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Key Findings about Americans’ Confidence in Science

Science knowledge levels sometimes correlate with public attitudes. But partisanship has a stronger role.

Frederick Douglass Railed Against Economic Inequality

The great abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass died 125 years ago. Today, Jacobin publishes never-before-transcribed articles from Frederick Douglass’ Paper denouncing capitalism and economic inequality.

US Manufacturing Is in Trouble

Talk of a manufacturing renaissance is nonsense.  And there is no reason, based on Trump administration’s economic policies, to expect one.

Florida Loses Appeals Court Ruling on Felon Voting Law

A defeat to Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature . . . A 2016study by The Sentencing Project estimated more than 1.4 million people living in Florida were ineligible to vote due to past felony convictions.

Black Americans' Reverse Migration Reshaping South

Black Americans’ relocation back to the south is changing voting blocs and making Democratic races more competitive. This month, for the first time, South Carolina registered a million voters of color.

Bernie Wins Big in Nevada

"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.

Hanau Shootings and Far Right Violence in Germany

“Our biggest fear is not that there are people out there who hate us, but that rightwing extremists have infiltrated the institutions who are meant to protect us, like the police or the domestic intelligence agencies.”

Afghan Troops Say War is “Not Really Our Fight.”

Afghan National Army soldiers begin training exercise.
Is the long promised truce between the US military and Afghanistan’s Taliban really in the offing? If so, nobody will be happier than the Afghans fighting and dying on the front lines of a war many of them believe is “not really our fight.”

Poor People's Campaign Organizing

Series of gatherings around the country builds momentum for June 20 march.The notion that victims of poverty are no longer willing to be blamed for their plight surfaced again and again at the mass meetings.

We Need to Talk About Where Wealth Comes From

Chart of the 10 richest people on the earth.
Recent studies found many British believe people are rich because they earned it, a myth widely held on both sides of the Atlantic. Therefore, the Left must develop a distinct, compelling narrative about how wealth is really created and distributed.
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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.

Thank You Portside Culture readers

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Afterlives of the Emergency

Divya Subramanian Dissent
Responding to widespread popular discontent, Indira Gandhi marshaled the powers of the Constitution to suspend the rule of law. Her actions anticipated the crisis of democracy in India today.

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Parasite Is Our Film

Eileen Jones Jacobin
Filmmaker Bong Joon-ho on his film Parasite: " I tried to express a sentiment specific to Korean culture, [but] all the responses from different audiences were pretty much the same. Essentially, we all live in the same country, called Capitalism."

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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.

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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

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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

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'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