Social Movements and the Democratic Party

The Great Depression birthed two patterns that the Democratic Party continues to plague us with: the lesser evilism cycle which Katha Pollitt once decried as “that ever downward spiral” which would one day find “liberals in hell organizing votes for Asmodeus because Beelzebub would be worse,” and its conjoined twin, the dynamic that makes the… Read more »

DSA 100K Update

Back in October, DSA chapters across the country launched the DSA 100K Drive — the first membership drive of its kind in DSA history. As of this weekend, over TEN THOUSAND members have joined via chapter and member-specific recruitment links and our organization overall is now over 80,000 members nationally. Here in the Twin Cities,… Read more »

So Why Am I So Depressed?

When I heard that Biden had been declared the president this morning, I felt a cold wave of depression come over me. Not a fetal-position-on-the-bed-all-day type of depression, but being overcome with real sadness. Yes, Trump will be gone (at least from the presidency), but that has not been the only goal of the broad… Read more »

Start Now. Move Quickly.

On September 23rd, a Kentucky grand jury failed to indict three police officers in the murder of Breonna Taylor. Following this decision, people around the world took their protests to the streets, where many of them were met with state repression and violence. Some were arrested and suffered more significant consequences for expressing their sorrow… Read more »

David Graeber, 1961-2020

How, exactly, do you memorialize someone who would be deeply uncomfortable about being memorialized? Should you? Can you? How do we use the past tense with someone who was so irrepressibly hopeful for the future, despite all his sharp frustrations with the present? I’ve never met David Graeber, or interacted with him. Many people have,… Read more »

COVID-19 Choices for K12 Across the Metro Area and How Education Workers are Organizing in Response

What’s it like being a district superintendent or school board member, a charter school principal or private school administrator, or the parent or guardian of a student in these fraught times? The schooling options under consideration are in-person or distant. Or this halfway in between thing called “hybrid.”  It feels like the expression “moving target”… Read more »

Who Was Alexandra Kollontai? (Part 2 of 2)

Read part 1 of this political education “snippet” here. We were going to resume this story in 1918, one year after Alexandra Kollontai married Pavel Dybenko in the heat of the early days of the new Bolshevik Revolutionary government in St. Petersburg. But instead, I first need to fill in a few details left out… Read more »