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Category Archives: Views & Reviews

Instructive bad reading, Part IV: Dissecting fascism with the help of “Might is Right”

Excerpt: Fourth installment in a series examining a white supremacist text published in 1896 that can help us understand what's happening today. Sometimes, it's in the awfully done that we can see a point of view most clearly.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Instructive bad reading, Part III: Dissecting fascism with the help of “Might is Right”

Excerpt: Third installment in a series examining a white supremacist text published in 1896 that can help us understand what's happening today. Sometimes, it's in the awfully done that we can see a point of view most clearly.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Instructive bad reading, Part I: Dissecting fascism with the help of “Might is Right”

Excerpt: First installment in a series examining a white supremacist text published in 1896 that can help us understand what's happening today. Sometimes, it's in the awfully done that we can see a point of view most clearly.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Book Review: “Dawn of the Code War” looks at the modern age’s cyber battlegrounds

Excerpt: Former Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin and journalist Garrett Graff's book focuses on the new challenges posed by cyber threats to national security.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Documentary Review: “Race to Nowhere” may be ten years old, but it has aged well

Excerpt: Vicki Abeles created this documentary film to bring attention to some of the problems with the American education system.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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Documentary Reviews: “Guest House”, “John Mendez: The Bridge”, and “Faith in Action”

Excerpt: Read NPI's reviews of the three films featured at the October 4th Social Justice Film Festival in Seattle, concerning homelessness and rejoining society after incarceration.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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Documentary Review: “Raise Hell” is a fun and inspiring portrait of journalist Molly Ivins

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of the 2019 documentary film that tells the story of Texas' best known columnist and advocacy journalist.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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Documentary Review: “The Great Hack” shows how data insecurity impacts elections

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of The Great Hack, an essential, must-see film breaking down what happened to our democracy in the 2016 presidential election.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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Documentary Review: “Knock Down the House” inspires with stories of working people running for Congress

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of "Knock Down the House", a documentary now streaming on Netflix about a few of last year's trailblazing congressional candidates, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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Book Review: We can still make “A Bright Future” with nuclear energy

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of A Bright Future, a book that discusses how some countries have tackled the climate crisis and how the rest could follow.
Written by:David A Johnson
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SIFF Documentary Review: Reconnect to the effort to save Alaska’s salmon with The Wild

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of The Wild, a new film by Mark Titus that examines the renewed campaign to stop the proposed Pebble Mine from inflicting massive damage on Alaska's Bristol Bay.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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Book Review: With “No One at the Wheel”, the rich can steal the roads from us — if we let them

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of No One At The Wheel: Driverless Cars and the Road of the Future by Samuel Schwartz.
Written by:David A Johnson
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SIFF Documentary Review: Our Bodies Our Doctors is a timely reminder of the importance of reproductive rights

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Our Bodies Our Doctors, a film about reproductive rights that's being screened at the 2019 Seattle International Film Festival.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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BOOK REVIEW: “A Prophet of Peace” and Juan Cole’s New Historicism

Excerpt: I some­times attend the Seat­tle Athe­ist Church on Sun­days, and despite the many virtues that group has an orga­ni­za­tion and pos­i­tive argu­ment it makes by exam­ple for sec­u­lar human­ism, the fact that the “Four Horse­men” of the New Athe­ism move­ment were four white Anglo-Amer­i­can men reflects accu­rate­ly the bias­es you’ll find in the athe­ism move­ment […]
Written by:David A Johnson
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