Author: Stephen Maher

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

  • From the Streets to the State and Back Again

    Learning From the Sanders Moment The essays gathered in this collection were written in the midst of an escalating and multifaceted crisis situation in the United States. They address the search for a socialist politics in a highly uncertain period during which the legitimacy – if not the structural persistence – of neoliberalism came under increasing … Keep reading »

  • Global Capitalism, Global Pandemic, and the Struggle for Socialism

    We are now in the grip of one of the worst economic crises in the history of modern capitalism. As the Coronavirus pandemic forces people to stay home and businesses to remain shuttered, the St. Louis Federal Reserve has projected 30% of the workforce will become unemployed, significantly surpassing the level during the Great Depression. … Keep reading »

  • 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 »