"Class conflict is essential if freedom is to be preserved, because it is the only barrier against class domination; yet class conflict pursued to excess, may well destroy the underlying fabric of common principle which sustains free society.
I cannot imagine a free society which has eliminated class conflict. So long as there is inequality in the distribution of property and variety in the nature of economic interests, so long will politics center on economic issues; and so long the insurgency of the disconented will provide the best guarantee against the tyranny of the possessors"
- Arthur Schleshinger, The Vital Center: The Politics of Freedom
- Corey Robin at Jacobin on the distinction by Clintonian neoliberalism and classic liberalism
-Interesting rundown by Saby Reyes-Kulkarni (if a bit hagiographic) on Sepultura's 20 year old Roots, with particular attention on its interaction with the indigenous Xavante culture in Brazil (via PopMatters)
Gary Suarez at Noisey on why subscribing to all three streaming services would cost you less than if you just bought Drake, Beyonce, and Kanye's new albums outright
Speaking of Kulkarnis, a number of great pieces on Prince roaming around there including Neil Kulkarni's on his personal blog, Michaelangelo Matos at MTV, Simon Reynolds at Pitchfork on gender/androgyny in his work, probably tons of others I'm missing