Here’s a triple play from Portside, wrapping articles from The Nation, the American Prospect and the Brennan Center into a bleak account of how local officials are finding ways around the court orders that recently invalidated many onerous voter suppression measures.
For the many who have considered the rocker Bruce Springsteen an ally and progressive, his autobiography is a welcome milestone. Several excellent reviews have ensued; Richard Ford’s in the NYT seemed particularly tasty as work of an unabashed and literary fan. Bob Christgau brings his lifetime chops as a music critic in this review, via Portside.
A great set of readings for The Nation discussion group’s October meeting on the mainstream media and their/its effect on US politics… not all brand new but a well-curated assortment…
The NYT’s Eduardo Porter, a genuine outlier among newspaper economics writers, examines a proposal favored by many in our camp: universal basic income for children. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/19/business/economy/giving-every-child-a-monthly-check-for-an-even-start.html?em_pos=large&emc=edit_nn_20161021&nl=morning-briefing&nlid=30839032&ref=economy&_r=0
This obituary memoir of Tom Hayden by his comrade Dick Flacks was posted by our DSA comrade Joe Schwartz. It’s from In These Times: http://inthesetimes.com/article/19574/remembering-tom-hayden-1939-2016-my-friend-and-a-lifelong-change-maker
Marx lives for many people, but according to the writer of a new book on him, “Marx was not our contemporary.” Louis Menand reviewed a couple of books that attempt to put Marx more securely in the nineteenth century, from The New Yorker. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/10/10/karl-marx-yesterday-and-today
Arlie Hochschild, author of the new Tea Party study Strangers in Their Own Land (reviewed in this issue), summarized and updated her findings in a Mother Jones article: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/08/trump-white-blue-collar-supporters
A different but related take on Trump’s supporters and their discontents is in The Nation: Adam Haslett says that the shame that is latent in the discontented white working class is “weaponized” by Trump’s approach. https://www.thenation.com/article/donald-trump-shamer-in-chief/
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