New Politics Vol. XVIII No. 3, Whole Number 71

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From The Editors

From the Editors

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In our last issue we noted that while we were greatly relieved that Trump was gone, we also recognized “any progress under Biden will be the result of militant pressure from mass social movements, including organized labor.”

Opening Articles

The Unmaking of Global Capitalism?

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The co-author of The Making of Global Capitalism considers how well their analysis has stood up.

Ten Years Since the Arab Spring

Assad’s Pyrrhic Victory

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[PDF][Print]It’s difficult to recollect the euphoria of the early days of the 2011 uprising in Syria against the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Reflecting on that time, Syrians speak of the breaking of the “fear barrier”—the suffocating . . .

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Reflections of an Anti-Imperialist after Ten Years of Debate

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What does it mean to be a left anti-imperialist today? Stephen R. Shalom interviews Gilbert Achcar.

Articles

Ecological Imperialism and Jair Bolsonaro’s Agenda in Brazil

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The case of Brazil under Bolsonaro helps to illustrate how authoritarian governments in the Global South see ecological concerns as impediments to capitalist growth.

Perspectives on the DSA Convention

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The backdrop for the last two DSA conventions was resistance to Donald Trump and the anticipation of a second Sanders campaign. In 2021, that is gone: Trump is no longer president. Sanders lost. In the Biden era, what is DSA?

The Far Right After January 6

Twenty-First-Century Fascism: Where We Are

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It is now clear that the seemingly inexorable dynamic of fascization has experienced a significant setback. The most evident sign of this change came with Trump’s defeat in November 2020.

Can a Disoriented Storming of the Center Lead to Organizational Maturity?

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Why was the American far right, the least organized among advanced capitalist nations, able to mount the (apparently) most threatening attack on the institutions of liberal democracy?

Deplatforming: The Risk of Success

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Deplatforming has deep flaws, and reliance on it tends to reinforce unhealthy top-down dynamics within the left.

Class Struggle in Africa

Nigeria: #EndSARS, Workers’ Power, and War

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[PDF][Print]In October 2020, millions in Nigeria marched for two weeks in a revolt that shook the world. From Badagry to Yola, youth and workers rose in unity against the barbarism of police brutality and bad governance. . . .

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“The Masses Are Not Protected”

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Everyone’s focus is on trying to save what is dying in South Africa. Few are paying attention to what is struggling to be born.

Will Africa Be the Last Oil Frontier?

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In the wildlife preserves of the Okavango Delta—home to 200,000 people and spanning parts of Namibia and Botswana—a Canadian oil company is drilling for oil over the fierce opposition of indigenous people, activists and environmental experts.

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Marx’s Commune

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For the 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune, an analysis of Marx’s views on the Commune and its historical possibilities.

Rosa Luxemburg at 150

Either-Or: Rosa Luxemburg and Internationalism

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An exploration of Luxemburg’s proletarian internationalism and its lessons for today.

Capturing “the Spirit of Struggle”

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Luxemburg’s recognition of the paradoxical push and pull of creative literature speaks to contemporary debates in the context of both a resurgent far right and mass movements against systemic racism.

Reflection

Learning about Prisons

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[PDF][Print]Even before I’d been inside a prison, I was sympathetic to the circumstances of some people who are incarcerated.
I’d twice interviewed former professional boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who spent almost twenty years in prison for a . . .

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Culture

Satire and Healing

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An interview with the political singer-songwriter whose anti-Trump song got over 100 million views on social media.

American Gothic; or, What Melville Can Teach Us

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What Melville crafted might paradoxically be called a gothic humanism. While probing the depths of human depravity with lyricism and wit, Melville’s fiction directly confronted slavery and capitalism.

Reviews

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Making Black Neighborhoods Matter

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Lawrence Brown’s book, The Black Butterfly: The Harmful Politics of Race and Space in America looks at the long history of intentional harm and damage done to Black communities caused by white supremacist practices, policies, and budgets.

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Marxism and Art

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[PDF][Print]In his most recent book, John Molyneux provides a well-researched overview and analysis of the visual arts in Western society, written from the standpoint of revolutionary Marxism. Molyneux was a longtime member of the UK Socialist . . .

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