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"I told you, the last time    

           just, leave

me alone!"


Damn cop ain't listening. His partner stands there and stares at me

like ice. All day, it's the evil eye. They just want to kill whoever. 

Man, just let me be a man. I'm selling everything you throw away. 

Cops go on and on 'bout jail, nothin's worth my babies hunger.

Can they eat apologies? No. So I hustle hard. Tell me how much

tomorrow costs and who will pay for it, I'll ask if you need smoke. 

"I heard the mission bell, and I was thinking to myself, this could be Heaven or this could be Hell..."

– Hotel California, The Eagles

Editor's Note: Jeremy Corbyn's recent election as the leader of the opposition Labour Party has been hailed as the greatest upset in the history of modern British politics. In this guest column for The Indypendent, Hazel Healy, co-editor of the U.K.-based New Internationalist explains to an American audience how a little-known leftist came out of nowhere to capture the imagination of voters.

I know. 9/11 stuff. It's a complicated historical event. I've lived in NYC all my life and should speak about this day. We should all speak. Bear with me. I feel comfortable saying September 11, 2001 was the worst day of my life because of it's permanent consequences to my family, to the world, and it informed a lot of my decision-making thereafter.

In this presidential summer of our discontent, the radical left has been fighting hard—not chiefly against capitalism and its galloping calamities, it seems, but against . . . Bernie Sanders. Scarcely a day passes without an ominous recitation of Sanders’s manifold political shortcomings—Sanders exposés seem to have become a thriving cottage industry for the far-left commentariat.

While much of New York City’s political class was on vacation in the last week of August, the head of the city’s main firefighters union, Steve Cassidy, blasted a modest program meant to advance minorities to the head of the department’s hiring line.

As Labor Day looms, more Americans than ever don’t know how much they’ll be earning next week or even tomorrow.

If you follow the news media, and a gaggle of prominent Republican politicians, Donald Trump is an ugly eye sore in the face of the body politic and especially the  Republican Party. He insults women, calls undocumented Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals and has nothing but contempt for most of his presidential Republican rivals. And the national GOP establishment is plotting, even as I write, to consign Trump to the electoral scrap heap.

By Ethan Young

Another presidential election cycle is underway and familiar debates are breaking out on the Left about whom to support, if anyone. These discussions are often framed by three myths about electoral politics that inhibit the development of a Left opposition to the Center/Right.