The Anderson Files

Pushing for Medicare expansion and social transformation

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In the 2020 Democratic Party primaries, the progressive wing won on the issues. Most Americans support Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, $15...

How Trumpers learned to love Myanmar’s fascist coup

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In March, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution that censured the fascist military coup in Myanmar (or Burma) by a 398-14 vote....

A new reality for Israelis, Palestinians and U.S. politics

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The Israel-Palestine conflict is frequently portrayed as an eternal Hatfields versus McCoys dispute. There is calm now after the fighting.  But Yousef Munayyer, a political...

Democrats become the progressive family values party

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"Other countries have social safety nets. The U.S. has women.” — sociologist Jessica Calarco Many Republicans went full-tilt culture war when Joe Biden introduced his...

GOP plutocrats’ phony culture war against big business

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The marriage between the Republican Party and big business is shattering, according to many breathless news stories. “My advice to the corporate CEOs of...

Lesson after Amazon union defeat: Keep fighting

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The union defeat at a giant Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, was a big blow to the labor movement. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a surprise...

How gun rights helped mainstream neo-fascists

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As we anticipate the end of the pandemic, things are starting to get back to “normal.” What does that mean? In 2019, “we pretty...

How the Green New Deal wins

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This month, the U.S. House passed the most comprehensive pro-labor legislation since the 1930s. The PRO (Protecting the Right to Organize) Act would significantly...

Social solidarity or culture war

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We are supposed to be in the middle of a “culture war” but it is really a conflict about how we define social solidarity...

What did Kevin McCarthy know and when did he know it?

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It’s too early to know the impact of Trump’s second impeachment trial. Many millions watched it on TV, but the size of the audience...

Can democracy survive if political violence is normalized?

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When White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the Georgia GOP Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, she declined to offer any comment, saying...

Ignored warnings of a premature DHS anti-fascist

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In 1936, a fascist general named Francisco Franco staged an uprising against a democratically elected progressive government in Spain. Mussolini’s Italy and Hitler’s Germany...