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Important Word in ‘Democratic Socialism’ is Democratic

Sen. Bernie Sanders isn’t talking about making America into Cuba or Venezuela. He’s talking about extending social guarantees like those offered in other advanced countries, such as Denmark and Sweden.

How Bloomberg Trashed Public Education in New York

I’m an art teacher. Mike’s policies gutted my school. During those years, I was lucky to have enough copy paper for my students to draw on. Bloomberg’s harmful education policies are today being papered over as his money cascades through the media.

Civic Religion and the Secular Jew

Sanders’s secular Jewishness is among the most common forms of Jewish identity in the US, yet it is a religious identity that has never before appeared so prominently on the national political stage.

Sochie Nnaemeka Wants to Take On Corporate Democrats

The new director of the Working Families Party in New York wants to unite the left against Governor Andrew Cuomo and his austerity politics.

Feb. 27, 2020-Reader Comments, Resources, Announcements

Reader Comments: Trump Betrays Workers; Bernie, Bloomberg, Labor, Nevada Outcome and Culinary Workers; Trump Torture of Immigrants; The Value of Portside - Why So Few Contribute; Resources; Announcements; and more .....

22 Studies Agree: 'Medicare for All' Saves Money

Every single study, regardless of ideological orientation, predicted that it would yield net savings.

Bernie Sanders Earns Support From Black Women Activists

In this conversation, moderated by the Dream Defenders’ Rachel Gilmer, Black women activists explain their support for Sanders’s campaign.

Sotomayor Issues Scathing Immigration Decision Dissent

Charges her conservative colleagues on the court with being too eager to side with the Trump administration

Anti-Muslim Violence in Delhi Serves Modi Well

The riots have been driven by a ruling party intent on painting its largely peaceful opponents as seditious sectarians

Global Left Midweek - Think Pieces

No light reading this week. The Isles, Canada, Mideast, Asia, Africa, Latin America - and a call for eco-socialism
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Serfs of Academe

Charles Petersen The New York Review of Books
The plight of academic adjuncts, those Ph.D's working full-time at low wages, no benefits and little job security, viewed not just as prototypical exploited gig workers and units of flexibility but also as an advanced contingent of union activists.



Dorian Lynskey The Guardian
A compelling account of how far-right firestarters helped ‘the world’s most gifted media troll’ to become the US president.


A Theory of Jerks, and Love

Scott McLemee Inside Higher Ed
In his review of Eric Schwitzgebel's A Theory of Jerks and Other Philosophical Misadventures, Scott McLemee also focuses on love.



Bernie Wins Big in Nevada

Jake Johnson Common Dreams
"That's Called Electability": Diverse Coalition Propels Bernie Sanders to Big Win in Nevada."That's not just a savvy coalition for winning the Nevada caucuses, it's how Bernie Sanders becomes president.


Thank You Portside Labor readers

We Portside moderators send you our thanks for responding generously to our annual appeal. You are one of nearly 440 readers who contributed $33,000+.

Friday nite video


Medicare for All

As presidential candidates continue to discuss Medicare for All, John Oliver explores how much it might cost, what it will change, and who it will help


Elizabeth Warren Dissects Bloomberg Defense

'This is not just a question of the mayor's character, this is also a question about electability' — Sen. Warren on allegations of sexual harassment by Bloomberg at his companies


'You're Pardoned!': Trump Frees Convicted Swamp Creatures

New Trump pardons include Rudy Giuliani’s convicted NYPD commissioner and partner Bernard Kerik, former “Apprentice” contestant Rod Blagojevich, and Michael Milken, a billionaire convicted of 98 counts of racketeering and fraud