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21Sep

By Ramsin Canon “Primer Red” is our political education series on some basics of radical thought and history. See Part I, on dialectical materialism, here. Part II on Alienation is here. Please share questions, suggestions and submissions for future discussions! After the last year, I’m sure you’re all hankering for a discussion

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18Sep

It may not be on our minds as we lounge at the beach or pour a glass of tap water, but underneath Lake Michigan there lies a deteriorating pipeline built around the time Dwight Eisenhower took office. The pipeline infrastructure is outdated and dangerous, and It’s not just bleeding-heart leftists who feel this way. This summer, Michigan Attorney

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11Sep

By Ramsin Canon “Primer Red” is our political education series on some basics of radical thought and history. See Part I, on dialectical materialism, here. Please share questions and suggestions for future discussions! We’ve all felt alienated, and plenty of songs about teen angst helped drive the point home. But alienation has a

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07Sep

How much democracy is enough democracy? The question may sound glib (of course we want democracy) but it’s a fair question with a complex answer, and it’s what the Democratic National Committee’s Unity Reform Commission was in town to discuss on the last weekend of August. The Unity Reform Commission was created following the 2016

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07Sep

We were disappointed, but not entirely surprised, to learn that Daniel Biss made the decision to drop Carlos Ramirez-Rosa from his campaign. While we believe Carlos would have made an outstanding lieutenant governor of Illinois – as he has made an outstanding alderman of Chicago’s 35th Ward – we also believe that he is a man of strong

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06Sep

By Ramsin Canon This is the first in a series of primers on some basics of radical thought and history. Please share questions and suggestions for future discussions! Every Labor Day, radicals rightfully take pleasure in pointing out to cliche-merchant politicians and media the radical roots of the U.S. labor movement, sharing stories of the

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21Aug

Bring a Democrat to the DSA National Convention and they may balk at the lack of well-remunerated consultants and credentialed Ivy League thought leaders. Bring a Republican and they may recoil at the sight of free-range journalists not safely locked in a cage. Such is the state of American politics today. At a time when the erstwhile party of

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22Jul

As you probably know, the DSA's national convention is in Chicago this year, and it's going to be the biggest in our history. (If you don't know, you better ask somebody.)  Many of our branches are fundraising to send their delegates and attendees to the Big Town, and that means big fun for you, because a lot of them are giving you, in exchange

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08May

Recorded 05.08.2015 at the 57th Annual Debs – Thomas – Harrington Dinner in Chicago. Tom Geoghegan argues that even as the U.S. labor movement crumbles, a revived but different labor movement is crucial to building a democratic society. How might that be done? Geoghegan has some suggestions and he notes: Disruption works. Use the audio player

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