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"Surprisingly lively and smart."
Robert Rossney, in the San Francisco Chronicle
"[Bad Subjects is] the wired left."
Jack Kapica, in the Toronto Globe and Mail
"It revels in a self-consciously renegade spirit."
Liz McMillen, in The Chronicle of Higher Education
"A bridge between the academy and people working nine-to-five jobs"
Annenberg Online Journalism Review
"For those who would like to develop a more seductive and appealing language than neo-Marxist or post-structuralist jargon."
Elaine Showalter, Times Literary Supplement
"Some of the most straightforward, readable, and most importantly, relevant prose you're likely to find."
San Francisco Bay Guardian
"Four stars."
Magellan WWW Reviews

Bad Subjects is a collective that publishes a magazine (Bad Subjects: Political Education for Everyday Life) and provides access to it via a public-access website. In 1998, Bad Subjects founded a small educational nonprofit corporation, also called Bad Subjects, which promotes the progressive use of new media and print publications. Donations to the nonprofit go toward funding printed copies of the magazine Bad Subjects (distributed for free), and other related projects, such as Bad Subjects books. Bad Subjects seeks to revitalize progressive politics in retreat. We think too many people on the left have taken their convictions for granted. So we challenge progressive dogma by encouraging readers to think about the political dimension to all aspects of everyday life. We also seek to broaden the audience for leftist and progressive writing, through a commitment to accessibility and contemporary relevance.

Bad Subjects was founded in September 1992, at UC Berkeley. Since then it has circulated widely, and today we actually have about 250,000 readers from around the world per month. You can use our online facilities to find articles on any topic, or browse our current or recent issues.

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Back Issues
Upcoming Issues

Bad Subjects #89: Mass Extinction

November 30 to December 11, nations of the world will gather in Paris at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference. Global leaders from Pope Francis I and President Barack Obama, to California Governor Jerry Brown, have been outspoken on the need for radical and mandatory reductions in CO2 emissions to curb human-caused global warming "before it's too late!"

The elephant in the room is the looming specter of mass extinction. Mass Extinction is the ultimate “bummer” topic and truly a bad, bad subject. Is mass extinction Armageddon, the triumph of evil on Earth? Is it the opportunity for the resurrected few to enjoy eternal afterlife in Heaven? Are global warming deniers the hired lackeys of neo-capitalism, Cartesian skeptics, eternal optimists, or is the whole thing just an avoidance issue? How vulnerable is the human species to being wiped out with the herd? What's our best survival strategy? Other topics also considered.

Please become familiar with the publication’s style for intelligent readers (no footnotes, please) and submit articles as .rtf or .doc files, with “Bad Subjects 89” in Subject line, by December 31, 2015 to co-editors Thomas Powell and Molly Hankwitz, at submissions.badsubjects@gmail.com. Please include a 100 word biography, usable email address, and any images you want included (roughly 3" x 5", web resolution JPEGs, GIFs or PNGs), with source credits. Original artwork submissions related to the topic welcome as well.

Graphic above: © Lincoln Cushing 2015.

Bad Subjects: Political Education in Everyday Life. The oldest continuously-publishing political/cultural presence on the Web.

Collective Action
Collective ActionCollective Action, the second Bad Subjects anthology, is available today at your favorite local independent bookstore. (Get the first one, too.)

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