Discontents Newsletter
Essays and journalism about where we're at and where we're going, from some of your favorite writers and podcasters on the left.
Created 22 Jun 2020
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  • Page-Free Cities
    13 Sep 2021 • 11 min read • 4 0
    Dennis Brekke/CC BY 2.0 Hello, I'm Alex Pareene, and I write a newsletter called The AP (Alex Pareene) Newsletter. When I was preparing my newsletter for launch, I mainly worked on writing my first “r...
  • What Fiscal Conservatives Want
    07 Sep 2021 • 9 min read • 5 0
    Hi everyone. Jack Crosbie from Discourse Blog here. I am going to preface my intro to this week’s newsletter with the statement that I am not an economic expert. I don’t really even write about the ec...
  • Fires, floods, and fossil fuels
    30 Aug 2021 • 8 min read • 8 0
    Main image: A fire chief walks through Hurricane Ida rains in Louisiana on August 29, 2021. Bottom image: A screenshot from Politico’s energy newsletter. Credit: Getty Images/Politico. Last night, at ...
  • The scammy American healthcare system
    23 Aug 2021 • 13 min read • 7 0
    This building is a fucking hospital and it cost $100 million. "The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Las Vegas, Nevada" by o palsson is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Hello, Discontentians. I’m back! This i...
  • The Road Out of Kabul
    16 Aug 2021 • 12 min read • 8 0
    The fall of Kabul is an inauspicious time not to be able to find my copies of Michael Herr’s Dispatches and Bernard Fall’s Hell in A Very Small Place. So this is going to be more scattered than I woul...
  • When the "Why" Doesn't Matter
    09 Aug 2021 • 10 min read • 7 0
    Although it received only a smattering of attention at the time, the Biden administration achieved what has unfortunately become a US presidential milestone last month—it conducted its first airstrike...
  • The Moon and Simulacra
    02 Aug 2021 • 12 min read • 5 0
    Please identify all parts of this picture that contain an image of the moon. (Hoàng Duy Lê, via Wikimedia Commons.) The moon hung low in the hazy twilight, like a yellow light that would never turn re...
  • "We Are Screwed": Frito-Lay and Union Reach Contract Agreement, But Big Issues Remain
    26 Jul 2021 • 6 min read • 5 0
    When workers at the Frito-Lay plant in Topeka, Kansas began their strike earlier this month, they hoped to put an end to mandatory overtime, seven-day-a-week schedules, and poor conditions. On Friday,...
  • The world was immediately closed off to me again
    19 Jul 2021 • 15 min read • 5 0
    Francesco Carta fotografo/Getty Images Hey. Hello. It’s Luke from Welcome to Hell World. How are you? With Covid cases on the rise around the country, particularly as the Delta Variant spreads, and wi...
  • Deportations will continue until morale improves: Discontents 7/12/21
    12 Jul 2021 • 8 min read • 4 1
    Flight path of iAero Airways deportation charter flight from the ICE staging facility in Alexandria, LA to Port-au-Prince on July 6, 2021. Courtesy of FlightAware Across the political spectrum, our co...