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Margaret Flowers: The Imperative To Achieve National Improved Medicare For All

This time around, the “Yes we can” slogan so common under Obama must mean that, yes, the people can overcome the plutocrats and put people over profits

Sonali Kolhatkar: America—and the Democrats—Won’t Have a Future If Joe Biden Adopts a Centrist Agenda

Biden needs to reshape himself into a left-wing populist, and he can do so without explicitly labeling himself as such. The future of the nation and planet depend on it

Yifat Susskind: A Feminist Blueprint for Saving Democracy in the U.S.—and Beyond

Feminists know that building transnational solidarity is often crucial when trying to counter domestic oppression

Marjorie Cohn: Biden’s Victory Does Not Guarantee a Progressive Agenda. We Must Fight for It

Progressives must hold Biden’s feet to the fire and demand that he govern for the 99 percent and not the 1 percent

Jason Koslowski: Philly Housing Activists Are Fighting Evictions in the Streets

The eviction housing crisis is hitting home in Philadelphia, with local Democrats protecting landlords at the expense of renters. But Philly is home to a powerful housing movement that is fighting back

Jane Cutter: Tacoma, Wa. struggle: ‘We won’t stop until everyone is housed!’

“They are leaving us in the gutter, and something’s got to give. I am only staying strong because of my family in the streets. We need to stand together with one big voice”

Editors of ODR: What happened to democracy in 2020? We ask our contributors

We ask experts from around the world: what happened to democracy in 2020 – and what comes next? Here are their reflections

Patrick Cockburn: COVID-19 Learns From Experience, Unlike Boris Johnson and His Crew

Traditional English deference towards the powers-that-be is wearing thin but, even so, many people resist facing up to the comic opera inadequacy of British leadership at a time of such extreme national peril –  understandably so since it is a truly frightening sight

David P. Ball: Seven Things to Know about BC’s Connection to India’s Revolts

“Zindabad!” The celebratory rallying cry is being sounded by hundreds of millions of farmers protesting in the streets of Delhi — and it rings out from growing car parades and rallies in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland over recent weeks

Danny Haiphong: US fearmongering on China not rooted in facts, but racism

Bipartisan mistrust of the world’s emerging economic superpower rooted largely in bigoted tropes and stereotypes

Paul Messersmith-Glavin: Black Lives Matter and the Future of Humanity

Those of us organizing and theorizing need to see commonalities between movements and recognize we are in this for the long haul

Ro Khanna: $2,000 Stimulus Checks Are Needed, Not More Austerity

“There’s no doubt in my mind that Trump is to blame for the delay, for the anxiety people had, and [Mitch] McConnell and Republicans are to blame for not having $2,000”

Norman Solomon: Neera Tanden and Antony Blinken Personify the ‘Moderate’ Rot at the Top of the Democratic Party

The brighter spots among Joe Biden’s nominations reflect the political wattage that progressives have generated in recent years on a wide array of intertwined matters, from climate to healthcare to economic justice to structural racism

Megan L. Jordan, Joshua Murray, Michael Schwartz & Kevin A. Young: When Black Movements Win, Everybody But the 1 Percent Wins

Movements can only answer the needs of those at the bottom by positioning them as decision-makers

Danica Jorden: Honduras: Caravan of the Damned

Over 500 people who lost everything in Hurricanes Eta and Iota set out from the San Pedro Sula bus station on Thursday, December 10, 2020

Maurice BP-Weeks: $600 Isn’t Nearly Enough—We Need Real Relief

The bipartisan stimulus bill fails to meet the needs of working people. Congress must pass a package that makes us whole

Eric Dirnbach: Meet the volunteer organizing team helping non-union workers during the pandemic

The Emergency Workplace Organizing Committee is training workers and helping them organize. Can this be a successful model for building worker power?

David Rovics: When the Landlords Say, “Fuck You”

The only real question is at what point will the working class of this country stop blaming ourselves for our inability to make ends meet, and start truly fighting back?

Daphna Thier: The US Government Can Provide Universal Childcare — It’s Done So in the Past

There’s no reason we can’t have high-quality care — in fact, during World War II, we did

Brett Wilkins: ‘Unbelievably Cruel’

Sanders Slams Trump’s Intransigence as Millions Lose Unemployment Lifeline

David Adler: Biden’s International ‘Summit for Democracy’ Not a Very Good Idea

The US must move past outdated foreign policy ideas and resist traveling further down a failed course that divides the world into hostile camps, and prioritizes confrontation over cooperation

Vincent Emanuele: Power Requires Structure, Structure Requires Discipline

Ordinary Americans will never win the reforms we need to survive until or unless hundreds of thousands of poor and working-class people across the United States participate in the political process

Juan Cole: Hundreds of Thousands of Birds fell out of the Sky in Southwest and now we Know Why

The Megadrought is clearly not over, 21 years in. In fact, we stand at the beginning of lots of Megadroughts

Sheila Bapat: Local Candidates Embrace Bolder Climate Policies as Federal Policy Has Faltered

Hyperlocal activism is becoming a preeminent strategy to address climate change

Gabriel Schivone: Rebel Cops

A look at the conscientious objectors of law enforcement

C.M. Lewis: The Stunning Workers’ Victory in New Mexico That You Haven’t Heard About

New Mexico made it way easier for workers to form a union. Here’s what it means

Richard Falk: From Counterterrorism to Geopolitics: Reviving the U.S. Deep State

Although it is the highest political priority to be done with Trump and Trumpism, the renewal of ‘bipartisan foreign policy’ under the guidance of the American version of the deep state is not good news

Daniel Raventos: The European Citizens’ Initiative for a Basic Income

We believe that the interest among citizens in basic income is going to keep growing

Deirdre Jonese Austin: In the Georgia runoffs, ‘poll chaplains’ continue King’s legacy

“I want people to go to the polls knowing that they have nothing to fear — that their right to have their voice heard will be encouraged, uplifted, and defended by people of hope”

Jessica Martinez: ‘Our Government Needs to Protect Workers, Not Corporations’

Interview on worker safety and Covid relief

Badri Raina: Year-End

The year is ending, But time carries on. As do madness and cupidity

Sophia Seawell: How to navigate talking about feminism like a pro

The very mention of the f-word still turns too many conversations into arguments. Here are six tips for holding your own when the heat is on. #12DaysofResistance

Vincent Emanuele: A Lonely Christmas in Texas

To date, 330,000+ Americans and 1.41 million additional humans have lost their lives due to this predictable, preventable, vicious, and indifferent virus. The best way to properly remember their lives is by taking care of the living

EcoEquity: America’s Climate Fair Share

One recent study tells us that, under the climate shadow, ninety-seven per cent of young Americans are worried about having children of their own. We’re facing an emergency and we know it

Andrew Moss: Justice for All Essential Workers

In jobs where the risk of infection and even death stalks workers every day, the term “living wage” now takes on a new meaning

Ramzy Baroud: A Country in Turmoil

Why Netanyahu is a Symptom, Not Cause of Israel’s Political Crisis

George Monbiot: Brexit: Capitalism’s Civil War

“Farage and his ilk are just tools of something much bigger & much deeper than they are”

Tony Greenstein: The real Corbyn ‘tragedy’ — and ‘Jewish Currents’ refusal to publish an opposing view

In a recent article on the “tragedy” of Jeremy Corbyn, Jewish Currents overlooks the rightwing bigoted records of those criticizing Corbyn because of his support for Palestinian rights

Liberation Staff-Mississippi: ‘Utterly baffling, without merit:’ University of Mississippi fires anti-racist professor

All progressive and revolutionary people should stand in solidarity with Felber, Caffera and Thomas as well as the affected students, staff and other faculty in Oxford, as it is clear that UM caters to racist monied donors

Robert Koehler: Restoring the soul of America

Change is coming, one way or another. We can run from it and hide, and become its victim, or we can open our political soul and create the future

Michael Albert: Christmas Letter to those I Know and Don’t Know

What can I say? Holiday season. I wish you as bright a holiday as our times permit. I wish you much joy, some sharing, much learning, some caring. I wonder if you are well. In body and in mind. I wonder if you are relating each to the rest. Not drifting. Souls alight. Souls aflame. Read more…

Silvia Gonzalez: Chicago Teachers Pledge Collective Action as January Reopening Approaches

Interview on the perils of Chicago’s hybrid reopening plan and why “simultaneous instruction” simply doesn’t make sense

Badri Raina: DDC Poll Results Are an Emphatic Rejection of the Scrapping of J&K’s Special Status

The core of Kashmir’s secular politics remains in place, and Kashmiriyat has yet again triumphed over sectarian majoritarianism

Josh Schoolar: Working for the revolution in Rojava

Interview on the political and military upheaval taking place in Rojava and northern Syria from the perspective of someone who not only witnessed the struggle but was an active participant

Gilbert Achcar: The First Decade of the Arab Revolutionary Process

Ten years ago, a young street vendor in the town of Sidi Bouzid in central Tunisia sparked a political firestorm that soon engulfed the whole country, before spreading across the entire Arabic-speaking region, in what has been known since 2011 as the ‘Arab Spring’

Ranjini Basu: Long march to peasant unity

The unprecedented unity among peasant organizations is not a sudden development. It has been built over several struggles, which have expanded the base of the peasant and snowballed into the massive protests against the new farm laws

Martin Chulov: ‘Our Blood is Cheaper than Water’: Anger in Iraq Over Trump Pardons

Biden to be lobbied to reverse decision to pardon security guards jailed over massacre

Tariq Ali: Starmer’s War

With the backroom Brexiteers ousted from Downing Street and Starmer speeding up the purge of the Labour Party, the ruling bloc is back on the offensive.

Michael Albert: Participatory Economics 101 | Pt. 2

‘What do you want?’ is a constant query put to economic and globalization activists decrying current poverty, alienation, and degradation

Collective 20: Voters’ Motives and Left Agendas

On the left we therefore shouldn’t passively hope against hope that public officials will serve humane priorities. We should grow our organized, informed, activist power to force the outcomes we desire

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