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The socialist traffic symbol Ampelmann, seen here in Berlin, constitutes an international brand empire. In the age of mass consumerism, what’s behind a nostalgia for socialist symbols and the sugarcoating of socialist regimes? (Shutterstock)

The nostalgia for socialism in the age of consumerism

In the age of rampant consumerism, there is nonetheless an odd nostalgia for socialist regimes and symbols. What does it mean?
Though Chief Wahoo won’t appear on uniforms, there’s no reason to think that the mascot won’t endure on signs, clothing and memorabilia. Arturo Pardavila III

The Cleveland Indians’ Chief Wahoo isn’t going away anytime soon

Research on the relationship between mascots and fandom shows just how tricky it is to truly eradicate a mascot from a region's collective identity.
A controversial article in a respected academic journal recently made the argument for colonialism. Here, a man is carried by Congolese men in a photo from the early 20th centiry.

Colonialism was a disaster and the facts prove it

An academic article that asserted the benefits of colonialism caused an outcry and resulted in calls for its removal. A post-colonial expert explains why.

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