A Feminist Heist Novel Set in the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria
Aya de Leon discusses her latest book—and why heist and romance novels lend themselves to political content.
In 'Dignity,' Chris Arnade Offers an Empathetic Study of Trump's America
Arnade demonstrates the virtues of a journalism based on empathy. But he also shows that empathy alone is insufficient without a sharper historical and political analysis.
'Knife to the Heart': The Deep Empathy Behind Chris Orrick's Witty, Working-Class Hip-Hop
The Detroit rapper's willingness to listen to other people, and to see himself from their perspective, is one of the hallmarks of his music, his career, and his politics.
Elizabeth Warren's College-Debt Plan Is Also a Blueprint for Addressing Racial Inequality
Progressives often debate whether universal or targeted policies are best suited to create a more equal society. Warren's college plan brilliantly combines them both.
The Far Right Doesn't Want to Beat the Left; It Wants to Exterminate It
Every right-wing authoritarian movement has one thing in common: a brutal clampdown on any persons or groups who promote equality.
How the Criminal Underworld Was Invented by the Middle and Upper Classes
In his latest book, French historian Dominique Kalifa investigates how mainstream representations of poverty have been used for centuries to harm the poor.
'Play More Aggressive': Negro Leo Mixes Activism With Experimental Music
Negro Leo's music advocates a radical solidarity with his country's least fortunate.
Why Don't We Defend Voting on the Grounds of Free Speech?
The vote is one of the central ways democracies give people a voice in their government.
Israel Doesn't Show Us How to Fight Fascism—but the Diaspora Can
Is it really wrong to have ties to a community based in a shared vision of God, justice, and hope, rather than in land and blood?
If You're Worried About Free Speech, Stand Up for Prisoners
The shuttering of a prison debate club shows the precarious nature of free-speech rights among American inmates.
'The Coddling of the American Mind' Is Sort of Brainless
A new book repackages old complaints about college kids, while also discouraging protest.
How Right-Wing Media Has Tried to Stifle Student Speech at Evergreen State College
A slanted version of the events at Evergreen College keeps driving the conservative news cycle—all while students suffer.
Dear Leftists: Going on Tucker Carlson Is Not Going to Stop Imperialism
An anti-war movement that embraces authoritarianism and conspiracy theories is an anti-war movement that will lead us to more war.
In the Fight for Free Speech, Sex Workers Have Been Left Behind
With SESTA, Congress gets it backwards: Speaking isn't dangerous for sex workers. Censorship is.
Moving Left Won't Guarantee Victory for Democrats—but Expanding the Franchise Will Help
Why fighting voter suppression and expanding the rolls matter more than achieving progressive purity.
'Butcher's Block' Is a Horror Series About Class War and Cannibalism
Where other horror shows tell you to fear technology, Butcher's Block tells you to fear the rich.
How Anti-Leftism Has Made Jordan Peterson a Mark for Fascist Propaganda
When academics start complaining about "cultural Marxism," they're entering—wittingly or no—a realm of deep anti-Semitism.
Welcome to the Post-Racial Future. It's Still Pretty Racist.
In the fictional universe of Altered Carbon, the wealthiest humans have transcended race. Oddly, most of them are still white.
Justin Timberlake and the Whiteness of Country Music
On Man of the Woods, Timberlake's flirtation with woodsy iconography is an uncomfortable reminder that certain kinds of authenticity are reserved for white people.
'Thor' Shows That Superheroes Can't Fight Imperialism, Even When They Try
The film believes imperialism is bad but can't quite bring itself to reach the logical conclusion.
Democrats Should Stop Chasing the 'Sensible Centrists'
They don't exist. Voter suppression, on the other hand, is very real.
Why Do Mainstream Pundits Keep Getting Student Protest So Wrong?
When commentators hasten to blame students and protesters, they engage in a sort of chattering-class solidarity—while empowering the true threats to free speech.
The Law’s Tougher on Sex Workers Today Than It Was in the 19th Century
How suffragettes, wartime paranoia, and 9/11 stripped Victorian entrepreneurs of rights and reputation.
Actresses and Sex Workers Aren't So Different After All
Do A-list advocates like Kate Winslet and Lena Dunham really know anything about sex workers? One hundred years ago, both would have been considered fallen women.
How the Rhetoric of 'Personal Responsibility' Warps Personal Relationships
In a new book, Allison J. Pugh explores how an ideology of independence can have negative effects outside the economic realm.