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Jeff Kolnick

Jeff Kolnick

Jeff Kolnick teaches history at Southwest Minnesota State University. He is a founder of the Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy and he served his faculty union as a negotiator and local president.

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I paid off my student debt. I’m elated that millions will have theirs forgiven.

By: - September 2, 2022

I accumulated $15,000 in school related debt and paid it off in three years, and I am glad President Joe Biden has proposed forgiving some federally guaranteed student loans. In 1992, 30 years ago, I started my job as an assistant professor of history at Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU). I was poor in those […]

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The loyal opposition is a key element of democracy, and we’re losing it | Opinion

By: - April 13, 2022

The United States has made many contributions to the world in science, technology, medicine and the arts. We’ve exported the key ideas that serve as the framework of self-government and personal freedom around the world. By my reckoning, however, the greatest contribution of the United States to the world is the idea of legitimate opposition. […]

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COVID-19 and the deadly logic of efficiency in meatpacking and elder care

By: - June 5, 2020

It is estimated that 80 percent of COVID-19 related the deaths in Minnesota have been linked to long term care facilities for the aged, and in six states that are reporting data, half of all deaths have been in similar institutions. Meanwhile, 6,500 meatpacking and food processing workers have caught COVID-19.  Twenty died from it. Three USDA meat inspectors have […]