Guest Voices

Property, Policing, and Protestantism: Why the Right is Powerful and the Left is So Weak

By Arun Gupta (November 20, 2017) The reason the American Right is so powerful is because it is fundamentally defined by whiteness, capitalism, and patriarchy, and these concepts are reproduced through three mutually reinforcing institutions: Property, Policing, and Protestantism.   I am leaving aside many nuances because I am interested in why the right has such extraordinary ideological cohesion and...
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Gendered Violence is Large Scale Violence

By Harsha Walia (November 9, 2017) In the wake of the latest news, Ive been meditating a lot the past day about this suggestion of “domestic violence leads to more serious mass violence” and that we need to see domestic violence as a “warning sign” or “gateway” to “public violence”. Yes, the violences are correlated, but to relegate gendered violence...
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Harassment is about Controlling Women's Space

By Teka Lark (October 24, 2017) Sexual harassment of women is about keeping women in their place as subordinates. This can refer to physical space in public transit, public street or figurative space as in the workplace. This is why what we wear, where we go, and our state of mind when we get there, is seriously looked at before...
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Universities Should Not be Trojan Horses for Alt Right

By Alexander Reid Ross (October 23, 2017) When it comes to shutting down minority protections in the interests of the 37 percent of the country that supports Trump, Republicans seem eager to support a “democratic mandate.” However, when the masses openly repudiate such a loathsome would-be cardboard tyrant as this, the fear of a “tyranny of the majority” is invoked...
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We Know the Truth: Milo and Breitbart are Platforms for Fascism

By Alexander Reid Ross (October 9, 2017) A journalist who interviewed me recently asked if the recent revelations regarding Milo and Breitbart angered me. I find it difficult to imagine how I could be further angered by the present situation. Of course it’s maddening, but anyone who spent more than 60 seconds clicking into Breitbart for the past five years...
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"Terrorism" Is About Race in the US

By Teka Lark (October 4, 2017) The problem with the conversation in regards to what is and what is not terrorism is that, in the US, people don’t get that our definition of terrorism has little to do with political ideology and has 100% to do with not being a white person born in the US. Maybe in other parts...
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The Left Should Be at the Forefront of Banning Gun Ownership

By Arun Gupta (October 3, 2017) I wrote this four years ago about the left’s relationship to violence and guns. It’s more relevant than ever. Leftists who think getting armed is a political strategy need to get over their love affair with violence. Now, in these increasingly dangerous times, there may be specific instances where guns are a reluctant necessity....
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Trump Warns Puerto Ricans that Colonialism Will Continue

By Ana Castillo (October 3, 2017) “We will not rest, however, until the people of Puerto Rico are safe. …and we will be there every day until that happens,” he said. A few days later, the Narcissist blasted: “… Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get...
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Ken Burns' "Vietnam" Lacks Critical Consciousness

By S. Brian Willson (September 29, 2017) I am interested in history, and recognize the importance of story telling as part of the process of understanding people’s history. But it is important as well to distinguish between the art of story telling, and the critical historical analysis of structural patterns and causes. US policy in Viet Nam is well established...
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The Grotesque Immorality of the US War Against Viet Nam, Laos, and Cambodia

By S. Brian Willson (September 10, 2017) If the Burns-Novick 18 hour, 10 part PBS Series is to be an authentic revisiting the US War, then brutal honesty is necessary, which would certainly prevent such a pubic airing funded by US corporate monies. As a Viet Nam veteran, I know the kinds of pain and suffering incurred by over three...
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No Bogus Compromises About the Dreamers!

By Chuck Morse (September 7, 2017) This is what we’re looking at: Trump: We’re going to deport the Dreamers in six months! Democrats: Don’t do that! Trump: Ok, I won’t deport them, but you have to support my plans to further militarize the border.  Democrats: Ok, sure. No problem. – We can’t allow this to happen. The militarization of borders...
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Targeting Immigrant Children is the Work of Racist Authoritarians

By Steampunk Emma Goldman (September 6, 2017) Targeting immigrants is to be expected of racist authoritarians. Specifically targeting immigrant children is to be expected of racist authoritarians who believe the populace will let them get away with anything. It is our duty to prove to them that neither are to be tolerated.Read More »

Urban Planning for #Blacklivesmatter

By Teka Lark (September 4, 2017) The freemarket is a hell of a drug. More rain is coming. Heaven and hell is right here. Satan is the freemarket! Satan is Citizens United! These pompous ignorant rich fucks built and built and built.Read More »

Why is the Left Silent on the War Ripping Mexico Apart?

By Chuck Morse (August 31, 2017) I am mostly optimistic when I think about the American left these days. While Trump’s election signals the right’s ascendancy, it also indicates a broader crisis in the system and the intensification of a fight that we have to have—an inescapable, unavoidable battle that we might lose, but might win! When he singled out...
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Antifa Can Nurture the Dreams for a Better World

By Paul Messersmith-Glavin (August 31, 2017) The antifascist movement has matured into a broad based popular movement, with 40,000 marching in Boston against 100 Nazis and, this past Sunday, a reported 8,000 turning out against a fascist organized anti-Marxist event in a park. In Boston, Black Lives Matter organizers played a leading role. The establishment and fascists both fear this...
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Socialism in the US Must Contend with Racism and Militarism

By Mark Rudd (August 29, 2017) I woke up at 2 am last night thinking: How can you talk about socialism in the US without taking into account two salient characteristics of this country’s history and present: racism and militarism? Obviously John Judis has no problem with this question, since he never mentions either. I love Scandinavian socialism as a...
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Can We Memorialize Without Monuments?

By Chris Lowe (August 28, 2017) Can intercultural gardens be an alternative to Confederate monuments to the past? A friend of mine observed that as the movement to remove or relocate Confederate monuments goes on, it will change spaces and create new spaces. The implication is that even while we work on this, we should also be thinking about what...
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Multiple Strategies Needed to Defeat the Racist Right

By Chris Lowe (August 22, 2017) Which would do more to impede the growth of the racist right, and the attacks on people of color, immigrants, Muslims, and other targets: 1) Mobilizing against “Trump free speech” rallies that the white nationalist right is using to insert themselves into the Tea Party base and spread their rhetoric there, or 2) mobilizing...
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Don't Let Them Dull Our Political Sensibilities Against Fascism in the US

By Joe Lowndes (August 12, 2017) People are rightly outraged by Trump’s equivocation in condemning “the violence on many sides.” But his comments in no way differ from those of many prominent liberals, like Peter Beinart in The Atlantic last week, who have continually depicted antifascists as thugs and criminals. Be ready: when the shock of the grisly image of...
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The Fascists Were Run Out of Charlottesville by Direct Action

By Alexander Reid Ross (August 12, 2017) Make no mistake, The fascists were run out of Charlottesville today. They planned a violent and hateful rally and brought people from all over the US to this one corner of the South. The community rose up and defended itself, sending them packing. These fascists had no intention of a “peaceful assembly,” calling...
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Anarchism is About Love and Play and Getting Free

By Alexander Reid Ross (August 11, 2017) Earlier today I made a mistake. I stumbled upon what I thought was a funny juxtaposition in my feed. First, an article headlined, “White House adviser says people should stop criticizing white supremacists so much,” and just beneath it and article from the Washington Post asking “Why are so many Americans are turning...
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Trump is Dangerous but Not a Fascist

By Marc Cooper (August 4, 2017) I hope this is the last post EVER I do on the “debate” over whether or not Trumpism is Fascism. As a student of 1930’s Europe I could give you a long and boring recount why it is not. I will reduce that whole history to two sentences: historically Fascism only rises to power...
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Education No Longer the Sure Way in Our Reality

By Ana Castillo (August 4, 2017) XICANISMA 2017 Sadly, I know of whence she speaks. It is a reality in this country that defies the belief that education is a sure way for all to climb up the economic ladder. Instead, college grads are in debt, taking on jobs not related to their fields in order to make ends meet,...
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White Nationalism is the Core of Trump Administration

By Joe Lowndes (August 3, 2017) Over the last week the White House appeared to be in a kind of free fall, marked by palace intrigue, organizational chaos, and of course, the rise and fall of the Mooch. In contrast this commedia dell-arte however, we now get two proposals that advance a clear domestic agenda: the proposed immigration “merit system”...
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Trump Staff Changes Signal Growing Authoritarian Threat

By Alexander Reid Ross (July 28, 2017) The evening after the Boy Scouts of America issued a public apology for Donald Trump’s behavior, his new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, went on a profanity laced rampage against the chief of staff, Reince Priebus. Instead of disciplining Scaramuci, Trump accepted Priebus’s resignation, hiring up a general from the Southern Command to fill...
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