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Julia Conley: Paygo Exemptions Will Help Pave Way for Green New Deal and Medicare for All

“Paygo’s the biggest scam of the decade, designed to legitimize the fear-mongering over artificial deficits. This is a big win by progressives.”

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Andrew Latham: How 3 prior pandemics triggered massive societal shifts

Will the bumbling efforts of the open societies of the West to come to grips with the virus shattering already-wavering faith in liberal democracy, creating a space for other ideologies to evolve and metastasize?

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Dean Baker: All In for $2K

The higher payments will add to the debt, but so what? The debt mongers will complain about the debt no matter what and there is zero reason to think we’re coming up against any limitations

Robert R. Raymond: 2020’s Legislative Attacks on Gig Workers Will Change Labor Forever

The nature of gig-work is often quite atomizing, but the coming together of these workers to join in a collective struggle demonstrates that they aren’t going to take it sitting down.

Chauncey DeVega: Trump’s latest crime “shocks” the media: Mary Trump, is not surprised

Mary Trump on her uncle’s desperate attempt to escape being a “loser”: It’s a “uniquely terrifying situation”

Hunter: All living former defense secretaries condemn GOP attempts to overturn election, involve military

That is was felt to be necessary, by all signatories, is a shocking reflection of how close even top past military officials believe the nation to be to a potentially violent coup

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Michael Albert: Participatory Economics, Ecology, and Anarchism

The following was written for a collection to be entitled Anarquismo contemporáneo y ecología (Contemporary anarchism and ecology) to be published In Chile

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Jonathan Cook: The Antisemitism Industry: how antisemitism is being politicized and weaponized in Europe to defend Israel

The same European leaders who a few years ago marched in Paris shouting “Je suis Charlie” – upholding the inalienable free speech rights of white Europeans to offend Muslims by insulting and ridiculing their Prophet – are now queuing up to outlaw free speech when it is directed against Israel

Mary Fitzgerald: I never thought Democrats could win Georgia. Could it happen twice?

The critical Senate run-off race is too close to call. But a massive voter mobilization effort may just tip the balance

Robert R. Raymond: As Stimulus Falls Short, Mutual Aid Organizers Work to Meet People’s Needs

By genuinely understanding and responding to their community’s needs and filling in the many gaps left open by local, state and federal authorities, mutual aid organizations are making a huge difference in many people’s lives

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Ellen Birkett Lindeen: Georgia on My Mind

The choice is yours, Georgians. We are counting on you

Roger Harris: 2020 Latin America and the Caribbean in Review: the Pink Tide May Rise Again

The US continues to try to dominate Latin America and the Caribbean

Frank Stricker: Seven Reasons Why We Need a Major Federal Direct Job Creation Program, ASAP

There is work to do—and people who want to work

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Kelly Hayes: 2020 Turned Our Worlds Inside Out. Here’s What We Learned

Interview on activist lessons learned in 2020

Cancel the Rents Boston: Cancel the Rents builds people power to stop evictions in Boston

The following is a guest statement by Cancel the Rents Boston, a collective of activists and residents organizing to fight against housing displacement exacerbated by COVID-19, anchored in the heart of Roxbury

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Richard Falk: The Trump Pardons and Fast-Tracking Capital Punishment

Among the disquieting dimensions of this strangest of all Christmas holidays has been the lurid spectacle of misplaced empathy by Donald Trump, placating

cronies and criminals who helped him circumvent law and morality

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Paul Farmer: Centuries of Inequality in the U.S. Laid Groundwork for Pandemic Devastation

“All the social pathologies of our nation come to the fore during epidemics”

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David Swanson: Drone Murder Has Been Normalized

I’m old enough to remember when drone murders were shocking. Heck, I even recall a few people calling them murders

Daniel Finn: Jeremy Corbyn’s Opponents Burned the House Down to Stop Him

Keir Starmer has set the seal on a drastic shift to the right for the British Labour Party

Rod Driver: Selling Weapons Part 2: The Military-Industrial Complex

Over a quarter of US senators and congress members have investments in weapons corporations

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Bryce Covert: When ‘the American Way’ Met the Coronavirus

“If you want people to do the right thing you have to make it easy, and we’ve made it hard.”

Michael Bueckert: Yes, the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism is intended to censor political expression

11 examples showing how the IHRA definition poses a threat to free speech and aims to silence Palestinian solidarity

Ron Jacobs: Facebook and the Street

The fact of Facebook has created a situation where the Left often seems to have forgotten how to organize

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Ted Glick: Thinking Beyond the Pandemic

Let’s make a commitment on this new year’s day that we will do all we can in the coming weeks and months to come out of this pandemic clearly pointed down this hopeful road

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Thomas Klikauer: How Austerity Is Re-Shaping Work Regimes

In the period since 2010, when Austerity mania took over government policies fuelled by media calls to balance the books, the capital-media alliance has been a winning ticket

J. David McSwane: “Those of Us Who Don’t Die Are Going to Quit”

Almost a year into the pandemic, supply shortages remain so severe that nurse Kristen Cline reuses her N95 for several shifts while her hospital buckles, patients suffer and folks nearby socialize maskless as if the pandemic were already over

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Patrick Bond: As South African climate justice veterans fall, consciousness begins reviving, from below and across

Deaths of four frontline KwaZulu-Natal activists – and latest Durban oil refinery explosion – define 2021 battlegrounds

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Tom Wetzel: “The Rank and File Strategy”: A Syndicalist View

Kim Moody’s writings on “the Rank and File Strategy” have gained a broad hearing within a variety of socialist groups, such as Democratic Socialists of America and smaller socialist groupings

Tom Phillips: Argentina Legalizes Abortion in Landmark Moment for Women’s Rights

The victory is the result of five years of mass protest marches by Argentina’s grassroots women’s movement, which began as a Twitter campaign against gender violence

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Ramzy Baroud: The US Money Tree: The Untold Story of American Aid to Israel

Expecting the US to play a constructive role in achieving a just peace in Palestine does not only reflect indefensible naivety but willful ignorance as well

Rod Driver: Selling Weapons – The Most Corrupt Industry in the World

The US government has the highest military spending in the world, with approximately one-third of the world’s military expenditure

Greta Thunberg: Greta Thunberg dismisses ’empty words’ in new climate crisis appeal – video

There is hope … we are the hope – we, the people’.

Chloe Brimicombe, Elliott Sainsbury, Gabrielle Powell and Wilson Chan: Overshadowed by COVID: the deadly extreme weather of 2020

2020 was alarming, unforgettable and traumatic – and not only because of COVID-19. Lethal natural hazards are increasing in frequency under our changing climate, and 2020 is a testament to that

Leanna First-Arai: Ecosystem Destruction Fueled the Pandemic. Pollution Has Made It Worse

A small increase in long-term exposure to polluted air leads to a large increase in COVID-19 death rates

Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones: “Say Her Name: Dr. Susan Moore”

Black Female Doctors Condemn Racial Disparities in Healthcare

Jake Johnson: ‘This Is Warp Speed?’

At Current Pace, US Will Take 10 Years to Adequately Vaccinate the Public Against Covid-19, Analysis Warns

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David Swanson: Top 10 Questions for Neera Tanden

Before Neera Tanden can become Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Senators must approve. And before that, they must ask questions. Here are some suggestions for what they should ask

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Robert Reich: Trump’s Vilest Legacy

It’s not simply the size of the broken window that undermines standards, according to Wilson and Kelling. It’s the willingness of society to look the other way. If no one is held accountable, norms collapse

Michael Shane: “We’re Part of the Reproduction of the Working Class”

Interview on what the district is doing to try and get teachers back in the classroom, how his union and others around California are responding, and why capitalism wants and needs the schools open

Jeremy Corbyn: Jeremy Corbyn: Why I’m Launching a Project for Peace and Justice

Interview on his hopes for the initiative — and why he refuses to be cowed by the attacks he has endured

Gershon Baskin: Israel needs to form a Jewish-Arab party to change the game

It is indeed clear that what is left of the Left is not only small, it is very fragmented

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Medea Benjamin: Why Senators Must Reject Avril Haines for Intelligence

Haines’s record on torture and drones alone should be enough for  Senators to reject her nomination.

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Marjorie Cohn: Civil Rights Groups Fight Back Against Georgia’s Voter Purges

The importance of the January 5 Senate runoff elections in Georgia cannot be overestimated

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Badri Raina: Pray, What Is This ‘Reform’ That the Rightwing Peddles?

How is it that ‘reform’ only means throwing the food-grower open to the cut-throat vagaries of a so-called ‘free-market’ always in the clutches of the corporate?

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Mindy Isser: The Union Members Who Voted for Trump Have to Be Organized—Not Ignored

Unions should be holding more political discussions with their members—and listening closely to their needs

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Glenn Greenwald: With Biden’s New Threats, the Russia Discourse is More Reckless and Dangerous Than Ever

The U.S. media demands inflammatory claims be accepted with no evidence, while hacking behavior routinely engaged in by the U.S. is depicted as aberrational

Left Voice: “It’s Now or Never”: A Call for Organizing Against Managerial Class

Left Voice speaks with a caseworker* who works in an inpatient psychiatry unit about the situation that healthcare and essential workers are facing amidst a peak in the pandemic in Florida, now with over half a million cases

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Jonathan Cook: I Am Greta isn’t about climate change. It’s about the elusiveness of sanity in an insane world

We are in an ideological bubble—and one that will burst as surely as the financial kind. Thunberg is that still, small voice of sanity outside the bubble

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Noam Chomsky: Trump Has Revealed the Extreme Fragility of American Democracy

I think both Trump and Trumpism will remain with us for a long time, both the individual himself and the poisonous currents he has unleashed

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Medea Benjamin: Will the World Community Condemn the Murder of Iran’s Nuclear Scientist?

Photo by Johnny Silvercloud   Israel used all four years of Trump’s presidency to entrench its systems of occupation and apartheid. Now that Joe Biden has won the U.S. election, the assassination of Iran’s top nuclear scientist, likely by Israel with the go-ahead from the U.S. administration, is a desperate attempt to use Trump’s last Read more…

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