What Centrist Democrats Get Wrong on Mental Health Policy

by M.K. Anderson. Now that three major candidates have added this policy to their platforms, disability activists from across the political spectrum are alarmed. We, as Marxists, should be as well. We must oppose this policy for what it is: an attempt to foist eugenics on the country to cover up the violence of capitalism.

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Resistance in the Ruins of Empire: Reclaiming Neofolk for Antifascism

by Shane Burley. Nøkken And The Grim embody just about every feature of a dark music subculture that makes many uncomfortable. Paganism, romanticism, anti-modernity, deep ecology—a miasma of radical expressions that tend to hew either leftist or very, very far to the right. This is why so many have written off the neofolk genre entirely as the work of fascists.

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The Bad Light: Hunting for UFOs and J. Posadas in Argentina

by A.M. Gittlitz. In the Pampas, the vast prairies of southern Latin America, there’s a tale that stretches back to colonial times: the legend of the luz mala, or the bad light. It appears just above the ground, in the hills, or in the sky, a foreboding and spectral fireball of fluorescent white, red, blue, or green that follows solitary travelers.

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Hack A Bird, Save A Landfill: Reclaiming the Commons from Silicon Valley

by Daniel Uncapher. I came to California in November 2017 to visit my partner’s family, where I laid my eyes on the Pacific for the first time at the Santa Monica Pier. It was to be a short walk. My back, leg, and ankle were broken in a car accident, so I can only walk for about twenty minutes before my body starts to give out on me.

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Black Metal For The Oppressed

“Antifascist metal is the most dangerous kind there is, because it holds the revolutionary potential to enact actual change, to challenge oppressive structures and systems of power, and to provide marginalized people with the support and space they need to become more involved with a scene that desperately needs their perspectives.”

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All My Friends Live In My Phone and So Do I: Part VI

by Michael Malloy
Part VI: Finding Our Phones Again

When we talk about the future today, we envision the valleys and peaks of the modern world in sharp relief. Our flirtation with inadvertent self-extinction through climate collapse brings to some despair, to others a perverse and nihilistic joy. Still others reject in principle that the danger is real.

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Cathedral Full of Mirrors

by Tyler Walicek
This article appears in our first print issue, Pattern Machines.

I have been swept up in many addictions over the course of my life, as we all have in one way or another. Yet few have been as insidious and bewildering as my entanglement in the compulsive loops that drive the modern Internet.

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