Arts & Entertainment

Making left politics a laughing matter

Comedian RM Brown joins us this week for a conversation about bringing comedy to left politics, right-wing attacks on basic freedoms — from trying to shut down gay marriage to book-banning frenzies — and where our movement’s priorities should be right now. As you’ll see in this exclusive interview, he views our current moment as an opportunity for a “collective project” for public well-being (think housing, healthcare, student debt) that will help us build power and deliver on everything Republicans are trying to take away from us right now (with all but outright consent from the Democrats). Watch below:

Washington politics gave us little to smile about this week. Just when it seemed that the Biden admin had committed to fulfilling a major, transformative 2020 campaign promise, the old neoliberal instincts kicked right back in — and now hundreds of thousands who were expecting student loan forgiveness earlier this month have had the rug ripped out from under them again. In online communities like r/studentloans, people like this Redditor make it clear how much the relief meant to working- and middle-class people, and what it feels like to lose the ticket to relative freedom that was promised to you.

This was done “quietly,” without the fanfare of the White House’s press release in late August announcing the cancellation of up to $10k in debt for student borrowers (up to $20k for Pell Grant recipients). Now, a single sentence on the Office of Federal Student Aid website will pull that support away from an estimated 800,000 people: “As of Sept. 29, 2022, borrowers with federal student loans not held by ED [the Department of Education] cannot obtain one-time debt relief by consolidating those loans into Direct Loans.”


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