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The Plot Against America is a limited series on HBO that aired this Spring. It’s an alternative history in which Nazi sympathizer Charles “Lindy” Lindbergh beats FDR in the 1940 presidential election on an anti-war platform. The US maintains neutrality in WWII and Lindbergh’s presidency emboldens US anti-semitism and the government itself begins to slip into fascism. It’s supposed to be about Trump, but it’s actually based on a novel written by Philip Roth in 2004, featuring childhood Roth as the protagonist through whom the alternative history is viewed. I’m going to spoil everything because the ending is really what…


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One of the most important facets of the Leftist movement is the opposition to a justice system that is unequivocally unjust. I hope that this piece will present the basic reasons why we believe law enforcement are a part of the problem, not the solution. I argue that police don’t really “protect and serve” the average — or especially the most vulnerable — people in our communities; rather, cops primarily serve private and state interests. It can be hard for folks of my race and class to remember that for our neighbors of different races and classes, the police are…


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The Basics of Marxism and Socialism in Ten Minutes

Socialism is all the rage again. Bernie Sanders is the leading Democratic candidate for president, a 29 year old latina democratic socialist primaried and unseated one of the highest ranking members of the Democratic establishment in 2018, becoming the face of the left wing of the Democratic party over night, and openly avowed socialists are running up and down tickets all over the country mostly through an overwhelmingly popular presence on Twitter and Tik Tok — they’ve even formed a caucus, the Rose Caucus, to support each other and unequivocally state the positions to which they all hold, such as…


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By the Numbers

Electability

We can agree that Donald Trump has been the worst, most incompetent, and most corrupt president in the history of the US — an impressive feat, really. Nixon, Johnson, and Jackson are actually embarrassed that he is a more shitty person than they were.

So for most people in 2020, the name of the game is electability. Who among us has the best chance to vote Trump out of office? …


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American singer Woody Guthrie spent his career singing folk songs about the common man, the struggle of the working class, and injustice at the hands of the capitalist class during the struggles of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. During the second World War, Guthrie famously placed a sticker on his guitar that read “This machine kills fascists.” This message was far from a blind fit of American patriotism — Guthrie was a known communist and labor supporter — his message was thoroughly anti-establishment and opposed oppression and injustice of any kind. …


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I am fortunate to have a fiancée who insists on having memorable experiences when I would otherwise not spend the time or money. For Christmas she got us tickets to The Lion King Broadway tour and it was great and you should see it if you have the opportunity!

The Lion King is a special story for me—not only because I watched it about three times a day as a toddler or because it is basically Hamlet but lions — but because there are unmistakable christological and sociological themes in it.

Of course, the Circle of Life resembles the Christian…


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“He could make you see how the world could be
In spite of the way that it is”

Andre De Shield’s words as Hermes in the Broadway musical Hadestown, ring in my ears daily. The musical adaptation of the Greek myth Orpheus and Eurydice, artfully captures the power of negative thinking. According to the myth, wherever the poet, Orpheus, travels, singing and playing his lyre, nature and people seem to just…come alive. Anxiety and work stop, and play, recreation, and life begin. So too, in Anaïs Mitchell’s Broadway adaptation. Everyone in the story from Hermes and Eurydice, to Hades and…


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If you drive down Plainville or Murray Avenue, where Madisonville meets Mariemont, you will notice dozens of signs throughout the neighborhood declaring “People over Porsches,” in response to the city of Cincinnati’s rezoning of Madisonville for the expansion of the Porsche dealership. You may also, correctly, deduce that not a lot of people in Madisonville seem to own Porsches. Indeed, a lot of Madisonville residents do not own cars at all, which is why it is problematic that the Porsche dealership was allowed to buy the Dollar General next door to it to serve as its new show room as…


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Prophecy.

A word with connotations as mystical as “psychic” or “fortune-teller,” prophecy has so often been reduced to Harry Potter’s Sybil Trelawney being possessed by a magical force and blurting out vague futuristic predictions. A prophet, in common nomenclature, is a mystical figure predicting the future through some sort of uncommon connection with the divine. But I would argue prophets perhaps never “predict the future,” nor do they have any more connection with the divine than you or me. (By this I mean both that prophets are regular people, and that regular people can be prophetic). …


Tulsi Gabbard is a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate you may not know very well yet. She is a young Samoan American congresswoman from Hawaii, the first ever Samoan American and the first ever Hindu member of congress. A major in the U.S. Army, she served in Iraq and Kuwait, and while military service would generally be a quick ‘no’ in my book, she seems to have learned about the dangers of U.S. imperialism and intervention from her service time, and holds to a very anti-interventionist foreign policy as a result, making Ohio Representative Tim Ryan look like an ignorant walking…

Ryan Gallagher

I was evangelical but then I got a degree in Bible. Now I write about navigating the hellscape of post-evangelicalism and late capitalism.

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