The Anderson Files

Biden and the working class

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“Democrats don’t know how to talk... the Democratic Party as a constellation is a victim of its own high-mindedness, its own sense...

After defeat, far right contemplates insurrection

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Back in August, I was startled to read a lengthy New York Times article — “Body Bags and Enemy Lists: How Far-Right...

Fight the virus or just give up

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Many months ago, public health experts predicted that we would likely have a dark coronavirus winter. Now cases are skyrocketing, the death...

Despairing Johnstown workers and the election

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Anxiety, dread, fear. Almost 70% of Americans said the presidential election is a substantial source of stress, according to the American Psychological...

Democracy or unfettered capitalism?

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The constant chaos promoted by Trump is exhausting. But that’s the point. It is designed to create so much confusion and anxiety...

Free market fundamentalism and COVID-19

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The world turns upside down a couple times a day. As I write this, President Trump has caught COVID-19 and is benefiting...

Pandemic profiteering

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More than 200,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and more than 32 million have lost their jobs. During the first quarter of...

Medicare for All is a solution for the pandemic crisis

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It gets tiresome staying at home (if you are able to) or wearing a mask and social distancing when encountering other humans....

Can decency beat depravity?

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Every 80 seconds, someone in America dies from COVID-19. Across the world, people are horrified by the American response to the pandemic....

Biden and a progressive future

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Hope just means another world is possible, not promised, not guaranteed. Hope calls for action; action is impossible without hope. — Rebecca...

Fascist spectacle on the American democratic stage

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In 2017, Trump’s political strategist Steve Bannon called Robert Kuttner out of the blue about forming an “economic nationalist” alliance of the...

The untold story of Mexico’s COVID-19 strikes

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Let me introduce you to Susana Prieto, a hero of the pandemic you haven’t heard about. She is a longtime Mexican labor...