How do we stop racial police violence? Some radicals say police are the modern slave patrol, urging that we ought to focus on race to the exclusion of all else. But what that really means is police can’t be reformed and we need to overthrow capitalism by waging a class struggle. The only way to […]Read More #TakeTheKnee and Police as the Modern Slave Patrol
Waves come and go. The USA had extremely strong class consciousness in the 1930s and 1940s. By the 1960s and 1970s the Left was entirely defined by identity politics to the point that we almost don’t even know the Left by any other definition; to think of the Left as something involving class struggle is […]Read More Upsurges of class politics, backslides into identity politics
Worth watching: Accountability is a meaningless term that should be thrown out of organizing vocabulary, if not kept around as a term to oppose. Accountability means a temporary check on a power broker who can then in five seconds go back to doing whatever awful stuff we tried to check them out of doing five […]Read More Against Accountability, For Direct Power
The pace of the world is out of control, but nothing is really getting done. Yesterday marked the sixth anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. The Left is more lost than ever, having completely abandoned the goal of building a mass anticapitalist organization independent from the Democratic Party over time. It’s lost in a frenetic storm […]Read More Rest
Every beginning is difficult, said Marx at the beginning of Capital. He then launched into one of the most excruciatingly difficult beginnings of any book, explaining the concept of a commodity. I’m going to try to simplify it. Every object in capitalism is, in essence, an embodiment of class warfare, in the form of an […]Read More What is a commodity?
In the name of spreading psychedelic socialism. Some of these are things trip sitters should do for first time trippers, some of these are things to explain to first-time trippers, ie might be good for them to read first before taking the plunge. I’m not saying I’ve always followed these. In fact quite not, and […]Read More First Time Tripper/Trip-Sitter’s Guide
The current domestic culture war in the USA is a reflection of a growing lack of difference between the various class structures of the world. It’s completely obvious that in the post-Stalinist states, it was the staff of the “red” intelligence and security apparatuses, and some of the Party and state apparatuses, who become the […]Read More KGB Kleptocracy, Corporate Maoism, and Identity Wars