Category: Socialism

Greece: Five Years After the Syriza Government and the Referendum

The wave of hope that emerged during those years was defeated by the retreat of workers’ struggle after the incredible climax of 2010-15 and the defeat of the left within the Syriza party by the coalition of forces united under the banner of staying in the Eurozone at any cost.

Why Leftists In Most States Should Vote Green

And Why In Some States We Shouldn't

My late comrade and esteemed New Politics editorial board member Joanne Landy steadfastly insisted she’d never vote for a Democratic Party candidate, preferring a protest vote for the Green Party. “But I’ll never join that party,” she insisted.

The Debate in the Left on the Elections in the United States

The far left joined the progressives in supporting Senator Bernie Sanders, a liberal in the New Deal mold who ran as a “socialist” against the “billionaire class.” But since Sanders dropped out of the race and endorsed Biden, many on the far left have felt they have no candidate.

Herman Benson (1915-2020): No Socialism Without Democracy

Herman Benson, veteran socialist activist and fighter for rank-and-file democracy in the labour movement, died on 2 July, aged 104. Herman was the second-to-last survivor, at least to my knowledge, of the “first generation” of “third camp” socialists.

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize of an Independent Party

Whether you have one foot in the realignment-is-possible camp or your eyes are firmly on the prize of workers’ own party makes a difference in how you organize and on what you’ll do at crucial forks in the road. The Democratic establishment will fight back. What is our plan when they do?

Walking the Tightrope: Latin America’s Pink Tide

A review essay on Steve Ellner’s collection on the Latin American turn to the left.

“Campism” and the “New” (Anti-) Imperialisms

An exploration of the meaning and implications of “campism.”

From the Russian Revolution to Russia Today

The relationship between Russia and the left from 1917.

Theory in Revolutionary Times

The Socialist Register Since the 1960s

A review of a collection of articles from the early years of The Socialist Register.

Analyzing the Communist Manifesto

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

After Bernie, DSA Will Be Essential

Bernie Sanders’ campaign for president has changed politics as we know it.

Rethinking Socialism From Below in the Age of COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter

Conventional assessments of what constitutes socialism and socialism from below in the U.S. in this historical moment need to begin with participatory observation of how in fact socialism is being conceived of, thought of, debated, and most importantly practiced by a new, radicalized generation.

Socialists and the Uprising Against Racism – Sunday, July 5, 4-6 PM (EDT)

The mass protests in response to the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis constitute the biggest popular uprising in the US since the 1960s. Join us for a discussion of the opportunities and challenges that exist for making socialist politics relevant to the new rebellion against racism.

Building the Party Through Struggle: A Response to French and Gong

A new working-class party will be built primarily through mass struggles like the current uprising and the strikes and workplace demonstrations that took place amidst the pandemic, and through running candidates locally on independent ballot lines.

Tail Can’t Wag the Dog: The DSA NPC Vote on Swing States and The Questions for Democracy

The DSA National Political Committee report posted on 5/4/20 showed an alarming question that had come to a vote: “Should DSA ask members in swing states to consider voting for Biden?”

“Dirty Break” for Independent Political Action or a Way to Stay Stuck in the Mud?

Does the history of Minnesota’s Farm-Labor Party in the 1920s and 1930s hold any lessons for socialists today? Kim Moody responds to an article by Eric Blanc.

Socialist Organizing in the Era of COVID-19

A socialist movement is being revived, and people are watching in real time how the capitalist system drives their lives into chaos again and again.

Anticapitalist strategy and the question of organization

No matter how much times passes, or how often history is declared to have ended, the debate over socialist strategy and organization always returns.

Still Facing Reality: A Reply to Our Critics

Ashley Smith and Charles Post respond to criticisms of their article “Facing Reality: The Socialist Left, the Sanders Campaign and Our Future.”

Wading Through Contradictions

The Democratic Party is a capitalist party, it cannot be reformed, and we do need a new party. But that understanding alone does not help us to navigate the troubled waters of politics in the United States.

Revolution in the Twenty-First Century: A Reconsideration of Marxism

Leftists must tolerate disagreements and work together—must even work with left-liberals—because a worldwide transition between modes of production takes an inordinately long time and takes place on many different levels.

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