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A Gates Foundation Study Guide

The Gates Foundation is the largest private foundation in the world. With an endowment of more than $50 billion, the Foundation has more money on hand than many countries. Famous for his high-handed leadership in the organization, Bill Gates has used this money to shape education policy here in America and health policy abroad…

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By Brian Platt

Behemoth

Seattle’s City Council election needs to be contextualized in the forty year rollback of New Deal programs and worker gains. A political project that sought to reassert the power of capital in America. A rollback that turned Seattle into a city where ten billionaires worth over $250 billion coexist with more than 12,000 homeless people living in absolute poverty…

Photo of the New York City skyline in the late 70s.

By Brian Platt

Money For Nothing?

Partisans and commentators from all sides of the November 5th Seattle City Council race have coalesced around a narrative which claims Amazon’s overall defeat can be blamed on, get this, the huge amount of money they spent to influence the race…

Photo of the Amazon Spheres in Seattle.

By Greg Ryan

A War in the Desert

Summer comes early in Texas. And May in the high desert around the West Texas town of Redford can be scorching. It was there, on a hot day in 1997, that four ghillie-suit-clad Marines shot and killed eighteen-year-old Esequiel Hernández Jr…

Photo of a signpost threatening violence outside the gated border.

By Brian Platt

Island Nightmares in the Neoliberal City

On May 1st, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Police Chief Carmen Best announced a series of emphasis patrols aimed at “an attempt to reduce crime and fear of crime” in select Seattle neighborhoods…

Aerial photo of a prison on McNeil Island.

By Brian Platt

Seattle and Its Discontents

Seattle is Dying begins with footage captured by a drone as it rises above a homeless encampment on the south side of the city, eventually revealing the shimmering towers of Seattle’s urban core. This, the third documentary on homelessness…

Photo of dwellings that will be raised from a newspaper.

By Brian Platt

Blethen

I am writing under considerable torment and mental strain, for I know that before this night is over, I will likely be dead. Penniless, I can bear the torture no longer. I have tried to drown myself in alcohol and the fat clouds of my…

Photo of a woman in darkness with the Blethen Freak behind her.

By Professor Ambrose J. Hoag

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