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Anti-Flag’s 2020 is About Reclaiming the Future

by Shane Burley. Everyone was covering their eyes as we headed into 2020, a year that feels like the worst confluence of global disasters, neoliberal fraud, and far-right advances. Which makes it feel serendipitous that the punk band Anti-Flag, which has made its opposition to the U.S. war machine its operating principle for its almost thirty years of existence, is releasing a new album for the election year.

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Who Dies?

by Nicolás Vargas. As little as a month ago, it was easier to feel a sense of revolutionary optimism than it is now. Multiple wildcat strikes paved the way to union victories, a presidential candidate who championed working class values was gaining momentum and winning delegates. Then, a pandemic struck.

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The Symbolic Narcotic: How Dystopias Hide From Themselves

by Tyler Wells Lynch. Good science-fiction doesn’t predict the future; it tweaks a feature of the present and extrapolates, obsessively. Ursula K. Le Guin likened extrapolative works of science fiction to the methods of a scientist feeding large doses of a food additive to lab mice “in order to predict what may happen to people who eat it in small quantities.”

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No Time for Malarkey

by Steven Monacelli. Whatever the reason for Biden’s “middle-ground” policies, one thing is clear: it’s no time to bide our time. Thousands die every year due to lack of health insurance, and we are only seconds from the midnight hour on the Doomsday Clock. It’s no time for Biden or his malarkey.

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