Keeping Wounds Green

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“In the aftermath of the fiasco that was the Fall of Kabul, it was predictable that American commentators would detect a mirroring effect of the Afghan loss on political crises in the United States.”

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Excerpt: “Screen Captures: Film in the Age of Emergency”

The End of Suburbia lays out the argument that with oil production peaking somewhere around 2027–28, and from then on heading into a steep decline, the living standards of those in suburbia will decline also.”

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The Queens on the Throne of Kings

“Presiding over a declining empire is more arduous than presiding over one that is rising.”

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Anne Kim: The AP Exam and the Standardized Testing Debate

“I think the downside of going test-optional, the downside of ignoring what assessments tell you, means that you might end up ignoring the underlying structural problems and never fixing the inequities.”

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Review: “The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality”

Now, given that genetics matters for these things, which, in turn, drive inequality, we should take genetics seriously if we are truly committed to egalitarianism.”

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Review: “The Memeing of Mark Fisher”

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Located within the framework of the Frankfurt School’s critical theory, The Memeing of Mark Fisher boldly riffs on everything from conspiracy theories and memes to economic policy and election campaigns…”

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“A Certain Terror”: A White Male Perspective on Being an Ally

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“But that raises another thorny question: Given all the excellent books by women and people of color, why am I writing at all? Why am I not simply recommending other people’s work to men and white people?”

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Excerpt: “The End of the End of History”

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History ended in 1989. In 2008, the economic order was shaken. The political reckoning arrived in 2016. By 2020, the End of History was over.”

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UFOs, Zombies, and Our Cyborg Futures

“However, without wishing to entertain hyperbole, we may conversely deem this great exposé to be rather trivial—even inconsequential—especially when considering the increasingly ‘extraordinary’ nature of our own existence.”

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Why Porn? Why This Porn? Why So Little Concern?

I want to explore this conclusion by asking why pornography is so prevalent, why themes of domination and subordination are so prevalent in pornography, and why so many people defend or celebrate it, even in progressive and feminist circles.”

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Lessons from Labour’s 2021 Election Defeat

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It is a crushing defeat that signals that Labour’s loss of several of its Northern constituencies under former Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership in the 2019 general election was not a one-off occurrence that could be fixed with a new leader.”

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Knowing Which “Hill to Die On”

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Idealists, in order to change the systems in which they exist, must usually remain in that system.”

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Joe Biden: the New Face for Much of the Same on Immigration

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“Democrats have long gotten away with murder this way, shaking migrant hands in public view while mercilessly oppressing them out of sight.”

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Nicholas Kristof Discusses “Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope”

“One of the reasons our anti-poverty efforts in America don’t do better is we start too late. We need to help kids early on.”

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Taking an Oath upon the Constitution, Rather than the Bible

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While laws do not and absolutely should not regulate a politician’s religious practices, the time and place for these practices is not when taking an oath of office.”

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