Monthly Archives: September 2017

One chain, two links: Class struggle and imperialism

  By Christopher C. The socialist movement has been profoundly impacted by the Leninist understanding of imperialism. Lenin’s analysis of imperialism can be found in his pamphlet Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism, written in 1916. The Russian revolutionary took care to explain that imperialism was an economic undertaking, bound up in class struggle. It is important to assert the

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Cops, capitalism and the massacre of trans people

By Devin Cole   Warning: This article contains a graphic depiction of a shooting death of a transgender person. In the continuous war on transgender people, another life has been senselessly taken, this time at the hands of a particularly violent arm of the capitalist state: the police. On Sept. 16 Scout Schultz, a bisexual, intersex, non-binary student and activist

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Sparks of Solidarity: ‘We will not allow us to be silenced!’

By Mattie Stardust Labor unions’ popularity on the rise More U.S. Americans have favorable views of labor unions now than at any time over the past decade, according to the results of a Gallup poll published Aug. 30. A full 62 percent of Americans approve of labor unions, a five-percent increase from last year’s figure. This latest poll shows the

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A week of revolt

The last few months have seen white supremacists rally in several cities across the country with support from the power structure from the executive branch to the mass news media. We’ve seen major weather events – no doubt worsened by climate change – devastate parts of the country, killing and damaging many lives. We’ve seen a fascist murder one of

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The ‘United’ States as a prison house of nations

By Christopher C. Challenging racism is paramount for any political project interested in liberation. There are a variety of approaches to understanding racism, but I want to argue that the Leninist conception of national oppression is both more descriptive and more conducive to radical systemic change. The problem of racism is more than “skin deep”.  There is a long history

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Contextualizing ‘Stalinism’

By Kimberly Miller In understanding the 1930’s/40’s Soviet Union, it’s essential to historicize the political climate. Firstly, let’s conceptualize rising fascism in Europe. In addition to Nazi Germany sadistically targeting Jewish people and many other vulnerable groups deemed ‘undesirable,’ for eradication, Nazis targeted political enemies such as communists. Due to anti-Semitism, communists were perceived as a collective Jewish political identity.

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Analyzing Japanese Nationalism through the Urasenke Tea Ceremony

By Val Reynoso Kristin Surak sociologically analyzes the Japanese tea ceremony, also known as chanoyu, and the power hierarchies involved in it in her book ‘Making Tea, Making Japan: Cultural Nationalism in Practice’. The Urasenke tea ceremony is of deep significance to the Japanese and informed by the hereditary hierarchy of the Iemoto system. The historical rise and dominance of

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