Unpopular Front

John Ganz
the junk shop of history
Created 14 Oct 2020
  • Thank You All!
    25 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 20 4
    In the spirit of the holiday, I just want to say thank you to all the subscribers of Unpopular Front for (almost) one whole year. When I started this newsletter, I had been laid off from my job, was v...
  • The Hooded Cloak
    23 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 6 0
    In the last newsletter about the Third Republic, I described the dramatic wave of strikes during the spring of 1936 and the sweeping social legislation undertaken by the new Popular Front coalition to...
  • Marx-o-Mania, Continued
    19 Nov 2021 • 9 min read • 8 3
    I appreciated and enjoyed William Clare Roberts’s extended and thoughtful response to my post about Marx. However, I think Dr. Roberts responds more to what he wishes I had written than what I have ac...
  • The Strike Wave of ’36
    14 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 7 1
    Renault Workers on Strike, image from libcom.com As long-time Unpopular Front subscribers will now, I’ve written in the newsletter quite a bit about the history of the French Third Republic, from the ...
  • Marx-o-Mania
    06 Nov 2021 • 8 min read • 27 5
    If you follow me on Twitter, you might have noticed that I spent a good portion of the last week yelling at people about Karl Marx. The fight began because I tweeted something to the effect that, in M...
  • “Déclin” and Rise of Zemmour
    30 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 14 6
    In recent weeks, there’s been a spate of articles in English-language newspapers about the political debut of right-wing pundit, Éric Zemmour, a man being called the “French Trump.” Although he has no...
  • The Hunt for Red October
    28 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    This is the first episode of Unclear and Present Danger, a new podcast by Jamelle Bouie of the New York Times and John Ganz, a freelance journalist writing a book on American politics in the 1990s. It...
  • The Almost Rising Sun
    23 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 16 7
    As you may know, I’m currently writing a book about America in the early 1990s. One of the subjects of the chapter I’m working on at the moment is our country’s moment of panic about the rise of Japan...
  • The Everlasting WASPs
    18 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 12 1
    Fitting for the slow approach of fall weather, there’s a nip of WASP nostalgia in the air. Business Insider reports that Gen Z and Millenials are reviving “Old Money” aesthetics in clothes and home de...
  • “It Was Outta Respect”
    06 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 13 0
    If you read the newspapers five years ago, you’d have been told the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) was dead. The party just had a disastrous result in federal elections, garnering just 21% o...
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