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Why Democrats share the blame for the rise of Donald Trump | Robert Reich | Opinion | The Guardian
"I was part of a Democratic administration that failed to fix a rigged system – I know our current president is a symptom of our disunion, not its only cause"
politics  democrats  class-war  inequality 
6 days ago by tsuomela
There will be no “conclusion” to this impeachment trial.
"The Democrats and the Republicans are focused on two very different sorts of investigations."
politics  impeachment  partisanship  epistemic-closure 
25 days ago by tsuomela
Is politics getting in the way of assessing which films are actually good? | Jessa Crispin | Opinion | The Guardian
"Browbeating viewers into seeing certain movies shifts blame for a lack of diverse storytelling on to audiences, rather than the broken system of film production"
film  criticism  politics 
4 weeks ago by tsuomela
The Fight to Redefine Racism | The New Yorker
"In “How to Be an Antiracist,” Ibram X. Kendi argues that we should think of “racist” not as a pejorative but as a simple, widely encompassing term of description."
book  review  racism  politics  america 
6 weeks ago by tsuomela
Left and Right are both gripped by an identical fear: homogeneity | Aeon Essays
"What people most fear is not difference, but a world in which nothing and nowhere is unique, in which everyplace is the same "
politics  fear  homogenization  sameness  diversity 
11 weeks ago by tsuomela
Political Masochism: On Trisha Low’s “Socialist Realism”
"Socialist Realism By Trisha Low Published 08.13.2019 Coffee House Press 168 Pages"
book  review  essay  memoir  politics  activism 
12 weeks ago by tsuomela
Let Them Eat Tech | Dissent Magazine
"Tech-oriented solutions to rural poverty and underdevelopment have become hallmarks of Democratic Party policy thinking. We need an alternative that redistributes the wealth generated by the high-tech sector—and recognizes its limits as a development strategy."
rural  development  politics  technology 
november 2019 by tsuomela
I’d Fight the World: A Political History of Old-Time, Hillbilly, and Country Music, La Chapelle
"Long before the United States had presidents from the world of movies and reality TV, we had scores of politicians with connections to country music. In I’d Fight the World, Peter La Chapelle traces the deep bonds between country music and politics, from the nineteenth-century rise of fiddler-politicians to more recent figures like Pappy O’Daniel, Roy Acuff, and Rob Quist. These performers and politicians both rode and resisted cultural waves: some advocated for the poor and dispossessed, and others voiced religious and racial anger, but they all walked the line between exploiting their celebrity and righteously taking on the world. La Chapelle vividly shows how country music campaigners have profoundly influenced the American political landscape."
politics  music  genre  country  book  publisher 
october 2019 by tsuomela
Country Soul | Charles L. Hughes | University of North Carolina Press
"In the sound of the 1960s and 1970s, nothing symbolized the rift between black and white America better than the seemingly divided genres of country and soul. Yet the music emerged from the same songwriters, musicians, and producers in the recording studios of Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee, and Muscle Shoals, Alabama--what Charles L. Hughes calls the "country-soul triangle." In legendary studios like Stax and FAME, integrated groups of musicians like Booker T. and the MGs and the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section produced music that both challenged and reconfirmed racial divisions in the United States. Working with artists from Aretha Franklin to Willie Nelson, these musicians became crucial contributors to the era's popular music and internationally recognized symbols of American racial politics in the turbulent years of civil rights protests, Black Power, and white backlash. Hughes offers a provocative reinterpretation of this key moment in American popular music and challenges the conventional wisdom about the racial politics of southern studios and the music that emerged from them. Drawing on interviews and rarely used archives, Hughes brings to life the daily world of session musicians, producers, and songwriters at the heart of the country and soul scenes. In doing so, he shows how the country-soul triangle gave birth to new ways of thinking about music, race, labor, and the South in this pivotal period."
politics  music  genre  country  history  book  publisher 
october 2019 by tsuomela
Scapegoat Country | Dissent Magazine
"Since the 2016 election, the American press has fixated on rural communities and created a dubious new genre: the Trump Country Safari."
politics  rural  journalism 
october 2019 by tsuomela
The Ballad Of Flyover Man | The American Conservative
An interesting letter from a man whose mother, an Asian immigrant, supports Trump.
politics  class  america  rural  conservative 
october 2019 by tsuomela
Net worth taxes: What they are and how they work - Equitable Growth
"Wealth inequality in the United States is high and has increased sharply in recent decades. This increase—alongside a parallel increase in income inequality—has spurred increased attention on the implications of inequality for living standards and increased interest in policy instruments that can combat inequality. Taxes on wealth are a natural policy instrument to address wealth inequality and could raise substantial revenue, while shoring up structural weaknesses in the current income tax system. This paper provides an introduction to net worth taxes, perhaps the most explicit means of taxing wealth."
taxes  policy  wealth  income-distribution  politics 
august 2019 by tsuomela
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