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Conspiracist Thinking Is the Result of 40 Years of Social Atomization
Amid a disorienting explosion of crises and social shifts, there are worrying signs that some parts of the Left are becoming more susceptible to conspiracist ways of thinking. It’s a symptom of social atomization in the neoliberal era — but we don’t ...[Read more]
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UN Chief Warns Humanity Is ‘Unacceptably Close to Nuclear Annihilation’
"Now is the time to lift the cloud of nuclear conflict for good," United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said ahead of the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. ...[Read more]
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Public Transport Can Be Free
According to Vincent Kauffmann, a professor at University of Lausanne and one of key figures in sustainable mobility, “free public transport does not make any sense.” Getting rid of tickets in mass transit is judged “irrational,” “uneconomical ...[Read more]
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Are Americans Just Terrible People?
I lit up a cigarette, and then frowned. Just to our left, maybe twenty feet away, was what looked like a pile of garbage. People were stepping over it. I looked more closely. The pile of garbage was shaking. And moaning. It was, I realized, to my horror, ...[Read more]
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Conservative brilliantly explains what is wrong with angry middle-aged white men
"We want to believe things are not our fault and things are so terrible and we would do better and wouldn't have to be so angry if things weren't so awful all the time," he told host Joe Scarborough. "Every age has its advantages and disadvantages. but th ...[Read more]
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All of Us Should Be Working Four-Day Weeks
A mass experiment in Iceland found that workers with four-day weeks became happier and healthier and got just as much done. It’ll take worker organizing to win a demand like that. ...[Read more]
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The American death spiral
Fifty-four years ago, standing at the pulpit of Riverside Church in New York City, Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his now-famous "Beyond Vietnam" sermon. For the first time in public, he expressed in vehement terms his opposition to the American war i ...[Read more]
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Joe Biden just unleashed a quiet revolution in American politics
The needle on the John-Stoehr-O-Meter is reading "annoyed" this morning due to the fact that our political discourse is so upside down, so backwards and so prolapsed I'm compelled to defend someone I don't feel like defending. My annoyance is doubled by k ...[Read more]
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Profiting From COVID Desperation: Oxygen Tanks Become an Underground Market in Mexico
Water became a commodity traded on Wall Street in December amid fear of scarcity, and now oxygen is being speculated on in Mexico. With most hospitals full, many Mexicans are battling COVID-19 at home. Oxygen tanks and oxygen concentrators (devices that ...[Read more]
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Reading Edmund Burke Shows That Conservatism Is All About Defending Traditional Hierarchies
Studying the writings of Edmund Burke, the father of modern conservatism, reveals something important: that right-wing intellectual thought is little more than a series of dressed-up defenses of conventional social relations and traditional hierarchies. ...[Read more]
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Doomsday Clock Reveals Humanity Closer Than Ever to the Apocalypse
One hundred seconds to midnight. That's how close humanity is to the apocalypse, and it's as close as the world has ever been, according to Wednesday's annual announcement from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a group that has been running its "Doom ...[Read more]
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