Author: Dan La Botz

A Letter from Afghanistan about Palestine & Israel

The people of Palestine have suffered from multiple oppressions for many years.  Their homeland was occupied.  They lost many of their youth.  Their intellectuals were exiled or killed.  Their children experienced war and explosions.  Women experienced the loss of their . . .

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Can Xi Jinping’s “Chinese Model” Supplant Capitalist Democracies and Why Should Western Socialists Care? – Part 2

In fact, China’s “miracle” was neither an “unprecedented feat” nor as rapid as the modernizations of its own East Asian neighbors, let alone characterized by “long-term social stability.”

The Meaning of “Moderate Bolshevism”: A Book Review Essay

By itself, revolutionary consciousness cannot create wealth and material well-being for most of the population except in the mind of hyper voluntarists such as Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong and Ernesto (Che) Guevara.

Can Xi Jinping’s “Chinese Model” Supplant Capitalist Democracies and Why Should Western Socialists Care? – Part 1

Xi’s “new type civilization” is the opposite of all this. Instead of enlightenment, emancipation, freedom, critical thinking, science and democracy.

The Cuban Government’s Persecution of a Left-wing Dissident

Alina Bárbara López Hernández
In the closing address to the tenth congress of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR -the street level vigilance committees) that took place on September 28 of this year, the president of the Cuban . . .

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A Divided MAS Roils Bolivia

It is undeniabe that Luis Arce, the President of Bolivia, is no longer responding to the demands of his ex-boss, former President Evo Morales.

Ukrainian Letter of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

We, Ukrainian researchers, artists, political and labour activists, members of civil society stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine who for 75 years have been subjected and resisted Israeli military occupation, separation, settler colonial violence, ethnic cleansing, land dispossession and apartheid.

A War Preparation Habit

The Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of School-Based Military Training

A review of Breaking the War Habit: The Debate Over Militarism in American Education, by Seth Kershner, Scott Harding, and Charles Howlett.

Palestinian Liberation and the MENA Revolutions

Socialists should see the Palestinian struggle as inextricably tied to the revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) against all the region’s states, most importantly Israel.

Two Stories, One Position

As I write (and you read) these lines, two intellectuals, two friends, are persecuted by the respective governments of their countries. Alina Barbara López Hernández in Cuba, and Boris Kagarlitsky in Rusia.

The Article on Ukraine that DSA Suppressed

Notes from Kyiv: Which side are we on?

You cannot understand the war in Ukraine without knowing its history.

Oppenheimer: Global Empire Trumps Good War

After the bait-and-switch bombing of Japan, the appalled leader of the Manhattan Project, J. Robert Oppenheimer, embarks on a public crusade for a future free of nuclear holocaust, thinking that great minds will save the people.

Cornel West for President?  Part 5 – Clifton DeBerry, The First Black Candidate for President 1964.

The first Black candidate for president was Clifton DeBerry, the nominee of the Socialist Workers Party in 1964, running against right-wing Republican Barry Goldwater and liberal Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson. Harassed by the FBI, DeBerry would have a tough row to hoe.

In Niger, Neither Generals Nor ECOWAS

While the coup plotters in no way represent an alternative for Niger, the economic sanctions and threats of military intervention by ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States), backed by Macron, are a real danger for the population.

How GM Destroyed Poletown

The story of the construction of the Poletown plant is illustrative of the collaboration between big business and government, the failures of business unionism, and the shortcomings of liberals and the Communist Party

Nicaragua – Statement on the Situation of the Universities and the Central American University

Academics, teachers and university workers express deep concern at the Ortega-Murillo regime’s offensive against Nicaraguan universities.

Cornel West for President? Part 4 – Angela Davis for Vice-President 1984 and 1988

Davis’ loyalty to the  CP led her in 1980 and 1984 to accept the party’s assignment that she be the running mate of diehard Stalinist party leader Gus Hall.

Cornel West for President? Part 3 – Shirley Chisholm 1972 Campaign

The most important Black candidate of the radical 1960s and 70s, if we judge by votes and delegates, was Shirley Chisholm.

Why (and how) to campaign for the liberation of Boris Kagarlitsky

We express our solidarity with Boris Kagarlitsky and demand his immediate release, as well as that of all those detained on political grounds.

Cornel West for President? Part 2 – The Black Candidates of 1968

Here we turn to look at the experience of four Black presidential candidates in 1968.

Adolfo Gilly, Great Latin American Left Intellectual, Dead at 94

Adolfo Gilly, one of the great Latin American left intellectuals of his time, has died at the age of 94.

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