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

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

Stand Firm ILWU with Ukraine

An open letter from union members to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union calling on it to maintain its opposition to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

21st Century Revolution

A review of activist Ted Glick’s case for a better world, based on higher love, racial justice, and democratic cooperation

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).

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.

“Cancel Culture” and Its Perils

There is no question that “cancel culture” is a legitimate tool of a vibrant democratic culture, especially as it allows the powerless to redress the abuses and the offensive behavior directed at them by powerful public figures.

Towards the Brown International of the European and Global Far Right?

Modi’s India, Putin’s Russia, Bolsonaro’s Brazil, Orban’s Hungary, and soon Giorgia Meloni’s Italy and maybe Trump II’s United States, the picture is far from being exhaustive but it still gives an idea of the seriousness of the threat that now hangs over humanity.

White-Collar Hell

 

Editor’s note: Barbara Ehrenreich, a New Politics sponsor, passed away on Thursday. In 2005, she was interviewed by Scott McLemee (who is now a member of the New Politics editorial board).
 

Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream, published . . .

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Plastic Prosperity

From Coal to Petrochemicals in “Frackalachia”

Nicole Fabricant discusses the rise of the petrochemical industry in Appalachia and its devastating ecological, economic, and health effects.

The Woke Capitalist Attack on Breastfeeding

‘Lean-in’ feminists go after breastfeeding

Is America in the Grip of Social Madness?

How can we understand the Trump voter?

Goodbye, Big Red Mike

Memories of Michael Hirsch

Jason Schulman writes in memory of the late socialist activist, his comrade Michael Hirsch.

Michael Murray Hirsch

June 29, 1945 – December 16, 2021

Mark Hirsch writes in memory of the late socialist activist, his brother Michael Hirsch.

Ukraine, Sanctions, and the Refugee Crisis

An interview with Khury Petersen-Smith

New Politics interviews scholar Khury Petersen-Smith about the war in Ukraine, the role of the US and NATO, the politics of sanctions, and protection of refugees.

The End of Roe v. Wade

Legal scholar Elizabeth Rapaport analyzes the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

Beyond Roe

Strategic Lessons in the Fight for Abortion Rights

Davison and Pospieszyńska discuss the struggles for abortion rights in Poland and Argentina, and their lessons for the US feminist movement.

Book Review: Two Failures of Vision

Doug Greene, A Failure of Vision: Michael Harrington and the Limits of Democratic Socialism. Washington: 2021. 260 pages. Notes. Bibliography. No index.
Doug Greene has written his critical political biography of Michael Harrington, in large part it seems because he wants . . .

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Weaponizing Antisemitism “Makes Jews of Color Less Safe”

Interview with Anna Rajagopoal

Anna Rajagopal speaks about what Judaism and anti-Zionism mean to them, what it’s like being a Jew of color, and how this controversy has been affecting them.

Creating a Future of Radical Democracy

Interview with Cooperation Tulsa
Screenshot of Cooperation Tulsa's projects from cooperationtulsa.org: Restoration Garden, Flat Rock, Community Center

Since 2020, Cooperation Tulsa has been planting seeds of radical democracy in Oklahoma based on Indigenous values and social ecology. Aside from running a community center and gardening projects, they helped start the Symbiosis federation of horizontally-structured organizations aiming to “confront the present system while creating the future that will replace it.”

UFT Contract Negotiations Could Be Contentious

Contract talks for New York City teachers come at a challenging time

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