The Afterbern

The Afterbern

To make the most of the polit­i­cal oppor­tu­ni­ties cre­ated by the Sanders cam­paign, rad­i­cals need to develop new forms of orga­ni­za­tion that are appro­pri­ate to our his­tor­i­cal con­junc­ture.

The Idea of May Day on the March (1913)

The Idea of May Day on the March (1913)

The bril­liant basic idea of May Day is the autonomous, imme­di­ate step­ping for­ward of the pro­le­tar­ian masses, the polit­i­cal mass action of the mil­lions of work­ers who oth­er­wise are atom­ized by the bar­ri­ers of the state in the day-to-day par­lia­men­tary affairs.

State and Nation: An Interview with Neil Davidson

State and Nation: An Interview with Neil Davidson

Where Marx and Engels have impor­tant things which are directly about nations is in rela­tion to the atti­tude social­ists should take towards speci­fic national move­ments. At heart their atti­tude is based on whether the suc­cess of any move­ment – seces­sion­ist or irre­den­tist – is likely to advance the pos­si­bil­ity of the social­ist rev­o­lu­tion, although this was often in indi­rect ways.

Women turning away from man on horse

Argentina: A Dictatorship by Democratic Means?

We in Argentina are faced with a right-wing that is more mod­ern, ver­sa­tile in the world of mass media and social net­works, much more atten­tive and lucid in every­thing that has to do with the pro­duc­tion of con­sen­sus. We must ask our­selves, how is a gov­ern­ment like this pos­si­ble in the coun­try today?

Crisis and the Return to the Nation: Dismantling the Right Ecology in Germany

Crisis and the Return to the Nation: Dismantling the Right Ecology in Germany

Eight months after a co-ordi­nated attack against a refugee cen­ter in Hei­de­nau, East­ern Ger­many, we dis­cuss the newly emerg­ing right-pop­ulist PEGIDA move­ment and the Alter­na­tive for Ger­many party with anti-fas­cists on the ground. What are the pos­si­bil­i­ties for left regroup­ment? And how can we move beyond “fire­fight­ing” and regain the offen­sive momen­tum the Ger­man left had last spring?

When Socialism was Popular in the United States

When Socialism was Popular in the United States

If social­ist sen­ti­ment is unde­ni­ably on the rise, an orga­nized social­ist move­ment is only in its infancy. As we con­tinue to reflect on how to trans­form this new inter­est in social­ism into an orga­nized polit­i­cal force, the pre­ced­ing his­tory of the Social­ist Party of Amer­ica may provide some insights. 

Strike at the Ballot Box: Bernie Sanders and the Legacy of American Socialism

Strike at the Ballot Box: Bernie Sanders and the Legacy of American Socialism

Think of Occupy, Black Lives Mat­ter and the Bernie Sanders Cam­paign as waves, all of them lead­ing to the next wave. Instead of mea­sur­ing one against another, we would do bet­ter to see their con­nec­tions and pos­si­ble rela­tions. In order to unite peo­ple belong­ing to dif­fer­ent move­ments into a longterm, orga­nized rad­i­cal force in this coun­try, we would do well to begin, as C.L.R. James advised, with what they do.

Clandestine Progress

Clandestine Progress

In the dis­course of “slav­ery,” the tex­tile work­shops and their thou­sands of migrant work­ers are a sort of black hole where another type of human­ity is con­cen­trated, one that is never fully rec­og­nized as such, other than under the idea of com­plete for­eign­ness.

The Biopolitics of Birth: Michel Foucault, the Groupe Information Santé and the Abortion Rights Struggle

The Biopolitics of Birth: Michel Foucault, the Groupe Information Santé and the Abortion Rights Struggle

In a text that can be read as their found­ing man­i­festo from late 1972, to which Fou­cault was the only named con­trib­u­tor, the Groupe Infor­ma­tion Santé dis­cusses the polit­i­cal nature of the inquiry, the need for mar­gin­al­ized groups to assert their power, and claims that med­ical issues are at the fore­front of class strug­gle.