After a day of marching, chanting, and booing at electeds as they skulked from chamber, we were met on the pavilion by DSA members bearing hamburgers and fries from Cookout. I knew DSA as good folks, but to see them suffer the punishing March winds in the most cursed city in all of the state to feed fast food to pissed-off teachers swelled my heart.
The 2020 presidential election was a contest between the two Janus-like faces of American capitalism. On the one side was the angry, raging face of new right populism fueled by the money of extractive industries, state and local banks, hard industry, and Chambers of Commerce. On the other side was Joe Biden.
We are pleased to publish the first installment in a new utopian series by New Kentucky staff writer Cass Giles about socialism in the year 2051. In this piece of speculative fiction, they imagine a decolonized North America where the dream of communist abundance has come true and, perhaps more importantly, where people actually take care of their neighbors.
In September of 2020, the United States government issued a new wave of economic sanctions aimed against the Republic of Cuba. In this latest escalation, the administration has once again made clear their intent to annihilate Cuban sovereignty, Cuban socialism, and to terrorize the nation’s millions of inhabitants.
When the powerful forces controlling the publishing industry maintain they’re looking for novels and memoirs between 60,000 and 80,000 words, it’s a natural outcome that a huge percentage of books are 250–300 pages long. In a better world, they would probably be shorter. *Down Below* by the late surrealist artist Leonora Carrington bucks that trend with a spare and efficient central text less than 70 pages long.
Last week, DSA member and Jefferson County School Board Vice Chair Chris Kolb published a provocative proposal in the Courier-Journal: "No one has any idea what Democrats stand for. Democrats don’t seem to be fighting for anything in particular. Democrats offer no vision of a better Kentucky. But according to the Democrats, it’s always the voters who fail them as opposed to the other way around."