Transcript: Marxism 101 – Base and Superstructure

By Alyson Escalante If you’re beginning to dive into Marxist thought, then you have probably heard people talk about and use the terms”base” and “superstructure.” You might be wondering exactly what these terms mean, and why they matter for understanding and resisting capitalism.   I’m hoping to use this video to explain the basics behind … Continue reading Transcript: Marxism 101 – Base and Superstructure

Knoxville’s brutality against houseless people

This week Knoxville police and city personnel began clearing out houseless camps near downtown. The Forge spoke with a member of the Knoxville Radical Alliance that has been working on these issues and witnessed some of what happened. Q: What happened at the camp? About what time? At the houseless encampment at Broadway and W … Continue reading Knoxville’s brutality against houseless people

The Perpetuation of Indigenous Erasure

By Val Reynoso Along with the history of the development of the term, the notion of the Latin race is constructed against indigeneity as well as Blackness, which was reinforced with the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo between the US and Mexico. The Mexican-American war of 1846-1848 ended with the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo on February 2nd, 1848 … Continue reading The Perpetuation of Indigenous Erasure

Against Electoralism, For Dual Power!

Vladimir Lenin in 1917 struggled with the same question we do today: Is it possible to work within the capitalist state to further socialist goals? By Alyson Escalante Getting a candidate elected takes resources. The New York chapter of the Democratic Socialist of America mobilized members to register 20,000 new voters, rallied around traditional campaign … Continue reading Against Electoralism, For Dual Power!

Another Racist Monument Falls

  On August 20, 2018, the night before a national prisoners' strike was set to begin, students and protesters at the University of North Carolina pulled down a monument to the racist Confederacy. The monument's destruction came just a year after a similar monument was pulled down in Durham, North Carolina by Workers World Party … Continue reading Another Racist Monument Falls

National Prisoner’s Strike Begins

  Editor's note: This interview was conducted by Jared Ware, freelance writer and Advocate for the Rights of Incarcerated Peoples. It was provided to The Forge and many other outlets. It was originally released earlier this summer. We are publishing it again today, August 21, 2018, the day the Prisoner's Strike was launched. The Forge … Continue reading National Prisoner’s Strike Begins

Fighting modern slavery: The Corecivic occupation

The Forge recently corresponded with Cakes of the Knoxville Radical Alliance about the recent protest in Nashville against Corecivic. The views expressed in this interview do not represent any organizations, including Knoxville Radical Alliance or Resist ICE Nashville. Why was there a protest at Corecivic? Corecivic was targeted because private, for-profit prisons are modern day … Continue reading Fighting modern slavery: The Corecivic occupation

Where did ‘Latinx’ or ‘Hispanic’ come from?

By Val Reynoso Latinx/Hispanic are terms of European origin that were then brought to the Americas through imperialist conquests and enforced on non-white populations by colonial means. The denomination Latin was created in Europe in the early 19th Century given the increase of romantic nationalism and racism which prompted Europeans to identify their countries with … Continue reading Where did ‘Latinx’ or ‘Hispanic’ come from?