Political scientist Corey Robin examines the politics of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas - from his early formative experiences with White supremacy, leftist defeatism and Black nationalism, to his formation of a deeply pessimistic, conservative realism that rejects the notion of politics as a path toward liberation.
Corey is author of the book The Enigma of Clarence Thomas from Metropolitan Books.
Here's what we read this week.
Waste Only: How the Plastics Industry is Fighting to Keep Polluting the World - Sharon Lerner / The Intercept
Situational Breakdowns: Understanding Protest Violence and other Surprising Outcomes - Anne Nassauer / University of California Press
Law Without Future: Anti-Constitutional Politics and the American Right - Jack Jackson / University of Pennsylvania Press.
Can you hear me? - Greta Thunberg / Communists in Situ
Immigrants as a Weapon: Global Nationalism and American Power - Yasha Levine / Substack
The Reactionary Heartland Is a Myth - Matthew E. Stanley and Paul M. Renfro / Dissent
Basic income bows to the master - Ana Cecilia Dinerstein / openDemocracy
The voice from the black hole - Sam Kriss /
More Than A Wall Corporate Profiteering and the Militarization of US borders - Todd Miller / Transnational Institute
Everything Must Go - Whitney Curry Wimbish / The Baffler
Sharon wrote the article Waste Only: How the Plastics Industry is Fighting to Keep Polluting the World for The Intercept
Anne wrote the book Situational Breakdowns: Understanding Protest Violence and other Surprising Outcomes for Oxford University Press.
Jack is author of the book Law Without Future: Anti-Constitutional Politics and the American Right from University of Pennsylvania Press.
Thomas wrote the article A tale of corruption by the United Auto Workers and the Big Three American automakers for Monthly Review.
Brian wrote the article Withdrawal of the extradition bill in hong kong is likely too little, too late to put an end to protests for New Bloom.
Alex is author of the book How to Justify Torture: Inside the Ticking Bomb Scenario from Repeater Books.
Keir is author of the book Generation Left from Polity.
Jonathan is author of the book This City Is Killing Me: Community Trauma and Toxic Stress in Urban America from Belt Publishing.