Ingrid Seyer-Ochi is wrong about Bernie’s “white male privilege”

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After Joe Biden took the oath of office on January 20, he delivered an inaugural address that centered on the importance of bipartisan “unity.” This, he suggested, was as important to him as emancipation had been to Abraham Lincoln.

The speech was delivered to a small crowd of politicians wearing…

Marchers at the 1964 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom hold signs demanding equal rights, full citizenship, full employment, and decent housing

Noah Berlatsky claims in his article Why Class First Leftists are Wrong that I advocate something called “class first leftism.” This came as a surprise to me.

By the time I got to the end of the article, I felt a little bit like Jimmy Shorts in Martin Scorcese’s gangster…

On reorienting the politics of reform towards the substantive

Mark Antony statue in Vienna, Austria. (Gerhard Trumler/Imagno/Getty)

A friend recently sent me some screenshots from his neighborhood Facebook group. Everyone there was outraged that the local beer place hadn’t issued any sort of statement condemning police violence and expressing solidarity with Black Lives Matter.

The website of the establishment in question mentions “a grassy backyard,” brags about…

Many libertarians diagnose the problem well, but their solutions could make things worse

Demonstrators in New York City, June 15, 2020 (John Lamparski/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

I’m a democratic socialist. I’ve spent a lot of time debating libertarians. But we don’t disagree about everything. Every time I chat with libertarian comedian and podcaster Dave Smith, for example, we agree on things like drug legalization, mass incarceration, and America’s seemingly endless wars in the Middle East.


Ben Burgis

Ben Burgis is a philosophy instructor at Georgia State University Perimeter College and the host of the Give Them An Argument podcast and YouTube channel.

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