BRRN Blog

Oppressor and Oppressed Nations: Sketching a Taxonomy of Imperialism

With much of the left’s analysis of imperialism trending towards simplistic binaries of imperialism and anti-imperialism, a deeper analysis of the relationships between states created by modern imperialism and colonialism are desperately needed. This thoughtful essay by Sweden-based author Gabriel Kuhn provides attempts to outline how we might form an alternate and more useful model […]

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A Feminist Movement to End Capitalism, Part II: Between the Feminist Wave and the Green Sea

Black Rose/Rosa Negra is a proud feminist organization. We take our political inspiration from the historical struggles of working class women, including those who carried out their work in the name of other movements or ideologies. While we value the feminisms that can be found in our own neighborhoods and workplaces, we also seek to […]

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Feminism is Everywhere: Building a Multisectoral, Transversal Movement in Chile

By This Is Hell! Podcast Live from Santiago, organizer Bree Busk explores the rise of a multisectoral, transversal feminist movement in Chile – connecting the oppression of women, workers, migrants and indigenous people in Chilean society with the power of capitalism, patriarchy and the state, and linking social movements together in solidarity and shared struggle for liberation. […]

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Women in the Revolution: The Forgotten History of Las Sandinistas

By La Virgen Memory can be tricky. As time passes bigger chunks are lost, stories have less details, and soon enough the story is buried. Historical memory mimics this on a larger scale with important events and figures becoming forgotten and buried within the history books – with all that’s left being recycled quotes circulating […]

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From Below Podcast: Feminism Against Capitalism

We are excited to present the premiere episode of From Below Podcast on International Women’s Days. This coming week we will be releasing introduction episode to meet our hosts Markie and Pedro. For our first episode, released on International Women’s Day 2019, Markie and Pedro discuss two examples of anti-capitalist feminism. The discussion starts around […]

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Socialist Dog Catchers (or Presidents) Won’t Save Us

A commentary engaging the debate around the socialist left’s relationship to electoral politics and the call for “A Socialist in Every District.” Patrick Berkman sheds new light on the history of socialist electoralism while spelling out a clear alternative vision. By Patrick Berkman There’s a certain type of socialist that reminds me of highway planners. […]

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Elections and Class Struggle in South Africa: The Question of State Power and the Anarchist Response

Below we republish a critical reflection on the question of elections and class struggle – an issue that faces the South African left and which the US left is just beginning to take up again. Editorial note: An important point of context in the opening of the article is the reference to NUMSA (National Union […]

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Do All Organizing Roads Lead to Bernie?

A Response to Eric Blanc’s Interview on Dead Pundit Society From a West Virginia Teacher and Strike Leader By Michael Mochaidean On a recent interview with the Dead Pundit Society podcast, episode “Teachers Strike Wave 2019:  Denver Edition w/ Eric Blanc” writer and journalist Eric Blanc argued that the recent wave of education strikes are […]

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“If You Want a General Strike, Organize Your Co-Workers” Interview with Joe Burns

The following interview with Joe Burns, author of the important labor text Reviving The Strike, takes up the evergreen questions of the role of strikes and building a base within our workplaces. With the recent wave of teacher strikes these questions are back on the radar of the U.S. left but this interview from 2012 […]

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Update: West Virginia Walkouts Beats Back Neoliberal Education Bill

A #55Strong Update on the Omnibus Bill Walkouts From a West Virginia Teacher By Michael Mochaidean On Monday, February 17th, Presidents of the three major education unions in West Virginia announced a statewide walkout by union members in opposition to the Senate’s Omnibus Education bill – SB451. As mentioned previously, SB451’s key sponsor, Patricia Rucker, […]

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