A collection of online articles with links that might interest socialists and others on the Left.
FIRST, Reprising our appreciative look in January at the most likely places we go for our monthly “good reads.” They keep us informed and energized and most of them manage on donations or (in the case of online magazines) binary subscription revenue. They may provide the information fueling our Pessimism of the Intellect, but when it comes to Optimism of the Will – well, don’t forget to include them in your Will.
Jacobin, Mother Jones, In These Times, The Nation, Dissent, American Prospect, Labor Notes
The aggregators circulating work from the above sources (and many others) more widely plus providing original work as well: Alternet, Portside; Common Dreams
Those are the ones we see most. What have we missed? Let Good Reads know about sources you go back to often that we have omitted here, or submit a “Good Read” or several to firstname.lastname@example.org. The submissions should be online and have links without paywalls.
AND FOR MARCH:
George Monbiot in the Guardian on ground-up rebuilding through resistance. Recommended by Ken Quam. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/08/take-back-control-bottom-up-communities
Important piece on intersection of race and public transit in our region https://ggwash.org/view/62135/transit-and-race-in-the-washington-region-have-a-long-intertwined-history#comment_333058
Theo Anderson writes that the drastic flip in state-level party power that ALEC brought can be countered by progressives. It’s in In These Times. http://inthesetimes.com/article/19867/how-the-lefts-long-march-back-will-begin-in-the-states
John Bellamy Foster in Monthly Review: “Over the last few decades, the chief aim of establishment climate-change policy has been the ecological modernization of capitalism—but only within limits that remain conducive to capital accumulation.” https://monthlyreview.org/2017/02/01/trump-and-climate-catastrophe/
Moshe Z. Marvit, writing in In These Times, says the recent “right to work” bill from a GOP nutcake is actually a head-fake, and more subtle anti-labor bills may be sneaking in under the cover of the furor. http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/19877/the_gops_national_right_to_work_bill_is_a_smokescreen
Paul Buhle likes this book on “Direct Action,” which he here reviews for Portside. That should be enough. http://portside.org/2017-02-16/direct-action-protest-and-reinvention-american-radicalism
We had a packed Salon session on employment policy and the universal basic income (UBI) issue. A video of that session is at https://www.facebook.com/MetroDCDSA/videos/578933805639282/ Here is a Guardian essay with additional detail, especially about the ongoing pilot study in Finland. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/19/basic-income-finland-low-wages-fewer-jobs?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=214061&subid=7923761&CMP=GT_US_collection
This is a bit self-serving, inside baseball by a newish member, but recaps a lot of markers on the path many of us took here, soon or late. This post from VICE is dated, almost two weeks old by the time you read this, posted back when we had merely tripled in size…
Another wonky one… a write-up of a Pew study on how states are rethinking employee benefit regulations for the mobile gig economy (or, as we call it, the contingent labor force economy). This one comes from Stateline, an e-newsletter on state governance: http://www.routefifty.com/management/2017/02/growth-gig-economy-states-rethink-how-workers-get-benefits/135611/
From Demos, a detailed analysis of the persistent racial wealth gap. http://www.demos.org/sites/default/files/publications/Asset%20Value%20of%20Whiteness_0.pdf
And here is Indivisible’s guide to getting somewhere with Congress: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/
Our Baltimore comrade Max Obuszewski, aggregator extraordinaire, circulated this disheartening labor info: http://www.alternet.org/union-leaders-driving-trumps-lawless-immigration-crackdown
Ryan Mosgrove, national YDS organizer, recommends Hal Draper’s evergreen (1973) piece as a valuable tool in analyzing our relations with other left formations: https://www.marxists.org/archive/draper/1973/xx/microsect.htm
Here’s the national DSA political committee’s (NPC) statement on the election of Tom Perez (not Keith Ellison) as chair of the Democratic National Committee. Passing it along, our former DC comrade Tim Sears (now in Seattle) wonders if we need to use the poorly defined and poorly understood term “neoliberal” so, um, liberally even as we try to reach out to a new audience for whom it is meaningless or obfuscatory… http://www.dsausa.org/after_the_ellison_defeat
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