Author: Stephen Maher

Stephen Maher is a social critic, PhD candidate at York University in Toronto and Socialist Register Assistant Editor.

  • Socialist Strategy and the Capitalist Democratic State

    Analysis of the Leninist and the social democratic conceptions of the state, and the need to develop a democratic socialist politics for the 21st century. Keep reading »

  • Trade Wars: NAFTA, China and the World Market

    Global imbalances are once again in the news on a daily basis, as the American current account grows, with trade surpluses in other zones and capital and credit flows growing in tandem. In response, U.S. President Donald Trump slaps tariffs on imports from many of the US’s traditional allies in North America and Europe, condemning … Watch video »

  • Accountable Capitalism or Democratic Socialism?

    We need to challenge the logic of capital. Elizabeth Warren’s Accountable Capitalism Act only further entrenches it. Keep reading »

  • Crisis of the State, Crisis of the Left: Articulating Socialism After the Anarchist Moment

    The current period in the U.S. remains defined by the 2008 crisis and the economic policies and political forces it set in motion. This has now evolved into a growing crisis between the forms of governance, strategy, and administration that have defined the U.S.-led period of globalization and the state mechanisms of representation. Keep reading »

  • The Crises in the Gulf and Palestine

    The recent decision by President Donald Trump to relocate the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem amidst international condemnation has made the USA the only country in the world to officially recognize Israel’s illegal, unilateral annexation of that city. Presentations by Stephen Maher and Dan O’Hara. Recorded in Toronto, 1 February 2018. Watch video »

  • GE’s Switch

    The resignation of General Electric (GE) CEO Jeff Immelt last month is the latest sign of the broad restructuring of political and economic power currently underway in the United States. His departure, and John Flannery’s arrival, reveals a lot about the new phase of financialization that has emerged from the Great Financial Crisis. As financial … Keep reading »

  • Against Liberal Nostalgia

    “Restore our democracy” has become a mantra among American progressives. Populist writers are desperately trying to shake people from their passivity amidst mounting political and ecological crisis. But in crafting a vision of a better future they often appeal to idealized, romantic notions of America’s past. Chris Hedges recently attributed the rise of Donald Trump … Keep reading »