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January 29, 2016
How Obsolete, Triumphalist Militarism Is Destroying America
Like the hero of Milton’s great drama
, we’re blinded by our own hubris. Here’s a way out—one in which the military can help.
December 7, 2015
Pacific Overtures on Broadway
At its best, the Japanese-internment musical
seethes with righteous anger beneath its perkiness and platitudes.
September 1, 2015
Historians of Color Are Revolutionizing the Narrative of ‘American Exceptionalism’
For too long, we have looked in the wrong place and race for the genesis of our national story.
David Levering Lewis
July 4, 2015
July 4, 1776: The Declaration of Independence Is Published
"We celebrate, in short, not simply the national independence, or the return of peace, but the close of the agitation about slavery, and the extinction of slavery itself."
March 23, 2015
Want to Rebuild the Left? Take Socialism Seriously
After three decades of neoliberal economic policies and the staggering inequality they have produced, we are witnessing a rebirth of socialist ideals.
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October 11, 2013
Neoliberalism: Why the American Dream is Losing Steam
We cannot have a functioning participatory democracy while eliminating jobs, imprisoning huge segments of our population, and saddling the next generation with mountains of student debt.
April 29, 2013
A Fighter by His Trade: Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Sports and the American Dream
Sports have been a historic avenue for immigrant acceptance in the US, but Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s story shows just how much that’s changed.