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Alexis Kostun on Sex, Class, and Wendy Davis

Reposted from alexisjkostun.com: For the last week, all eyes have been on Wendy Davis, questioning or defending her parenting and her past. At this point, plenty of articles have been written dissecting when she was divorced, when she was re-married, who paid for what at what time – and I’m not writing one of those

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A Historical Contribution of Bolivia to Social Sciences

Written by: Juan Carlos Zambrana Gutiérrez   It is well known that the road to economic development has been traumatic, unjust, and destructive for the indigenous peoples of Latin America. Despite their frustrating experiences during the historical progress of the Latin American countries on the way to definitive economic advancement, within the last ten years

Three Takes On Anarchism

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] I’ve developed some relatively new intellectual interests over the past year. The most important–at least in terms of its likely long-term impact on the research work I’m doing–is an increased engagement with urban communities, and how questions about governance play out differently depending on the scale of the community in

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Wage-ing Justice in SeaTac

Here’s David Sirota’s piece on one town’s struggle for higher wages and the wrath it inspired from far-away billionaires. A small, job-intensive municipality of 26,000 launches a $15-per-hour minimum wage initiative. This invites the full-on wrath of the Koch brothers, who have calculated what is at stake in even the smallest manifestations of the wage

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Why Economic Democracy Now? The Reasons Keep Piling Up

What do a recent analysis of the Detroit bankruptcy crisis, and recent revelations of wide-scale corporate spying on citizen activists, have in common? They both suggest that we need to revitalize the public sphere, democratize economic policy, and dismantle the hierarchy created by material inequality. New reasons for building community power and dismantling the power

Hands-on Radicalism

The election of Kshama Sawant, a socialist, to the Seattle City Council, does not mean that large swaths of voters in Seattle have suddenly made an ideological or theoretical shift. Sawant’s election was not a theoretical exercise and voters in her precinct didn’t make the decision to vote for her after reading pamphlets, visiting the

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Bolivia is not descending Into Rogue State Status.

On October 28, 2013, The Wall Street Journal published an article by Mary Anastasia O’Grady entitled “Bolivia’s Descent Into Rogue State Status.”  A glance at the article is enough to understand why this lady cannot be taken seriously. She supports her accusations with phrases such as these:  “something similar may be happening in Bolivia…reports from

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Football 1, Academics, 0

Fewer people know the names of the recent Nobel laureates than the starting quarterbacks for Division I college teams. To find out why, I went to Green Valley College where the regional chief accreditor, unable to find a tailgate party, was grilling the president. “How’s your football team doing this season?” was the first question.

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Renewable Energy Everywhere, But Not for America

Tokelau, an independent territory of New Zealand, is a small three island archipelago of about 1,400 residents about 300 miles north of American Samoa in the South Pacific. In October 2012, the Polynesian nation turned off the last of its diesel generators and became the first country to use solar power as its only energy

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