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.
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
There’s No Democracy Under Apartheid
75 years after its founding, the state of Israel is being rocked by massive protests in defense of democracy. Yet Israel never was a democracy — and never can be.
Nathaniel FlakinMay 15, 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
150 Young People in Berlin Break from Reformism
A conference last Saturday discussed a “revolutionary break” from Germany’s Left Party, Die Linke.
Nathaniel FlakinJanuary 18, 2023
A Revolutionary Break from Die Linke in Germany
Germany’s Left Party is in a profound crisis. This weekend, over 100 young people are gathering in Berlin for a conference. Their goal is to break from Die Linke and begin building a revolutionary organization.
Nathaniel FlakinJanuary 11, 2023
The Supreme Court Is the Opposite of Democracy
Silly outfits, even sillier titles, and a complete lack of accountability: the highest court in the United States was designed as a counterweight to democracy.
Nathaniel FlakinDecember 21, 2022
Broad Left Parties Are a Dead End
Syriza, Podemos, and other broad left parties were supposed to help socialists increase their influence. The record has been pretty dismal. A debate with Tempest.
Nathaniel FlakinDecember 11, 2022
What Will Communism Look Like in New York City?
The new novel Everything for Everyone tells the story of a global insurrection against capitalism starting in 2052. It's not only entertaining — it's a good opportunity to think about revolutionary strategy.
Nathaniel FlakinNovember 23, 2022
Thousands of Workers and Young People Participate in Socialist-led Assemblies across Argentina
Last weekend, the Party for Socialist Workers (PTS) in Argentina held over 100 democratic and open assemblies in cities and towns across the country to debate the inflationary crisis, government’s the austerity program, and a working-class solution.
Nathaniel FlakinNovember 15, 2022
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
Germany Is Still Run by Nazi Billionaires
Nazi Billionaires, a new book by Bloomberg journalist David de Jong reminds us who runs Germany: the grandchildren of war criminals.
Nathaniel FlakinAugust 20, 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
Thousands Protest against G7 Summit in Germany
The leaders of the seven most powerful imperialist countries are meeting in the Alps. These seven men stand for environmental destruction and militarism like no one else. That’s why protests were guaranteed.
Nathaniel FlakinJune 28, 2022
The Strange Story of Trotskyism in the Alps
A new book in German tells the story of the Trotskyist movement in Switzerland from 1945 to 1968. It includes the strangest case of infiltration since the founding of the Fourth International.
Nathaniel FlakinJune 23, 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
International Women’s Day Is a Strike Day
On March 8, lots of workers went on strike in Germany. This is what International Women's Day has always been about.
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
Putin, Lenin, and Ukrainian Self-Determination
Vladimir Putin says Ukraine was created by Lenin — “it can rightfully be called Vladimir Lenin’s Ukraine.” A look at Lenin’s policy on self-determination shows how the current conflict could be resolved.
Nathaniel FlakinFebruary 23, 2022