graphic credit: Shenby (they/she) @leftaesthetic Recently, a debate over appealing to “American patriotism” as a tactic for revolutionary organizing in the home base of imperialism was revived. Historically an ideological tool of the ruling class, patriotism has been used to mobilize the American working class to support imperialist wars, racism, and settler colonialism. … [Read more...] about American Patriotism or National Liberation?
Los San Patricios, by Pino Cacucci (2015) While the dominant narrative of the “Irish experience” in the U.S. is often reduced to little more than a fairy tale of hard-working immigrants grateful for a stake in the “land of opportunity,” the grim reality for Irish people in America was, for centuries, characterized by inequality, exclusion, and exploitation. As was and is the … [Read more...] about Irish Diaspora in the Belly of the Beast: Reclaiming Our Legacy of Anti-Imperialism
Stop Line 3 protest on Lake Superior (credit: Miguel Levy, The Red Nation) As a small contribution to the discussion within the modern U.S. left about how we practice anti-imperialism and internationalism in our struggles, I would like to contribute two examples of praxis (or near/potential praxis) of concrete and practical internationalism. What I mean by that is that we … [Read more...] about Towards a Simple and Concrete Anti-Imperialist Internationalism
Two Chinese graduate student workers (faces blurred) raise their fist in solidarity while holding up a sign that reads "Workers of the World Unite" in English and Chinese (source: New River Workers Power) We sat down recently with two Chinese graduate students, Liu and Joey, who are pursuing their doctorates at Virginia Tech. We took this opportunity to discuss the situation … [Read more...] about Working Class Internationalism: An Interview Between Local US and Chinese Workers
Yemeni men carry a child out past building rubble, the devastating effects of the International Alliance's actions in Yemen (source: Khaled Abdullah) Since 2011, BAE Systems has been managing production over the Radford Army Ammunition Plant. While the British multinational is not responsible for building RAAP, it does play an integral role in the continued production of … [Read more...] about A Monster in Our Backyard: How BAE Systems Destroys Lives and Why We Must Stop It