What is a social construct?

By Pat Reilly Oftentimes, we seem to have conflicting intuitions about social reality. Just what are the social roles we fill and the social categories we fall into? On the one hand, there is frequently a strong intuition to conclude that social reality is a construct, and therefore less than real in some sense. On the other hand, our social roles, identities, and relations seem … Continue reading What is a social construct?

No love for the weekend

By Erika B. Some might say that Tacocat’s song “I Hate the Weekend” fails to credit the hard work the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America labor union put into earning the five-day work week. However, I say that the song brings to light the incredible need for a revolution of social reproduction. The Tacocat line, “They were made for the working stiff / With a … Continue reading No love for the weekend

Lincoln hosts second annual socialist conference

by Erika B. A deeper shade of red is sweeping over the middle part of the United States as working-class folks in the Midwest and Great Plains are continually let down by the Republican nominees currently in power. An urgency to organize for working class power has been demonstrated by some of the most radical movements in the U.S. today taking place in right-to-work, “Republican … Continue reading Lincoln hosts second annual socialist conference

The more things change … : Looking back at Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle

By MC Raterman Last month, as I was selling back issues of The Triumph to raise funds for Feed the People, I found myself cautiously explaining our projects to a patron of the Gifford Park Neighborhood Market. I prudently described the “anti-capitalist” politics of FTP and labeled The Triumph as a “working class publication”. Suddenly, the word “Socialist” slipped out of my mouth, and the … Continue reading The more things change … : Looking back at Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle

ICE can use at least 33 jails in Nebraska, local law profits

By Mark Honey In Dakota County, jailing migrants is making bank for the Sheriff’s office. Sheriff Chris Kleinberg brought in more than $60k in January alone through two deals with immigration agencies, the ACLU-Nebraska reports. That apparently isn’t enough for the Republican Sheriff, who sent an email to ICE asking, “How is it possible that those removals are so low, when there are so many … Continue reading ICE can use at least 33 jails in Nebraska, local law profits

Ode to Joy: Artist finds inspiration, fulfillment in community, trans experience

by Phil Gillen “Sometimes I just have an idea of something that’s like, super dumb, and I want to go do it in real life. And then because I have an art degree, I call that Art. And they let me have a gallery space to do stupid things in.” Michael Johnson doesn’t take themselves too seriously. Self-deprecating and approachable to a fault, the Omaha-based … Continue reading Ode to Joy: Artist finds inspiration, fulfillment in community, trans experience

The Top 5 Films of 2019 (So Far)

by Taylor Thornburg We’re halfway through 2019, and that means we’re about to be between summer blockbuster season and the end of the year awards season. There’s plenty to catch up on during this lull at the movie theaters. Some of the best films of the year either passed in and out of theaters without fanfare or aren’t at all from this country. In case … Continue reading The Top 5 Films of 2019 (So Far)