Author: Dan Fischer

Review of Communists in Closets

Communists in Closets: Queering the History 1930s-1990s, Bettina Aptheker
 
“…new forces and new passions spring up in the bosom of society; but the old social organization fetters them and keeps them down.” Karl Marx (1)
The recent shooting at a LGBTQ bar . . .

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Journalism with movements in the South

It is ironic that those who most ardently declare their anti-imperialism are the same who believe there’s no subjectivity except U.S. subjectivity: no protest against states they deem anti-imperialist is possible without Washington’s approval, money, or agents spurring it on. 

Stopping Cop City and Reconnecting with Abundance

Interview with Abundia Alvarado of Mariposas Rebeldes

Abundia Alvarado is a co-founder of Mariposas Rebeldes and a member of the movement to protect Weelaunee Forest from the construction of Cop City. She is a Nahuatl and Apache trans femme migrant organizing between Atlanta and Tennessee. We spoke about Abundia’s life’s philosophy, its roots, and how it has shaped the trajectory of her organizing.

An Ambiguous Paradise Built in Hell

Dilar Dirik, The Kurdish Women’s Movement: History, Theory, Practice (London: Pluto Press, 2022)
 
On November 20th, Turkey launched Operation Claw-Sword, a large-scale campaign of drone attacks killing civilians and militants in the predominantly Kurdish regions of Syria and Iraq.1 Then, in . . .

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We Should Demand Democratic Workplaces, But What Does That Mean?

As we build collective power with coworkers, negotiate with management, and make demands of employers, workplace democracy is a way of talking about having a say. But what does that mean?

“Antifascism, Historically And In The Present”—An Interview With Shane Burley

In this interview, Shane Burley, author of Fascism Today and Why We Fight, discusses their latest edited collection No Pasarán!: Antifascist Dispatches from a World in Crisis, an expansion and extension of antifascist organizing and ideas.

What if We Cancel the Apocalypse?

How the aesthetic, utopian yet pragmatic movement of Solarpunk reimagines a future without a climate catastrophe

Solarpunk is a literary and art movement which imagines what the future could look like if the human species were actually to succeed in solving the major challenges associated with global warming, from reducing global emissions to overcoming capitalist economic growth as the primary motor of human society.

Deconstructing Campist Narratives on Ukraine

Campism does not know how to separate states from nations, nations from populations, and populations from communities. Its social understanding starts and ends at states and organizations. One must separate the Ukrainian state from the Ukrainian people, and one must separate the Ukrainian people from the ethnic minorities of the region.

The Ukraine Discourse and Its Consequences

The Russo-Ukrainian War is a conflict that exposes the deep chasms on what self-proclaimed internationalists perceive as internationalism, what self-proclaimed anti-imperialists perceive as anti-imperialism, and even what self-proclaimed socialists perceive as socialism. Many organizations of the “anti-war left” in the West have taken a route of intellectual laziness, frequently regurgitating Russian state narratives directly from the Kremlin as they are most convenient to counter Western state narratives.

The Class War In Ukraine

The Ukrainian people have a right to defend their self-determination and autonomy, the Russian state is the aggressor, and the West has taken advantage of Ukrainian politics for its own imperialist benefit.

Stand Firm ILWU with Ukraine

An open letter from union members to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union calling on it to maintain its opposition to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Of Course the Allies Should Have Bombed Auschwitz

Bombing Auschwitz would not have diverted significantly from the actual war effort.  It would have saved thousands or tens of thousands of lives and would have let the world know that Allied moral outrage was more than feel-good propaganda.

White-Collar Hell

 

Editor’s note: Barbara Ehrenreich, a New Politics sponsor, passed away on Thursday. In 2005, she was interviewed by Scott McLemee (who is now a member of the New Politics editorial board).
 

Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream, published . . .

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The sociology and biology of radical hope

We need radically new ways of thinking about and cultivating hope for progressive social change in the 21st century.

Speaking Fiction to Power

An Essay on Yuval Noah Harari

Harari’s world-view is rife with inconsistencies and confusion. He is admired by the global neoliberal elite not only because he rarely, if ever, criticizes their core assumptions and values, but also because his vision of the future is one which is fully in tune with their own.

“The simple thing. So hard to achieve.”

Interview with Standing Together's National Field Organizer

Standing Together, as a movement, stands for an Israeli-Palestinian peace based on justice and independence for both peoples of this country, while knowing full well that the real problem lies with the unwillingness of the Israeli political establishment to advance towards such a solution.

Weaponizing Antisemitism “Makes Jews of Color Less Safe”

Interview with Anna Rajagopoal

Anna Rajagopal speaks about what Judaism and anti-Zionism mean to them, what it’s like being a Jew of color, and how this controversy has been affecting them.

The Transformations of the Cuban Revolution

From Below or From Above?

Although the Cuban Revolution of 1959 had enormous popular support, especially in its early years, that support did not express itself in any autonomous initiative and control from below.

Creating a Future of Radical Democracy

Interview with Cooperation Tulsa
Screenshot of Cooperation Tulsa's projects from cooperationtulsa.org: Restoration Garden, Flat Rock, Community Center

Since 2020, Cooperation Tulsa has been planting seeds of radical democracy in Oklahoma based on Indigenous values and social ecology. Aside from running a community center and gardening projects, they helped start the Symbiosis federation of horizontally-structured organizations aiming to “confront the present system while creating the future that will replace it.”

Why I am not a socialist

The goal must be a society in which all the world’s people could live well on a very small fraction of the present rich world average per capita resource consumption and ecological impact.

Planning for Prosperity?

A Livable Future in Simulation and Reality

What can we learn from the new digital card game based on Half-Earth Socialism by Troy Vettese and Drew Pendergrass?

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