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Inside: We CAN have nice things; Howard Dean's racist, genocidal pharma sellout; 60 seconds of giddy, terrifying, delightful surrealism; and more!

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We CAN have nice things: Why - and how - America's New New Deal should go VERY VERY big.

Howard Dean's racist, genocidal pharma sellout: Once a progressive lion, now a shill for the worst companies on Earth. Fuck that guy sideways with a brick.

60 seconds of giddy, terrifying, delightful surrealism: The magic realism of Fernando Livschitz.

#5yrsago Pope invites Bernie Sanders to Vatican to speak about “social, economic, and environmental” issues…

#5yrsago The international art market is a money laundry whose details are in the Panama Papers…

#5yrsago Tax investigators use Rich Kids of Instagram to uncover oligarchs’ hidden millions…

#1yrago Nurse suspended for distributing crowdfunded PPE…

#1yrago Plain Dealer executed by unionbusting owners…

Yesterday's threads: Leaked NYPD "goon squad" manual; Door Dashers organize app-defeating solidarity; and more!

My latest novel is Attack Surface, a sequel to my bestselling Little Brother books. @washingtonpost called it "a political cyberthriller, vigorous, bold and savvy about the limits of revolution and resistance."

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Inside: Leaked NYPD "goon squad" manual; Door Dashers organize app-defeating solidarity; and more!

Archived at:…


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