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May 12
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Allegra Harpootlian, Emily Manna

Forever war now: On the present and future of American automated warfare.

Allegra Harpootlian and Emily Manna explore the present and future of America's AI wars - as automated weaponry spreads across the globe, its expansion relies on government secrecy, political unaccountability and the work of tech companies on the new frontier of the military industrial complex.

Allegra and Emily wrote the article The End of War Is Just a Beginning for TomDispatch.

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Cedric Johnson

On class in Black politics.

Political scientist Cedric Johnson examines the realities of class in Black political life - from the limits of electoralism and a solely race-driven analysis in challenging the slow decline of a people (and nation) under de-industrialization and neoliberal austerity, to the power of a Marxist, materialist lens in understanding the power dynamics in capitalist society.

Cedric wrote the article Coming to Terms with Actually-Existing Black Life for New Politics, reposted as What Black Life Actually Looks Like for Jacobin.

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Danny Haiphong

Fake news empire: Unlearning the lies at the heart of American ideology.

Black Agenda Report's Danny Haiphong examines the lies at the root of the story America tells itself - as the corporate media obscures the reality of social relations at the base of American power, our collective notions of exceptionalism and innocence mask the exploitation that occurs around us everyday, and the exploiting class at the top of American society.

Danny is author of the book American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: A People's History of Fake News—From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror from Skyhorse Books.

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Joshua Specht

A cow from the moon: On land, labor and the rise of the cattle-beef complex.

Historian Joshua Specht explains how the 19th century cattle-beef industry shaped modern American agribusiness - pitting the interest of workers across the supply chain against each other to ensure low prices and corporate profit, and building a powerful system of control over law, labor and land that endures today.

Joshua is author of the book Red Meat Republic: A Hoof-to-Table History of How Beef Changed America from Princeton University Press.

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Jeff Dorchen

Opening the box of Whiteness.

In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen cracks open a big box of Whiteness, unleashes a swarm of WASPs, checks the readings on his oppression spectrum and discovers that angry Whites have discovered (in their own way) intersectionality and a way of connecting all the things they hate.

Read the transcript here

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