• Pearl Is a Heartland Horror Fit for Our Times

    Martin Scorsese loves Ti West’s “demented Disney film,” Pearl — and you will too. Mia Goth stars as the title character in Ti West’s Pearl. (A24) You might’ve heard about Pearl, a startling fever dream of a horror film that’s currently playing in theaters and getting a lot of well-deserved attention. It’s the second film in director Ti West’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre–inspired trilogy, which started with X (2022) and will be followed by the upcoming MaXXXine, featuring...

  • The British Left Could Benefit From a Few Lessons From the French Left

    Five years after their electoral breakthroughs, the projects led by Jeremy Corbyn and Jean-Luc Mélenchon have gone in opposite directions. The British left would be in a stronger position today if it had displayed some of Mélenchon’s confrontational grit. Rebecca Long-Bailey and Jeremy Corbyn on the fourth day of the Labour Party conference on September 24, 2019 in Brighton, England. (Leon Neal / Getty Images) Five years ago, in elections held barely a month apart,...

  • Colombian President Gustavo Petro: End the War on Drugs

    At his United Nations General Assembly address this week, newly elected leftist Colombian president Gustavo Petro denounced the war on drugs and destruction of the planet waged by the United States. We reprint his remarks here in full. Colombian president Gustavo Petro speaks during the Seventy-seventh Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) at the UN headquarters on September 20, 2022, in New York City. (Anna Moneymaker / Getty Images) The following is an...

  • Fascist-Sympathizing Newspaper Barons Were the Blueprint for Today’s Right-Wing Media

    In the 1930s, six right-wing oligarchs used the US’s and UK’s largest newspapers to spout sensationalist xenophobia, and at times even boost fascist propaganda. Today, Fox News and other right-wing mass media outlets are using the very same blueprint. Adolf Hitler receives Lord Harold Harmsworth, proprietor of the Daily Mail newspaper, at his mountain retreat in Bavaria. (Getty Images) In the 1930s, the owners of the most widely read newspapers in the United States...

  • The Think Tanks Advising Congress on Military Spending Take Money From the Arms Industry

    The Senate might vote on the fiscal year 2023 military budget this month. Or it might not; nobody’s sure. What’s for certain is that the bill the Senate considers will have at least as much as $850 billion for the Pentagon. In other words, we’re staring down a $72-billion year-to-year increase in military spending with this legislation: the FY 2022 version of […]

  • Jean-Luc Godard Showed Me New Possibilities of What Life Could Look Like

    What objects of beauty retain their hold on you? What texts refuse to give up their hold on your imagination? What images become so unforgettable that they become the lampposts that light the way through an unforgiving world? What art, to quote an aphorism of Jean-Luc Godard, “reveals our most secret self”? These are the […]

  • How Indigenous Taiwanese Are Fighting Corporate Domination

    Taiwan’s indigenous people have long been subject to mistreatment by companies seeking to extract resources from their land and integrate Taiwan into the world capitalist system. Now their resistance takes a new form: an organized political assembly. Activists from the Paiwan people of Taiwan have organized a national assembly. (Riddu Riddu / Flickr) Indigenous people in Taiwan have long been unable to define themselves. Qing Dynasty officials called them fan,...

  • Democrats Can’t Stop Dark Money Without Ending the Filibuster

    Today, Senate Democrats vote on the DISCLOSE Act, legislation that would force nonprofits spending on elections and judicial nominations to publicly name their donors. Lawmakers should pass this bill — but without ending the filibuster, they probably can't. President Joe Biden speaks to the media after attending a Senate Democrats’ luncheon in Russell Building to discuss ending the filibuster on January 13, 2022. (Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call) President Joe Biden made...

  • The Department of Homeland Security May Have Conspired With Ron DeSantis to Kidnap Migrants

    Florida governor Ron DeSantis’s kidnapping of dozens of migrants as a political stunt is disturbing. More troubling is the help he seems to have gotten from the Department of Homeland Security, a pro-MAGA federal agency that’s been quietly amassing vast powers. Venezuelan migrants gather at a ferry terminal in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. (Carlin Stiehl for The Boston Globe via Getty Images) There are a lot of questions to be asked about Florida governor Ron...

  • Multilevel Marketing Companies Are Cashing In on the Crisis

    Behind the growth of “cult-like” multilevel marketing lies the fact that our economy leaves growing numbers of people isolated, insecure, and vulnerable to promises of a quick way out. Sellers have described being pressured by their "uplines" to go "live" daily on social media to promote the multilevel marketing lifestyle. (Westend61 / Getty Images) As a teenager, Amelia was desperately looking for a part-time job, handing CVs out in cafés and bars with no luck. One...

  • Philippa Snow Offers a Fresh Take on Violence in Art and Culture

    Writing about violence in popular culture tends to be structured around a paradox. Most consumers of the latest blockbuster film or TV show are, on the whole, further away from life-threatening danger than at almost any other point in human history. But, these consumers have, because of the ubiquity of images, more opportunities to witnesses […]

  • Alabama’s Attorney General Is Chasing Right-Wing Media Instead of Defending Workers

    Alabama is rife with corporate abuse: six deaths at an Amazon facility, a grueling coal strike, child labor in auto plants. State attorney general Steve Marshall seems uninterested in weighing in on any of these fights, seeking kudos from Fox News instead. Steve Marshall, attorney general of Alabama, testifies during a hearing in Washington, DC, on March 24, 2022. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) Go to Alabama incumbent attorney general’s campaign...