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 … Continue reading One chain, two links: Class struggle and imperialism

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, … Continue reading Cops, capitalism and the massacre of trans people

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. … Continue reading Sparks of Solidarity: ‘We will not allow us to be silenced!’

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”. … Continue reading The ‘United’ States as a prison house of nations

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 … Continue reading Contextualizing ‘Stalinism’

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 … Continue reading Analyzing Japanese Nationalism through the Urasenke Tea Ceremony

Socialism is the future: China leads the way on the environment

By Ava Lipatti Along with war and poverty, environmental degradation is one of the most pressing problems for humanity in the 21st century. Centuries of capitalist, colonial resource extraction and untethered industrialization have devastated the global South and brought untold destruction on the planet and its inhabitants. But while “world leaders” United States and Western … Continue reading Socialism is the future: China leads the way on the environment

Sparks of Solidarity: Sept. 5, 2017

By Mattie Stardust Federal judge blocks Texas "sanctuary city ban" law A Texas law known among immigration and civil rights advocates as the "Show Me Your Papers Law," has been temporarily blocked in federal court Aug. 30. Under the law, local governments were prohibited from impeding or refusing to cooperate with immigration enforcement. The law … Continue reading Sparks of Solidarity: Sept. 5, 2017

A People’s History of police in the United States

By Christopher C. Karl Marx said in The Communist Manifesto, “the history of all hitherto existing societies is the history of class struggles.” The origins of the police, in the United States and in all countries, is no exception. The police have a role to play in class struggle, just like any other institution. In … Continue reading A People’s History of police in the United States