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Dana G. Smith: Neuroscientists Make a Case Against Solitary Confinement

Prolonged social isolation can do severe, long-lasting damage to the brain

Adam Levy: Maine to Test the ‘Ranked-Choice’ Voting System

Ranked choice voting gives you the power to rank candidates from your favorite to your least favorite

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Michael Albert: A Different Take?

There has been a massive flood of election assessments. What was gained? What worked? What didn’t? What are people proposing in response? Writers and activists are wisely touting various lessons. But so far, at least judging from materials I have seen, one direction of thought seems conspicuously absent. Progressive post election commentary nearly universally discerns Read more…

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Kathy Kelly: Condemning Saudi Cruelty in Yemen

Interview on a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare

Various Contributors: What the Midterm Results Mean for Progressives

Nina Turner, Maria Svart, Rick Perlstein, Barbara Ransby, Bill Fletcher Jr., Ai-jen Poo, Larry Cohen and Keeanga-Yahmatta Taylor give their takeaways from Tuesday night

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Conn Hallinan: Unwrapping Armageddon

The Erosion of Nuclear Arms Control

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Juan Cole: 15,549 Gun Homicides in US in 2017; 32 (160) in UK

The US policy of constantly endangering our children is enacted by a bought-and-paid-for Congress on behalf of 10 major gun manufacturers with an $8 billion industry

Gabriela Alemán: Something Has Gone Very Wrong

Things that were once synonymous with the U.S. are gone: infrastructure, water, light, medicine and education

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Dean Baker: Good News, the Stock Market Is Plunging

Thoughts on Wealth

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Bernie Sanders: Taking on Trumpism

Interview on the new Democrats in Congress

Sarah Anderson: 6 Women of Color Who Campaigned for Congress on Inequality and Won

Each is heading to Washington to advance a bold social and economic justice agenda, with a strong focus on reversing inequality

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Marjorie Cohn: Fierce Critic of Mueller Probe Now Has Power to Sabotage the Investigation

The day after the midterm elections, Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appointed Trump loyalist Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general. Whitaker, who has criticized the Mueller probe in the past, could fire Robert Mueller or defang his investigation. Although Sessions was faithfully carrying out Trump’s draconian agenda on civil rights, immigration and Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Mining conflicts multiply, as critics of ‘extractivism’ gather in Johannesburg

These sorts of Western+BRICS modes of super-exploitation exemplify the mineral, oil and gas looting underway across Africa

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David Swanson: A Tale of Two Marines

If you won’t address the training of murderers, and you won’t ban guns, and you won’t stop destroying the earth’s climate, what’s left is madness

Robinson Meyer: Trump’s Interference With Science Is Unprecedented

Experts say that key EPA proposals would meddle with the research process and endanger decades of protective health rules

STCLAIR: Midterm Takeaway: We Need a Lot More Democracy

I can’t be the only one who spent the night of the midterms tossing and turning. Though I managed to shut off the coverage and try to sleep, spasms of anxiety woke me repeatedly throughout the dreary hours. Ultimately, Republicans picked off several red-state Senate seats while Democrats won back the House and at least Read more…

Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg: 10-point jump in turnout among young people

Beyond almost any doubt, young people have gotten involved and felt ready to make a change in American politics – and so they did

Emma Mulvaney-Stanak: Changing the power dynamics in bargaining

How to rebuild a formerly passive union and build towards a successful strike

Rachel M. Cohen: Why Ben Jealous Lost the Maryland Governor’s Race

The primary reason Jealous lost is that his campaign couldn’t pull in the necessary funds to compete effectively

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Jack Rasmus: None Dare Call It Victory: US 2018 Elections

The failure of Democratic Party leaders’ 2018 strategy to deliver as promised in the November 6, 2018 midterm elections should also raise some serious questions about its strategy going forward for 2020

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Bob Wing: Toward Racial Justice and a Third Reconstruction

A strategic approach for U.S. progressives and the left to maximize our contribution to defeating the Trump and the far right, and advancing toward racial and social justice.

Mark Kernan: The Dystopian Future of Facebook

Big Tech’s social media universe is, as one reformed “choice architect” put it, “an attention seeking gravitational wormhole” that sucks you into their profit seeking universe

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Glenn Greenwald: Brazil’s Elections a Stark Contrast to Chaos in U.S.

If Brazil can hold basically efficient, seamless, fast, vibrantly participatory, and smooth national elections on a massive scale, as it did twice last month, then so, obviously, could the U.S.

Nick Dearden: Tricks of the trade

Liam Fox is planning bargain-basement trade deals for Brexit Britain – but Labour policy promises to deliver trade justice and democracy for the many

Desmond Meade: “Love Prevails”

Floridians Celebrate Massive Restoration of Voting Rights to People with Felonies

Chris Brooks: Hospitals Torch Safe Staffing Limits in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts hospital lobby spent upwards of $30 million to drum up fear and confusion in a campaign that strongly resembled an anti-union drive

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John Feffer: Trump’s Only Election Strategy Was Racism

Republicans can only win by racial gerrymandering and voter suppression. And Trump can only win by using fear and racism.

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Badri Raina: Tycoon Trump

Mr. Trump is a businessman, He does not like to lose; Having lost the House he sees An enemy holding a noose.   Mr. Trump is no democrat, He would rather be a king; Like Caesar he thinks democrats Ruin everything.   The First Amendment he thinks was meant Only for him and cronies; Dissenters Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: We Have Movement Work To Do

Elections are not how we change history. But they are a big part of how we—social movements, poor and disenfranchised and marginalized people, communities of color—engage with power

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Juan Cole: 11 Things Dems Absolutely must Do in the House

Democrats have to stand for something or people won’t bother to vote for them

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Confronting Trump’s Creeping Authoritarianism

This is not the time to negotiate with an administration that systematically and repeatedly violates human rights. This is a time for us to have a strong response

Saurav Sarkar: An Honest Look at Poverty in the Heartland

Hardship is a lot more widespread in the Badger State than the official numbers would have you believe

Lee Fang: Companies Pressuring Workers to Vote Corporate

Workers are frequently pushed into efforts to help companies lobby lawmakers, influence public opinion, or sway a close election

Robert Mackey: White Supremacist Won’t Talk About His White Supremacist Views

Rep. Steve King erupted in anger when asked by a constituent to explain how his anti-immigrant ideology differed from the beliefs of the white supremacist terrorist who killed 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh

AFP: Florida Restores Vote to 1.5 million ex-Prisoners

Before the amendment passed, more than one in every five African Americans in Florida (21 percent) was unable to vote

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John M. Laforge: Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty Could Become Law Next Year

The TPNW places nuclear weapons in the same outlaw category as biological weapons, poison gas, land minds and cluster munitions, all of which are banned by treaties

Meghan Brophy: In Iowa, Pioneering Undergrad Workers Union Keeps Growing

Despite all the obstacles, on November 5 the NLRB ruled in favor of the student workers’ petition for an election

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George Monbiot: An Electrifying Idea

Electric food – the new sci-fi diet that could save our planet

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Jack Rasmus: Election 2018 & the Unraveling of America

A sense of growing political disenfranchisement adds to the feeling that the country is politically unraveling

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Bill McKibben: A Very Grim Forecast

We’re running out of options, and we’re running out of decades

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Ramzy Baroud: Why Is Israel Afraid of Khalida Jarrar?

Khalida Jarrar fights for Palestinian women, their freedom and their rights to receive proper education, to seek work opportunity and to better their lives, while facing tremendous obstacles of military occupation, prison and social pressure

Ryan Grim: Midterm Results Gave Everybody Just Enough to Keep Fighting

Trump, centrist Democrats, and the party’s progressives each suffered defeats, but each won just enough to be able to make the case that their approach is the right one. And so, on we go

Adam Harris: The Diploma Divide

The gulf between the party identification of white voters with college degrees and those without is growing rapidly. Trump is widening it

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Joe Emersberger: Free Speech Depends on Who’s Talking

Julian Assange has been without any means to directly communicate with the public—in other words, to defend himself from relentless attacks and ridicule in Western media

Abby Scher: Eight Lessons from History for Today’s Madness

I learned to peer beyond my political bubble in the early 1980s, first when Ronald Reagan was elected president and destroyed the New Deal coalition in which I was raised and then when Phyllis Schlafly’s Stop ERA women indeed stopped the Equal Rights Amendment for women from becoming the law of the land by defeating Read more…

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Badri Raina: Deepavali 2018

This year’s Deepavali was chequered, Except you know where— Along the banks of a sacred river.   Whether the god descended or not Must be a matter of debate. Gods may be gods, but they have noses too; He may have found the pollution Too rich for his pulmonary flow. And gods do not like Read more…

Jared Bernstein: Short-term economic results, momentum & presidents

In normal times, a large economy like ours chugs along like a huge oil tanker on the high seas. Various forces can speed it up or slow it down, but it is mostly driven by momentum

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Robert Fisk: The Global Economy and Political Murder

Why Trudeau Won’t Stop Arms Sales to Saudis

Steve Rushton: A Pathway Beyond Authoritarianism

This is Part 15 in a series about Radical Municipalism looking at ways people worldwide are organizing in their cities to build power from the bottom up. Read Part 1 (Brazil), Part 2 (Rojava), Part 3 (Chiapas), Part 4 (Warsaw), Part 5 (Bologna), Part 6 (Jackson, Miss.), Part 7(Athens), Part 8 (Warsaw & New York), Part 9 (Reykjavík), Part 10 (Rosario, Argentina), Part 11 (Newham, UK), Part 12 (Valparaiso, Chile), Part 13 (Porto Alegre, Brazil) and Part 14 (Montevideo, Uruguay). The deep Read more…

James Carroll: “They Will Not Forgive Us”

Donald Trump Welcomes in the Age of “Usable” Nuclear Weapons

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