By Alec Dubro

I just got back from the Pacific Northwest and California and the warning is clear: The American West is burning up and running dry. It may become uninhabitable in less time than we imagine. Mere survival in areas like this will take concerted and prolonged effort, political…


By Alec Dubro

We lost the union election at the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama — once a strongly union steel town — by 1798 to 738. And I say “we” rather than “they,” because working people everywhere lost — not just the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).


By Alec Dubro

So many of my progressive friends and social media buddies are openly salivating over the prospect of Trump in the dock and moldering in prison. I’m not.

Certainly, a time of reckoning approaches for Donald Trump, but also for the rest of us. He is set to…


I was out watering the daisies in front of my modest Capitol Hill row house yesterday. It’s normally pretty quiet here and, since the pandemic, not so much foot traffic.

Despite the proximity of our house to the Capitol, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a notable political figure wander…


By Alec Dubro

The US is “the greatest, most exceptional and most virtuous nation in the history of the world.” Or so Donald Trump proclaimed at Mt. Rushmore this past July fourth.

Apparently, it’s not sufficient for the US to be merely exceptional — which means there are no others…


By Alec Dubro

The US is “the greatest, most exceptional and most virtuous nation in the history of the world.” Or so Donald Trump proclaimed at Mt. Rushmore this past July fourth.

Apparently, it’s not sufficient for the US to be merely exceptional — which means there are no others…


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By Alec Dubro

As long as you’re stuck in the house, you might as well save the world. Because this hiatus from ordinary life gives us a chance to review once more our relationship to material things. And have no doubt: Our superfluity of things is what has led…


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The Real Working-Class Hero Leaves the Room

John Prine: A Remembrance

April 7, 2020

John Prine died this month.

I met him in 1972, right after his first album came out. I’m almost embarrassed now at how glowingly I reviewed that record, except it was that good.

Prine came out of the Chicago folk scene, along with Steve…


“Our race faces a world-wide genetic catastrophe. There is only one word that can adequately describe it: genocide.” David Duke

So really, what’s the thing with Russia? Why would Donald Trump and portions of the American right be drawn to a relatively poor country that seems to have few international…


Sleeping in a Burning House: Why we’re so stuck fighting climate change

By Alec Dubro

Heat waves, the Amazon, the Arctic, Siberia. But will these increasingly alarming developments spur greater action? If what I’m hearing and seeing in conversations around the country is an indicator, not bloody likely. And that’s…

Alec Dubro

Alec Dubro was a warehouse worker. He was also a Rolling Stone record reviewer, a journalist and president of the National Writers Union

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