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"A perfect book to have on your commuter ride home… With luck, you'll survive to tell about it" — WELCOME TO DYSTOPIA reviewed by CounterPunch

September 22, 2020
In Welcome to Dystopia: 45 Visions of What Lies Ahead, edited by Gordon Van Gelder, a thought-locust plague of what-if scenarios is released from the tortured imaginations of Lefty sci-fi writers sharing one unified vision: What if Trump doesn’t leave in November?
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"Slavoj Zizek: The treatment of Assange is an assault on everyone's personal freedoms" — PANDEMIC! author and IN DEFENSE OF JULIAN ASSANGE contributor writes for RT

September 22, 2020
Julian Assange has had his rights stripped away in a case that should alarm millions, but too few people care because his character has been assassinated. He might have to go to prison before he gets the support he deserves.
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"Writing at the very beginning of the pandemic, Zizek predicted almost precisely what would happen in the United States" — PANDEMIC! featured on Splice Today

September 21, 2020
In his recent book on the pandemic, Slavoj Zizek identifies a crucial deadlock faced by governments in attempting to control the virus. “A strong state is needed in times of epidemics since large-scale measures like quarantines have to be performed with military discipline,” and this may include the ruthless control of information and top-down shaping of narratives. Inevitably, “this control itself spreads distrust and thus creates even more conspiracy theories,” leading to a population that is impossible to control and difficult to lead. Writing at the very beginning of the pandemic, Zizek predicted almost precisely what would happen in the United States: “It’s not hard to imagine that large bands of libertarians, bearing arms and suspecting that the quarantine was a state conspiracy, would attempt to fight their way out.” Meanwhile, even as media outlets struggle to debunk such conspiracies, skepticism and distrust remain pervasive: “The central message, that shadowy elites… are somehow ultimately to blame for coronavirus epidemics is thus propagated as a doubtful rumor: ‘it’s too crazy to be true, but nonetheless, who knows… ?’ The suspension of actual truth strangely doesn’t annihilate its symbolic efficiency… the only way out is the mutual trust between the people and the state apparatuses.”
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Matt Taibbi discusses THE BUSINESS SECRETS OF DRUG DEALING on the Joe Rogan Experience

September 21, 2020

"The Post-Objectivity Era" — HATE INC. author Matt Taibbi writes on Substack

September 21, 2020

Summary of "Hate Inc: Why Today's Media Makes Us Despise One Another"

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"Jason Boog on the Great Depression, journalism, and different perspectives in history" — THE DEEP END author writes for Why is this interesting?

September 21, 2020
Depression-era America, not unlike COVID-era America, was a terrifying time for writers, artists, and other creatives with already-precarious finances. One magazine captured their sentiment and situation precisely. That magazine was New Masses.
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NEW EVENT: IN DEFENSE OF JULIAN ASSANGE contributors Renata Ávila, Nathan Fuller, and Margaret Kimberley in conversation with Anya Parampil for People's Forum on Tuesday, 09/22/20

September 18, 2020
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"Carl Weathers and Paul Alan Smith on the Prison Letters of Tiyo Attallah Salah-El (with Amanda Knox)" — PEN PAL discussed on Crime Story

September 18, 2020

"How to keep denying climate change when the inferno reaches your doorstep" — AMERICAN MONSTROSITY author Nathan Robinson writes for Current Affairs

September 18, 2020
The Last-Ditch Talking Point on Climate Change
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"The New York City Left Could Get a Chance to Define the Post-COVID City" — BERNIE'S BROOKLYN author Theodore Hamm writes for Jacobin

September 18, 2020
With retail outlets and wealthy residents fleeing New York City, the battle over its post-COVID city has begun. Ahead of next year’s mayoral elections, socialists and their allies are battling developers and mobilizing for a municipal Green New Deal.
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"Privatizing the Common Good: The 21st-Century Enclosures Are Here" — PEOPLE'S POWER excerpt published on Lit Hub

September 18, 2020
Ashley Dawson on the Endless Commoditizing of American Energy
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NEW EVENT: Sulaiman Addonia, John Freeman, Lauren Groff, and Lina Mounzer discuss TALES OF TWO PLANETS with BPL Presents on Monday, 10/19/20

September 15, 2020
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"A new, profoundly sinister nature is rapidly emerging from our fire rubble at the expense of landscapes we once considered sacred." — THE MONSTER ENTERS author Mike Davis writes for the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation blog

September 15, 2020

California’s Apocalyptic ‘Second Nature’

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"Compelling… Dawson has given us a clear-eyed, unsentimental argument for the assertion of public control over energy." — PEOPLE'S POWER reviewed on Medium

September 15, 2020

A new book by Ashley Dawson argues that only public control can stop the drift and steer the world towards sustainability

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"[An] excellent survey of past and present literary lives" — THE DEEP END reviewed by CounterPunch

September 15, 2020
In The Deep End: The Literary Scene in the Great Depression and Today (OR Books, 2020), the journalist Jason Boog writes about the plight of writers in the United States since the stock market crash of 2008 and compares their challenges to those of poets, novelists, and journalists in the 1930s.
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"It's Time to Put Energy in the Hands of Communities—Not Corporations" — PEOPLE'S POWER featured in SUM

September 14, 2020
“The great task of our times is to stop all new fossil fuel infrastructures. All of our other efforts to fight climate change will be useless if the world does not transition away from fossil fuels in the next decade or so.”
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"A devastating critique of fossil fuel capitalism." — PEOPLE'S POWER reviewed by Climate & Capitalism

September 14, 2020
A call to arms for a transformative approach to energy that places collective ownership, democracy and the rights and needs of everyone at the heart of the struggle for a sustainable planet... A really excellent read.
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"Excellent… These poems speak to the fascism all around us today, and, sometimes, in us." — WOMEN OF RESISTANCE reviewed by CounterPunch

September 14, 2020
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"What are the true goals of QAnon? It's the 21st century's ultimate catfish scheme" — CHAMELEO author Robert Guffey writes for Salon

September 14, 2020
All the elements of the QAnon conspiracy theory have been carefully selected and repackaged — but by whom, and why?
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"To Isolate or to Intervene?" — WAR IN THE AGE OF TRUMP author Patrick Cockburn interviewed on Parallax Views

September 11, 2020