Opinion

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“Measures of despair”: Chicago desperate for action on violence and poverty

A poll just released depicts a city that is losing faith in its basic public institutions, from the police to the mayor's office.

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Left Strategy 2016: A narrow defeat of Trump's racism is not enough

The perilous consequences of a Trump presidency should be a wake-up call for the left. The possibility of dealing the racist right a major blow should energize and excite us.

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Socialism: Only practical hope, not narrow fantasies, need apply

Any kind of socialism that isn't working to combat racism and sexism isn't being practical at all, not to mention realistic.

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Hillary Clinton, Frederick Douglass, and imagination: A lesson in dialectics

Douglass could have despaired over Lincoln's inconsistent anti-slavery credentials, but he didn't. The left should take a page from his book for 2016. 

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Socialism isn’t perfect, but it’s damn better than what we have

If the "playing field" is to be level for African-Americans, those who profited from slavery and racism must make amends. Yes, I mean reparations.

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Left strategy in 2016 (Part 2): Building real political independence

American politics is conducted in a two-party, winner-take-all system. We have to play the cards dealt as we fight to change the rules of the game.

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Socialism: Fight for something or you’ll lose everything

I'll start by saying I don't believe in utopia, and I don't trust utopians.

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Left strategy in 2016 (Part 1): Grasping the key link of struggle

Win or lose, American politics will never be the same again because radical new ideas have been discussed widely and new forces have energized the electoral arena. 

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Clinton will win nomination, but Sanders’ revolution can’t quit now

Sanders is setting an example for a new form of political independence. Hopefully his supporters are all getting the message.

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An open letter to Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam

"Instead of going in to work at Verizon, I stood outside with a picket sign. I'm on strike because it's time for you to listen to us."

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