Why the Deafening Silence on Reagan’s Racism?
In July the National Archives released an audiotape of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1971 calling African U.N. delegates “monkeys.” This recording was kept from the public for at least two decades. What role did Reagan play in anti-Black oppression in the modern United States, and why has he been enjoyed such an untouchable, undeserved public image for so long as an American hero?
Daniel WerstAugust 28, 2019
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.
Thaddeus GreeneJuly 30, 2019
Between the Myth and the Woman: Remembering Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo is widely considered one of the most famous painters in Latin America. On the 65th anniversary of her death, her unique body of work and enigmatic persona continue to mesmerize viewers, but the picture her works paint of her life tell a more complex story.
Madeleine FreemanJuly 13, 2019
Chernobyl: An Environmental Catastrophe Caused by Stalinism
In the early hours of April 26, 1986, Reactor No. 4 of the Pripyat nuclear power plant in Ukraine—then part of the USSR—blew up. The HBO miniseries “Chernobyl” shows what caused the disaster: Stalinism.
Óscar FernándezJune 10, 2019
Reformism and Imperialism – A Reply to Matias Maiello
It is reformists’ fetish of the capitalist nation-state that leads them invariably to adapt to their “own” imperialism. This is a contribution to the ongoing debate about the legacy of Karl Kautsky.
Charlie PostJune 5, 2019
Progressive Illusions, Radical Promises: The Working Class and the State
Capital mobility and the threat of disinvestment seriously constrain the capacity of progressive politicians to act. Where, then, does “progressive” legislation come from? American Communists in the 1930s offer an insightful model for the contemporary left.
Cody R. MelcherJune 1, 2019
Bhaskar Sunkara’s “Socialist Manifesto”: Dreaming of Sweden
Following in the footsteps of Marx and Engels, the founding editor of Jacobin has released a manifesto about how to reach socialism. But instead of a bold vision for the future, this book offers borrowed nostalgia for the unremembered 1970s.
Nathaniel FlakinMay 29, 2019
“What matters is Trotsky’s work being known in Cuba” – Interview with Gabriel García Higueras
From May 6-8, the “First International Academic Event on Leon Trotsky" took place in Havana, Cuba. Pablo Oprinari of the CEIP (Center of Studies, Research, and Publications) Leon Trotsky in Mexico City spoke to Gabriel García Higueras, a Peruvian researcher specializing in Trotsky’s work.
Pablo OprinariMay 27, 2019