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“Democrats are screwing up an early opportunity for a big political win. It's an easy way to gain people's trust if you ...
02/05/2021
The Horrible Politics of $1,400 Checks ❧ Current Affairs

“Democrats are screwing up an early opportunity for a big political win. It's an easy way to gain people's trust if you say the phrase “$2,000 checks” and then they get $2,000 checks. It shows them, in a way that they can feel, that their government is working for them and means what it says.” AMERICAN MONSTROSITY author Nathan J. Robinson writes for Current Affairs.

Last month, Data for Progress released the results of a poll showing that nearly ⅔ of American voters believed the government ought to give out universal relief payments of $2,000 per month for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. Given that, after winning both Senate elections in Georgia, th...

Please join Democratic Socialists of America for a conversation with philosopher Anders Dunker and writer Kim Stanley Ro...
02/01/2021

Please join Democratic Socialists of America for a conversation with philosopher Anders Dunker and writer Kim Stanley Robinson on their new book REDISCOVERING EARTH, which explores how we might salvage the planet and save our own lives.

📅 February 23rd
⏰ 7:30pm EST
🔗 bit.ly/RediscoveringEarthEvent

"The online pranksters behind the great GameStop bubble are probably going to lose a lot of money. But they’ve done the ...
01/28/2021
The GameStop Bubble Is a Lesson in the Absurdity and Uselessness of the Stock Market

"The online pranksters behind the great GameStop bubble are probably going to lose a lot of money. But they’ve done the world a service by reminding us of the utter uselessness of the stock market, an institution that serves no purpose besides making a small number of undeserving people rich." MY TURN author Doug Henwood writes for Jacobin magazine.

The online pranksters behind the great GameStop bubble of 2021 are probably going to lose a lot of money. But they’ve done the world a service by reminding us of the utter uselessness of the stock market, an institution that serves no purpose besides making a small number of undeserving people ric...

Today, we’re remembering the great Howard Zinn, who passed away on this day 11 years ago.Zinn's friendship with Tiyo Att...
01/27/2021

Today, we’re remembering the great Howard Zinn, who passed away on this day 11 years ago.

Zinn's friendship with Tiyo Attallah Salah-El, the late incarcerated activist and artist, is chronicled in Tiyo's book PEN PAL: "From Howard I learned that passion and commitment can be combined with openness and inclusiveness... It is a gift of inestimable value."

Read more about their relationship here ➡ bit.ly/Pen-Pal

🚨 NOW SHIPPING 🚨From the celebrated journalist Matt Taibbi and "Anonymous," THE BUSINESS SECRETS OF DRUG DEALING is the ...
01/26/2021

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From the celebrated journalist Matt Taibbi and "Anonymous," THE BUSINESS SECRETS OF DRUG DEALING is the riveting, thinly-fictionalized story of a hyper-observant, politically-minded, and humorously pragmatic weed dealer.

Order your copy today 👉 bit.ly/Business-Secrets

“You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.”—Happy bir...
01/26/2021

“You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.”

—Happy birthday to Angela Davis, who turns 77 today! 🔥

“Conversations featuring the likes of Noam Chomsky, Brian Eno and Slavoj Žižek imagine a more communal world after Covid...
01/25/2021
Everything Must Change! review – the left's big beasts tackle a post-pandemic future

“Conversations featuring the likes of Noam Chomsky, Brian Eno and Slavoj Žižek imagine a more communal world after Covid.” EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE! selected as The Guardian's Book of the Day. 🔥📚

Pick up a copy here 👉 bit.ly/EverythingMustChange-

Conversations featuring the likes of Noam Chomsky, Brian Eno and Slavoj Žižek imagine a more communal world after Covid

“As a book dealer and publisher, Amazon wants no competitors, admits no responsibilities, and takes no risks…  Every boo...
01/22/2021
Ursula K. Le Guin: “I keep Asking You Not to Buy Books from Amazon” - Electric Literature

“As a book dealer and publisher, Amazon wants no competitors, admits no responsibilities, and takes no risks… Every book purchase made from Amazon is a vote for a culture without content and without contentment.”

In honor of the incomparable Ursula K. Le Guin, who died on this day in 2018, please read her brilliant condemnation of Amazon’s impact on the book industry:

SF&F legend and literary rabble rouser Ursula K. Le Guin has been speaking out directly and indirectly about Amazon and the state of publishing for some time. At last year’s National Book Awards, Le Guin was given a Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and bemoaned the state of...

Thrilled to see David Roediger’s THE SINKING MIDDLE CLASS selected by ThePrint as one of the ten best books of 2020! 🥳📚O...
01/21/2021
The 10 best books we read this year | ThePrint

Thrilled to see David Roediger’s THE SINKING MIDDLE CLASS selected by ThePrint as one of the ten best books of 2020! 🥳📚

Order your copy today: bit.ly/SinkingMiddleClass

Books are what got us through this pandemic. Here’s our pick of the top 10 non-fiction titles in English this year.

Chairman Bernie knows that now is the perfect time to stock up on some radical reading 👉 bit.ly/OR-Books
01/21/2021

Chairman Bernie knows that now is the perfect time to stock up on some radical reading 👉 bit.ly/OR-Books

"Joe Biden must put an end to business as usual. Here's where to start." AN INHERITANCE FOR OUR TIMES contributor Bernie...
01/21/2021
Joe Biden must put an end to business as usual. Here's where to start | Bernie Sanders

"Joe Biden must put an end to business as usual. Here's where to start." AN INHERITANCE FOR OUR TIMES contributor Bernie Sanders writes for The Guardian.

Order AN INHERITANCE FOR OUR TIMES here: bit.ly/Socialism-Now

In this moment of unprecedented crises, Congress and the Biden administration must respond through unprecedented action

“Tomorrow the revolution will rise up again… it will proclaim with trumpets blazing: I was, I am, I shall be!”—Rosa Luxe...
01/15/2021

“Tomorrow the revolution will rise up again… it will proclaim with trumpets blazing: I was, I am, I shall be!”

—Rosa Luxemburg, murdered 102 years ago today, in her last known piece of writing.

"A robust internationalism is necessary to pay adequate and immediate attention to the perils of extinction: extinction ...
01/14/2021
MR Online | Chomsky and Prashad: Three major threats to life on Earth that we must address in 2021

"A robust internationalism is necessary to pay adequate and immediate attention to the perils of extinction: extinction by nuclear war, by climate catastrophe, and by social collapse. The tasks ahead are daunting, and they cannot be deferred." EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE! contributors Noam Chomsky and Vijay Prashad write for Monthly Review.

Large parts of the world—outside of China and a few other countries—face a runaway virus, which has not been stopped because of criminal incompetence by governments.

"Wikileaks cast light on the real reasons for the military interventions of the 2000s, which had nothing to do with free...
01/11/2021
Tariq Ali, The Trial of Julian Assange — Sidecar

"Wikileaks cast light on the real reasons for the military interventions of the 2000s, which had nothing to do with freedom, democracy or human rights – except as codewords for capital accumulation." IN DEFENSE OF JULIAN ASSANGE editor Tariq Ali writes for New Left Review.

Get 30% off your copy of IN DEFENSE OF JULIAN ASSANGE now: bit.ly/FreeAssangeReadingList

Assange’s extradition has been quashed – but this is only a first step.

"Big business and many mega-Republican donors have been burning their bridges to the White House. Of course, they were h...
01/07/2021
Mike Davis, Riot on the Hill — Sidecar

"Big business and many mega-Republican donors have been burning their bridges to the White House. Of course, they were happy enough in the first three years of the regime with the colossal tax cuts, comprehensive rollbacks of environmental and labor regulation, and a meth-fed stock-market." THE MONSTER ENTERS author Mike Davis writes for New Left Review.

Post-Trump Republican realignments get underway.

Start the new year with books that challenge boundaries, provoke discussion, and help envision a more just world ➡️ http...
01/06/2021

Start the new year with books that challenge boundaries, provoke discussion, and help envision a more just world ➡️ http://bit.ly/OR-Books

"One of the most worrying aspects of the Assange case is the willingness of the media to stand to the side during one of...
01/05/2021
What Julian Assange’s win today really means for the world

"One of the most worrying aspects of the Assange case is the willingness of the media to stand to the side during one of the greatest attacks on press freedom in modern history." IN DEFENSE OF JULIAN ASSANGE contributor Patrick Cockburn writes for The Independent.

Pick up IN DEFENSE OF JULIAN ASSANGE for 30% off today: bit.ly/DefendAssange

I was in Baghdad at the time of one of the most famous leaks. Many of us suspected what had happened but could prove nothing in the face of official denials

⚡ Introducing: JULIAN ASSANGE IN HIS OWN WORDS ⚡To celebrate today's ruling against his attempted extradition to the Uni...
01/04/2021
Julian Assange In His Own Words, edited by Karen Sharpe | OR BOOKS

⚡ Introducing: JULIAN ASSANGE IN HIS OWN WORDS ⚡

To celebrate today's ruling against his attempted extradition to the United States, we're announcing a new book by Julian Assange! This highly accessible anthology surveys the Wikileaks founder’s philosophy and politics, and provides not only an invitation to fight for a better world, but also an inspiration when doing so.

Get 30% off your copy for the next 48 hours:

The WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange has effectively been silenced for more than two years. Beginning in 2018 when his Internet access was cut off by the Ecuadorian embassy where he had sought asylum, and continuing to today when he is locked up in a high-security prison in London figh...

💥 NOW SHIPPING—JUST IN TIME TO MISS THE HOLIDAYS! 💥Luke O’Neil’s exquisite elegy for a year locked down in Hell World is...
12/23/2020
LOCKDOWN IN HELL WORLD by Luke O'Neil | OR BOOKS

💥 NOW SHIPPING—JUST IN TIME TO MISS THE HOLIDAYS! 💥

Luke O’Neil’s exquisite elegy for a year locked down in Hell World is now available. In turns furious, funny and philosophical, O'Neil’s riveting chronicle captures a year lost to a virus and an economic system already deeply unjust and now profoundly dysfunctional.

Get your copy today for 20% off:

Shifting back and forth across a summer lost to a virus and an economic system already deeply unjust and now profoundly dysfunctional, the sense of desperation that laces together O’Neil’s taut rendering serves, paradoxically, to reassure: In battling to overcome the particular obstacles they fa...

"Jason Boog notes that the Federal Writers’ Project resulted from writers forming unions and marching alongside other wo...
12/22/2020
The enduring lessons of a New Deal writers project

"Jason Boog notes that the Federal Writers’ Project resulted from writers forming unions and marching alongside other working-class interests... 'We have to reach the point where writers are in the street every day, alongside others who are suffering, demanding help.'” THE DEEP END author Jason Boog featured in Columbia Journalism Review.

To read more about what the radical writers of the New Deal-era can teach us all, pick up THE DEEP END today: bit.ly/RadicalWriters

In 1937, Sterling A. Brown, a poet and literature professor at Howard University, published a forthright essay charting the history of Black life in his hometown of Washington, DC—from the district’s early status as the “very seat and center” of the domestic slave trade through the present-d...

"Wikileaks was responsible for the most unvarnished reporting on American foreign policy since the start of the 'war on ...
12/21/2020
Opinion | I Am Guilty of Violating the Espionage Act

"Wikileaks was responsible for the most unvarnished reporting on American foreign policy since the start of the 'war on terror.' Yet while Assange faces up to 175 years in prison, none of the architects of the 'war on terror,' including the C.I.A.’s torture programs, have been brought to justice."

The Justice Department is setting a dangerous precedent that threatens reporters — and the truth.

“Nancy Pelosi must go. The Party can’t be led by someone who's going to punch left at every opportunity. Every day she i...
12/19/2020
Pelosi Must Go ❧ Current Affairs

“Nancy Pelosi must go. The Party can’t be led by someone who's going to punch left at every opportunity. Every day she is in office makes it harder for us to advance progressive politics.” AMERICAN MONSTROSITY author Nathan J. Robinson writes in Current Affairs.

It’s hard to imagine the congressional Democratic Party without Nancy Pelosi, who has been in the House of Representatives for 30 years and led the party for about half of that time. But if the left is to accomplish anything politically, if we truly mean what we say when we pledge to “transform....

"The essence of Black Consciousness is the realisation of the need to rally together around the cause of oppression, to ...
12/18/2020

"The essence of Black Consciousness is the realisation of the need to rally together around the cause of oppression, to rid ourselves of the shackles that bind us to perpetual servitude."

—Steve Biko, South African anti-apartheid activist and Black Consciousness leader, was born on this day in 1946.

"Alongside the viral pandemic, Žižek calls also for a confrontation with the pandemics of inequality and ecological degr...
12/16/2020
How have philosophers responded to the pandemic?

"Alongside the viral pandemic, Žižek calls also for a confrontation with the pandemics of inequality and ecological degradation—a reconsideration of our entire stance towards life and nature." PANDEMIC! author Slavoj Žižek featured in Al Jazeera English.

Get PANDEMIC! now for up to 40% off: bit.ly/CrappyHolidays

Philosophical proposals on a reorganisation of global economy and political ecology could help us find the way forward.

12/16/2020

Dante didn't tell us Hell World would be so ghastly. So enjoy a special gift from us...

A very merry interview with Luke O'Neil on LOCKDOWN IN HELL WORLD, his riveting new book chronicling a summer lost to a virus and an economic system already deeply unjust and now profoundly dysfunctional.

Give it a listen, subscribe and share: bit.ly/HolidaysInHellWorld

"Impressive… David Roediger has spent much of his academic career focusing on the nexus between organized labor and race...
12/15/2020
The Dreams Matter More - Los Angeles Review of Books

"Impressive… David Roediger has spent much of his academic career focusing on the nexus between organized labor and race, and his expertise in those subjects stands out clearly." THE SINKING MIDDLE CLASS reviewed in the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB).

Order your copy now for up to 40% off: bit.ly/CrappyHolidays

All the debates about “the middle class” come laden with one big false assumption.

⚡️ LIVE NOW ⚡️Join us now for the #WeAreMillions book launch with Chris Hedges, Angela Richter and Yo Ben Cohen, co-host...
12/10/2020
#WeAreMillions Book Launch

⚡️ LIVE NOW ⚡️

Join us now for the #WeAreMillions book launch with Chris Hedges, Angela Richter and Yo Ben Cohen, co-hosted by Courage Foundation and Diem25.

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REMINDER: We will be hosting a panel tomorrow with Courage Foundation and Diem25 to celebrate the launch of WE ARE MILLI...
12/10/2020
We Are Millions: We Are Julian Assange

REMINDER: We will be hosting a panel tomorrow with Courage Foundation and Diem25 to celebrate the launch of WE ARE MILLIONS, our new book showcasing the extraordinary breadth of support for Julian Assange as he fights extradition.

⬇️ Details and registration at the link below ⬇️

Chris Hedges, Angela Richter and Ben Cohen—contributors to WE ARE MILLIONS—discuss the persecution of Julian Assange and the free press.

⚡️ We Are Millions: We Are Assange book bundle ⚡️WE ARE MILLIONS and IN DEFENSE OF JULIAN ASSANGE are vital intervention...
12/09/2020

⚡️ We Are Millions: We Are Assange book bundle ⚡️

WE ARE MILLIONS and IN DEFENSE OF JULIAN ASSANGE are vital interventions into one of the most important political issues of our time—the persecution of Julian Assange for publishing information of vital public importance.

Get 20% off the book bundle for a limited time, with all proceeds going to Courage Foundation: bit.ly/WeAreMillions

Check out this fantastic gift guide compiled by Yale Climate Connections on the best climate books to gift for the holid...
12/07/2020
Gift guide: 12 books on climate and environment for the holidays » Yale Climate Connections

Check out this fantastic gift guide compiled by Yale Climate Connections on the best climate books to gift for the holidays, featuring John Freeman's TALES OF TWO PLANETS!

Get the acclaimed anthology for up to 40% off when you shop our holiday sale today 👉 bit.ly/TalesOfTwoPlanets

Twelve books address decades of writing on climate change, reassess the challenges, offer hope and guidance for action, and envision very different, climate-changed futures.

☔️ CRAPPY HOLIDAYS ☔️Get up to 40% off our entire catalog, stocked with dark and dystopian titles that capture this unbe...
12/05/2020

☔️ CRAPPY HOLIDAYS ☔️

Get up to 40% off our entire catalog, stocked with dark and dystopian titles that capture this unbearably grim year.

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Please join OR Books, Courage Foundation, and Diem25 next week for an event celebrating our new book WE ARE MILLIONS! Co...
12/04/2020
We Are Millions: We Are Julian Assange

Please join OR Books, Courage Foundation, and Diem25 next week for an event celebrating our new book WE ARE MILLIONS! Contributors Chris Hedges, Angela Richter, and Yo Ben Cohen will discuss their involvement in the book and the global movement to support Julian Assange as he fights extradition.

📅 Thursday, Dec. 10th
⏰ 12pm ET
🎟 FREE

Chris Hedges, Angela Richter and Ben Cohen—contributors to WE ARE MILLIONS—discuss the persecution of Julian Assange and the free press.

“When I leave, you’ll remember I said, with the last words on my lips, that I am a revolutionary." —Fred Hampton, assass...
12/04/2020

“When I leave, you’ll remember I said, with the last words on my lips, that I am a revolutionary."

—Fred Hampton, assassinated by the United States government 51 years ago today.

“The Republican Party is an extremist organization that poses a serious threat to the future of human civilization. If i...
12/01/2020
The Escalating War Between The Republican Party and Democracy ❧ Current Affairs

“The Republican Party is an extremist organization that poses a serious threat to the future of human civilization. If it is allowed to hold power, it will accelerate the climate catastrophe and the international arms race.” AMERICAN MONSTROSITY author Nathan J. Robinson writes for Current Affairs.

Get 20% off Robinson's book today: bit.ly/AmericanMonstrosity

“If Republicans don’t challenge and change the US election system, there will never be another Republican president elected again.”  — Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)  The majority of Americans reject the Republican Party’s basic agenda. Two-thirds of the country believes the federal governme...

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Book One – Luray Published : November 2020 One of humanity’s colonies makes contact with an alien civilization that calls itself the Aurigan Empire. The empire politely demands the United Earth Military’s unconditional and immediate surrender and sends wave after wave of warships. Strangely, the Aurigan ships are technologically inferior, lack any sort of effective weaponry and are easily shot down – or so the UEM claims. When the colony’s investors start getting nervous, acclaimed risk assessment agent Luray Ulyssa Cayenne is sent to determine what is going on and whether the Aurigans truly pose a threat. What she finds is well beyond her pay grade, and what she does to uncover the truth could cost not only her freedom, but her very humanity. Enjoy a mysterious science-fiction story challenging the reader and asking difficult questions that will keep you awake at night. Purchase the Book:
NY TID (Norway) has published a review of 'Hate Inc.' by Taibbi today. (There's an english version available on the web site as well):
In 2019, Judge Amy Coney Barrett declared that the “religious test clause” of the Constitution made it “unconstitutional to even consider [religion] as a qualification for public office.” It is this very clause of the Constitution that bars her nomination and confirmation to the Supreme Court. With the polls showing a decline in his support among evangelicals, Donald Trump allowed his nomination to the Court to be dictated by a select group of their leaders. They chose Barrett. Accordingly, there is more than enough evidence to support a finding that the religious test clause was breached.
Oi, OR Books, when am I getting my new Mike Davis book?
How can access my e-book post-purchase? Thank you!
The printed word in peril? Everything easier, faster and slicker in order to compel the attention of screen viewers. Are we suffering from the “tyranny of the virtual”? Unable to look away from the screens that mediate not just the print but, increasingly, reality itself. The age of Homo virtual is pin us. Will Self
Trump U hits Real Deal Magazine
Amazon makes words cheap. A dilemma