People of Every Land, How Can You Not Be Roused?

People of Every Land, How Can You Not Be Roused?

3

Aug

2017

Today was the first day of the Democratic Socialists of America's national convention.  It's taking place in my own city of Chicago, and it's the first convention since the DSA experienced unprecedented growth in the wake of the Bernie Sanders campaign and the election of Donald Trump.  In addition, it's the first convent ...
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Today We Mourn a Stooge

Today We Mourn a Stooge

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Jul

2017

Criticizing the Republican Party is always a tricky proposition.  With the election of Donald Trump in particular, it's practically impossible; calling out a moronic huckster who won the election by making jerk-off gestures at the very notion of being a respectable politician is like arguing against a fart.  Part of the r ...
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Beez in the Trap

Beez in the Trap

21

Jul

2017

Friends, colleagues, comrades:  I have a confession.I like Chapo Trap House.Yes, that's right:  I am a big fan of one of the most popular podcasts in existence.  I listen to it regularly; I talk about it with some of my friends; and I look forward to each new episode.  Hell, I even contribute to it financially; I am, i ...
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A People Disjointed Are Always Disappointed

A People Disjointed Are Always Disappointed

10

Jul

2017

Okay, thanks, Kerry -- that'll wrap up the checkins from the Calligraphy for Stalinists working group. Good job, everybody, and we're all really looking forward to the "Merry Christmas from the Gulag" cards this year.Now, if there's no other new business...yeah, Carl?  Well, that's really old business, Carl, and I...well, ...
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Crown Thy Good

Crown Thy Good

4

Jul

2017

There was a time when I used to say, in agreement with the great Paul Fussell, that July 4th was the one day we should hold up nothing but praise for the things that make America great. The rest of the year should be given to relentless criticisms of what this country does wrong, and how it can be made to fulfill the promis ...
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Comrades and Cronies

Comrades and Cronies

3

Jul

2017

Who are your comrades?The more time I spend in the political space that involves ground-up building of resistance and alternatives to capitalist hegemony -- call it activism, call it organizing, whatever suits you -- the more I begin to notice the patterns that we use to trip ourselves up just as we start to gain momentum. ...
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Superdelegates

Superdelegates

24

Jun

2017

In these exciting times when the only thing Americans love more than billion-dollar superhero movie franchises is petty intra-party political sniping, I thought it might be time to return to a favorite obsession of mind:  the ideological leanings of various comic book characters.  This has been explored in-universe a bit ...
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Concession Stand

Concession Stand

22

Jun

2017

Ladies and gentlemen, my constituents, citizens of my lovely home town of Fleenerville, voters, and Platinum V.I.P. Brunch Club Super-Tee level donors; my beloved wife Plovis, and my two wonderful sons Coho and Spelt, who flew in to support me tonight right after their Offal Studies final at Klumner State Butcher's College; ...
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A Moral with No Fable

A Moral with No Fable

20

Jun

2017

Another week, another flame-out between liberals and the left over which we should ‘choose’ in the alleged battle between class and identity.  Believe me, folks, I don’t like writing these pieces any more than you like reading them, but until we can bury this utterly false dichotomy once and for good, these beatings ...
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Love is the Only Law

Love is the Only Law

16

Jun

2017

It's been a busy week as I help my comrades prepare for the Democratic Socialists of America's national convention, to be held here in Chicago in only a few months.  I'll also be running for a leadership position in our local chapter -- a prospect that, I must admit, fills me with dread.  Ever since my anarchist days, I'v ...
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The Slave Mind

The Slave Mind

8

Jun

2017

The news that Hillary Clinton, during her time as the First Lady of Arkansas, was in charge of a staff that consisted of unpaid prison labor is...well, not exactly news.  It's a 'revelation' published in her own memoir, written and published over twenty years ago, and only recently rediscovered by a racial justice advocat ...
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Dangerous Intersection

Dangerous Intersection

5

Jun

2017

So here we are again, talking about materialist dialectics vs. identity politics as if the two could exist independently of one another.  Longtime readers will know that I've struggled with this issue for years, and the stark contradictions between what I will describe for the sake of convenience as the leftist position an ...
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Vox Populi, Vox Invisibilia

Vox Populi, Vox Invisibilia

4

May

2017

As I write this, the Republicans of the U.S. House of Representatives have just voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act in favor of legislation of their own making.  That the American Health Care Act is a complete disaster almost goes without saying; it will rob millions of people of the already inadequate health insurance ...
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The Steps of the Palaces of the Rich

The Steps of the Palaces of the Rich

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May

2017

This year's May Day sermon is an expanded version of a speech I gave this morning at the dedication by Alderman Carlos Ramirez Rosa of Chicago's 35th Ward of an honorary street named for the great radical freedom fighter Lucy Parsons.We’re all here today because of Lucy Gonzalez Parsons. And when I say we’re here today ...
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Race to the Top

Race to the Top

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Apr

2017

Ever since the 2016 election, when the Democratic establishment faced a surprisingly strong challenge from Bernie Sanders and his relatively mild form of economic leftism, liberal partisans have insisted that everyone in America is underselling the damage done by racism.  (Everyone, that is, except themselves.  No one rol ...
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