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?
Post and Grant Avenues looking northeast after the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 (credit: National Archives and Records Administration) Donald Trump was a test run. Worse than him is coming down the road within the decade. Get busy building. Movement activists who supported Biden emphasized that his presidency would give the movement breathing room. Okay. We have … [Read more...] about Among the Ruins of Victory
In today’s renaissance of socialism, many old debates among the left have reemerged. Publications such as Left Voice, Cosmonaut, Jacobin, and Regeneration have rekindled the central dispute over reform vs. revolution. However, to more clearly understand the roots of this debate, it is important to understand the place of Luxemburg and Kautsky in the Second … [Read more...] about Reform as Revolutionary Strategy
Introduction – The ISO’s Demise The revolutions of the twenty-first century – namely, the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions, and other revolutions in the Arab world, have posed a number of important questions for socialist revolutionaries today. Questions related to the state, political opportunism, organization and its relationship to spontaneity, etc., have become … [Read more...] about Cadre-Building for the 21st Century: Lessons from the ISO’s Collapse
The Marxist Center (MC) is a small but growing trend on the U.S. socialist left. Although we do not boast the membership numbers of DSA nor any significant base in the working class, we have made what we hope is a valuable intervention on the left. Against the sects and ambulance chasers, we have emphasized base-building and long-term organizing. Against the center and right of … [Read more...] about The Road to Power and the Beach Beneath