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Democratic Socialist Ideas and Social Democratic Realities

Democratic socialism, an idea with a rich history in European politics and a slight history in U.S. American politics, is surging today in the U.S. partly because America has so little of it. European Social Democracy has helped to build the world’s most humane societies by universalizing the rights of freedom and democracy, albeit while failing to dismantle cultural structures of white privilege.

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A Day at the Beach and Some Other Interesting Times at the 2019 Venice Biennale

The 2019 Venice Biennale, on view through November 24, has the head-scratching, ironic title “May You Live in Interesting Times.” The exhibition’s American-born, London-based curator Ralph Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery since 2006, says that the phrase has been invoked for nearly a century by Western authors and politicians (from Arthur C. Clark to Hillary Rodham Clinton) as an ancient Chinese curse.

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