Category: Theory

  • Socialist Register 2019: The World Turned Upside Down

    The Toronto launch of the Socialist Register 2019: The World Turned Upside Down, with Sam Gindin, Nicole Aschoff, Colin Leys, and co-editors Greg Albo and Leo Panitch. Watch video »

  • The American Left Resurgent: Prospects and Tensions

    The American political system is experiencing a crisis of hegemony. The moderate, bipartisan center that had been the mythical linchpin of American politics during the “long Cold War” is facing the possibility of a terminal decline. Donald Trump’s election has put this crisis into stark relief, having turned the Republican Party’s decades long flirtations with … Keep reading »

  • A Political Instrument Appropriate for Each Reality

    A. Why Is a Political Organization Necessary? 1. The recent mobilizations occurring in Latin America and in the world confirm what Lenin wrote in 1914: “Without organization the masses lack unity of will” and without that they cannot struggle against the “powerful terrorist military organization” of the Capitalist states. 2. In order for political action to … Keep reading »

  • The Socialization of Society

    One hundred years ago this month, on January 15, 1919, the great revolutionary thinker and anti-war activist, Rosa Luxemburg, was murdered in Berlin by the Freikorps paramilitary group, with her body dumped into the Landwehr Canal. Her comrade in opposition to the Social Democratic Party of Germany support for German involvement in World War 1, … Keep reading »

  • A Populist Moment? Learning from Corbyn, Sanders, Mélenchon and Iglesias in Germany

    Mario Candeias analyses how to connect the different forces, and how can populist momentum carry forward a popular project? Keep reading »

  • In and Against the State

    Recorded at The World Transformed (#TWT2018), a 4-day politics, arts and music festival running alongside the Labour Party Conference, working to build left power both inside and outside of Parliament. Moderated by Dan Hind. Presentations by: Hilary Wainwright – Sociologist, political activist and author, fellow of the Transnational Institute and editor of Red Pepper magazine. … Watch video »

  • Hard Question, No Answers

    I knew it would be coming: an essay in The Bullet trumpeting the “breakthrough” of Québec Solidaire (QS) in the recent Québec election. I agree: it was a breakthrough. QS increased its seat totals from 3 to 10, and won 16 per cent of the popular vote (over 600,000 votes). Unfortunately, their right-wing rivals, the … Keep reading »

  • For a Liberal Populism?

    Analyzing the concepts of class and left-populism in the writings of Chantal Mouffe and Domenico Losurdo. Keep reading »

  • Understanding the Rise of the Radical Right

    It is the time of monsters. The organic crisis of the old neoliberal project has also brought forth the rise of a new radical right. Yet these monsters are quite different from one another: we have strong men like Trump, Kurz and Macron – political entrepreneurs shaping a new authoritarianism from positions of governance. Theresa … Keep reading »

  • The Age of Unreason

    The Knowledge-Practice Relation and its Political Significance In many contemporary societies, there is a typical distrust of knowledge claims that are backed by reason and evidence. Correspondingly, there is a popular penchant for knowledge claims that have no basis in reason or evidence. It is as if post-modernism is being put into practice in popular circles. … Keep reading »

  • The Defence of Humanity Requires the Radicalisation of Popular Struggles

    In August this year, the acclaimed socialist writer and activist Samir Amin (1931-2018) passed away. Born in Egypt and educated in Port Said and Paris, he eventually settled as director of the Third World Forum in Dakar, Senegal from 1980. Samir was author of numerous books including his well-known Accumulation on a World Scale (1970), … Keep reading »

  • A Manifesto for Socialist Development in the 21st Century

    In early 2017, it was revealed that eight men owned as much wealth as half the world’s population (Oxfam 2017). This is in a world where, according to the most conservative figures, around one in three workers live in poverty. More realistic calculations show that the majority of the world’s population suffers from poverty of … Keep reading »