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In this month's issue
After California's fire and mud disasters, how should society prevent even worse to come?
When attributing disasters to global warming, we must equally emphasize the market-driven forces that put so many millions of people in harms' way.
Take a knee: the little-known truth behind Francis Scott Key
Countering critics of kneeling protesters with a deeper look into the creation of the Star Spangled Banner.
The Future China-U.S. Competition and Democratic Socialism
An opportunity for the left today is to show that democratic socialism is not only just, but also more functional at building a strong and resourceful country than neoliberal capitalism or China's state mercantilism.
How Maryland systematically criminalizes poverty - Summary from the Jobs Opportunity Task Force
This report reveals that many of Maryland’s current laws, enforcement schemes, monetary penalties and related policies and practices disproportionately criminalize the poor, with disproportionate impact on communities of color.
The racial politics of mass incarceration, and its complex history in Washington DC
To understand the roots of mass incarceration and warrior-style policing in DC, Forman writes, “we must start with a profound social fact: In the years preceding and during our punishment binge, black communities were devastated by historically unprecedented levels of crime and violence.”
How US officials, on capitalist principles, assured racial segregation by law
Rothstein relentlessly provides evidence that the segregation of African Americans in the US is not the “white conceit” of personal preference across the color line—de facto segregation—but de jure, the result of state action done under the color of law.
If ANTIFA takes notice, you may be a fascist
Fascism is hard to define as it is not a particularly intellectual pursuit. It thrives on racism, anti-Semitism, antifeminism, homophobia and with Milo and Trump, anti-immigrant organizing. Haters like this are not the smartest tools in the shed...
Good Reads for February 2018
Unions, death and transfiguration; Democracies; death; history as the alt-right sees it and as Tet '68 revisions try to warp it -- and a couple of nice shout-outs for DSA.