Socialism

Direct Action in a Time of Class Struggle

“Direct Action” is a vague term, yes, but it does have a meaning: people going into motion together to directly impede the machinery of their exploitation. When workers go on strike, that is a form of direct action. When people barricade an ICE caravan to prevent deportation, that is direct action. When public defenders refuse to accept plea deals and take every case to trial, that too is a form of direct action.

Socialism

An Interview with Kim Brooks

Kim Brooks wrote a 2014 essay for Salon about leaving her then four-year-old son in a locked minivan while she went into… Read More »

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What It Means to Be a Marxist

It’s unfortunate that there isn’t a better word for “Marxism.” Marx himself famously once said that he himself was “not a Marxist”… Read More »

Socialism

Primer Red (Part 6): Late Capitalism

For previous editions of Primer Red, on dialectical materialism, alienation, class, value, and praxis, see here. Capitalism developed in stages, and “late… Read More »

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The Legacy of Wisconsin’s Act 10

The mass mobilization in response to Wisconsin’s Act 10 of 2011 was unprecedented in the memory of several generations of Midwesterners. The… Read More »

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The American Countryside Was Collectivized Within a Generation

The countryside was collectivized within a generation. The process was accompanied by immense spikes in violence, social dislocation and privation, and political… Read More »

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How Military Service Turned Me Into a Socialist

September 4, 2001 was my first day of active duty military service. Prior to this my main interests were sports and finding… Read More »

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Solidarity is a Verb: Building the DSA Through Accountable Organizing

Since January, I’ve been working with a number of comrades in the Chicago DSA to imagine what it would take to create… Read More »

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From the Middle East to the Midwest: An Interview With Dr. Djene Rhys Bajalan

The March for Our Lives on March 24 received much-needed attention from the mainstream press. However, March 24 also saw demonstrations across… Read More »

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Imperialism and U.S. Foreign Policy: A Socialist View

Imperialism is a word that conjures up images from history books of Spanish conquistadors in the Americas and the British rule of… Read More »