The Return of Communism

The Return of Communism

View­point is proud to co-spon­sor the Rome Con­fer­ence on Com­mu­nism, tak­ing place in the eter­nal city from Jan­u­ary 18-22, 2017. The con­fer­ence entails a series of round­table dis­cus­sions with major fig­ures in the his­to­ry, prac­tice, and the­o­ry of com­mu­nism, as well as work­shops bring­ing togeth­er younger activists and mil­i­tants.

Lynching: A Weapon of National Oppression (1932)

Lynching: A Weapon of National Oppression (1932)

Lynch­ing: A Weapon of Nation­al Oppres­sion reminds us of an ear­lier gen­er­a­tion of rad­i­cals who disiden­ti­fied with lib­er­al cap­i­tal­ist democ­ra­cy and Amer­i­can excep­tion­al­ism to envi­sion an end to impe­ri­al dom­i­na­tion and eco­nom­ic exploita­tion. The pam­phlet and the mul­ti-racial strug­gles again­st legal lynch­ing that inspired it are impor­tant tools as we heed renewed calls for black self-deter­mi­na­tion amid­st a glob­al reasser­tion of fas­cism and lynch law.

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.

The Safety Pin and the Swastika

The Safety Pin and the Swastika

If you had read in ear­ly 2016 about a Nation­al Pol­i­cy Insti­tute con­fer­ence on the the­me of “Iden­ti­ty Pol­i­tics,” you might have assumed it was an inno­cent gath­er­ing of pro­gres­sives. If you had attend­ed, you would have been in for an unpleas­ant sur­prise. The Nation­al Pol­i­cy Insti­tute is an orga­ni­za­tion of white nation­al­ists, over­seen by neo-Nazi media dar­ling Richard Spencer.

Feedback

Feedback

It once was com­mon prac­tice for rad­i­cal jour­nals to solic­it feed­back from their read­ers. It anchored the­o­ret­i­cal devel­op­ments and point­ed to new areas of inquiry. As View­point expands its work, we hope our read­ers can help us revive the prac­tice here.

Cuba Libre (1960)

Cuba Libre (1960)

On July 21st, 1960, LeRoi Jones, lat­er known as Amiri Baraka, vis­it­ed Cuba with a remark­able group of eleven intel­lec­tu­als and activists, includ­ing Robert Williams, Harold Cruse, John Hen­rik Clarke, and Sarah Wright.

Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui: Against Internal Colonialism

Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui: Against Internal Colonialism

Sil­via Rivera Cusi­can­qui is an Aymara activist, soci­ol­o­gist, and oral his­to­ri­an who has worked with indige­nous move­ments in Bolivia over the last four decades. Her work pro­vides a valu­able cri­tique of cer­tain forms of indige­nous iden­ti­ty pol­i­tics, and a bal­ance sheet of anti­colo­nial strug­gles in the coun­try more broad­ly.

Policing the Crisis, Policing the Planet: an Interview with Christina Heatherton and Jordan T. Camp

Policing the Crisis, Policing the Planet: an Interview with Christina Heatherton and Jordan T. Camp

Since Occu­py, many have puz­zled over the ten­den­cy of social move­ments, regard­less of their orig­i­nal griev­ances, to revolve around an antag­o­nism with cops and cages. In chart­ing how a range of rul­ing class strate­gies – from urban rede­vel­op­ment and the dis­ci­plin­ing of migrant labor, to impe­ri­al­ist coun­ter-insur­gen­cy – piv­ot on polic­ing, this book helps explain why.

The Young Mario Tronti

The Young Mario Tronti

The rela­tion­ship between Anto­nio Gram­sci and operais­mo, if occa­sion­al­ly men­tioned, is rarely expli­cat­ed. And if trans­la­tions of Tronti’s 1960s writ­ings have appeared in frag­ments, his pri­or for­ma­tion has remained almost entire­ly obscured. The­se texts provide the read­er with not only some of the ideas per­co­lat­ing in the mind of the young Tron­ti, but also a win­dow into the pre­his­to­ry of work­erism: the tumul­tuous debates with­in the Ital­ian left of the 1950s over the mean­ings of Marx­ism.