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  • Neoliberal Hong Kong Is Our Future, Too

    by Macabe Keliher

    While orthodox economists like to point to Hong Kong as an ideal free market, the social consequences have been disastrous. Inequality is rising, wages are declining and working hours increasing, overall economic opportunity is dwindling, and housing is so unaffordable that office workers sleep in McDonalds. Is it any wonder that the streets are now burning?



  • Economic Reforms Might Be The Best Health-Care Reforms

    by Evelynn M. Hammonds and Susan M. Reverby

    Only by understanding and confronting this entangled web of racism and public health can we actually solve a problem that has been centuries in the making.


  • Thinking About Racism Beyond Statues and Symbols

    by Dolores Janiewski

    In his life and his death Floyd experienced the coercive structures that constrain, punish and eventually kill altogether too many Americans. More than Confederate statues, these need to be torn down.



  • Equal Opportunity is Not Enough

    by Elizabeth M. Smith-Pryor

    The myth of America as an equal opportunity society has historically allowed white Americans to hold out equality as a promise redeemable in the future but rarely available in the present.



  • Martin Luther King’s Giant Triplets of Injustice

    by Andrew Bacevich

    Without addressing the fundamental evils of economic inequality and militarism American society will continue to fail to realize the promise of racial equality, as Martin Luther King warned in his 1967 speech at Riverside Church. 


  • The Great Upheaval of 1877 Sheds Light on Today’s Protests

    by Richard Schneirov

    1877 saw a wave of mass protests and strikes by the urban poor of multiple ethnicities, violent repression by the forces of law and order, and a news media that focused on sensational instances of looting and property damage while ignoring the protesters' complaints about inequality during a brutal economic downturn.



  • It Didn’t Have to Be Like This

    The New Deal, per historian Eric Rauchway, illustrates the relationship between the American economy and American democracy.



  • How Do We Change America?

    by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

    The quest to transform this country cannot be limited to challenging its brutal police if the roots of oppression and inequality that constitute what many activists refer to as “racial capitalism” are left in place.



  • Why This Started in Minneapolis

    There’s a dissonance, locals say, between Minneapolis' progressive rhetoric and the reality of how people of different races experience completely different cities. Read how history professor William D. Green and others have experienced these divides, and how they propose to bridge them.



  • Organizing the Rich or the Poor?

    by Liz Theoharis

    Instead of looking to national leaders or the rich, a 1968 incident should remind us to recognize the need to organize the political power of the poor for self-determination.



  • Poor Neighborhoods Are Only Getting Poorer

    What new research shows is that number of poor neighborhoods in metropolitan areas has actually doubled from 1980 — and most existing low-income areas only fell deeper into poverty.