates is familiar babble, with a slight disquiet. In a recent video, pressing back against the press, Speaker Nancy had...

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A Tinpot Dictatorship?

A Tinpot Dictatorship?

Given the extent to which the Brexit campaign has undermined Britain's institutions through lies, it is reasonable to worry that the country will soon come to resemble a tinpot dictatorship.

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Defending Parliamentary Sovereignty

Defending Parliamentary Sovereignty

Johnson has said he will refuse to act on MPs’ wishes, that he will simply not request such an extension from Brussels. To avoid the MPs’ instruction, he would rather empty out the current House of Commons...

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Bumbling Brexit

Bumbling Brexit

In his only novel, Seventy-Two Virgins, published in 2004, Boris Johnson uses a strange word. The hero, like Johnson himself at the time, is a backbench Conservative member of the House of Commons.

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