Arts & Culture

May the 4th (International) Be With You

Today, May 4th, is Star Wars Appreciation Day. For leftists, Rogue One within the Star Wars canon is a favorite: it shows a political and revolutionary approach to fighting the Empire.

The “Social Dilemma” of Capitalism in Decline

The Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma offers a jarring look at the addictive nature of social media. But its attempts to be “apolitical” make the film’s insights ultimately toothless. A socialist critique.

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Pandemic Exacerbates Precarity of Arts Workers

Arts workers were among the first to become unemployed during the pandemic, and will likely be some of the last people who are able to return to work. With unemployment benefits scheduled to run out well before theatres can safely reopen, arts unions must mobilize their members to demand relief.

4 (More) Socialist Movies to Watch During Quarantine

Since millions of workers around the world are currently under quarantine, now is the perfect time for socialists to catch up on the classics of leftwing cinema. Here are four more movies for the lockdown that focus on themes of antifascism, labor, capitalism, and imperialism. 

Radical Reads: Black No More by George S. Schuyler

In Black No More, George S. Schuyler imagines a near-future dystopia in which Black people can undergo a procedure to become indistinguishable from whites. This work, written in the midst of the Harlem Renaissance, is a searing satire of racism in the United States as well as of the limitations of Black capitalism in the fight for liberation.