Category: USA

  • Racist Violence Can’t Be Separated from the Violence of Neoliberal Capitalism

    “I don’t see an American Dream; I see an American Nightmare” — Malcolm X. As a renewed Black Lives Matter uprising fills the streets following a spate of high-profile police murders, the state-sanctioned murder of Black people continues on other fronts as well, including public health and economic injustice. In addition to protesting the widespread … Keep reading »

  • Donald Trump Is Using the Coronavirus Crisis to Attack Social Security

    Donald Trump’s proposal to cut the payroll contribution rate is a stealth attack on Social Security. Even if the proposal were to replace Social Security’s dedicated revenue with deficit-funded general revenue, the proposal would undermine this vital program. The proposal is a Trojan horse. It appears to be a gift, in the form of middle-class … Keep reading »

  • How Socialists Can Govern

    Many on the US left fear governing power, in part because it has been so difficult to achieve. More recent optimism among socialists is a welcome development – but we need a middle ground between being cynical and naive. Keep reading »

  • The Deconstruction of the American State /w Clyde Barrow

    A month after Donald Trump took office as 45th President of the United States, his chief political strategist Stephen K. Bannon declared that “the new administration is in an unending battle for deconstruction of the administrative state.” While many commentators have seen the Trump administration’s actions as unhinged, erratic, unpredictable, and impulsive, this presentation situates … Watch video »

  • California of Fire and Profit

    Intentional blackouts by power companies were designed to prevent fires. Yet the strategy has not spared California from infernos caused by faulty infrastructure. It’s a case which sheds light on the equally untenable condition of capitalism applied to public administration. Keep reading »

  • Search for a Mass Politics: The DSA Beyond Bernie

    Last November, in one of the most hostile rental markets in the world, in a city where a majority of residents are renters, a local rent control ordinance was defeated on the ballot by a margin of 38 per cent. In the year running up to Election Day, organizers, including our own local chapter of … Keep reading »

  • A Labor Strategy for the US: DSA Debates

    Early next month, over a thousand socialists will gather in Atlanta, Georgia to discuss the future of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). There is general agreement across many tendencies on the need to strengthen our labor work and that the Democratic Socialist Labor Commission (DSLC) is under-resourced and could sorely use at least one … Keep reading »

  • Trump and the Spectre of Fascism

    As a long-time educator and researcher in the Canadian labour movement, I think it is imperative at this moment that we reach out to our members and communities on the politics that has been emerging on the hard right. This includes hard right populists like Doug Ford, Jason Kenney and Andrew Scheer in the Conservative … Keep reading »

  • Amazon Warehouses: Unsafe for Workers and Communities

    Letter by Bernie Sanders and Ilhan Omar to the Department of Labor about unsafe work conditions at Amazon fulfillment centers. Keep reading »

  • Bernie Sanders Defines his Vision for Democratic Socialism

    Bernie Sanders is calling for a new democratic socialism for the 21st century. Keep reading »

  • Why Is There Now Socialism in the United States?

    Today, most people are aware that #socialism is particularly popular among American millennials. Keep reading »

  • Unlocked: Extended interview w/ Adolph Reed Jr.

    Previously only available to our Patreon-supporters, we’ve decided to make the extended segment of the Oats interview with Adolph Reed accessible to everyone. Listen to audio »