Politics & Society

US Politics

Let Me Be the Leninist, Please

Let me offer a simple, alternative definition of what “Lenin” stands for: the view that great social change depends to some significant degree on “leadership.” That is, social change depends on groups of people who have developed effective organizing skills, concrete social connections in milieus engaged in protest, and some shared sense of a future to be won—and thereby can foster and advance momentum toward the desired transformation.
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Politics & Society

On Anxiety and the Next Left

The Left is moving from a politics of mourning and melancholy to a politics of anxiety. For a left bedeviled by a “will-to-powerlessness,” this shift might well turn out to be an unexpected bit of good news.
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Politics & Society

How Much History Does the American Left Need?

The American Left needs all sorts of things. Rather than dwelling on its own history, it would serve itself much better by pressing for serious economic equality—and politicizing the ongoing economic crisis.
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Politics & Society

Life After Debt: Why America Needs an Anti-Capitalist Left

America needs a Left that approaches social change without “economistic” blinders, countering capitalism not by appealing to it, but by opening space for people to no longer be dominated by its logics. Making efforts to relieve the debts of those in need—while striving to reimagine our debt-financed society—is a logical starting place.
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US Politics

The Power of a Decentralized Left

For a new Left to grow strong, we must rid ourselves of the false notion that unilateral solutions proposed by the Right must be met with isometric plans from a monolithic Left—a shift that requires engaging with the tumultuous and complicated relationships we have with one another. However, it is precisely through working out our disagreements that we will arrive at more sustainable, effective, and just decisions.
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US Politics

Prospects for a Resurgence of the U.S. Left

How can the Left overcome its fragmentation? Forming a coalition against neoliberalism and environmental degradation is one way to start.
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Economy/Poverty/Wealth

What Do the Suicides of Fifty-Year-Old Men Reveal?

Suicide has become a public health emergency for middle-aged men in the United States, exposing a deeper economic and existential crisis.
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Activism

Political Posters for the Twenty-First Century: A Spotlight on the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative

Surveillance. War. Immigration. Palestine. Social justice heroes. Occupy. The political posters of the Justseeds collective take on all this and more.
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US Politics

Joining the Party for a More Powerful Left

The Left spends too much energy deciding whom to exclude. Let’s build a pluralistic, big-tent Left that embraces all with liberal-Left political faith.
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US Politics

What Kind of Left Does America Need?

Reviving our radical imagination, launching a political education program, and creating a new political formation must be the priorities of today’s Left
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US Politics

Liberalism and the Left

Younger leftists will work to preserve our country’s social welfare architecture — but we’re also setting our sights on revolutionary ends!
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US Politics

Enter the Alter-Left: Reviving Our Revolutionary Nerve

Anti-neoliberal mobilizations in Latin America, WTO protests in Seattle, and Occupy Wall Street have catalyzed a promising force: the Alter-Left.
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US Politics

The Past, Present, and Future of the American Left

Retelling a liberalist story of America’s founding will never yield what we need: a self-aware Left with a proper conception of capitalism.
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US Politics

Does America Need a Left? An Introduction

America needs a spiritual Left—not a soul-deprived, economistic, and narrowly rights-oriented movement that plays into the hands of the Right.
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US Politics

Why the Left Needs America: A Response to Eli Zaretsky’s Why America Needs a Left: A Historical Argument

To be effective the Left must learn to retell the story of America’s founding. In that sense, the Left needs America more than America needs a Left.
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