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May 17, 2023
When Racial Justice Meant Universal Social Benefits
The left used to believe that reducing inequality across the board was the best way to combat racial injustice. What happened?
Adolph Reed Jr.
May 15, 2023
100 Years of Palestinian Popular Resistance
Even among many sympathetic partisans of the Palestinian struggle, a narrative of victimhood prevails. But how we regard our past and present is a choice.
Nasreen Abd Elal
May 12, 2023
Clarence Thomas Is What He Wrongly Accuses Black Folks of Being
Thomas has elevated “personal responsibility” into a prerequisite for citizenship. Yet he fails his own test.
May 10, 2023
A New Southern Strategy to Repair Our Democracy
In spite of everything stacked against it, a new generation of progressive Southern voters is rising.
May 1, 2023
Arresting Criticism: When Complaining About a Public Official Can Land You in Jail
Criminal defamation laws are relics of a bygone age.
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April 26, 2023
The Gifts Harry Belafonte Gave Me
The singer, actor, and activist gave generously of his time and wisdom—not just to me but to the world.
April 17, 2023
Should Courts Be Able to Mandate Psychiatric Care?
Sasha Abramsky argues that court-mandated care connects unhoused individuals to supportive services, while Stefanie Lyn Kaufman-Mthimkhulu and Ruth Sangree write that psychiatric incarceration is cruel and ineffective.
Stefanie Lyn Kaufman-Mthimkhulu
April 14, 2023
Sexual Harassment Is a Civil, Not Criminal, Offense
Cuomo and his enablers rely on the public’s lazy understanding of the legal system.
April 10, 2023
Joe Biden Has Betrayed Trans Student Athletes
The administration’s new Title IX rules allow for discrimination against trans student athletes—and buy into some of the worst anti-trans talking points.
Frankie de la Cretaz
January 13, 2023
Norman Fruchter Was a Giant in the Fight for Education Equity
Fruchter, who passed away recently, was also a key figure in the New Left on both sides of the Atlantic.
Alix Kates Shulman