Category: USA

  • Popular Radicalism in the 1930s

    The History of the Workers’ Unemployment Insurance Bill At a time when unemployment is skyrocketing in the US and millions of out-of-work Americans have been abandoned by the federal government, it may be of interest to consider how an earlier generation responded to an even greater crisis, the Great Depression (1929-1936). In particular, we might draw … Keep reading »

  • The Police and Racist Vigilantes

    Under Trump, the collaboration of armed white supremacist Trump supporters and police is an explosive mix of violence aimed at communities of color. Keep reading »

  • Donald Trump: A New Emperor of the Lumpenproletariat?

    In The Dangerous Class: The Concept of the Lumpenproletariat (University of Michigan Press, forthcoming 2020), I argue that US President Donald Trump should be understood as a “Prince of the Lumpenproletariat.” The question that will confront us on November 3rd and long afterward is whether Donald Trump will become “Emperor of the Lumpenproletariat.” These terms … Keep reading »

  • Trump Is Daring Us to Stop Him

    Trump’s deployment of federal officers to Democratic-run cities is extreme even for him. Keep reading »

  • 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 »