New Politics Vol. XV No. 3, Whole Number 59

  • From The Editors
  • The Fire This Time: Racism, Capitalism, and the Continuing Struggle for Justice
    • Historicizing Ferguson: Police Violence, Domestic Warfare, and the Genesis of a National Movement against State-Sanctioned Violence, Donna Murch
    • Black Protests Matter: An Interview with Raven Rakia, Amber A'Lee Frost and Saulo Colón
    • Revolutionary Black Nationalism for the Twenty-First Century: An Interview with Kali Akuno, Riad Azar and Saulo Colón
    • “Black Lives Matter”: Constructing a New Civil Rights and Black Freedom Movement, Francis Shor
    • Reflections on Ferguson and Beyond, Femi Agbabiaka
    • Ferguson: Fifty Years and Counting, Gabriel Kilpatrick
    • Malcolm X: A Half Century Later, Alan Stowers
  • The Left We Need (continued)
    • Young Democratic Socialist Perspectives, Noelle Nieves Flynn, Shelby Murphy, Shannon Sorhaindo, and Russell Weiss-Irwin
    • Puerto Rico’s New Party of the Working People Fights Austerity, Rafael Bernabe
  • Articles
    • What Next in the Greek Crisis?, Barry Finger
    • Putin, the War in Ukraine, and the Far Right, Jean Batou
    • Europe: Portrait of a Continent in Crisis, Stéfanie Prezioso
    • Neoliberalism and the Failure of the Arab Spring, Yousef Khalil
    • Beyond Fear and Complacency: Critical Remarks on Taiwan’s Democracy and its Aporia, Poe Yu-Ze Wan
    • Neoliberalism, Austerity, and Authoritarianism, Riad Azar
    • Words & Pictures: Love Control: The Hidden Story of Wonder Woman, Kent Worcester
  • Reviews
    • Before Ferguson: The “Justice” System and the Murders of the Civil Rights Era, Martin Oppenheimer, review of Romano, Racial Reckoning: Prosecuting America’s Civil Rights Murders
    • Slave Labor, Melville’s Rebellion, and Captain Delano’s Journal, Linda Braune, review of Grandin, The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World
    • Mixed Legacy, Reginald Wilson, review of Winslow, Shirley Chisholm: Catalyst for Change
    • Selma’s Real Lessons, Jamie Munro, review of the film Selma
    • Even Better the Second Time Around: Reflections on an Updated Socialist-Feminist Classic, Johanna Brenner, review of the New Edition of Rowbotham, Siegel, and Wainwright, Beyond the Fragments
    • Bookchin’s Political Vision, Stephen R. Shalom, review of Bookchin, The Next Revolution
    • The Anti-Nationalist Legacy of Rudolf Rocker, Nathan Robinson, review of Rocker, Nationalism and Culture
    • The Frankfurt School and the Jews, Michael Löwy, review of Jacobs, The Frankfurt School, Jewish Lives, and Antisemitism

 

In this issue:

From the Editors

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Before turning to the current issue, we want to say a word about the new role that New Politics is playing on the left. New Politics has always been a source of analysis of national and world politics from the point of view of “socialism from below.” More recently, however, we’ve also become—as a print journal and as an online website—a locus for debate on the democratic left. Last issue we began and this issue we continue our series on “The Left We Need,” with articles by all together a dozen different left organizations.

Historicizing Ferguson

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Each generation has a moment when its members share an instance of collective experience that is forever etched into their memory. For the Civil Rights and Black Power generation, it was unquestionably the open-casket funeral of Emmett Till. The disfigured remains of this fourteen-year-old boy became a mirror in which black youth witnessed their most vulnerable selves. The sight was so excruciating that it helped catalyze direct action protest from rural Alabama to the streets of Oakland for nearly a decade and a half.

Black Protests Matter

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ImageRaven Rakia is a journalist based in New York City. Her work is usually focused on cities, police, and prisons, and she has been published in the Nation magazine, VICE, Gothamist, Truth-Out, Medium.com’s MATTER, and The New Inquiry. You can follow her work at @aintacrow. She was interviewed by email by Amber A'Lee Frost and Saulo Colón.

Revolutionary Black Nationalism for the Twenty-First Century

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Kali Akuno served as the coordinator of special projects and external funding for Jackson Mississippi’s late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. He is co-founder and director of Cooperation Jackson as well as an organizer with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. He was interviewed by email by Riad Azar and Saulo Colón, both members of the New Politics editorial board.

“Black Lives Matter” Constructing a New Civil Rights and Black Freedom Movement

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ImageRaising the slogan of “Black Lives Matter,” protests have erupted across the United States. Behind this slogan is a proliferation of new organizations and networks composed of engaged millennial activists of color. On one level, it might appear that what is being constructed is an effort to address the lack of civil rights protections for African Americans.

Reflections on Ferguson and Beyond

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ImageAnyone who has participated in direct action can tell you that your first time is going to be scary, but it comes more naturally after that.

Ferguson: Fifty Years and Counting

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Image"Someone threw a rock, and like monkeys in a zoo, they all started throwing rocks.” This remark was not made in the wake of the Michael Brown grand jury verdict. It was the account of Chief William Parker, spoken decades before and 1,500 miles away, on the unrest of the 1965 Watts Riots.

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Before Ferguson

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ImageJimmie Lee Jackson was shot by an Alabama State Trooper in Marion, Ala., on Feb. 26, 1965, following a civil rights march. He died two days later. This killing sparked the Selma marches depicted in the now-famous film (the Jackson shooting is shown with a slight change in locale).

Malcolm X: A Half Century Later

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ImageI attended an event for the 50th anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination that was held in the same room where the visionary leader was murdered.

review

Slave Labor, Melville’s Rebellion, and Captain Delano’s Journal

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ImageIn his newest book, historian Greg Grandin provides background to Herman Melville’s classic Benito Cereno, an 1855 short novel about a slave rebellion. Reflecting on this story written almost two centuries ago, Grandin opens up space for further research by those investigating the Black Atlantic.

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Mixed Legacy

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ImageShirley Chisholm: Catalyst for Change by Barbara Winslow brings back to our attention one of the most notable and esteemed African-American women of the 1960s and 1970s. Winslow reports that “a 1974 Gallup Poll listed her as one of the top-ten most admired women in America.” She was the first black woman elected to Congress.

Young Democratic Socialist Perspectives

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ImageEarlier this year, four leaders of Young Democratic Socialists (YDS), the youth section of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), began to collaborate on a response to the New Politics prompt: What is the left we need today?

Puerto Rico’s New Party of the Working People Fights Austerity

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ImageThe Partido del Pueblo Trabajador—the Party of the Working People (PPT)—is a political project of the Puerto Rican left addressed to working people in the context of the island’s deep economic crisis.

What Next in the Greek Crisis?

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ImageIf the ongoing standoff between the Syriza government and the Troika of the European Union (EU), European Central Bank (ECB), and International Monetary Fund (IMF) could be boiled down to its essentials, it would be this: The “institutions” will only equip the Greek economy with enough operating funds to manage a bare-bones o

Putin, the War in Ukraine, and the Far Right

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ImagePutin’s Russia is an imperialist state dominated by a capitalist oligarchy that controls the state and that has developed a bellicose attitude toward its neighbors, whom the oligarchy reproaches for having taken advantage of the collapse of the Soviet Union in order to escape its century-long tutelage.

Europe

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ImageSeventy years after the end of World War II and the defeat of fascism and Nazism, the extreme right is on the rise in almost every European country.

Neoliberalism and the Failure of the Arab Spring

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ImageThe foundations for the Arab uprisings that took place in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis were laid in the years before by the neoliberal restructuring of Middle Eastern and North African economies.

Beyond Fear and Complacency

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ImageBoth inside and outside Taiwan, the research on Taiwan’s democratization has been overwhelmingly dominated by Western liberal discourses.

Neoliberalism, Austerity, and Authoritarianism

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ImageAsk anyone what neoliberalism means and they’ll tell you it’s an economic system that corresponds to a particular economic philosophy. But any real-world economic system has a corresponding political system to promote and sustain it.

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Love Control

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ImageWonder Woman was not the first female superhero, but she is the best known of the modern-day costumed heroines. Armed with indestructible bracelets, her Amazonian heritage, and a “magic lasso,” the character’s inaugural debut came in the pages of All Star Comics #8 in December 1941; a month later she was showcased on the cover of Sensation Comics #1.

review

Even Better the Second Time Around

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ImageOriginally published in 1979, Beyond the Fragments (BTF) was an intervention in the left by three British socialist-feminist activists who offered a thoroughgoing critique of democratic centralism and the vanguard party ideal as it was then practiced on the revolutionary left.

review

Bookchin’s Political Vision

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ImageMurray Bookchin was one of the most prolific, original, and influential thinkers on the libertarian left. He was a major theoretician of anarchism and a passionate historian of cities and of popular uprisings and movements.

review

The Anti-Nationalist Legacy of Rudolf Rocker

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“On the banner of the International was not written ‘Proletarians of all
lands, kill each other!’ but ‘Proletarians of all lands, unite!’”
– Rudolf Rocker, “War: A Study in Fact”

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The Frankfurt School and the Jews

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ImageJacobs’ The Frankfurt School is an outstanding piece of scholarship.

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