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Humourless Marxist Reviews: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Originally posted on Worker's Spatula:
In collaboration with the comrades at Jacobin, who recently published a piece shattering the widespread misconception that the Star Wars trilogy is a progressive work elucidating the tenants of the Maoist concept of “People’s…

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What Droids Teach Us About Politics

Here’s a question that I think is key to understanding Star Wars: Why does C-3PO get dismantled and reassembled on two separate and unrelated occasions? In The Empire Strikes Back, he stumbles upon Vader and Boba Fett’s plot to sabotage … Continue reading

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Interview: Alex Gourevitch on Thomas Paine

Originally posted on The Junto:
Alex Gourevitch is an assistant professor of political science at Brown University. At this summer’s SHEAR conference in Philadelphia, he presented (without reading! It’s still a novelty to us historians!) a paper called “Paine and…

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Capitalism and Slavery

Originally posted on Corey Robin:
I’ve mentioned Greg Grandin’s book Empire of Necessity on this blog before. It’s basically the true story—and more!—behind Melville’s Benito Cereno, which if you haven’t read, you should read right away. And then read Greg’s…

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Freud and Kanye West haunt the Sunday Review

An article in the New York Times Sunday Review hails an enlightening discovery about why we are so attached to our phones, or more broadly why we try to keep ourselves busy. It’s because we don’t like to be alone with our own … Continue reading

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The Family-Friendly Gay Agenda in “Frozen”

If you’ve ever been to a neighborhood-wide July 4th celebration, like I did this summer, and seen a group of rambunctious six year old boys stop rough-housing on top of a pile of sand and sing “Let It Go” in … Continue reading

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The Savagery of Jerry Cruncher

In Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities, a working-class fellow by the name of Jerry Cruncher is able to save the day through the knowledge he gains during his seedy side job as a “resurrection man.” Robbing graves is … Continue reading

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