The Slow Confiscation of Everything

Climate apocalypse: a coming calamity that’s morally different from nuclear exchange in a way we haven’t yet dealt with.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Feb 17, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,497 words)

Holy Warriors Against the Welfare State

A trip to the DeVos seat of power in Michigan, home of evangelism and Amway.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Feb 6, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,348 words)

Off Our Butts: How Smoking Bans Extinguish Solidarity

An impassioned essay on ways anti-smoking legislation is, and always has been, about social control — bans that target and dehumanize the poor in the name of public health.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Dec 15, 2016
Length: 11 minutes (2,836 words)

Meltdown of the Phantom Snowflakes

“When I fight back, though, when I continue to write about injustice in the face of the bullying campaigns that are daily life for every female activist I have met, precisely when I feel strongest—that’s when I’m told I’m weak. A crybaby. Special snowflake. Whiner…

As politics turn darker, these slurs have become weaponized. Something bigger is going on.”

Source: The Baffler
Published: Jan 4, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,775 words)

Trumped and Abandoned

The invective of Trump supporters inspires Susan Faludi to take a look back at the “Angry White Men” of the 1990s who felt disenfranchised, and threatened by women like First Lady Hillary Clinton—men like Mike McNulty, a Second Amendment activist and documentarian whom Faludi interviewed twenty years ago.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Dec 7, 2016
Length: 13 minutes (3,456 words)

Stop Calling the United States a Banana Republic

“But looking at the history behind the term reveals something else: ‘banana republics’ like Honduras and Guatemala were troubled in no small part because American capitalism and imperialism wanted them that way.”

Source: The Baffler
Published: Nov 7, 2016
Length: 8 minutes (2,206 words)

Madam Prescient: Raising the Spirit of American Radicalism

Victoria Woodhull, a former prostitute, free-love advocate, and clairvoyant (and proponent of abolition, marriage reform, and education rights) ran for President of the US — in 1872.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Aug 15, 2016
Length: 12 minutes (3,108 words)

Fear of a Feminist Future

Laurie Penny—whose feminist dystopian novel Everything Belongs to the Future was released this week—considers the alt right’s fear of women heroes in futuristic literature and film, not to mention real life.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Oct 17, 2016
Length: 11 minutes (2,797 words)

Cable News Charnel

Why do US news outlets air graphic clips of ISIS violence, or even ISIS propaganda videos? And what are the forces driving the news’ focus on civil violence within American borders? An essay on the ways media looks out for itself.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Jul 1, 2015
Length: 20 minutes (5,155 words)

Mind Your Own Business

Mindfullness apps: is there actually any benefit to this kind of bite-sized meditation. And what, exactly, are we trying to be mindful of?

Source: The Baffler
Published: May 1, 2015
Length: 9 minutes (2,294 words)