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BookMarx (3/3/2013)

What you should read this week.

  • Democratic self-governance — for Detroit citizens, it’s an apparent luxury, not an inviolable right.
  • Alex Gourevitch had not one, but two exemplary contributions to the skirmish du jour, the characteristics and politics of “post-work.”
  • The American Prospect’s Jamelle Bouie comments on the enormous wealth chasm between whites and blacks.
  • Sexuality and struggle in the Brazilian women’s movement, an excerpt from Emma Sokoloff-Rubin’s new book.
  • A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities again highlights the stinginess of our inhumane welfare system.
  • We all know workers are getting the shaft, but how small is labor’s piece of the pie? Fred Magdoff and John Bellamy Foster do some quantifying.
  • The Guardian’s transcript of Bradley Manning’s lengthy, stirring statement, which he read this week at a pre-trial hearing.
  • Have some extra time on your hands? Read Adolph Reed’s perceptive-if-prolix essay on cultural politics.
  • From the MIA: In a speech to parliament just a few years before he was deposed in a US-backed coup, Chilean President Salvador Allende announced his commitment to a peaceful road to socialism; post-putsch, Ralph Miliband analyzed the coup’s implications for socialist transitions.
  • James Baldwin eviscerates William F. Buckley in a 1965 debate at Cambridge University.