Link Roundup: July 16

Welcome to Flood Media’s link roundup! Each week, we bring you fresh Flood-approved content from around the web, covering current events, debates, and hot takes. It's worth noting that Flood editors and contributors hold diverse opinions on a range of topics. Many of the articles we link to will represent points of debate or disagreement within our editorial team and the Left in general. We don't shy away from this diversity of views - in fact we think it makes our project more interesting, and we invite our readers to reflect and engage alongside us. 

In this post-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez world, are you looking for a new young, radical, democratic socialist (stunningly beautiful) (sorry, ignore that) candidate to follow? Virgil Texas interviews Julia Salazar. You can listen to the full audio here.

For IndigenousX, Tarneen Onus-Williams writes about the importance of young indigenous activists: "Australia seems to espouse the idea that young people are change makers and creates opportunities for them, but these typically exclude Aboriginal young people from that category." She explores, as well, the way that notions of racial caste systems prevent young people from connecting with their elders and culture, by deeming them 'not Aboriginal enough'. Worth a read. 

I regard stories of labyrinthine personal debt crises with the same sort of horrified fascination with which I regard snakes. M.H. Miller's essay in the Baffler, about their family's decade-long fight for student loan redemption, is worth a read if you a) feel similarly, b) wish to understand the growing phenomenon of personal debt, or c) need convincing that the United States is a truly monstrous society. At one point, Miller describes their father writing to Citibank: “Dear Citi,” he pleaded for a longer-term plan with lower monthly payments. He described how my mother’s mounting medical bills, as well as Chase Bank’s collection on our foreclosed home, had forced the family into bankruptcy, which provided no protection in the case of private student loans. We were not asking, in the end, for relief or forgiveness, but merely to pay them an amount we could still barely afford. “This is an appeal to Citi asking you to work with us on this loan,” he wrote to no one at all.

The Black Panthers are back in vogue these days, what with Intercommunalism being published in full for the first time, and Asad Haider citing Revolutionary Suicide as a key influence on his political thought. From Michael McCanne in Jacobin, here's an interesting article on the Black Panthers' 'Rainbow Coalition' with the Chicago-based Young Patriots Organization: a movement proudly founded by and for “hillbillies.” (They adopted the Confederate flag as their symbol, but wore black power badges on their lapels.) Hampton, the chairman of the Illinois Panthers, even accepted the flag, saying "if we can use that to organize, if we can use it to turn people, then we need to do it.”

And now for something completely different: In Waypoint, Cameron Kunzelman searches for the radical politics of cyberpunk. "I wonder if our dreams of splitting the atom of politics and aesthetics, of figuring out which cyberpunk works get it right, is cover for not having to reconcile that liberation and oppression are two sides of the same coin in that originary moment of cyberpunk." 

Until next week!