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Left Voice Magazine #4: Beyond Resistance: a Left that Fights to Win

The new issue of Left Voice magazine is appearing on March 1! Order your copy in print or PDF.

Left Voice

February 21, 2019
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As we enter another cycle of electoral frenzy, the U.S. left has reemerged as a political actor in the public sphere. The specter of socialism haunts top politicians of both major parties and the strike has made a comeback, reigniting the threat of working-class power.

This magazine is sharp. In its pages, you will find uncompromising revolutionary politics and an attempt to forge a vision of a socialist left with no strings attached: one that fights today for open borders, against racism and sexism and all kinds of oppression, and for an end to capitalism–not a better version of it.

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Contents

The Working Class is Back

Editorial: We don’t want to be stuck in an endless cycle of resistance to the endless deprivations of capitalism. We want to win.

by Wladek Flakin

Trump at the Midpoint: Will He Endure?

It has been a little over two years since Donald J. Trump took the Oval Office. Although a rough ride, it’s far from the catastrophe that most pundits predicted.

by Nicolás Daneri

A Socialist Case Against Bernie 2020

A left-populist campaign inside the Democratic Party will not get us closer to socialism.

by Juan Cruz Ferre

A Green New Deal Can’t Save Us. A Planned Economy Can.

Capitalism has put humankind and much of the Earth System at the brink of catastrophe. But there is a way out.

by Robert Belano and Wladek Flakin

Karl Marx: Communist, Revolutionist… Environmentalist?

Left Voice spoke to Professor Saito about the critical contributions of Marx to understanding — and confronting — the ecological crisis upon us.

an Interview with Kohei Saito

Inside the “Yellow Vest” Rebellion

The popular rebellion that broke out in France in December 2018 has continued for over two months and is reshaping the political landscape across Europe.

an Interview with Daniela Cobet

Argentina’s Left Front Repudiates Coup Attempt in Venezuela

In the wake of the U.S.-backed institutional coup attempt in Venezuela led by President of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, the Left Front in Argentina issued the following statement.

by Workers’ Left Front (Argentina)

Revolution or Attrition: Reading Kautsky Between the Lines

Karl Kautsky argued that one could switch from a “strategy of attrition” to a “strategy of overthrow” as the situation changed. In this piece, one of the authors of “Socialist Strategy and Military Art” argues that these two strategies are irreconcilable.

by Matías Maiello

From Debs to the DSA? Rescuing America’s Revolutionary Tradition

As Trump vows to keep America safe from socialism, people’s ears are starting to perk up. What is socialism? Who was Eugene Debs, and what is the DSA? In this article, we explore the often-ignored revolutionary socialist tradition and draw lessons for today.

by Ben Fredericks

What Is the Role of Socialists in the Unions?

Any organization that aims to bring about socialism needs to seriously build power in the working class. The question is how to put these efforts in the service of a strategy for socialism.

by Juan Cruz Ferre

 

Under the banner of Negro democratic rights, struggling purely for what seem to be limited objectives, the independent Negro movement is contributing to the release of the proletariat from the stranglehold of the Democratic Party and giving it an opportunity and a possibility to emerge as an independent political force. –C.L.R. James

Borders and Capitalism: A Socialist Perspective

The socialist left needs to transform the opposition to ICE into a struggle for open borders.

by Sonja Krieger

Producing and  Reproducing: Capitalism’s Dual Oppression of Women

The feminist movement has reemerged on a world scale, and the debate over how patriarchy and capitalism are related is once again on the agenda.

by Andrea D’Atri and Celeste Murillo

Universal Basic Income: A Capitalist Fix to the Evils of Capitalism?

Supporters of Universal Basic Income (UBI) either entertain illusions in a top-down palliative measure for the miseries of capitalism or look for an impossible shortcut for organizing the working class.

by Esteban Mercatante

We might not be back. I might be in jail. I might be anywhere. But when I leave, you’ll remember I said, with the last words on my lips, that I am a revolutionary. And you’re going to have to keep on saying that. You’re going to have to say that I am a proletariat; I am the people. – Fred Hampton

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