Against the Grain – April 1, 2020

Against the Grain

A radio and web media project whose aim is to provide in-depth analysis and commentary on a variety of matters — political, economic, social and cultural — important to progressive and radical thinking and activism.

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Capitalist and Socialist Trajectories

Harriet Fraad spoke at Left Forum about trends in family, gender, and relationship dynamics under capitalism. And Paul Sweezy gave a talk in the early 1990s about the historical trajectory of the socialist project and the viability of socialism as idea and practice. Capitalism Hits Home, with Harriet Fraad John Bellamy Foster, “The Commitment of … Continued


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Race, Power, and U.S. Exceptionalism

Insights into race, history, capitalist dynamics, and U.S. exceptionalism were shared by Kimberly Westcott, Danny Haiphong, Glen Ford, and Dan Kovalik at last year’s Left Forum conference. Resources: Roberto Sirvent and Danny Haiphong, American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: A People’s History of Fake News—From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror Skyhorse, 2019 Black … Continued


Pandemics and other public health crises often require exceptional measures — some of them voluntary and some imposed from above.  Historical geographer Graham Mooney reflects on the history of measures like isolation and quarantines — as well as elite indifference to the plight of the poor and working classes during infectious disease outbreaks. Resources: Graham … Continued


If a loved one of yours were murdered, the grief might be overwhelming – but what if you also found the police biased and disrespectful, the detectives dismissive, the investigation ineffective, and support services inadequate? Roxanna Altholz has produced a report detailing the lived experiences of mostly African American family members of unsolved homicide victims … Continued