Category: Left Politics

From the Editors

New Politics editors provide an analysis of the political situations today and discuss contents in this issue.

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Socialism or Barbarism! Truer than Ever?

Michael Broz reviews Neil Faulkner’s book of Marxist analysis on the accelerating ecological and social crisis.

Staughton Lynd and the Labor Movement

Introduction by Dan La Botz

Staughton Lynd looks at Stan Weir’s strategy for labor and Dan La Botz looks at Lynd.

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?

DSA and Russia’s War on Ukraine: Toward a Mass Movement of Solidarity with Ukraine

A critique of the DSA International Committee’s stance on Ukraine

Letter from an American to Russian Soldiers as Christmas Approaches

Putin could end this war today if he wanted. So could you and your comrades in arms if you refuse to fight or simply begin to go home.

Peru in Flames

The government of Pedro Castillo didn’t really change many of the policies that came before, we did not find measures that have endangered those at the top, nor have they benefited those below. In the statements of the simple men and women of the mobilized populations we find a constant: The elite did not let Castillo govern because he was one of them. And they are right.

“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.

The Ukrainian Left’s View on the Prospects of Peace Negotiations

It is a precious recognition that negotiations in the understanding of the current Russian government can only take place as a continuation of accumulating multi-layered lies, which appears to be the foundation of the public communication strategy of the Putin regime.

Ukraine: “Which Peace Are We Talking About?” An Interview with Gilbert Achcar

Achcar clarifies and expands his argument on the position the left should take on peace in Ukraine

A brief response about my purported “change of position”

A response to Jean Vogel’s critique of Achcar’s “For a democratic antiwar position on the invasion of Ukraine.”

The strange change of position of Gilbert Achcar

A reply to Achcar’s “For a democratic antiwar position on the invasion of Ukraine”

Mike Davis (1946-2022): Miscellaneous Encounters with “A Real Marxist”

Mike Davis, the revolutionary socialist social and culture critic, has died. 

Bartolomé de Las Casas: Defender of the Indians—and, By the Way, of Ukraine

Over 400 years ago, long before Woodrow Wilson or Vladimir Lenin, Bartolomé de Las Casas developed a theory of the right of nations to self-determination that can be applied to many other countries today, including Ukraine.

Interview on the War in Ukraine with Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky replies to some questions regarding his views on the Ukraine war.

The United States and China in Latin America: Rival Imperialisms

The United States has long dominated Latin America, but today—in fact for the last twenty years—it is being challenged by China, which has invested billions and established political and some military relationships with many governments in the region.

Two Sixties’ Radicals Recall Fighting Times in U.S. Labor

A review of Fighting Times: Organizing on the Front Lines of the Class War (PM Press, 2022) by Jon Melrod and Troublemaker: Saying No to Power by Frank Emspak (available at Amazon books).

Brazil: End of the Nightmare?

In addition, Lula will be, like Dilma Rousseff, under the permanent threat of a “parliamentary coup.” 

Putin’s Annexation of More Ukrainian Territory is Part of Pattern of Ethnocide and Genocide. Stand with Ukraine.

Russian soldiers had committed war crimes, including many cases of torture, executions, rape (including of children), bombing of civilian areas sometimes leading to separation of families from their children.

Unions Strive to Keep Ukraine’s Mines Running, Protect Civilians and Appeal for Solidarity

The NGPU and our leading organizations consider Russia’s attack to be a cynical attempt by the Russian regime to destroy Ukraine and its people.

The United States in Crisis

Homeless Camp

Colin Wilson, website editor for rs21 (revolutionary socialism in the 21st century), interviewed Natalia Tylim and Phil Gasper in July about the upheavals, dangers and opportunities facing socialists in the US today.

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