• Homecoming to Nostalgia: The Inauguration of Donald J. Trump

    “In a time of universal deceit, Telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” — George Orwell When the entire arsenal of impulsive and aggressive foreign policy is deployed in absolute desperation and without accomplishment by a declining power unaware of its imminent demise, first it resorts to self-aggrandizement and spectacle, and then suddenly and viciously … Keep reading »

  • Militant Hope in the Age of Trump

    The United States stands at the endpoint of a long series of attacks on democracy, and the choices faced by the American public today point to the divide between those who are committed to democracy and those who are not. Debates over whether Donald Trump was a fascist or Hillary Clinton was a right-wing warmonger … Keep reading »

  • Trump: Build the wall

    The Trump Way

    Leo Panitch interviewed by Arun Gupta In the runup to November’s presidential election, commentators from across the political spectrum predicted a round defeat for Donald Trump, not least because of the palpable disgust he elicited from elites. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, was the recipient of a number of moneyed defections from the Republican Party … Keep reading »

  • War Culture, Militarism and Racist Violence Under Trump

    When history repeats itself with a vengeance, it generally signals a crisis of memory, historical consciousness and civic literacy. The ghosts of the past disappear in a comforting somnolence and a deadening market-driven culture of consumption, privatization and individualization. As a mode of moral witnessing, memory withers, lost in forms of historical and social amnesia … 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 »

  • Turning It Around: Long-Term Organizing in the U.S.

    Just about everybody is using the slogan “Don’t mourn, organize” – good solidarity with the martyr for the working class, Joe Hill. But it seems particularly apposite after the recent Trump election in the USA. International Viewpont interviewed Joanna Misnik, leading activist in Solidarity, about the election, the reaction and prospects for long-term organizing. International … Keep reading »

  • Two Takes on Remaking the U.S. Left

    Build an Independent,Democratic Socialist Left The following is an excerpt from Bernie Sanders’s speech at a meeting of the National Committee for Independent Political Action in New York City on June 22, 1989, published under the title “Reflections from Vermont” in the December 1989 issue of Monthly Review. It seems obvious to me that there … Keep reading »

  • Standing Rock Solid with the Frackers

    Are the Trades Putting Labour’s Head in the Gas Oven? If anyone were looking for further evidence that the AFL-CIO remains unprepared to accept the science of climate change, and unwilling to join with the effort being made by all of the major labour federations of the world to address the crisis, the fight over the … Keep reading »

  • Protesters demonstrate against a new pipeline.

    Standing Up At Standing Rock

    Some 1,000 Native American activists from the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and across the country faced off against police and security forces protecting the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline project. Dozens of people have been arrested and assaulted by police while attempting to stop the project, and many more continue to risk arrest to … Keep reading »

  • The U.S. Empire’s Culture Industry, at Large

    “U.S. Empire’s Decline”: Spectre or Social Fact? For readers immersed in the annals of Empire, it is well known that the United States is no ordinary country in the world system. The United States is a unique Empire whose national security strategy since 1945 has relied upon a mix of diplomacy and brute military force to … Keep reading »

  • Standing Up to Verizon’s War on Unions

    Unions representing nearly 40,000 Verizon workers have announced plans to hit the picket lines on April 13, in what would be one of the largest strikes in the U.S. in recent years. The workers, members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), are fighting aggressive attacks on their … Keep reading »

  • Sanders and the Left After Super Tuesday

    Why there is still hope and why the Left should rejoice and push forward While some have become skeptical, there are those – from The Nation via Politico and Tom Cahill (U.S. Uncut) to Robert Reich – who are now saying that this is not the end of the line for Bernie Sanders U.S. presidential bid. … Keep reading »