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by Mohammad Salama | 02.27.2017
This is a time when we must heed the lessons of the Holocaust, revere the memories of Japanese-Americans, and venerate the integrity of the Judiciary. We must understand patriotism as the relentless defense of civil liberties and as an unyielding resistance to the normalization of discrimination, numbness, cynicism, and detachment.
by Scott Ferguson | 01.19.2017
Universal Basic Income or a federal Job Guarantee? The discussion continues as to whether we should pursue a redistributive welfare system or a predistributive politics that reorganizes social provisioning.  
by Mohammad Salama | 02.20.2017
Despite its divisive intent, the Muslim Ban has brought people from diverse ethnic, religious, and sexual backgrounds together to reject the hate lying behind this policy.  
by Steve Mentz | 01.04.2017
Poetry has long been fascinated with describing the dislocating effects of sea travel and still serves as a conceptual refuge for those lost at sea in a contemporary world. 
by Scott Ferguson | 12.22.2016
Those who think Universal Basic Income represents a progressive future ought to think twice about the laissez-faire assumptions behind such proposals. Perhaps the future should be one where work is not rendered obsolete but made a meaningful, inclusive, and collective endeavor.
by Harris Feinsod | 12.20.2016
Unlike democracy, rhyme’s mode of expectation invites a belief in inevitable and rapid fulfillment. Rhyme unfulfilled precipitates apocalyptic feeling, as in Cohen’s “The Future,” where fratricide hangs in the balance of a half-rhyme: "I’ve seen the future brother: / It is murder." 
by Eleanor Courtemanche | 11.30.2016
Assessing the benefits and pitfalls of historicizing, romanticizing or ignoring the past when imagining the future. 
by Gregory Jusdanis | 11.22.2016
With culture as a space of action, artists can showcase alternative ways of being American in defiance of Trumpism. 
by Ali Shakir | 11.16.2016
A personal reassessment of the exodus of Jewish Iraqis to Israel through published histories, biographies, and novels.   
by William Flesch | 11.08.2016
An updated version of Shelley's "The Mask of Anarchy" reflecting the 2016 election and its Republican presidential candidate. 

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