Asad Haider

is an editor of Viewpoint.

White Purity

White Purity

Among other things, white­ness is a kind of solip­sism. From right to left, whites con­sis­tently and suc­cess­fully reroute every polit­i­cal dis­cus­sion to their iden­tity.

Law and Order: Make Marxism Great Again

Law and Order: Make Marxism Great Again

While a Trump pres­i­dency is not impos­si­ble, in this topsy-turvy elec­tion it has turned out to be fool­ish to make pre­dic­tions. It seems fair, how­ever, to ask a ques­tion that is being ignored or sup­pressed: if eight years of Bill Clin­ton gave us George W. Bush, and eight years of Obama gave us Trump, what would eight years of Hillary Clin­ton give us?

Making a Living

Making a Living

Today, amidst a changed polit­i­cal and class land­scape, strat­egy should take prece­dence over fidelity to the received canon. The activ­i­ties of social repro­duc­tion remain the field of pow­er­ful class antag­o­nisms.

Ferguson: Message from the Grassroots

Ferguson: Message from the Grassroots

There’s a cer­tain lib­eral opti­mism about race in the United States, and last night’s Fer­gu­son grand jury ver­dict unmasked the com­pla­cency that lies under­neath it.

Materials for a Revolutionary Theory of the State

Materials for a Revolutionary Theory of the State

“I believe that the sta­tus of the state in cur­rent think­ing on the Left is very prob­lem­atic,” Stu­art Hall wrote in 1984, in the midst of Mar­garet Thatcher’s war on the “enemy within.” He reflected on the legacy of the post­war period, which saw the exten­sion of pub­lic ser­vices within the con­text of a vast expan­sion of the state’s inter­ven­tion in social life. 

Workers' Inquiry: A Genealogy

Workers’ Inquiry: A Genealogy

In 1880, La Revue social­iste asked an aging Karl Marx to draft a ques­tion­naire to be cir­cu­lated among the French work­ing class. Called “A Work­ers’ Inquiry,” it was a list of exactly 101 detailed ques­tions, inquir­ing about every­thing from meal times to wages to lodg­ing.