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Moving Class Politics Centerstage

by George Salamon   “Today, with your support and the support of millions of people throughout this country, we begin a political revolution to transform our country economically, socially and environmentally.” —Bernie Sanders, presidential campaign announcement, May 26, 2015 “Every time we are confronted with a new revolution we take to the opium pipes of […]

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Channel Esther: BOBST, a Serial Novel, Part XVI

by Esther Cohen To read earlier installments, search “Bobst” in search engine at right.   ON A COLD October night, more winter than fall, windy and dark by 6 o’clock, the women met in Clara’s Aunt Thea’s apartment, bigger than some, on the corner of Rivington and Essex. The year was 1909. The boroughs had become one consolidated city only […]

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OPENING PLENARY, A Story

by Lawrence Bush   HELLO, EVERYONE — is this mike working? . . . Okay? . . . Good morning, everyone, I’m Joseph Cropsey, Jr., president of the New York Chapter of the Society of Sadistic Contractors. (Applause) I’m glad to see that two many of you could make it here today — and I’m confident that each […]

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Why I’m Not (Still) a Marxist

BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE, NO MATTER THEIR CLASS by Lawrence Bush   I AM A SOCIALIST. I want to see the social and cooperative capacities of human beings cultivated at least as much as our individualistic and competitive tendencies, and I want to see an economic system developed that reckons justly with the reality that […]

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The Short Season, Part 2

HUSTLING FULL-TIME IN THE CATSKILLS by Elliot Podwill   To read Part 1, click here.   THE SOCIAL DARWINIAN universe we inhabited filtered down to adolescent social mores. A friend in high school was on several occasions turned down for dates by girls because his family car was dingy. (No subways or buses ran in South Fallsburg.) […]

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December 31: The Basket Tax

The korobka, or “basket tax,” a special tax on Jewish food and clothing in Poland and Lithuania, was levied by the Russian government, for lease to the highest bidder, on this date in 1844. The tax applied to ever cow and fowl killed as kosher meat, to every pound of kosher meat sold in the […]

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The Peasants Are Revolting!

WHY THE LIBERAL ELITE DOESN’T TALK TO THE DEPLORABLES by George Salamon “The calculus of material well-being…hinges on an historic assumption that between the world of culture and the realities of life for the masses there is an unbridgeable gulf.” —Richard Sennett and Jonathan Cobb, The Hidden Injuries of Class (1972) THE LIBERAL elite supporting […]

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