Socialist Strategy and the Capitalist Democratic State

How we understand the capitalist state effects how we think about power and what a socialist transition would mean. In this article, Stephen Maher and Rafael Khachaturian argue that the left in the US needs to move beyond both the Leninist and the social democratic conceptions of the state in order to develop a democratic socialist politics for the 21st century. …

‘If the people withdraw from the contest over the state, then it will—without challenge—serve the oligarchy and deepen inequalities and discrimination’

By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Ana Maldonado, Pilar Troya Fernández, and Vijay Prashad, MR ONLINE November 23, 2019 | STRATEGIZE! A letter to those who would deride revolutions in the name of purity: Revolutions do not happen suddenly, nor do they immediately transform a society. A revolution is a process, which moves at different speeds whose tempo can change rapidly if the motor of history …

Poll Sponsored by Anti-Communists Discovers 70% of US Millennials Ready to Ditch Capitalism for Socialism

October 28, 2019 byJulia Conley, staff writer Common Dreams Critics blame poll results on ‘historical amnesia,’ while progressive observers say millennials associate socialism with strong social welfare systems Participants hold a “Kill Capitalism” banner while marching through Central Park in New York City. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) A survey released Monday revealed that 70 percent of U.S. millennials—those …

Responding to Existential Despair

By Chris Wright, Ahtribune.comAugust 31, 2019 | EDUCATE! Decades ago, Edward Said remarked that contemporary life is characterized by a “generalized condition of homelessness.” Decades earlier, Heidegger had written that “Homelessness is coming to be the destiny of the world.” Around the same time, fascists were invoking the themes of blood and soil, nation, race, community, as intoxicating antidotes to the mass anonymity and depersonalization …

US decline vs. China’s continued expansion

By Danny Haiphong, Blackagendareport.comAugust 10, 2019  U.S. imperialism views the One Belt One Road as an existential threat to the domination and monopoly of the dollar. “China is becoming deeply connected to Asia, Europe, and Africa and this spells doom for U.S. imperial hegemony.” The U.S. is once again mired in the political circus of the presidential election cycle. Corporate Democrats …

Getting facts right on M4All

 August 02, 2019 in the Washington Post The Medicare-for-all movement has overwhelming public support, unprecedented grass-roots organization, and a serious plan that is ready to change our health-care system right now. by Pramila Jayapal A sign supporting Medicare-for-all legislation on Capitol Hill in April. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP) In the wake of the second Democratic presidential debate, it is clear that Medicare-for-all has …

The Joy of Hatred

NTimes, 7/19/19 W.E.B. Dubois said: “While Negro labor in America suffers because of the fundamental inequities of the whole capitalistic system,” he argued, “the lowest and most fatal degree of its suffering comes not from the capitalists but from fellow white laborers.” It is white labor, he continued, that “deprives the Negro of his right to vote, denies him education, denies …

What America Needs to Understand About Capitalism

July 13, 2019 by Project Syndicate by Clair Brown, Simon Sällström The United States has the resources to create a better capitalist system, and it is clear which policies can improve wellbeing today and create a more equitable and sustainable economy for future generations. Now the country needs to elect a president and Congress that can build this system. Our research …

What is Democratic Socialism?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s upset victory in New York City in June added fuel to the fire that Bernie Sanders started in 2016: a resurgence of interest in democratic socialism. And there is no strand of left politics that provokes more confusion than democratic socialism. All of a sudden, it seems everybody wants to know what democratic socialism is. Here’s what you …