Reads of the Week - 03.04.2016

Compiled By Doctor Comrade (follow @HCELindsay)

Socialists and the Horse Race: Will backing Bernie Sanders help build an independent left? A debateJacobin (follow @jacobinmag)

Four socialists in Jacobin debate whether or not socialists--real socialists--should support Bernie Sanders. The central topic is whether or not Sanders will help build "permanent, independent political alternatives for working people," regardless of the campaign's ultimate results. Danny Katch, Bhaskar Sunkara, Gloria Mattera, and Dustin Guastella debate.

Welcome to the Show, Clarence ThomasSlate (follow @slate, @mjs_DC)

Notoriously tight-lipped Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas ended his decade-long silence during oral arguments last week. He spoke up to protect gun rights for people convicted of domestic abuse. Mark Joseph Stern breaks down the arguments that spurred Thomas to speak and the immediate aftermath in the courtroom.

Legal marijuana is finally doing what the drug war couldn’tWashington Post (follow @_cingraham, @washingtonpost)

Christopher Ingraham argues that marijuana legalization and medical marijuana growth have undermined Mexican drug cartels' ability to ship marijuana into the US. American pot is higher quality and cheaper, so increased accessibility has lessened the demand for Mexican imports.

Republican Voters Kind Of Hate All Their ChoicesFiveThirtyEight (follow @fivethirthyeight)

Statistics Warlock Nate Silver argues that, according to available exit polling data, Republican voters are dissatisfied with their party's potential nominees. Silver says this is unprecedented, as even the lukewarm acceptance of Mitt Romney in 2012 was fully 14 percentage points above Trump's current 49% satisfaction. The Democrats, on the other hand, seem relatively happy with both Sanders and Clinton, which mirrors their happiness compared with 2008's race between Clinton and Obama.

“I could have said, ‘Mitt, drop to your knees,’ he would have dropped to his knees”: Trump reaches new low while slamming Romney at Maine rallySalon (follow @salon)

Is there anything better than watching two rich pricks feud? Hard to say. Somebody should let them fight it out. Brendan Gauthier documents The Donald's response to Mitt Romney's criticism.

In History

March 3, 1991 - 25 years ago, Rodney King was brutally beaten by four members of the Los Angeles Police Department, who were later acquitted of excessive force and assault with deadly weapons charges. Despite the incident being captured on film by a bystander, the police escaped punishment. Their acquittal triggered the LA Riots, during which many people of color destroyed property and expressed their frustration toward the racist establishment. In an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, James Peterson, director of Africana studies at Lehigh University, reminds us that video taping police is still not enough to ensure justice, and that activists must continue to seek a radical solution to racial violence. Here is a timeline of the events.

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