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, and in Spanish. He has also written an anticapitalist guide book called Revolutionary Berlin. He is on the autism spectrum.
Robert Habeck Wrote a Play Praising a Right-Wing Mass Murderer
Germany's Green vice chancellor strikes many as an idealist who has been struggling with the tough realities of government. Yet before he was a national politician, he wrote a play that opens a window into a dark soul.
Nathaniel FlakinDecember 1, 2023
Fact Check: Did German Leftists Try to Bomb West Berlin’s Jewish Community Center in 1969?
Answer: No. The bombing was undertaken by West Germany’s domestic secret service, originally founded by Nazis.
Nathaniel FlakinNovember 29, 2023
“Stop Thief!” The German State Attacks Migrants to Distract from Its Own Antisemitism
German politicians claim that antisemitism is an “imported problem.” Even a cursory look at the facts, however, shows that anti-Jewish hatred is not caused by pro-Palestinian protests. No, the source is German capitalism.
Nathaniel FlakinNovember 21, 2023
Competing Rallies at Berlin’s Free University
On successive Fridays, there was a pro-Palestinian and a pro-Israeli rally at the Free University. One was dominated by international students, including many Jews and Palestinians, calling for solidarity — the other was dominated by German politicians spewing racism. Guess which was which.
Nathaniel FlakinNovember 13, 2023
In Berlin, Jews and Palestinians Are Demonstrating Together
This Saturday, Jewish and Palestinian groups are organizing a demonstration against the war.
Nathaniel FlakinNovember 4, 2023
Does the State of Israel Protect Jews from Antisemitism?
Western governments claim that the Zionist state is necessary to protect Jewish life. Yet a look at history shows that the colonization of Palestine was motivated by imperialism, not by any desire to help Jews.
Nathaniel FlakinOctober 31, 2023
Germany’s Die Linke Splits: Social Chauvinists vs Government Socialists
Sahra Wagenknecht is splitting from Die Linke and forming a new party. Her "left conservatism" is bad for immigrants but bad for German workers too.
Nathaniel FlakinOctober 28, 2023
Germany’s Establishment Lines Up Behind Colonialism and Apartheid
All German parties, from the reformist Left to open Nazis, are declaring their unconditional solidarity with Israel. In Berlin, all solidarity with Palestinians is banned.
Nathaniel FlakinOctober 11, 2023
Another Referendum to Expropriate Berlin’s Biggest Landlords
Two years ago, 59.1 percent of Berliners voted to socialize real estate companies. But nothing has happened. Now another referendum has been launched.
Nathaniel FlakinOctober 6, 2023
At Argentina’s Presidential Debate, Far-Right Milei Got Slapped Down by Socialist Bregman
On Sunday, five candidates in Argentina's presidential elections faced off on live TV. Socialist Myriam Bregman showed that far-right economist Javier Milei, who won a surprise victory in the primaries, was no "libertarian lion" — he's a "cuddly kitten of the rich and powerful."
Nathaniel FlakinOctober 2, 2023
How the Daughters of a Nazi General Became Communist Spies
As Hitler rose to power, two daughters of Germany’s top general became spies for the Communist Party. A new biography tells the story of how hatred for fascism and its aristocratic collaborators led them to become class traitors.
Nathaniel FlakinAugust 12, 2023
Berlin Has a New Pride Demonstration That Cops Hate
Pride should be a protest, not a party. The Internationalist Queer Pride in Berlin takes up the tradition of the Stonewall Riots. Cops hate it — and that's a good thing
Nathaniel FlakinJuly 30, 2023
Trans Liberation and Socialist Revolution — A Debate with the IMT
Trotskyists should aim to be in the front lines of all struggles against oppression. This is a debate with Alan Woods's International Marxist Tendency (IMT) on how socialists should relate to the movement for queer and trans liberation.
Nathaniel FlakinJuly 29, 2023
Ukraine Is Not Vietnam
What is the class character of the war in Ukraine? Some socialists see it as a war of national liberation against Russian “imperialism,” and so they support the Ukrainian side. But this leads them to align with Western imperialism. Socialists need an independent position.
Nathaniel FlakinJuly 1, 2023
The Institute for Sexual Science: Berlin’s Forgotten Centre for Trans Activism
In the 1920s, a fancy Berlin villa was home to a gay Jewish doctor who facilitated the very first gender-affirming surgeries. In the same building, communist leaders held secret meetings with anti-colonial guerrilla fighters. The Institute for Sexual Science was like something out of a Fox News fever dream.
Nathaniel FlakinJune 29, 2023
A New Film Shows How to Blow Up a Pipeline — But Would That Save The Planet?
The new film based on Andreas Malm’s book offers lots of fun action — but very individualistic politics.
Nathaniel FlakinJune 6, 2023
Berlin Police Attack Jews and Palestinians Commemorating the Nakba
On the 75th anniversary of the Nakba, the Berlin police banned all Palestinian demonstrations, and broke up a demonstration of Jewish Berliners in solidarity with Palestinians.
Nathaniel FlakinMay 22, 2023
Not Syriza, Not Podemos, But a Working-Class Party Fighting for Socialism
What lessons can U.S. socialists draw from the experiences of Syriza, Podemos, and other broad left parties? Nathaniel Flakin and Jimena Vergara of Left Voice respond to Andrew Sernatinger of Tempest.
Nathaniel FlakinApril 18, 2023
On Monday, Germany Will Experience a “Mega-Strike”
On March 27, German railway workers and public sector employees will shut down the whole country. All trains are being canceled. Airports, freeways, hospitals, and daycare centers will all be affected.
Nathaniel FlakinMarch 25, 2023
Turning the Greatest Anti-war Novel Ever into Bourgeois Propaganda
All Quiet on the Western Front won four Oscars, and it’s not hard to see why. The production — depicting the horrors of World War I — is spectacular. Yet the producers did not at all understand Erich Maria Remarque’s novel. Spoilers follow.
Nathaniel FlakinMarch 16, 2023
Pro-NATO Positions Split a Trotskyist Tendency
The war in Ukraine has led to intense debates on the international socialist Left. In November, the Socialist Labor Party (SEP) of Turkey announced it was breaking with the Socialist Workers Movement (MST) of Argentina, in a serious blow to their common project, the International Socialist League (ISL-LIS). What can we learn from this split?
Nathaniel FlakinMarch 10, 2023
Berlin’s Repeat Elections: Racist Campaign Pushes the City to the Right
Last Sunday, the conservative party won the most votes in Berlin’s local elections. It remains unclear who will be the city’s next mayor.
Nathaniel FlakinFebruary 19, 2023