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A poem


A work of fiction

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Many years ago, I visited a museum exhibiting the work of Mark Lombardi, a conceptual artist who researched “the political and social terrain” that surrounded him. Over the course of several years, Lombardi mapped his findings in an aesthetic manner, constructing unique visual representations of complex financial transactions involving war, drug trafficking, exploitation, imperialism, terrorism, and other forms of social injustice. The diverse array of subjects included the bin Laden family, the Italian Mafia, prominent religious figures like Pat Robertson, former presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, and more.

Lombardi’s final collection of diagrams, entitled “Global Networks”, was drawn…


A real speech about a fake event

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The following is the original transcript of a speech I gave to a room of baffled classmates in November, 2010.

Ladies and gentlemen, friends, fans, fellow participants, Fox News: After winning the Mega Ultra Superman Triathlon (also known by the acronym “MUST”), I admit that I do feel like a superman. Some folks in the media have argued that I might actually be superhuman, but I don’t advocate bragging, so enough about my amazing physical capabilities.

Now, in a diverse audience such as this, I know some of you may be distracted by your various emotions — be they love…


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Considering I have been writing political and social commentary on and off for the last four years, it was only a matter of time before this passion spilled over into my social media accounts. About a year ago, after I had been posting more memes and other political graphics to my Instagram account (including some original creations), I noticed I was consistently gaining followers. I felt I had achieved a milestone at 1,000 followers, but the audience just kept increasing — sometimes by as many as 50 or 100 followers per day. By the beginning of November, 2020, I had…


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Frustration overwhelmed me as I feverishly searched the Uber Eats driver app on my phone, attempting to figure out why I couldn’t transfer the money I had earned. What was the point of doing these deliveries if I couldn’t access the funds when I needed them? The fact that my family was struggling financially merely days before the election was an apt microcosm of the material conditions in the world’s most “exceptional” nation. We knew the presidential election wouldn’t result in substantial change to said conditions, regardless of which old, white conservative ended up winning. …


A fallen Christopher Columbus statue outside the Minnesota State Capitol (Wikimedia Commons)

Columbus Day is one of two American holidays named after an actual person; the other being Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Christopher Columbus must have therefore been a highly revered historical figure, possibly on par with Dr. King himself. Growing up in the U.S. and attending public schools certainly includes the customary narrative regarding Columbus — an account resembling a fairy tale or a mythology in which our main character is practically deified. We are told with great enthusiasm that Columbus not only “discovered America”, but that he was an honorable, noble, brave, and talented explorer.

As children, we are…


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President Donald Trump has announced that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. According to his campaign manager, the president will postpone or make virtual all of his previously scheduled campaign events. Photographs of Trump’s activities from the days leading up to this news further elucidate his blasé attitude toward the risk of contracting the virus.

Trump’s personal attitude toward this deadly contagion is certainly consistent with his national policy. To say that the Trump administration responded inadequately to the Covid-19 pandemic would be a substantial understatement. This response included misinformation


Original caption: The Courtroom of the Supreme Court showing Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Bench Chair and the Bench in front of her seat draped in black following her death on September 18, 2020 (Wikimedia Commons)

On September 18, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died from complications related to pancreatic cancer. She was 87 years old and was surrounded by loved ones at the time of her death. Thousands attended a vigil outside the Supreme Court building and innumerable additional events took place in her honor throughout the country. Ginsburg was the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court and became known as a feminist icon and a pioneering advocate for women’s rights due to her dissenting opinions in cases like Gonzales v. Carhart, Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., and Burwell v…


A segment of Diego Rivera’s “Man at the Crossroads” featuring depictions of Leon Trotsky, Friedrich Engels, and Karl Marx (Wikimedia Commons)

As a socialist writer who has been regularly producing political commentary for the last three years, I’ve made some observations about the state of the American Left and it’s potential future prospects. Though my political education began with reading authors like Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn nearly two decades ago, I have more recently evolved in my political tendency and now consider myself a Marxist-Leninist. With the advent of Bernie Sanders and the prospects for social democracy in the United States, I was both inspired and frustrated during recent years.

My political views changed significantly over the course of the…


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On August 11, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced that he had chosen former presidential candidate and California senator Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential running mate. In a campaign email, Biden proclaimed that Harris “is the best person to help me take this fight to Trump and Mike Pence and then to lead this nation starting in January 2021.” In an overview of the news, CNN highlighted Harris’s “multi-racial background”, indicating that the Biden campaign’s decision may have partially stemmed from a desire to embrace the reinvigorated movement for racial justice in these tumultuous times.

Following the murder of…

Matthew John

Communist. Artist. Herbivore. Husband. I usually write about politics, current events, and history. My work has also been published by The Hampton Institute.

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