Solidarity Forever: Building Movements Amid Today’s Crises

“None of us benefit from a burning planet,” says activist and documentarian Astra Taylor on this week’s Deconstructed. Taylor and Leah Hunt-Hendrix join Ryan Grim to discuss their new book, “Solidarity: The Past, Present, And Future of a World-Changing Idea.” Delving into the philosophical depths of solidarity, they trace its origins back to ancient Rome…

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Is It Inflation? Or Is It Greedflation?It’s a paradox. Inflation…

Is It Inflation? Or Is It Greedflation? It’s a paradox. Inflation is dropping but prices aren’t coming down. How can this be? Because corporations have enough monopoly power to keep them high. Here’s just one example that will make you fizz: Pepsi. In 2021, PepsiCo, which makes all sorts of drinks and snacks, announced it…

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Forget a Ban — Why Are Journalists Using TikTok in the First Place?

The TikTok logo displayed on a laptop screen with a glowing keyboard in Krakow, Poland, on March 3, 2024. Photo: Klaudia Radecka/NurPhoto via Getty Images As far as I know, there are no laws against eating broken glass. You’re free to doomscroll through your cabinets, smash your favorite water cup, then scarf down the shards.…

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NYC Jails Flagrantly Deny Young People’s Legal Right to Education

Last June, New York City Mayor Eric Adams spoke to graduates at Rikers Island who received their high-school-equivalence diplomas while serving in jail. “When you get your diplomas today,” Adams told the graduates, “I want you to stand up, lean back, be firm and strong and say, ‘I got this. When does the hard part…

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The Other Players Who Helped (Almost) Make the World’s Biggest Backdoor Hack

On March 29, Microsoft software developer Andres Freund was trying to optimize the performance of his computer when he noticed that one program was using an unexpected amount of processing power. Freund dove in to troubleshoot and “got suspicious.” Eventually, Freund found the source of the problem, which he subsequently posted to a security mailing…

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Rio Tinto’s Madagascar Mine Promised Prosperity. It Tainted a Community.

Bloated and distorted carcasses shimmered on the surface of Lake Ambavarano in southeastern Madagascar. Forty-year-old fisherman Olivier Randimbisoa lost count as they floated by. “I know what it’s like to see a dead fish that’s been speared,” he said. “I’d never seen anything like this.” A series of cyclones and storms had battered the region…

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New Report Reveals Dirty Secret of Army Psychological Operations

“If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him,” Sun Tzu wrote in the 4th century, one of those warfare aphorisms that the modern-day U.S. Army has adopted as part of its psychological operations career group. “Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant,” the Army says in a recruiting video released…

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Congress Has a Chance to Rein In Police Use of Surveillance Tech

Hardware that breaks into your phone; software that monitors you on the internet; systems that can recognize your face and track your car: The New York State Police are drowning in surveillance tech. Last year alone, the Troopers signed at least $15 million in contracts for powerful new surveillance tools, according to a New York…

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