Good Reads for January 2019

The Ableist Logic of Primitivism: A Critique of "Ecoextremist" Thought
In response to an article in New York Magazine about Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber), DSA member Conor Arpwel dismantles the notion that a return to a pre-industrial society offers us a way out of capitalist oppression.

The Housing Affordability Crisis and What Millennials Can Do About It
DSA member Steve Early reviews a book outlining concrete strategies to fight back against the crisis in affordable housing. According to the book’s author Randy Shaw, “skyrocketing housing have created a generational divide, with major political implications for progressive city governments and advocates of affordable housing.”

The Worse Thing We’ve Ever Done
On the Media’s Brooke Gladstone interviews Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, who discusses the legacy of slavery in the United States, and historian Sir Richard Evans, who discusses denazification in Germany after World War II. The stark juxtaposition reveals the depth of our country’s denial of its history of racial terror.

The Misogyny and Authoritarianism of “Paw Patrol”
Walt D critiques the children’s program “Paw Patrol,” which airs on Nickelodeon, bringing in $300 million annually in toy sales. He claims that “the themes presented to the impressionable audience depict a misogynistic, conservative authoritarian fantasy” and points out that Nickelodeon is owned by billionaire Sumner Redstone.

There Could Be Power in a Union
A collateral view of the Gilets Jaunes protests in France, from French observers by way of Jacobin: “The gilets jaunes’ street demonstrations arose outside of trade-union structures. Yet their mobilization offers a historic opportunity to renew the labor movement.” See also our comrade Carolyn Debnam’s article in this issue, “Solidarité avec les gilets jaunes”

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