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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 capitalism” is capitalism’s overtime—its extra innings. Find a troubling story about some boss’s creative way to take advantage of his workers, about some desperate family go-funding money to pay for basic human needs, […]

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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 Wisconsin left hadn’t mobilized on the scale of the 2011 protests since the Vietnam anti-war movement. While it is easy to overlook the precedent for the 2011 protests, it is nonetheless fair to […]

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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 chaos and backlash, but in the end, agricultural production was successfully collectivized. Nearly two-thirds of agricultural production was produced by just one percent of farmers. The result was plummeting costs of foodstuffs, a […]

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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 an awesome party on the weekend. My knowledge of our political system was near zero and I could not have told you the key differences between George Bush and Al Gore in 2000. […]

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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 systems of collective accountability for our chapter. In practice, this would mean the construction of a number of formal and informal methods that we as organizers can turn to whenever we’re facing interpersonal […]

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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 the world in solidarity with Afrin, a region of northern Syria currently under assault from the Turkish army. This invasion is an attempt to crush Rojava, a Kurdish region whose people are conducting […]

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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 India. But contrary to these impressions, imperialism is not history. Not yet, anyway. On the contrary, imperialism is as powerful now as it ever was, and a socialist understanding of the concept allows […]

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What a Hell of a Way to Organize: An Interview With Francis Horton

Francis Horton is that rarest of U.S. soldiers: a leftist and self-identifying socialist. Born in Missouri in 1983, he joined the U.S. Army in July of 2000 and served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and various NATO countries. Currently he serves as a Public Affairs Non-Comissioned Officer and lives in St. Louis. He is also the creator of […]

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Dr. King’s Democratic Socialism

One August day in 1966, Martin Luther King, Jr., arrived in a white neighborhood on Chicago’s Southwest Side to join about 700 protesters fighting housing segregation. The protesters were outnumbered by hostile counter-protesters. One held a sign saying “King would look good with a knife in his back,” according to The Chicago Tribune. Another struck […]

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Primer Red (Part 5): Praxis

“Primer Red” is our political education series on some basics of radical thought and history. See Parts I (dialectics), II (alienation), III (class), and IV (value). Please share questions and suggestions for future discussions! Society doesn’t change because people’s attitudes improve. It changes because people change it “materially”—because people change the physical world and change […]