Author: Phil Gasper

Phil Gasper is a socialist activist and writer in Madison, Wisconsin, and a member of the New Politics editorial board.

U.S. Imperialism in Afghanistan and Beyond

For the family members of the victims, the 9/11 attacks were a tragedy, but for the Bush administration and the U.S. ruling class, they were a golden opportunity.

In Memoriam: Kai Nielsen (1926-2021)

The Marxist philosopher Kai Nielsen, for many years a sponsor of New Politics, passed away on March 29 in Montreal, only a few weeks away from what would have been his 95th birthday.

Race, Crisis, and Resistance in the United States

An Interview with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor discusses the significance of the struggle against racism and police violence.

Racism and Capitalism

Because capitalism and racism are intertwined, and because of the role that racism plays in dividing the working class, if we want to fight against capitalism and class inequality, anti-racism has to be at the center of our activity.

Assessing the 2020 election: Where do we go from here?

A satirical headline from the day the presidential election was called, captures the feeling of much of the Left: “Jubilant Reaction to Trump’s Defeat Quickly Soured by News of Biden Win.”

Analyzing the Communist Manifesto

The Communist Manifesto never seems to go out of style for very long.

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The Dialectical Biologist

It has been almost 10 years since the death of the Harvard paleontologist and evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould at the relatively early age of 60. Gould was not only a major figure in the life sciences, he was also one of the great popularizers of science. He wrote a monthly column for Natural History magazine from 1974 to 2001, generating exactly 300 essays that explained complex scientific ideas without oversimplifying them.

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