Category Archives: Politics

There’s No Rational Argument For Keeping Confederate Statues

In light of the renewed debate over the removal of Confederate statues and Baltimore’s recent decision to remove four of its Confederate monuments, a number of very specious arguments have appeared in opposition to the removal of these statues and … Continue reading

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Charlottesville, Like Trump, Did Not Come Out of Nowhere

In light of the gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville that predictably turned into a display right wing violence, thuggery and intimidation that left one counter-protester dead and many others injured, much of the commentariat on cable news and social … Continue reading

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The Political Power of Netflix’s ‘Okja’

Netflix has done it again. Again, by releasing another original production that profoundly reflects our current social, cultural and political moment. This time it is the original film Okja, directed by Boon Joon-ho. It tells the tale of the agricultural … Continue reading

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Watching ‘Wonder Woman’ in an Age of Endless War

Recently, I was doing some very basic research (more like reading a Wikipedia article) on World War I. The interest of arose after I recently saw Wonder Woman, where World War I features prominently. The film’s intersection with the Great … Continue reading

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“Move to the Center, Democrats:” A Response

Once again, there is yet another postmortem piece in a mainstream publication bemoaning what went wrong for the Democratic Party in 2016 and how it should go about rebuilding itself. The latest in this series of takes came yet again … Continue reading

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Lessons from Georgia Special Election

The first real bellwether election of the Trump era, at least according to the media, finally concluded as Republican Karen Handel dispatched her Democratic opponent, Jon Ossoff in the special election for Georgia’s Sixth congressional district. As such, much will … Continue reading

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Julius Caesar and Limits of Cultural Politics

In Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4Chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-right, Angela Nagle writes, “Politics has been hollowed out too much into little other than a purely cultural politics over the last half-century, which the … Continue reading

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4 Storylines to Follow in UK Election

Thursday, 8 June promises to be a wild political day in two nations: US and the UK. The American political scene will be focused on the testimony of James Comey before the Senate, and its ramifications on the future and … Continue reading

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In Montana, Medicare for All’s First Big Test

November 2018 may seem like a lifetime away, especially with the overwhelming pace of today’s political news. Except, the road to the 2018 midterms and, by extension, the first electoral referendum on Trump and the GOP Congress begins this Thursday. … Continue reading

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Milo and UC-Berkeley: Free Speech, Narratives and Oppositional Strategy in the Trump Era

In case you may have missed it, unrest engulfed the UC-Berkeley campus last night. In opposition to a scheduled speech by alt-right commentator/media personality Milo Yiannopolous, many of the protesters turned violent. In response to the violence and rioting, the … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Paris

Barbarism has once again descended on the French capital. Yesterday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, which have left 129 dead and hundreds others wounded, have unleashed a profound sense of panic as well as a mass mobilization of solidarity around the … Continue reading

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3 YouTube Channels You Should Follow

It goes without saying, but the Internet has fundamentally changed our lives in a way no other technology has in human history. It has developed to a point where most of our lives revolve around it from our work to … Continue reading

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