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The Chris Hedges Report Podcast with Medea Benjamin on her book “WAR IN UKRAINE: Making Sense of a Senseless Conflict”

Monday, November 7th, 2022

Listen to the full podcast here.

“Talking to working people about their lives, jobs, dreams, and struggles” — Maximilian Alvarez interviewed about THE WORK OF LIVING on Breaking Points

Friday, August 26th, 2022

This book is very courageous… It’s very rare that you have the voices of actual working people directly put out into the press and shared with the world.” —Krystal Ball, Breaking Points

Watch the full interview here.

“Building out renewable infrastructure at the speed needed to mitigate the climate emergency” — PEOPLE’S POWER author Ashley Dawson interviewed on Democracy Now!

Friday, August 26th, 2022

“We need a public alternative which can be democratically controlled… so that we can be guaranteed that it’s a just transition which saves not just frontline communities but also the working class, more broadly.”

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“How much looted art is really out there?” — DECOLONIZE MUSEUMS author Shimrit Lee interviewed on Something Offbeat

Friday, August 26th, 2022

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“Biden’s Embrace of Saudi Arabia Despite Horrid Rights Record” — KINGDOM OF THE UNJUST author Medea Benjamin interviewed on Democracy Now!

Thursday, August 25th, 2022

 

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“Glimpses of a Homegrown Revolutionary” — THE MONSTER ENTERS author Mike Davis featured in Capital & Main

Sunday, August 21st, 2022

“Mike Davis is the most consequential writer and thinker on Los Angeles since… perhaps ever. But his work roams far beyond Los Angeles, including popular and scholarly work on environmentalism, Marxist theory, urbanism and public health. He is also conversant in ‘hard’ sciences like geology, and can read specialized literature in fire science and climatology. Over the years he’s blurred the lines between these disparate fields. He braids them together with an indefatigable faith in a revolutionary project: nothing less than the liberation of humanity from human exploitation, which today also requires the end of humanity’s malevolent exploitation of the natural world.

His faith in revolution is historically situated, pointing toward a string of moments in which ‘utopian’ visions have flourished in the here and now, before crumbling under the weight of counterrevolutionary forces and internal contradictions, only to be taken up again. There have been large-scale experiments such as the Paris Commune or the Spanish Republic, and countless small-scale ones, like Christian Base Communities in 1980s rural Central America. Mike tells us that the future must be ‘excavated in the past,’ rescued from under the ruins of reaction…

At the core of Mike’s work is how he values the dignity of life itself — lived as equitable, healthy, sustainable. And not just human life. He identifies class struggle as the primary engine of modern human history, and he is also an environmentalist because capitalist exploitation violates not only the bodies of workers but the Earth itself.”

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“The evolution of Christopher Hitchens” — THE DEAD CENTER author Luke Savage speaks with The Harper’s Podcast

Saturday, August 20th, 2022

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“Imperial hubris towards poorer nations can’t hide America’s own failures” — INSIDE SIGLO XXI author Belén Fernández writes for Al Jazeera

Saturday, August 20th, 2022

“The US advertises itself as being at the vanguard of global ‘development’, but the nation’s healthcare, poverty and other indicators suggest a policy of willful counterdevelopment instead… Such is the ironic nature of imperial power, it seems, that the global hegemon responsible for oppressing much of the third world must also keep a significant portion of its own populace in third-world conditions.”

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“As a national rail shutdown over mounting labor disputes looms in the US, it’s worth asking how we got here from the folks who know best—the workers” — THE WORK OF LIVING author Maximillian Alvarez speaks with In These Times

Friday, August 19th, 2022

“Right now, the major railroad companies and 13 different unions representing over 115,000 railroad workers have reached an impasse in contract negotiations that have been going on for years, and we are now closer to a national rail shutdown than we’ve been in a generation. President Biden has even appointed an Emergency Presidential Board to try to mediate between the rail unions and the rail carriers, but if that mediation fails we’ll be on the verge of a historic shutdown.

So, how did we get here? If you talk to any railroader in private, you’ll get an earful about how decades of corporate greed, consolidation, cost cutting, automation, layoffs, and other profit-maximizing, shareholder-serving decisions have upended the railroads and turned what used to be good lifelong jobs into exhausting, impossible jobs that veteran workers are leaving in droves. But if any workers speak up publicly about what’s going on on the railroads, they will likely face severe consequences.

Luckily, we were able to connect with Jay, a qualified conductor who was licensed to operate locomotives at 19 years old, and who became a qualified train dispatcher before he was 23. We talk about Jay’s life, how he came to work at the railroads, and what the job of a train dispatcher entails, but we also talk about how the industry has changed in recent decades, the havoc those changes have wreaked on workers and the supply chain, and why we should all be concerned about the crisis the railroads are in right now.”

Listen to the full episode here, and pick up a copy of THE WORK OF LIVING here.

“Degeneracy, Depravity, and the New Right” — HEAVEN IN DISORDER author Slavoj Žižek writes for Project Syndicate

Thursday, August 18th, 2022

“An ideology that allows its adherents to act on their worst impulses can mobilize millions.”

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“At Substack, business is personal” — WELCOME TO HELL WORLD author Luke O’Neil featured in The Observer

Wednesday, August 17th, 2022

“The publisher has previously responded unconventionally to writers leaving, like when [Hamish] McKenzie wrote a 4,500-word acknowledgement in June of writer Luke O’Neil’s departure—what [Spencer] Ackerman called a ‘Drake album’ due to its deeply reflective, even intrusive, feel.”

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“Substack, the self-proclaimed bastion of free speech, demands extra-contractual loyalty from its workers” — WELCOME TO HELL WORLD author Luke O’Neil featured in Boing Boing

Tuesday, August 16th, 2022

“Writers like Luke O’Neil were no longer comfortable taking that blood money from Substack. And so, when their one-year pro contracts with the company expired, they left… This, in turn, made Substack very mad. Co-founder Hamish McKenzie even wrote a novella-length rant about how sad and betrayed he felt by O’Neil’s departure.”

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“A blueprint for honest journalism… [Glen Ford] merges the art of storytelling with a revolutionary conscience” — THE BLACK AGENDA reviewed by Toward Freedom

Tuesday, August 9th, 2022

“Ford’s depth of analysis and the breadth of topics he analyzed is awe-inspiring… May more people be inspired to do the honest journalism he modeled.”

Read the full review here.

“Matt Taibbi on the Depravity of the Media and Liberal Interventionists” — HATE INC. author interviewed on The Scott Horton Show

Monday, August 8th, 2022

“Educating and agitating a new generation of activists, organizers, and intellectuals” — Glen Ford’s THE BLACK AGENDA featured in LA Progressive

Sunday, August 7th, 2022

“We [must] remember and emulate Glen Ford’s tireless contributions to the Black liberation, peace, and socialist movements… A good place to begin commemorating Ford is by picking up his book and studying the work that he left behind.”

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“It’s Time for Public Power. New York State Could Lead the Way” — PEOPLE’S POWER author Ashley Dawson writes for Truthout

Saturday, August 6th, 2022

“Energy should be a public good, reliable and accessible to all, regardless of one’s ability to pay. It’s time to take power out of the hands of polluting, for-profit corporations. To decarbonize rapidly, we need to democratize our energy systems. It’s time for public power.”

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“Rebelling against poor representation” — THE WORK OF LIVING author Maximillian Alvarez featured in Columbia Journalism Review

Friday, August 5th, 2022

“‘I let my editorial strategy be that I let ‘the rabble’ in more as a collaborator,’ Maximillian Alvarez, editor in chief of The Real News Network and a former temporary warehouse worker, says. ‘I give them the platform and the tools to report on their own struggles.’ Alvarez recalls working twelve-hour shifts in that earlier position, where he helped supply big box stores with products like feather pillow inserts. At home, when he watched television news, he rarely saw people whose circumstances reflected his own, or those of his coworkers or family members. He has brought that perspective, he says, to his editing and also to his podcast about working-class people.”

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“Fed Up With Democratic Emails? You’re Not the Only One” — THE BIG DISCONNECT author Micah L. Sifry writes for The New York Times

Thursday, August 4th, 2022

“If democracy is indeed on fire, the thing to do is to stop asking people to buy water bottles and organize them into fire brigades instead. Neither the national Democratic Party nor progressive leaders seem to have learned that lesson. They aren’t wrong to call the next election the most important in our lifetimes. And abortion bans and the Jan. 6 committee hearings may well recharge their base. But it’s what the base manages to build with that energy that will matter.”

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“Glen Ford’s Irreplaceable Journalism” — Margaret Kimberley’s foreword to THE BLACK AGENDA published in Eurasia Review

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022

I was very proud to write the preface to Glen Ford’s book, The Black Agenda , which was published posthumously by OR Books. As we approach the first anniversary of Glen’s passing, I endeavored to explain why his journalism was truly irreplaceable.”

Read the full foreword here.

“The world according to Žižek” — HEAVEN IN DISORDER reviewed by Morning Star

Monday, August 1st, 2022

“As Žižek explains, the challenges we face in the 21st century are unprecedented and the situation is far from excellent (as could be the future) unless a unified movement arises to address issues such as global poverty, climate change, the Covid pandemic, political apathy and other social ills… Whether or not you agree with Žižek, his ideas are worthy of consideration and encourage us to reflect upon our own views and actions.”

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“A stirring record of life in an emergency” — Maximilian Alvarez’s THE WORK OF LIVING reviewed by Publishers Weekly

Tuesday, July 19th, 2022

“[Maximillian] Alvarez debuts with an empathic interview collection featuring people who kept ‘the gears of commerce and society turning’ during the Covid-19 pandemic.… The conversations shed light on a wide variety of jobs and convey the essential humanity of the interviewees. This is a stirring record of life in an emergency.”

Read the full review here.

“The devastating afterlives of colonial rule” — Shimrit Lee’s DECOLONIZE MUSEUMS excerpted in The Evergreen Review

Sunday, June 19th, 2022

“That museums are today seen by many as ‘neutral’ is a testament to the extent that the histories of museum spaces have been buried by their modern operators. To examine those histories is to know that museums are really crime scenes–to use a metaphor proposed by Wandile Kasibe of IZIKO Museums of South Africa—spaces that house the memories of atrocities committed during the colonial period, including theft, murder, and genocide… Today, it is impossible to find a Western museum that doesn’t hold some amount of cultural material from Africa, Asia, Oceania, or Native America—an enduring sign of the devastating afterlives of colonial rule. Wall texts often tell neutral, authoritative narratives of the objects displayed, but that passivity fails to reckon with the extractive nature of colonialism by which most of the Global South was robbed of culture, resources, and people in plain sight.”

Read the full excerpt here.

“Labor is and will remain the wave of change” — THE WORK OF LIVING author Maximillian Alvarez interviewed on The Zero Hour

Sunday, June 19th, 2022

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“It may have been forgotten in the collective memory, but the effects of the polio epidemic continue to be felt by survivors” — Patrick Cockburn’s THE BROKEN BOY featured in The Irish Examiner

Sunday, June 19th, 2022

“In his 2006 memoir The Broken Boy, which has recently been reissued with a chapter on Covid, journalist Patrick Cockburn recounts his experience of contracting polio at the age of six, while living in Youghal, Co Cork. His brother Andrew, who was three years older, also contracted the disease. Cockburn describes himself as ‘uniquely unlucky’ — his parents Claud and Patricia, returned from England to their house in east Cork, despite the fact that Cork city was in the midst of a polio epidemic. At least 50,000 people got the virus during the outbreak — one of the last great outbreaks of polio in western Europe, ahead of the first doses of the Salk vaccine that arrived in Cork in 1957.”

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“What Makes Narrative Change So Hard?” — THE ART OF ACTIVISM featured in Stanford Social Innovation Review

Sunday, June 19th, 2022

“That protest, as described in the new book The Art of Activism by Steve Duncombe and Steve Lambert … was just one effort in a decades-long campaign by activists around the world to bring down the price of essential medicines and ensure they are accessible and affordable to everyone.”

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“A rich mix of blues, swing, bop and ballads that’s also a testament to [Tiyo] Salah-El’s own efforts to reform the prison system” — PEN PAL author featured in Daily Hampshire Gazette

Sunday, June 19th, 2022

‘“I was really struck by Tiyo’s music and by what I learned about him as a person,’ Salles said. As part of his preparation for recording the music, he read the 2020 book ‘Pen-Pal: Prison Letters from a Free Spirit on Slow Death Row,’ which features many samples of the correspondence Salah-El had with different people during his 40-plus years serving a life sentence, including Ahrens and the late historian Howard Zinn. ‘He was someone who remained positive and engaged in life, engaged in music and committed to changing the prison system,’ Salles said. ‘He didn’t let prison destroy him. As much as I admired his music, it was the social justice aspect of this project that was really important to me.’”

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“Called to action by his legacy” — PEN PAL author Tiyo Salah-El featured in The Shoestring

Sunday, June 19th, 2022

“In prison, Salah-El was able to find ways to live a rich life even in the face of a system built to repress him. He taught saxophone lessons, tutored hundreds of people in order to help them obtain GEDs and thus be eligible for parole, wrote extensively about prison abolition, completed and published an autobiography, was a correspondent for Gay Community News in Boston (even though he was not gay himself), and earned both a bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree. Above all, says Ahrens, ‘he was able to keep his personality to a large degree: very open, very loving, very engaged, very positive despite being in prison for 50 years.’ This, along with all of his accomplishments (that are impressive in their own right), was his ‘revenge to the system,’ according to Ahrens, who remarks that ‘they tried to grind him down and they couldn’t.’”

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“Tiyo’s Songs of Life” — Bombyx Center for Arts and Equity to host musical tribute to PEN PAL author Tiyo Salah-El

Sunday, June 19th, 2022

“‘Tiyo’s Songs of Life’ is a project seventeen years in the making. It began in 2005 when prison abolitionist Lois Ahrens sent fifty blank sheets of music paper to Tiyo Attallah Salah-El, a musician, composer, published writer, teacher, prison abolitionist, and good friend to people throughout the country and beyond. By then Tiyo, who had been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, had been incarcerated in Pennsylvania for close to 50 years. Within months, Tiyo sent the pages back to Lois, filled with his songs… ‘Tiyo’s Songs of Life’ is a musical celebration of Tiyo Attallah Salah-El, and a tribute to friendship and persistence. Tiyo would be proud and very happy knowing his music lives on. To quote Tiyo, ‘Long live love and good music!’”

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“It’s a simple demand: give the stolen land back” — EXTINCTION author Ashley Dawson writes for Resilience

Wednesday, June 8th, 2022

“The idea that mainstream conservation—which should be seen clearly as a form of colonialism—will reverse the sixth extinction is an illusion, one carefully cultivated by the corporations and governments that happily bankroll the big conservation NGOs. In the face of mounting environmental and social calamities, the only coherent stance must be to join indigenous and local communities around the world in demanding the return of stolen land, respect for their sovereignty, and a radical transformation of the CO2lonialism that characterizes the unsustainable behavior and policies of the wealthy.”

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“He Fought For Truth and the Freedom to Publish — Now We Must Fight to Save Him” — JULIAN ASSANGE IN HIS OWN WORDS editor Karen Sharpe writes for CounterPunch

Wednesday, June 8th, 2022

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