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January 11/18, 2021, Issue
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A Blueprint for Social Movements During the Biden Presidency
Insurgent tactics and demands may irritate party leaders, but that friction still serves to move politics toward greater freedom and justice.
Now Is the Time for Congress to Deliver
Too many people no longer believe that government is helping lift all boats. The solution is clear: a progressive agenda that makes a transformative difference in people’s lives.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal
Biden Must End the Forever Wars
The American public, exhausted by the pandemic and two decades of war, is in no mood for military adventurism.
How Biden Can Break the Stranglehold of Amazon and Other Monopolies
The incoming president can take numerous steps to trim the tentacles of today’s monopolistic companies, which reach into every corner of American life.
Why Unions Must Recommit to Expanding Their Base
Demobilizing our base is never a good idea, especially when the right wing and the Trump forces continue to mobilize.
The Case for Wide-Scale Debt Relief
Student loans, medical debt, mortgage payments, rent, and municipal debt should all be reduced or eliminated outright.
Biden Should Establish an Office of Climate Mobilization
He needs to act with the same urgency that inspired FDR to create the Office of War Mobilization during World War II.
How Biden Can Support Black America
We should fill the streets to remind him that the millions who elected him expect to see policies that will improve our lives.
Trump and His Cronies Must Face the Music for Their Crimes
This is about more than just reforming a broken process. A steady focus on accountability isolates and diminishes the critics.
Biden Must Tackle the Pandemic With a New Deal for Public Health
We need to make the collective realization that the pandemic is a symptom of what has ailed us as a nation.
Blame Mitch for the Lack of Federal Relief
Not nearly enough ire has been directed at the Senate majority leader for trying to ensure that any relief package contains a corporate liability shield.
Teetering on the Edge: A Postcard From London
The city bids goodbye to 2020 with Brexit brinkmanship and a return to lockdown.
The First 100 Days Are Critical
We asked 10 activists, analysts, and elected officials to examine what Biden can and should do to undo the damage caused by Trump.
The Vaccine Is Here—Now, We Must Distribute It Fairly
As the campaign to vaccinate almost all Americans against Covid-19 rolls out, racial equity must be at the forefront.
The Liberal Establishment Is ‘a Stranger to Self-Examination’
A conversation with Pankaj Mishra about Biden’s closer-than-expected victory, the sterile state of mainstream intellectual culture, and his new book
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Look Beyond the Media Frenzy and Focus on the Fundamentals
In my last column, I’d like to leave you with what I’ve learned covering the media for more nearly 25 years.
House Democrats’ Marijuana Decriminalization Vote Is Huge—and Not Enough
This is exactly the right time to start pulling back from the war on drugs.
Books & the Arts
Open Mike Eagle’s Songs of Redemption
His new album—
Anime, Trauma and Divorce
—uses rap as a vehicle for self-examination and restoration.
The Groundbreaking Honesty of Joe Sacco’s Comics Journalism
His decades-long project of reportage in graphic form works like oral history—bearing witness to the historical traumas of his subjects.
What Can We Learn From the 1918 Pandemic?
A recent history of the pandemic illuminates not just parallels with our moment but how a public health crisis can become a political one as well.
Richard J. Evans
John Wilson’s Magically Poignant Urban Histories
His documentary series for HBO is a head-spinning interrogation of the chaos of New York City life.
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Indigenous Cultures Take Root in New York
The traditional systems of mutual support that undergird many Indigenous Central and North American cultures have formed a safety net during a very dark time in New York City’s history.
Cinthya Santos Briones
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