Why Phil Ochs is the obscure ’60s folk singer America needs in 2017 – The Washington Post


https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/01/24/why-phil-ochs-is-the-obscure-60s-folk-singer-america-needs-in-2017/?hpid=hp_hp-cards_hp-card-posteverything%3Ahomepage%2Fcard&utm_term=.b14352c60a35

It isn’t often that Ochs, who died four decades ago and is mostly unknown to those born since the 1970s, gets even a brief moment of mainstream recognition. Yet as we enter the Trump era, and as a new mass protest movement begins to take shape, his music would be worthy of a revival. Taken together, his songs offer an exceptionally compelling tour of the deepest questions currently confronting liberals — questions about democracy, dissent and human decency in a grim political age.

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Phil Cohen: From Chapel Hill bus driver to labor activist to author: My Jan 22 2017 Chapel Hill News column


Phil Cohen: From Chapel Hill bus driver to labor activist to author

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/chapel-hill-news/article127079049.html

Once a gypsy cab driver, he became a labor union organizer. His experience in the local for Chapel Hill bus drivers thrust him into textile union work and a bitter struggle in Jackson, Tennessee. Last summer the University of Tennessee Press published his book recounting that battle between workers and owners

Autocracy: Rules for Survival | by Masha Gessen | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books


http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2016/11/10/trump-election-autocracy-rules-for-survival/

But Trump is anything but a regular politician and this has been anything but a regular election. Trump will be only the fourth candidate in history and the second in more than a century to win the presidency after losing the popular vote. He is also probably the first candidate in history to win the presidency despite having been shown repeatedly by the national media to be a chronic liar, sexual predator, serial tax-avoider, and race-baiter who has attracted the likes of the Ku Klux Klan. Most important, Trump is the first candidate in memory who ran not for president but for autocrat—and won.

I have lived in autocracies most of my life, and have spent much of my career writing about Vladimir Putin’s Russia. I have learned a few rules for surviving in an autocracy and salvaging your sanity and self-respect. It might be worth considering them now: