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Nov 25
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Andrea Flynn

Racial justice doesn't trickle down.

Writer Andrea Flynn explores the persistence of hidden, racialized barriers to economic equality in the US, and explains why a 'class only' attempt to address inequality for all Americans fails to confront the legacy of systemic racism - via mass incarceration, spatial segregation and the wealth gap - blocking Black Americans from prosperity and equal access to the economy at large.

Andrea is co-author of the book The Hidden Rules of Race: Barriers to an Inclusive Economy from Cambridge University Press.

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Silvio Carrillo

Coverup and complicity in the assassination of Berta Cáceres.

Journalist Silvio Carrillo reports on the aftermath of the assassination of Honduran environmental activist Berta Cáceres - from a conspiracy among the nation's political elite to stonewall the criminal investigation into Berta's death, to the larger complicity of the US government in the actions of Honduras's coup government in the name of profit and "stability" for its profiteers.

Silvio is Berta's nephew, and the director of bertacaceres.org.

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Jennifer Berkshire

How school privatization became the Democratic Party's class project.

Journalist Jennifer C. Berkshire explains how Democrats bought into school privatization - as a class project of the party's anti-union elite donors, an an anti-teacher platform used by the Clintons to advance their own careers in the absence of anything material to offer voters, and as a problem that will only get worse as attacking public schools continues to be a bi-partisan fixation.

Jennifer wrote the Baffler article How Education Reform Ate the Democratic Party.

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Suzy Hansen

Notes on power, decline and America, beyond-America.

Live from Istanbul, journalist Suzy Hansen explores life abroad under the influence of America's post-WW2 foreign policy, and explains what America's decline, and Donald Trump's ascent means for a nation historically isolated from the world and effects of its own policies.

Suzy is author of Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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Alex Lubin, Gaye Theresa Johnson

A joy and a fire: On the power and possibility of Black radical thought.

Gaye Theresa Johnson and Alex Lubin explore the power and possibility of Black radical thought - as a site of resistance against racial capitalism, as a blueprint for alternative ways of organizing in the face of oppression, and as a deep pool of knowledge and experience to draw from in the present and future fight against White supremacy and all forms of oppression.

Gaye and Alex edited and contributed to the essay collection Futures of Black Radicalism from Verso.

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Jeff Dorchen

A few helpful thoughts on making the global economy less murderous.

In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen takes shape of our deformed economy, explains what Nietzsche got wrong about losers, what we get wrong about self-interest, and conjures a mythical, but still pretty good global economy out of his own imagination, for everyone from the hammock makers to the hammock takers. 

Read the transcript here

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