Opinion

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Free speech, or safe spaces? Don't make students choose

We must challenge the problematic constructs in society that have driven young activists to seek sanctuary, and provide them with the room to create.

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Left Strategy 2016: A narrow defeat of Trump's racism is not enough

The perilous consequences of a Trump presidency should be a wake-up call for the left. The possibility of dealing the racist right a major blow should energize and excite us.

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Socialism: Only practical hope, not narrow fantasies, need apply

Any kind of socialism that isn't working to combat racism and sexism isn't being practical at all, not to mention realistic.

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Behind Flint water horror, a corrosive cynicism

Republican Governor Rick Snyder's men have wreaked untold economic damage on the residents of Flint on top of the threat to their health.

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Flint's water crisis and the GOP's class war

Why did Flint suffer a water catastrophe that now requires that children be treated as if they had been poisoned?

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Gun control alone can't curb violence

Dealing with entrenched poverty costs real money, but less than we spend on the police, jails, drugs, alcoholism, and chronic illness - the dysfunction that comes from poverty.

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Revisiting Baltimore and changing the "racial conversation"

Does "Black lives matter" ask for something from the dominant culture that would require economic loss or will it mean gains and not losses, morally and economically, for most Americans?

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Straight outta everywhere: Learning to listen in the "racial conversation"

The white dominant culture is more interested in critiquing the rap music rather than critiquing the conditions to which the music bears witness.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel must be impeached

Rahm Emanuel has proven himself the most roughly drawn, one-dimensional of comic book villains, an insult to the city's intelligence and sustainability.

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Laquan McDonald killing exposes edifice of brutal oppression

The veil is being lifted from an entire interdependent system of institutionalized racism and oppression and its ugly inner workings.

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