Category: Left Politics

Marot’s rejoinder to Pirani

Simon Pirani’s moral indignation would be fully justified (though not his ad hominem attacks) if what he had written about my review, or the implications he drew from it, were true. But that is not the case.
Far from disparaging early . . .

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Simon Pirani replies to review by John Marot

Pirani challenges Marot’s review of his book of documents on communist dissidents in early Soviet Russia

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Early Criticism of the October Revolution

John Marot critically reviews a collection of essays written by Communist dissidents in 1920-22 in opposition to the New Economic Policy, translated by Simon Pirani.

Participatory Democracy Minus Endless Meetings

Gar Lipow proposes use of revocable proxies in representative democracy and neighborhood assemblies based on participatory democracy.

Reply to Janette Habel and Michael Löwy

Che Guevara and Socialist Democracy

Samuel Farber defends his critique of Che Guevara as an anti-democratic figure that undermined the socialist cause in Cuba.

Against Samuel Farber’s Biased Approach

Janette Habel and Michael Löwy defend the political and intellectual legacy of Che Guevara as a Marxist, against Samuel Farber’s critique.

The Nature of Neoliberalism

What can we learn about neoliberalism from Neil Davidson’s new book?

Charles Post assesses Neil Davidson’s posthumous book on neoliberalism, which makes a key contribution to the Marxist analysis of contemporary capitalism.

Gentrification and Social War

Andrew talks through the organizing reality of confronting housing as both a commodity and a human necessity.

Cornel West, Jill Stein, and the Green Party

An assessment of left third party presidential campaigns in the United States

Turmoil in American Politics

American politics are in turmoil, all of politics in the broadest sense. 
In the White House, in the Congress, in the courts, in state governments, in communities urban, suburban, and rural, in labor and social movements, and in the streets. . . .

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The Party’s Over

The Crisis of Left Electoralism

Socialists need to use the growing working class surge to get beyond the dead end of mainstream electoral politics.

Self-Organization and the New Left in Ukraine

From Maidan to War

The author (right) on Kyiv’s IndependenceSquare. December 2013.
In early December 2013, I found myself on Kyiv’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), holding a sign reading “Don’t Believe Politicians—Self-Organize!” as part of a protest with a small group of student activists. Weeks . . .

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From the Editors

We are living in awful, yet hopeful, times. As we go to press, several wars are raging. One of them, Israel’s ferocious assault on Gaza and its systematic, genocidal massacre of Palestinians, is exacting a greater civilian toll than any . . .

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The Political Context of the Crisis in Gaza

An Interview with Joel Beinin

Joel Beinin, Emeritus Professor at Stanford, discusses the politics of the Palestinian left and Hamas, and the US policies in Israel/Palestine.

Standing Rock

A Struggle for Land and Sovereignty

Brian Ward narrates his experience of participating in the Standing Rock encampment in 2016 and analyzes the legacy of the struggle.

“Tensions are building in Ukrainian society as a result of neoliberal policies imposed by the government”

An interview with Oksana Dutchak, member of the Commons editorial team

An editor of the leftwing Ukrainian journal Commons discusses the dual enemies of Russian aggression and Ukrainian neoliberalism

The New U.S. Labor Movement

The labor movement in the United States is passing through a transition from the stagnation of the period from 1980-2010 to a new period of dynamic change in industrial decentralization, new technologies, work, organization, union activism, and the enormous and enveloping issue of climate chan

Can Xi Jinping’s “Chinese Model” Supplant Capitalist Democracies and Why Should Western Socialists Care? – Part 4

Given China’s drivers, it’s difficult to imagine how this trend could be halted or reversed short of the collapse or overthrow of the CCP. That’s coming but of course it’s impossible to predict when.

Could the U.S. Become Involved in a War Between Venezuela and Guyana?

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro shows new map of Venezuela’s incorporation Eusebio Province of Guyana.
The United States has taken the first steps in becoming involved in a potential war between Venezuela and Guyana. President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela is claiming the . . .

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Cornel West for President? – Part 6 – Jesse Jackson for President – 1984 and 1988

While many Black voters and others admired and took pride in his achievement, some on the left felt he had ultimately served the Democratic Party establishment.

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.

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