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Feminism: The Men Arrive! (Hooray! Uh-Oh!)

The prime minister of India, retired NFL punter Chris Kluwe, and superstar comedian Aziz Ansari (pictured) all spoke up for feminism this year, part of an unprecedented wave of men actively engaging with what’s usually called “women’s issues.” The arrival of the guys signifies a sea change, part of an extraordinary year for feminism.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 READ MORE


Dark Money and Poll Taxes: Coping With Our Crazy Democracy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The 2014 midterms are upon us, Rebecca Solnit says women’s issues are men’s issues, and “FOIA terrorist” Jason Leopold tells us about Michael Hayden’s finances.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 READ MORE


Dark Money and Poll Taxes: Coping With Our Crazy Democracy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The 2014 midterms are upon us, Rebecca Solnit says women’s issues are men’s issues, and “FOIA terrorist” Jason Leopold tells us about Michael Hayden’s finances.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 READ MORE



The Wheel Turns, the Boat Rocks, the Sea Rises

When we argue for change in response to climate change, we’re arguing against people who claim we’re disrupting a stable system. They insist we’re rocking the boat unnecessarily. I insist it’s a lifeboat, and that if we rock hard enough, maybe the people in it will wake up and start rowing instead of clinging to the wreckage of an old order.

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 READ MORE



#YesAllWomen Changes the Story

The Isla Vista murderer took out men as well as women, but blowing away members of a sorority seems to have been the goal of his rampage. He evidently interpreted his lack of sexual access to women as offensive behavior by women who, he imagined in a sad mix of entitlement and self-pity, owed him fulfillment.

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 READ MORE



Pandora’s Box and the Volunteer Police Force

You can abolish the reproductive rights women gained in 1973, with Roe v. Wade, when the Supreme Court legalized abortion—or rather ruled that women had a right to privacy over their own bodies that precluded the banning of abortion. But you can’t so easily abolish the idea that women have certain inalienable rights.

Posted on May 22, 2014 READ MORE



Open Systems and Glass Ceilings

Take a look at gender and the Web comes quickly into focus, leaving you with a vivid sense of which direction the Internet is heading in and—small hint—it’s not toward equality or democracy.

Posted on Apr 11, 2014 READ MORE



By the Way, Your Home Is On Fire

People in power and bureaucrats seem exceptionally obtuse when it comes to recognizing that the world has changed and the old rules no longer apply.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 READ MORE



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The Arc of Justice and the Long Run

Sometimes cause and effect are centuries apart; sometimes Martin Luther King’s arc of the moral universe that bends toward justice is so long few see its curve; sometimes hope lies not in looking forward but backward to study the line of that arc.

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 READ MORE



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(The Difficulty of) Looking at Climate Change

Though websites and print media may give us the news, they seldom give us the scale of the news or a real sense of the proportional importance of one thing compared to another. And proportion, scale, is the main news we need right now—maybe always.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Joy Arises, Rules Fall Apart

On the second anniversary of that day in lower Manhattan when people sat down in outrage and stayed in dedication and solidarity and hope, remember how unpredictably the world changes, remember those doing heroic work that you might hear little or nothing about but who are all around you, remember to hope and remember to build.

Posted on Sep 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Movements Without Leaders

Most of the movements of the moment—even highly successful ones—don’t have easily discernible leaders. There are highly capable people who have worked overtime for decades to make these movements succeed, but there aren’t particular people that the public at large identifies as the face of the fight. The world has changed in this way, and for the better.

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE



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A Cry for Gold in San Francisco

High rents, human displacement and the disappearance of do-it-yourself culture—author and activist Rebecca Solnit artfully describes the social costs of the last decade of San Francisco’s tech boom.

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Prometheus Among the Cannibals

Dear Edward Snowden: Billions of us, from prime ministers to hackers, are watching a live espionage movie in which you are the protagonist and perhaps the sacrifice. Your way forward is clear to no one, least of all, I’m sure, you.

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Welcome to the (Don’t Be) Evil Empire

What do the U.S. government and Silicon Valley already have in common? Above all, they want to remain opaque while making the rest of us entirely transparent through the capture of our data. What is arising is simply a new form of government, involving vast entities with the reach and power of government and little accountability to anyone.

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 READ MORE



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The Far North of Experience

Creation is always in the dark because you can only do the work of making by not quite knowing what you’re doing. Ideas emerge from edges and shadows to arrive in the light, and though that’s where they may be seen by others, that’s not where they’re born.

Posted on Jun 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Too Soon to Tell: The Case for Hope, Continued

If you take the long view, you’ll see how startlingly, how unexpectedly but regularly things change. Not by magic, but by the incremental effect of countless acts of courage, love and commitment, the small drops that wear away stones and carve new landscapes, and sometimes by torrents of popular will that change the world suddenly.

Posted on May 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Tom Engelhardt

At least three times a week, there is one place online where readers can go for the most comprehensive coverage possible of the workings of American Empire.

Posted on Apr 20, 2013 READ MORE



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House of Horrors

Since the Newtown massacre, visions of crazy mass killers and armed strangers in the night have colonized the American mind. But the danger out there is both more mundane and more terrible: You’re more likely to be hurt or killed by someone you know or love. And it would probably happen at home.

Posted on Apr 18, 2013 READ MORE



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A Rape a Minute, a Thousand Corpses a Year

We have an abundance of rape and violence against women in this country and on this Earth, though it’s almost never treated as a civil rights or human rights issue, or a crisis, or even a pattern.

Posted on Jan 24, 2013 READ MORE



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The Sky’s the Limit

The gifts you’ve already been given in 2012 include a struggle over the fate of the earth. This is probably not what you asked for, and I wish it were otherwise—but to do good work, to be necessary, to have something to give: These are the true gifts.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Occupy Your Victories

The one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street produced a lot of mainstream media stories that assured you Occupy was only a bunch of tents that came down last year. Don’t buy it. A year is nothing and the mainstream media is oblivious to where power lies and how change works.

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 READ MORE



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The Painful Price of Numbness

Drugs are all anesthesia from pain. The ruthless Mexican cartels crave money, which they make from the Yankee craving for numbness. They sell unfeeling, and we buy it, at tens of billions of dollars and thousands of Mexican lives per year.

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Welcome to the 2012 Hunger Games

We have a new science fiction trilogy that’s perfect for our moment: Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games,” a dystopian vision set in a North America ruled by decadent, luxurious oligarchs who sacrifice young people in an annual televised Roman-style blood contest.

Posted on May 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Mad, Passionate Love and Violence: Occupy Heads Into the Spring

Occupy had its glorious honeymoon when old and young, liberal and radical, comfortable and desperate, homeless and tenured all found that what they had in common was so compelling the differences hardly seemed to matter.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Compassion Is Our New Currency: Notes on 2011’s Preoccupied Hearts and Minds

Usually at year’s end, we’re supposed to look back at events just passed—and forward, in prediction mode, to the year to come. But just look around you! This moment is so extraordinary that it has hardly registered.

Posted on Dec 24, 2011 READ MORE


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