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Why I’m Still Hopeful About America

Never give up fighting for a more just society.

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Nobody Special: Reflections on The Rise of Skywalker

Warning: Spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker follow. Before making the original Star Wars, George Lucas spent years working on Apocalypse Now, a film about the tragedy of America’s war in Vietnam. You don’t have to look too closely to see that, in its own way, Star Wars is also about the folly of American empire. More specifically, it’s about […]

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How Norway Avoided Becoming a Fascist State

Instead of falling to the Nazi party, Norway broke through to a social democracy. Their history shows us polarization is nothing to despair over.

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15 Warnings Signs of Impending Tyranny

Consider yourself warned.

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George Michael and Your Authentic Self

What’s obvious and achingly beautiful is your yearning to be your authentic self. It isn’t about being straight or gay, it’s about honesty, acceptance, and love.

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With Trump Now ‘Unshackled,’ What Next for GOP’s Institutional Misogyny?

“We know that Donald Trump’s dangerous sexism and racism are not an aberration,” says protester outside Republican National Committee headquarters.

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This Country Needs a Truth and Reconciliation Process on Violence Against African Americans

What response can disrupt patterns set by centuries of racism?

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Song for an Unsung Hero: Fred Ross

In his revelatory biography of community organizer Fred Ross Sr., Gabriel Thompson traces the roots of today’s progressive movement.

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The Five Principles of Patriotism

True patriots seek to confirm and strengthen and celebrate the “we” in “we the people of the United States.”

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The First Post-Middle-Class Election

The politics of downward mobility and racial diversity have eroded the center, pushing Democrats to the left and Republicans toward an authoritarian right.