America at a Crossroads
Plus: what is to be done with the Police, capitalism, and more, in this week's issue of Public Seminar
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Signs at Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House on June 20, 2020. Photo credit: Johnny Silvercloud / Shutterstock.com.
In this week’s issue:
America at a Crossroads
Rogers Smith on Donald Trump’s return to the rally stage, July 9, 2020.
Elwood Watson argues that ending white supremacy requires more than editing out racist cultural tropes; July 9, 2020.
Todd Gitlin asks: “What Will It Take for Black Lives to Matter? Nonviolent, cross-racial coalitions are the way back to a decent America,” July 9, 2020.
John Stoehr digs into the GOP’s racism — and argues that attempts to oppose cancel culture eliminate a crucial weapon against it; July 9, 2020.
What Is To Be Done with the Police?
Amid calls for abolishing the police, Richard Johnson and Desmond King say that federal intervention has worked — and it can work again; July 8, 2020.
Micol Siegal warns that the police we abolish could easily be replaced by electronic surveillance; July 9, 2020.
Kiara Barrow and Rebecca Panovka interview political theorist Wendy Brown about why we need theory in a crisis: July 7, 2020.
Marshall Auerback and Jan-Rich Frel see a disturbing shift towards autarchy and the possible collapse of global supply chains, accelerated by COVID-19, July 8, 2020.
Thom Hartmann explains, “How Billionaires Get Away With Their Big Con,” July 9, 2020.
Alissa Karl points out that when essential work is also the most ill-paid, a crisis like COVID-19 can upend the system, July 9, 2020.
Back to School
School’s out for summer — but, as Julia Ott argues, getting back to school may require a significant federal bailout; July 1, 2020.
And you also might be interested in:
Senior Editor Natalia Mehlman Petrzela’s new podcast about the Chippendales and the history of male stripping, “Welcome to Your Fantasy,” drops August 1: subscribe now.
Senior Managing Editor Helaine Olen on the demise of mommy blogging: “Urban Baby changed modern motherhood — but not enough,” Washington Post, July 9, 2020.
“A History of Alt Media and Political Junkyism:” Brian Lehrer of WNYC interviews co-executive editor Claire Potter about her new book, Political Junkies (Basic Books) July 9, 2020.
Founding editor Jeff Goldfarb invites you to attend a Democracy Seminar webinar, “Democracy in a Time of Plague: Challenges & Opportunities in the Struggles Against Authoritarianism, Covid-19 and Racism,” on July 14, 2020. Register here.
Claire Potter is co-executive editor of Public Seminar, Professor of History at The New School for Social Research, and author of Political Junkies: From Talk Radio to Twitter, How Alternative Media Hooked us on Politics and Broke Our Democracy (Basic Books, 2020). You can tweet with her @TenuredRadical.