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Can Ukrainians Survive East-West Conflict and Their Own Bad Actors?

Jerry Harris and Garret Virchick Organizing Upgrade
Short of the emergence of a progressive people’s movement in Ukraine, there may be little that can be done to stabilize the country and prevent bloodshed. What is needed is a strategy the Bolsheviks called “revolutionary defeatism.”

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Thomas Piketty: The Making of a Socialist

Robert Kuttner New York Times
What makes this noteworthy is that it comes from an economist who gained his reputation as a researcher with vaguely left-of-center sensibilities but was far from a radical. The times are such that even honest moderates are driven to radical remedies

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The Small Business Utopia of Schitt’s Creek

Aaron Giovannone Jacobin
Schitt’s Creek offered its audience a vision of capitalism free of prejudice and exploitation. The absurdity of this fantasy was both the source of the show’s limitations and its brilliance.

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Hospitals Are Using the Nursing Shortage to Stiff Health Care Workers

Heather Rust Jacobin
Rather than materially address the underlying issues of the nursing shortage crisis, health care providers are exploiting it in order to further consolidate power at the top of industry hierarchies — and break the power of organized labor below.

The Amazon Army and the 1919-1922 Kansas Coal Strikes

Robert Ovetz Portside
Unlike most of the other struggles of this era, this strike rested on the firm backbone of the women of the mining families and communities who continued the fight when the men were beaten and jailed and the strike near defeat.

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Dark Capitalism Is the Biggest Trend in TV

Olivia Ovenden Esquire
Series like 'Squid Game', 'Succession' and 'Dopesick' show the view from the bottom and very top of the economic ladder, and remind us there's a great distance between the two
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