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There’s a reason Bill Gates loves Pinker and Rosling—their analyses obscure inequality. Rosling reassures people like Gates that, since things are always improving, we need not bother to change how the world operates. In 2017, Bill Gates tweeted that Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined was “the most inspiring […]

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Socialists and progressives have a variety of ideas to bring democracy into the workplace. work • place de• moc•ra•cy noun 1. Worker control of the workplace “If you believe in democracy, then how in the world can you justify not instituting it in the place where we spend most of our adult lives?”—Richard Wolff, author […]

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Does anyone at Facebook have the will, or even the ability, to control Facebook? That’s the question underlying last week’s New York Times investigation of the social media giant. It’s increasingly clear that the company’s growth and survival are premised on its complicity not only in the kind of invasive data exchange revealed by the […]

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Charlene Carruthers’ new book, Unapologetic, showcases a queer women-led black liberation movement that’s upending past paradigms. “Our work revisits the boundaries of gender and blackness and challenges binaries of male or female, lesbian/gay/ bisexual/queer or straight, and transgender or cisgender.” As a member of the baby-booming ’60s generation, I’ve been nostalgic for the days when […]

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On Michael Harrington’s Democratic Socialism

July 31, 2018           |                                       

Maurice Isserman’s biography of Harrington depicts a fierce lifelong advocate for democratic socialism who butted heads with the New Left but never wavered in his commitment to economic justice. Harrington’s relentless focus on economic issues, his moral seriousness, his “visionary gradualism,” his “pragmatic radicalism,” represent, to Isserman, the road not taken for the American left. […]

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