From Farce to Tragedy: Žižek Endorses Trump
In an interview published yesterday the famous philosopher, and Left Forum keynote speaker, Slavoj Zizek seriously (and not merely ironically, as he has done before) declared that if he was voting in the American elections he would vote for Trump.
Ian SteinmanNovember 4, 2016
Capitalism in One Planet?
One of the most fundamental contradictions of capitalism is its relentless need for infinite growth in a world of limited size, resources and people. Some capitalists have recognized this problem and proposed a solution: corporations will take us, our industries, and our civilization along with our existing social relations into the depths of space.
Ian SteinmanSeptember 8, 2016
American Politics After Sanders
Sanders’ surrender before the reality of Clinton’s victory has brought an end to one of the most contested primary seasons in recent American History. How have the major political and economic players been impacted, and what should we expect next?
Ian SteinmanJune 21, 2016
A Perfect Storm at Petrobras – Interview with an Oil Worker
We interviewed Leandro – a worker at Petrobras in Duque de Caxias, Rio de Janeiro – early this week to ask him about the strike and its broader significance.
Ian SteinmanNovember 21, 2015
Domestic Clashes, Imperial Consensus: Round 2 of the Democratic Debate
The remaining three contenders for the Democratic Party nomination met for their second televised debate Saturday night. The shadow of the recent attacks in Paris hung over the discussion and put the initial spotlight on foreign policy. However domestic economic and political issues remained in the forefront and provoked some more open disagreement between the candidates.
Ian SteinmanNovember 16, 2015
The Reality of the Drone War
The Intercept has published an in-depth report alongside the release of a number of leaked classified documents on the United States’ drone based assassination program. Much of it provides clear evidence for what critics have long maintained; 90 percent of deaths in a 2013 Afghan operation were not the intended targets, the effectiveness of targeted assassinations is questionable and the program uses a broad definition of enemy combatants which extends to anyone that they can’t prove is not a “military age male.” The documents also help to reveal the persistent challenges which US imperialism faces and its inability to secure a real victory in the occupation of Afghanistan.
Ian SteinmanNovember 5, 2015
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Donald Trump and the Far Right
Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has succeeded in galvanizing the far right of the Republican base. While he is almost certainly unelectable on a national scale, the current of racist xenophobia which he has given voice to and which his campaign is mobilizing presents a threat that will continue far beyond the 2016 elections.
Ian SteinmanSeptember 1, 2015
The Revolutionary Workers’ Movement votes to enter the PSOL
The Revolutionary Workers Movement (MRT) held their first congress over the July 18th-20th weekend in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The event brought militant activists from around Brazil to debate revolutionary strategy and develop perspectives for constructing a left alternative in the face of a deepening economic and political crisis. The congress voted to launch an important campaign to enter as a current in PSOL (The Party for Socialism and Freedom).
Ian SteinmanJuly 30, 2015