No War But Class War

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Comrades— One hundred and thirty one years ago, anarchists in Chicago were rounded up by cops after a demonstration at Haymarket Square turned violent. The peaceful protest was well-attended by Chicago’s workers, but sometime before midnight the cops set upon on the crowd and forced them to disperse. Someone — we’ll never know who, or where their allegiances lay, whether they were a true saboteur or a rank provocateur  — threw a bomb at the advancing cops. Seven of them were killed. In the chaos that ensued,… Read More

Trump’s Cabinet is a Harbinger of a Very Bleak Future

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Many of us shouted our voices hoarse when Hillary Clinton was running for president trying to get across one simple message: don’t listen to her campaign promises, look at what she actually did. But now Clinton is hiding in the woods somewhere waiting for hikers to come take selfies with her. And Donald Trump is going to president. The same rule needs to apply to him, but it’s a lot easier to be distracted by every bigoted, deranged, nonsensical thing he… Read More

On Voting (Annotations on the Aftermath)

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If you’re voting today, good for you. I hope you didn’t have to wait in line too long. Now we know only half of eligible voters showed up. As Tuesday night’s results are starting to sink in, I wanted to return to this election day post and see how it looked in the bright cold light of the dawning Trump Era. In the aftermath of Trump’s victory, some friends I really respect have been taking to social media to ask – furiously but… Read More

Last Thoughts On Voting

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If you’re voting today, good for you. I hope you didn’t have to wait in line too long. I went to my polling place in Philadelphia this morning intending to write-in Monica Moorehead and Lamont Lilly, the candidates for the Workers World Party. I was going to vote for Moorehead and Lilly because they best represent the policies I wish to see implemented in the United States. Unfortunately, the write-in function didn’t work on the voting machine I used at the Russian… Read More

Fight For $15 Rally At Broad & Arch

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Yesterday afternoon, multiple mass movements scheduled rallies across Philadelphia. The Philaelphia Coalition for Real Justice declared a ‘Day of Rage’ and assembled at Broad and Girard. Temple activists, the Stadium Stompers, rallied at Cecil B. Moore to protest the construction of a $100 million sports stadium in the middle of North Philly. And I managed to make it out of work early enough to catch the end of a Fight For $15 assembly on Arch Street, where Verizon and fast food workers… Read More

Clinton and Kagame

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On April 6th, 1994 a plane was shot down over Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. Among the twelve people on board were Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira. It’s an open question who launched the surface-to-air missiles that sent the plane crashing into the gardens of the presidential palace. It’s possible that Hutu extremists in the Rwandan army did it. It’s also possible that the current president of Rwanda and leader of the Rwandan Patriotic Front, Paul… Read More

Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Meh

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It’s morning in America. There’s drool on the pillow and you slept on your arm weird. A nation with swollen eyes, half-asleep but fully conscious of the inevitable, swats at the alarm clock for another few useless minutes of rest. Alas, the snooze button can’t save you now. The 2016 presidential election has been up since dawn and it made coffee. It’s decaf. For years now I’ve been sort of hoping that if I kept my eyes closed and my… Read More

Newsweek Field Day

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In the most recent edition of Newsweek, editor Tina Brown jotted down some thoughts about what Diana Spencer would be up to if she had lived to be 50. On the cover, there is a Photoshopped image of the former princess of Wales with added wrinkles strolling alongside Kate Middleton. I picked this out of my mailbox an hour ago, and have already found Brown all over the news defending this ridiculous thing. The photographs are bizarre. The fact that anyone is still… Read More

The War On Winter

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It was cold today. It was windy. Hold steady, comrades. As I write, the sky is blue like a drop of ink just spilled on a page. The days are getting longer now and the nights are, too. When I was waiting for the bus this morning, clenching my jaw harder with every new blast of frigid wind, a word came to mind that I’d read in Ammon Shea’s Reading the OED: apricity – n., The feeling of warmth in Winter. When you’re able to… Read More

A Disorder Peculiar to the Planet

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Peter and I got off the subway at 42nd Street because I wanted to stop at Times Square to see some civil disobedience. I’d read on Gothamist that the People’s Climate March organizers had compromised with the NYPD after months of negotiations over the permit. When organizers agreed not to lead the march through Times Square, the NYPD loosened up and granted official permission for the thousands converging on the city to take to the streets. The city had recently witnessed some… Read More