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"Waiting for the other shoe to drop" — New art by CRUEL author Sue Coe featured in the Nation

January 15, 2021
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"We Need a New Media System" — HATE INC author Matt Taibbi writes for TK News

January 15, 2021
"If you sell culture war all day, don’t be surprised by the real-world consequences."
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"With Biden in the White House, do you foresee any major US policy changes?" — WAR IN THE AGE OF TRUMP author Patrick Cockburn interviewed for the New Left Review

January 15, 2021
"Let us look at what we are changing from before we look at what we are changing to. This is difficult to do because Trump’s policies, assuming them to be coherent strategies, were chaotic in both conception and implementation. Trump did not start any new wars in West Asia, though he did green-light the Turkish invasion of northern Syria in 2019. He withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran in 2018, but relied on economic sanctions, not military action, to exert pressure on Iran. In the three countries where America was already engaged in military action – Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria – surprisingly little has changed. Keep in mind that his foreign policy was heavily diluted by the more interventionist policies of the Pentagon and the US foreign-policy establishment in Washington. They successfully blocked or slowed down Trump’s attempted withdrawals from what he termed the ‘endless wars’ in West Asia. It is not clear, however, that they have a realistic alternative approach. Biden will be subject to the same institutional pressures as Trump was and is unlikely to resist them. He may be less sympathetic to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia and Netanyahu in Israel, but I doubt if the relationship between the US and either country will change very much. The next Secretary of State, Tony Blinken, approved the Iraq invasion of 2003, the regime change in Libya in 2011, and wanted a more aggressive policy in Syria under Obama. It does not sound as if he has learned much from the failure of past US actions in West Asia. This is not just a matter of personalities: the US establishment is genuinely divided about the merits and demerits of foreign intervention. It is also constrained by the fact that there is no public appetite in America for more foreign wars. For all his rhetorical bombast, Trump was careful not to get Americans killed in West Asia, and it would be damaging for Biden and the Democrats if they fail to do the same."
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"Unilateral censorship decisions by tech companies are not something we should ultimately celebrate." — AMERICAN MONSTROSITY author Nathan J. Robinson writes for Current Affairs

January 15, 2021
What Rights Do We Have On Social Media?
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"A Brief Cultural History of Work Sucking" — EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE! contributor David Graeber featured in the New Republic

January 15, 2021
"In Bullshit Jobs: A Theory, the late David Graeber laments the proliferation of meaningless sectors and jobs that are not productive but seem to exist solely to keep people working. Plenty of jobs have been automated out of existence, he argues, but rather than allowing us more leisure time, the fear of unemployment and threat to the Great American Work Ethic has led to the explosion of useless work. The thing about bullshit jobs is, the people working them know they’re bullshit. “This is a profound psychological violence here,” Graeber writes. “How can one even begin to speak of dignity in labor when one secretly feels one’s job should not exist? How can it not create a sense of deep rage and resentment?” While many of us in real life may justify these jobs by either projecting value where there is none or just accepting that it’s a paycheck, our culture largely sees them for what they are and treats them accordingly."
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"'Either/Or' with Luke O'Neil" — LOCKDOWN IN HELL WORLD author discusses Elliott Smith's classic album on If You're Listening

January 15, 2021

"Three major threats to life on Earth that we must address in 2021" — EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE! contributors Noam Chomsky and Vijay Prashad write for Monthly Review

January 12, 2021
"Large parts of the world—outside of China and a few other countries—face a runaway virus, which has not been stopped because of criminal incompetence by governments. That these governments in wealthy countries cynically set aside the basic scientific protocols released by the World Health Organization and by scientific organizations reveals their malicious practice. Anything less than focused attention to managing the virus by testing, contact tracing, and isolation—and if this does not suffice, then imposing a temporary lockdown—is foolhardy. It is equally distressing that these richer countries have pursued a policy of 'vaccine nationalism' by stockpiling vaccine candidates rather than a policy for the creation of a 'people’s vaccine.' For the sake of humanity, it would be prudent to suspend intellectual property rules and develop a procedure to create universal vaccines for all people. Although the pandemic is the principal issue on all of our minds, other major issues threaten the longevity of our species and of our planet. These include..."
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"Pamela Anderson appeals to Trump to pardon Assange and stand up for free speech" — WE ARE MILLIONS and IN DEFENSE OF JULIAN ASSANGE contributor interviewed by Fox News

January 12, 2021

Former actress Pamela Anderson, who has been a longtime supporter of Assange, exclusively told Fox News that it would be a "bold move on the part of President Trump" to grant a pardon.

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"Trump’s Greatest Treason Is the Betrayal of Populism" — PANDEMIC! 2 author Slavoj Žižek writes for RT

January 12, 2021

"The true victims of Trump are his ordinary supporters who take seriously his babble against liberal corporate elites and big banks. He is the traitor of his own populist cause."

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UPCOMING PROGRAM: "A presentation and discussion with David Roediger" — THE SINKING MIDDLE CLASS author in discussion for the Marxist Education Project on Feb 17, 2021 07:00 PM EST

January 12, 2021

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"Assange had information. That made him dangerous" — IN DEFENSE OF JULIAN ASSANGE contributor Jennifer Robinson interviewed for the Financial Times

January 11, 2021

The barrister on representing the WikiLeaks founder.

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"The Trial of Julian Assange" — IN DEFENSE OF JULIAN ASSANGE editor Tariq Ali writes for the New Left Review

January 11, 2021

"The trial is over. Judge Vanessa Baraitser has ruled that Julian Assange will not be extradited to the United States. If anyone who has been observing the trial says that they aren’t surprised, they’re fibbing."

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"In proposing how to tackle the crisis we must all become philosophers." — PANDEMIC! and EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE! featured on India Today

January 11, 2021
With most of 2020 spent in lockdown, many turned to the written word for various reasons—comfort, escape knowledge, truth. India Today brings you expert recommendations on the best 2020 had to offer.
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"What Would David Bowie Do?" — BOWIE author Simon Critchley writes for the New York Times

January 11, 2021

Five years after his death, the dystopian world that his music describes seems closer than ever. But maybe he can show us a way out of it.

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"Assange Ruling Is an Indictment of US Prisons" — JULIAN ASSANGE IN HIS OWN WORDS contributor Charles Glass writes for the Nation

January 11, 2021

The British court judgment also delivers a body blow to freedom of speech.

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"How the media both contributed to and covered the riots" — HATE INC author Matt Taibbi interviewed on Rising

January 8, 2021

"Riot on the Hill" — THE MONSTER ENTERS author Mike Davis writes for the New Left Review

January 7, 2021

"Yesterday’s ‘sacrileges’ in our temple of democracy – oh, poor defiled city on the hill, etc. – constituted an ‘insurrection’ only in the sense of dark comedy. What was essentially a big biker gang dressed as circus performers and war-surplus barbarians – including the guy with a painted face posing as horned bison in a fur coat – stormed the ultimate country club, squatted on Pence’s throne, chased Senators into the sewers, casually picked their noses and rifled files and, above all, shot endless selfies to send to the dudes back home. Otherwise they didn’t have a clue. (The aesthetic was pure Buñuel and Dali: ‘Our only rule was very simple: no idea or image that might lend itself to a rational explanation of any kind would be accepted.’)"

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"The Case for Wide-Scale Debt Relief" — EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE! contributor Astra Taylor writes for the Nation

January 6, 2021

Student loans, medical debt, mortgage payments, rent, and municipal debt should all be reduced or eliminated outright, Taylor argues.

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"We’re at a grim crossroads in this pandemic: one path leads to utter despair, the other to total extinction" — PANDEMIC! 2 author Slavoj Žižek writes for RT

January 6, 2021

"Not only is the Covid pandemic far from over, given numbers are still rising, but new pandemics are on the horizon; global warming, fires, and droughts are ruining our environment; the economic effects of the pandemic will strike later in 2021 giving a new boost to social protests; digital control of our lives will remain; mental health problems will explode… and we will have to learn to live not just with Covid-19, but with all this medley of interconnected phenomena. This is why we are now going through the most dangerous moment of the entire pandemic. To relax now would be like falling asleep behind the wheel of a car moving fast on a winding road. We have to make lots of decisions that cannot all be grounded in science – our moment is now the moment of radical political choices."

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"I'll probably be ground into dirt myself before too long" — LOCKDOWN IN HELL WORLD author Luke O'Neil interviewed by Daniel Tovrov on Medium

January 6, 2021

"Before the world blew up, I interviewed Luke O’Neil, author of the Welcome to Hell World newsletter, about the then still-recent anthology of his work. The piece was supposed to run in February in a fairly popular magazine, but for various reasons it was pushed until March, at which point the world changed forever. Now, almost a full year since we talked, Luke has a new book out — “Lockdown in Hell World,” a collection of his newsletters about the pandemic — and I’m finally publishing this interview here because however much things change they stay the same, and I think Luke’s points are more relevant and worth your consideration than ever."

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