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Trump May Not Want War With Iran—but the Coalition of the Killing May Give Him One
That’s why it’s critical that the public, Congress, and especially Dems seeking to replace Trump in 2020 speak out against it now.
End of the Roe
Donald Trump’s Tax Maneuvers Are Typical for His Class
If there’s a tax-evasion problem, it festers at the top of our income scale. Yet the IRS too often expends its precious resources going after the poor.
Music’s Shift From Analog to Digital Changed Everything
Damon Krukowski’s new book is critique of capitalism disguised as a meditation on playback technology.
Rudy Cancels His Trip
Eurovision’s Muddled DNA
Pop genetics don’t belong in a musical event—or its marketing.
Patricia J. Williams
Trump’s Prodigious Lying Threatens Our Democracy
Even after 10,000 falsehoods, many in the media find themselves unable to call a president who lies a liar.
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Books & the Arts
Martin Luther King Jr.’s Social Democracy
In her new book,
King and the Other America
, historian Sylvie Laurent situates the Poor People’s Campaign and Martin Luther King Jr.’s later years in a longer history of black activism and social-democratic thinking.
Robert Greene II
John Lanchester’s Eerily Resonant Novel About Borders and Rising Sea Levels
His speculative new novel,
, imagines a dystopian future but offers us a warning about our present.
Julius Scott’s Epic About Black Resistance in the Age of Revolution
Modeled after Braudel’s masterpiece on the Mediterranean,
The Common Wind
helps recovers the radical world of black mariners, rebels, and runaways banding together to realize their freedom.
The Political Odyssey of Sean Wilentz
How one of America’s original Bernie Bros became an outspoken critic of the left.
Twenty-First Century Woman / Ankle-Length Cardigans / Looking in the Mirror
David Treuer’s Monumental History of Native American Life in the 20th Century
The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
tells the story of Native life as it flourished amidst hardship.
E. Tammy Kim
Jenny Odell and the Quest to Log Off
Can we escape the Internet?
The Inescapable Politics of Climate Change
What we need to know now is not what climate change will do in the future, but what we should about it in the present.
Letters From the June 3-10, 2019, Issue
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