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

November 7, 2022
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“Talking to working people about their lives, jobs, dreams, and struggles” — Maximilian Alvarez interviewed about THE WORK OF LIVING on Breaking Points

August 26, 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!

August 26, 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.” Watch the full interview here.

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

August 26, 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!

August 25, 2022
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“Glimpses of a Homegrown Revolutionary” — THE MONSTER ENTERS author Mike Davis featured in Capital & Main

August 21, 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

August 20, 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

August 20, 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

August 19, 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

August 18, 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

August 17, 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

August 16, 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

August 9, 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

August 8, 2022

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

August 7, 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

August 6, 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

August 5, 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

August 4, 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

August 3, 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."
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“The world according to Žižek” — HEAVEN IN DISORDER reviewed by Morning Star

August 1, 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.”
Read the full review here.