• For a Liberal Populism?

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

  • Working Classes and the Rise of the New Right: Socialist Politics in the Era of Trump

    The success of xenophobic right-wing political forces today calls for the development of a socialist praxis fit for this perilous political moment. Taking this seriously requires that we address the inroads of the far right into working class constituencies that were bastions of trade unionism for much of the 20th century, and traditionally voted heavily … Keep reading »

  • Ragpicking Through History: Class Memory, Class Struggle and its Archivists

    In 1990, I watched the Polish film maker Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Blind Chance (1981/1987) without registering the paralyzing potential of a particular scene. The protagonist, Witek, meets an old Communist by chance on a train. As a result of that meeting Witek decides to join the Communist Party. Later, again by sheer chance, he runs into … Keep reading »

  • The Return of Hope: For an Offensive Double Strategy

    The future has gone astray. The neoliberal utopia is exhausted just as are left alternatives. The decades of an initially conservative-orthodox neoliberalism from Margaret Thatcher to Helmut Kohl; its generalization under the governments from Tony Blair to Gerhard Schröder; and, finally, its authoritarian deepening and anchoring in the years of the crisis have caused social … Keep reading »

  • Global Issues: Bringing Class Back In

    The new trade unionism of the 1930s brought dramatic new tactics such as the sit-downs, new strategies that included industry-wide bargaining, and spread new forms of in-plant democracy based on the shop steward system. Today, union structures are again in crisis, but nothing comparable to the labour explosion of the 30s has yet emerged or … Keep reading »

  • Class 101: Workers, Middle Class, and the 1%

    Toronto — July 2014. A discussion between John Sharkey and Jordy Cummings about class… what is class, manual vs intellectual labour, what is exploitation, and how does it relate to other oppressions? The relation of labour struggles to other social movements? John Sharkey and Jordy Cummings are both active members of the Education Committee of … Watch video »