A Nifty Little Trick for Facilitating Class Discussions

A way of running non-intimidating, inclusive seminars…


“Sorry To Bother You” and the Rationality of Evil

How free market logic can turn us all into horse-people…


The Incredible State-Level Single-Payer Plan That Everyone Should Be Talking About

Abdul El-Sayed’s “MichCare” plan is a detailed and practical plan to bring Medicare for All to Michigan…


Literature of the Left

The political left has produced countless classic works of analysis, memoir, and fiction…


Two Emails About Socialism

Some correspondence from readers about labels and ideas…


Stray Thoughts: Mostly About Nazis

The point of political writing, MLK on automation, how to stop fascism before it starts…


What We Did

Reckoning with Vietnam, 50 years after My Lai…


3 Arguments Against Socialism And Why They Fail

Why common talking points about socialism are silly…


How Horrific Things Come To Seem Normal

Coverage of Hitler’s rise gives moral lessons for our time…


The Joys of Solidarity

Why gathering in protest is so important, powerful, and spiritually nourishing…


How The Supreme Court Pretends To Be Reasonable…

…when it’s so obviously ideological. Examining the case of “compelled speech.”


Incredible Things Can Be Accomplished

The victories of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ben Jealous are an encouraging sign for the left…


If Taco Bell Is The Peak Of Our Civilization, Get Me Another Civilization

I refuse to believe that this is the best we can do…


How Conservatives Use Made-Up And/Or Misleading Nonsense To Justify Police Killings

Did you know that white people are a terrifying threat to police everywhere? It’s just math!


I Can’t Believe They Still Make Students Recite The Pledge Of Allegiance

This dumb, creepy ritual should never have been imposed on kids.


Mardi Gras In Theory And Practice

On experiencing the New Orleans Carnival season for the first time…


There Is Still Only One Clear Way To Get Rid Of Trump

Let’s be honest: running Bernie in 2020 is the best shot the Democrats have at beating Trump…



Conservatism On Paper

Right-wing banalities about tradition and culture sound pleasant until we discuss what they actually imply…


Not Just A Foreign Country, But Some Other Planet Entirely

Coming to terms with history, in antique shops and elsewhere…