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The Chilean Right Made Colonia Dignidad Possible

The Chilean Right Made Colonia Dignidad Possible

Chileans have long known about Colonia Dignidad, a German colony in Chile depicted in the Netflix series A Sinister Sect whose settlers committed countless acts of pedophilia, murder, and torture. Less discussed: the Chilean right’s complicity in those crimes....

Fewer Americans Are Identifying as Middle-Class

Fewer Americans Are Identifying as Middle-Class

According to Gallup polls, the number of Americans who self-identify as below middle-class, including those who identify as working-class, is on the rise — a rise especially pronounced among those age 18–34. More Republicans are likely to identify as working-class...

Australia’s Left Is Breaking Through

Australia’s Left Is Breaking Through

The Australian election saw historic defeats for the Right and its backers in the Murdoch media. But the Labor Party can't change the country without fighting for a robust, progressive economic agenda. Labor leader Anthony Albanese during the Labor Party election...

The Commodification of Jean-Michel Basquiat

The Commodification of Jean-Michel Basquiat

When he was alive, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s iconic art leveled a powerful opposition to inequality and racism. Since his death, his work has been co-opted, emptied of all political content, and commodified to be sold as an image of New York’s vanishing cool. Jean-Michel...

How Amazon Invented “Plat-Fordism”

How Amazon Invented “Plat-Fordism”

Market ideologues paint Amazon as a model of a flexible, networked platform capitalism. Yet Amazon’s growth has revitalized parts of the Fordism that Silicon Valley claimed to have overcome — including the rise of an organized blue-collar workforce. Workers sort out...

A Loyal CIA Operative’s Mind Is Not a Pretty Place

Ric Prado fled Cuba after the 1959 revolution when he was ten years old. He went on to work for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for twenty-four years — an experience he recounts in his recent memoir, Black Ops: The Life of a CIA Shadow Warrior — and then to work...

Joe Biden Has Botched the Summit of the Americas

Joe Biden Has Botched the Summit of the Americas

The United States is excluding Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua from the forthcoming Summit of the Americas. Washington probably wasn’t expecting that much of Latin America, led by Mexico’s Andrés Manuel López Obrador, would publicly push back in response. US president...

Australian Voters Have Demanded Action on Climate Change

Australian Voters Have Demanded Action on Climate Change

Thanks to its stubborn inaction on climate change, the conservative coalition was trounced in this weekend’s election in Australia. With Greens and independents set to hold the balance of power, it’s time for the climate movement to step up its demands. Climate...

Neoliberalism Hasn’t Helped Much of the Global South

Neoliberalism Hasn’t Helped Much of the Global South

For a brief period after World War II, Third World nations played an active role in shaping the world economic order and fostering development. For all its promises and a few success stories, neoliberalism hasn’t done the same. British economist John Maynard Keynes...