Author: Ian Steinman

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.

A Green Revolution?

As we approach the 2016 elections, many on the US have rallied behind the candidacy of Jill Stein. Should the left support her campaign and is the Green Party a useful tool for advancing socialist politics?

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.

It Was Never About Him: Sanders at the DNC

Sanders completed his surrender on Monday before the assembled delegates of the Democratic Convention. The DNC elite gloat in their victory. What happens now to his “Political Revolution?

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?

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.

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.

Sanders, the Left and the American Elections

The unexpected success of Bernie Sanders’ campaign has thrust a self-proclaimed socialist into the national spotlight and sparked a debate among substantial sectors of the American left.

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.

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.

A Green Revolution?

As we approach the 2016 elections, many on the US have rallied behind the candidacy of Jill Stein. Should the left support her campaign and is the Green Party a useful tool for advancing socialist politics?

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.

It Was Never About Him: Sanders at the DNC

Sanders completed his surrender on Monday before the assembled delegates of the Democratic Convention. The DNC elite gloat in their victory. What happens now to his “Political Revolution?

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?

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.

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.

Sanders, the Left and the American Elections

The unexpected success of Bernie Sanders’ campaign has thrust a self-proclaimed socialist into the national spotlight and sparked a debate among substantial sectors of the American left.

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.