Politics & Society

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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LGBT

How Jews Brought America to the Tipping Point on Marriage Equality: Lessons for the Next Social Justice Issues

The story of Jews’ contributions to the campaign for marriage equality offers valuable lessons for how to break through public resistance on other issues that Jewish groups are now addressing, including economic justice initiatives like paid sick leave, rights for domestic workers, and raising the minimum wage.
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Politics & Society

Accounting for Egyptians’ Exuberance for Violence

It was very hard to come to grips with the fact that on the third anniversary of the outbreak of the Egyptian revolution, tens of thousands of Egyptians were chanting nationalist slogans while waving photos, placards, banners and posters of General Abdel Fattah El-Sissi, exhibiting a kind of hero worship and cult of personality that was unimaginable in the Mubarak era.
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Politics & Society

Beyond Allyship: Multiracial Work to End Racism

How can we create powerful, cross-race movements for change? A child of the Civil Rights Movement wrestles with the idea of allyship.
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