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Nathaniel Flakin

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.

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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 Flakin

July 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 Flakin

June 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 Flakin

June 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 Flakin

May 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 Flakin

May 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 Flakin

May 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 Flakin

April 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 Flakin

April 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 Flakin

March 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 Flakin

March 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 Flakin

March 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 Flakin

March 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 Flakin

February 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 Flakin

February 23, 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 Flakin

January 14, 2022

Fire in the Bronx: Capitalist Mass Murder

A fire in New York City on Sunday killed at least 17 people. Eric Adams called it a "tragedy." We call it premeditated murder by real estate speculators.

Nathaniel Flakin

January 10, 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 Flakin

December 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 Flakin

December 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 Flakin

December 22, 2021

Why Is Jacobin Ignoring Socialists in Argentina?

Revolutionary Socialists in Argentina got 1.3 million votes and elected four representatives to congress. The most popular leftist publication in the United States is ignoring them. This can’t be an oversight.

Nathaniel Flakin

December 15, 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 Flakin

November 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 Flakin

November 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 Flakin

November 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 Flakin

November 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 Flakin

October 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 Flakin

October 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 Flakin

October 26, 2021

Revolutionary Socialists in Argentina Are the Only Ones Campaigning in Defense of Abortion Rights

With less than a month until the midterm elections in Argentina, the center-left government is pivoting to the right. An anti-abortion politician was just named head of the cabinet. The only political force that defends the right to abortion is the Workers Left Front – Unity (FIT–U).

Nathaniel Flakin

October 24, 2021

“Dune” Is Anticolonialism as Imagined by Megacorporations

The new film based on Frank Herbert's epic is full of anti-imperialist imagery, but it amounts to nothing more than a Hollywood version of colonial resistance struggle.

Nathaniel Flakin

October 21, 2021

Austria’s Far-Right Chancellor Resigns Amid Corruption Scandal

He looks like an Austrian version of Patrick Bateman — straight out of a crossover between The Sound of Music and American Psycho. Sebastian Kurz, with his eerily perfect demeanor and luxurious hair, was a star at international events. But on Sunday, Kurz had to resign as Federal Chancellor of Austria.

Nathaniel Flakin

October 14, 2021