There is a distinction in the Left right now which divides older parts of the US Left from the newer organizations which have grown since the Trump presidency. On the one hand is a conception of politics as a series of line positions and principles held in abstract. This idea reaches its zenith with a view of people and organizations as having “good politics” or “bad … [Read more...] about The Need For Principles
I went door-knocking for the first time in the Mott Haven projects in the South Bronx. My college class had visited the dingy basement office of ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), in 2004 the largest community organizing outfit in the country. We were split into pairs, given clipboards, and sent into the hallways to talk with residents about … [Read more...] about New Tools Needed: Community Organizing
One of the main defenses of capitalism is the claim that this system has increased living standards to their highest point in human history. The capitalist mode of production, distribution, and exchange under a globalized world order has created a superabundance of material wealth. But the distribution of that wealth in a fair, even equitable manner is another matter entirely. … [Read more...] about The Actuality of Marx’s Immiseration Thesis in the 21st Century
Illustration by Corey Brickley The emergence of the base-building trend is a very welcome development. It signifies a theoretical and practical advancement for revolutionary praxis in the US, which has been floundering and flailing for decades, unable to keep up with the restructuring of global capitalism or truly face off against its social, political, and military … [Read more...] about Base-Building and Workers’ Self-Inquiry
Photo by Stephanie Olechowska. Philadelphia Tenants’ Union members confront wealthy slumlord Ajay Raju of Cross Properties, which is behind the mass eviction of Penn Wynn tenants in the Wynnefield section of West Philadelphia. The dominant left-wing political forms of our present moment are either amorphous “movements” without formal structures, or nongovernmental … [Read more...] about Base-Building: Activist Networking or Organizing the Unorganized?