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Reformism

Four Strategies for Socialism

How can we beat capitalism? A comparison of reformism, autonomism, Maoism, and revolutionary socialism.

Juan C

November 1, 2020

What the Current Moment Tells Us About the Importance of Revolutionary Politics

The past three months of social unrest have highlighted the need for broad social change. But we cannot achieve a better society through a reformist approach. A revolutionary alternative is needed. 

Thomas Hummel

September 11, 2020

Vivek Chibber’s ABCs of Reformism: Reality Has Overtaken Social Democratic Illusions

A year and a half ago, Jacobin magazine put out a series of pamphlets on the ABCs of Capitalism. Reformist theorist Vivek Chibber argues that the bourgeois democratic state has so much legitimacy as to make revolutionary politics impossible. Today, when 54% of the U.S. population thinks it is justified to burn down a police station, such reformist ideas appear like satire.

Ahmed Kanna

June 10, 2020

The Progressive International: The Center Left Attempts to Rescue Capitalism

Public figures including Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky, Elizabeth Goméz Alcorta, Yanis Varoufakis, and Álvaro García Linera have called for the formation of a Progressive International — a front to rescue the institutions of capitalist democracy.

Facundo Aguirre

May 21, 2020

What Kind of Party Do We Need? Five International Examples

Many people are calling for a new party in the United States. But what kind of party do we need? We rate five international examples: a green party, a democratic socialist party, a neoreformist party, a new anticapitalist party, and a class-independence party.

Nathaniel Flakin

April 26, 2020

Chile ’73: Was Victory Possible?

Allende’s experience was the most radical attempt to achieve socialism through elections and gradual reforms. What went wrong?

Pablo Torres

April 12, 2020

New York’s ‘Progressive’ State Legislature Passes Austerity Budget During Pandemic

Last year, Democrats in New York, bolstered by their growing left wing, had won control of the New York Senate and passed nearly a thousand bills addressing long-awaited reforms and benefitting the working class. However, the New York State budget passed last week in the midst of the pandemic reversed a number of these laws, showing the precariousness of attempting to reform capitalism and highlighting the steps socialists must take instead.

Rebecca Margolies

April 9, 2020

Jacobin: From the “Dirty Break” to the Democratic Party

Socialists around Jacobin magazine and the DSA leadership have long rallied around Bernie Sanders and other progressive candidates of the Democratic Party. They used to claim this was in preparation for a "dirty break" with the Democrats. Increasingly, however, they are proclaiming loyalty to a bourgeois party, even as that party blocks the path to Sanders’ nomination.

Nathaniel Flakin

March 10, 2020

Is it a Betrayal for Podemos to Join the Spanish Government?

In the aftermath of the November 10 elections in the Spanish State, the left-wing Podemos party has agreed to join a government with Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s PSOE. It is an alliance fraught with traps for the Spanish working-class.

Scott Cooper

November 25, 2019