Category Archives: Politics

FOSTA and SESTA: The Anti-Trafficking Legislation that is a Giveaway to Traffickers

Two “anti-trafficking” bills are making their rounds in Congress right now with some powerful support: the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) and the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA).  To date, FOSTA has passed the House alone and SESTA has only been introduced, but the passing of one or the other is so expected

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Betsy DeVos, Department of Education, Place Unlawful Contract Upon Union Employees

Disclosure: The author is an employee of the Social Security Administration and a union representative of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3239.  A formal inquiry was sent to the Office of Special Council (OSC) regarding whether an article such as this would violate the Hatch Act and OSC responded that regardless of other content on the site,

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The Dangers of MMT: From Counterrevolution to Zimbabwe

Hang out for a bit of time amongst the soft left – being progressives and social democrats – discussing politics and current events and you will surely come across a certain monetary theory.  Modern Monetary Theory, also known as MMT, is a mainstay of the soft left much like anti-circumcision activists, anti-vaxers, and militant vegans.  Like these others, there is

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Who Was at Charlottesville Opposing Nazis? An Interview with Brandon Collins

You were at Charlottesville 2 weeks ago. What was your role in the counterprotest? I had dual roles. ONe was in my capacity with the Public Housing Association of Residents, the other as just me. For work I spent time advocating for greater safety measures to be taken, educating residents, speaking for our organization, and eventually setting up security teams

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Automation Doesn’t Have to Be a Problem: But It Requires Societal Change

An anxiety has been festering amongst the working class since at least the 1980s: robots are going to take our jobs.  Automation has posed competition, especially for blue collar workers, for decades as their jobs could potentially be replaced by automatons whose name: robots, literally comes from the Slavanic word for slave.  If their employers replaced them with robots, they

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Why Even Nazis Get Free Speech and Why the ACLU and Glenn Greenwald Were in the Right

They are not prepared for civil political discourse; rather they are prepared for violence and intimidation. They came armed with melee weapons and shields, apparently 80% of them with semi-automatic rifles, and they at least used the first half of that in violence in an organized and premeditated manner. This was not far from their standard organization. Initiation rites often include a beating by current members to prepare them for conflict – by contrast, the initiation rites I saw in the Socialist Party USA tended to be the member stating they read and agreed to the statement of principles and then the membership voted to waive dues for economic hardship.

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