Thoughts on Bhaskar Sunkara's "Fellow Travelers" in the latest Jacobin.
Roughly 50% of small businesses close shop in their first five years. While not attracting enough customers is a death sentence for a business, not attracting enough members sadly does not have the same effect on leftist parties. They shamble on, zombie-like, hollowed out yet still adorned with the ambitious banners that swaddled their birth.
This year's Netroots Nation in San Jose will be a meeting point not just for the larger progressive community, but student activists from all across the country, too. Here's how you can swing a free registration and a free hotel room!
While each campus' particular iteration is different, student government culture is surprisingly consistent across the country. Disdain, in one form or another, for their fellow students can be found among SGA members at universities big and small.
There's been quite a bit of chatter about the latest report on student loan debt out by the New York Federal Reserve Board. All the bad numbers are up: the total amount of student loan debt, the number of students taking out loans, and the number of those who have stopped repayment. But there's one figure that I haven't seen anybody really highlight, and it's the scariest. You can check out a PDF of the findings here.