Nathaniel is a freelance journalist and historian from Berlin. He is on the editorial board of Left Voice and our German sister site Klasse Gegen Klasse. Nathaniel, also known by the nickname Wladek, has written a biography of Martin Monath, a Trotskyist resistance fighter in France during World War II, which has appeared in German, in English, and in French. He is on the autism spectrum.
500 People Attend Trotskyist Summer Camp in France
Révolution Permanente, the sister site of Left Voice in France, held its first Summer University. Participants discussed building a new revolutionary organization in France.
Nathaniel FlakinSeptember 3, 2022
Eric Blanc vs. Kshama Sawant: On Democracy, Autocracy, and Socialism
At a recent online debate, two prominent U.S. socialists hashed out the question of reform vs. revolution. Eric Blanc repeated dried-out reformist ideas. Kshama Sawant offered revolutionary criticism — but with some important limitations.
Nathaniel FlakinAugust 19, 2022
Ruth Fischer: The Ongoing Fascination of the Ultra-left
Ruth Fischer was the chairwoman of the Communist Party of Germany in the mid-1920s, before she became a supporter of McCarthy. Her ultra-left policies continue to provoke discussions among socialists. A massive biography by Mario Keßler offers some lessons for revolutionary strategy today.
Nathaniel FlakinJuly 3, 2022
Open Letter to a Newborn Child: Why You Were Born on a Burning Planet
I just had my first kid. In 12 or 15 years, they might ask what we were thinking, giving what we knew about climate change. I've written down my thoughts in a letter.
Nathaniel FlakinMay 30, 2022
Reading Rosa Luxemburg’s ‘Junius Pamphlet’ in Times of War
While she was in prison in 1915, Rosa Luxemburg wrote an underground pamphlet titled The Crisis of German Social Democracy. As war rages in Europe, this text has many important insights for socialists.
Nathaniel FlakinMay 26, 2022
On the Anniversary of the Nakba, Berlin Police Ban All Pro-Palestinian Demonstrations
This is an unprecedented attack on the freedom of assembly, and it is being carried out by a "left-wing" government. Several hundred people defied the ban — and 59 were detained by police.
Nathaniel FlakinMay 16, 2022
Forty Years since Thatcher’s War Against Argentina — Lessons for Today
On April 5, 1982, the British government of Margaret Thatcher sent an armada into the South Atlantic. The war against Argentina ended with a defeat for the world working class. The results highlight why, for Marxists, anti-imperialism remains central to liberation.
Nathaniel FlakinApril 5, 2022
Socialists Should Not Support Imperialist Weapons Shipments to the Ukrainian Government
As war rages in Ukraine, NATO countries are sending billions of dollars’ worth of weapons to the Zelenskyy government. These weapons shipments are incredibly popular in Western countries — even among a sector of the Left.
Nathaniel FlakinApril 2, 2022
Seize the Assets of Russian Oligarchs — And of U.S. Oligarchs Too
Russian billionaires own big swathes of New York City and London. Politicians are saying these mansions and penthouses should be seized. A great idea — but why only apply it to Russian billionaires?
Nathaniel FlakinMarch 21, 2022
Russia Is Not Fighting an ‘Anti-fascist’ War — And Neither Is Ukraine
Putin says he wants to “de-Nazify” Ukraine. Zelenskyy says he is opposing a new Hitler. In reality, though, both sides are happy to work together with fascists to achieve their nationalistic goals.
Nathaniel FlakinMarch 9, 2022
Amazon Workers in Germany Go on Strike on International Women’s Day
On March 7 and March 8, workers at six Amazon warehouses across Germany went on strike.
Nathaniel FlakinMarch 8, 2022
As Half a Million Berliners Protest War, Germany Expands Its Military
On Sunday, up to 500,000 people joined a demonstration in Berlin against the war in Ukraine. But it was not exactly an anti-war protest — the organizers, following the German government, were campaigning for increased militarism.
Nathaniel FlakinFebruary 28, 2022
This 50-Year-Old Film from East Germany Shows the Last Days of Karl Liebknecht
Karl Liebknecht was murdered 103 years ago. The East German biopic "In Spite of Everything" premiered 50 years ago today and shows his final days.
Nathaniel FlakinJanuary 14, 2022
The New Matrix Film Could Have Been a Brilliant Satire — Instead We Get Corporate Slop
Matrix: Resurrections is a profoundly unnecessary film that exemplifies the blandness of Hollywood in the age of capitalism’s decline.
Nathaniel FlakinDecember 31, 2021
Worst Person of the Year: Elon Musk Embodies Capitalism in Decline
Elon Musk is not some environmental inventor. He's an exploiter and an old-fashioned speculator.
Nathaniel FlakinDecember 23, 2021
As Millions in Chile Hope for Change, Boric Promises Moderation
Hundreds of thousands of people went into the streets of Santiago to cheer the election of Gabriel Boric. Many are hoping for an end of neoliberalism. But Boric and his party were instrumental in pacifying the popular rebellion that began in October 2019.
Nathaniel FlakinDecember 22, 2021
The Far Right and the Reformist Left Will Face Off in Chile’s Presidential Elections
In the first round of presidential elections in Chile, the far-right politician José Antonio Kast won 28 percent. The 35-year-old former student leader Gabriel Boric reached 25 percent. The two main traditional parties did not reach a runoff. Trotskyists got 50,000 votes.
Nathaniel FlakinNovember 22, 2021
Meet Alejandro Vilca, the First Indigenous Worker Elected to Argentina’s Congress
The Indigenous sanitation worker Alejandro Vilca is set to enter Congress for the Workers Left Front — Unity (FIT-U). A militant campaign by thousands of workers, young people, and Indigenous communities made history.
Nathaniel FlakinNovember 16, 2021
A Historic Result for the Left Front in Argentina: Almost 1.3 Million Votes and Four Seats in Congress
At the midterm elections on Sunday, the center-left government of Alberto Fernández suffered a defeat. The Left Front, a coalition of working-class socialist groups, had its best result ever, with 1,270,540 votes across the country. This is an inspiration for socialists around the world.
Nathaniel FlakinNovember 15, 2021
Why the Elections This Sunday in Argentina Are Important for Socialists Everywhere
The Workers Left Front — Unity stands to win more than a million votes in Sunday’s election in Argentina. The socialist Left can become an independent force in other countries as well.
Nathaniel FlakinNovember 12, 2021
Will Berlin’s New Government Sabotage the Housing Referendum?
Last month Berliners voted overwhelmingly to expropriate big landlords in their city. Now the incoming government is trying to squash that decision by subjecting it to months of "expert analysis."
Nathaniel FlakinOctober 29, 2021
Fed Up with AOC? Meet Myriam Bregman
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is known around the world as a socialist in the U.S. Congress. Yet she has disappointed supporters on the Left by voting to fund ICE and the Israeli war machine. Are all elected officials going to betray us? We compare AOC's record to that of Myriam Bregman, the socialist congressmember from Argentina.
Nathaniel FlakinOctober 27, 2021
Chile’s Version of Donald Trump Pulls Ahead in the Polls
José Antonio Kast is taking a page from the Republican playbook, with rants against "illegal immigrants" and appeals to "traditional values." The far-right politician is approaching the head of the pack in Chile’s elections next month.
Nathaniel FlakinOctober 26, 2021