Commentary

Love and Fire: Boots Riley on Art, Labor, and Mass Movements

The Coup’s 2012 album, also titled “Sorry to Bother You” (intended to be the film’s soundtrack, before the screenplay started getting the attention of various famous musicians like Janelle Monáe, who ended up on the film’s actual soundtrack) came with an insert featuring this short treatise laying out Boots Riley’s communist political praxis. For much […]

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In November We Remember Those Who Gave Everything

Veteran Tariq Khan reflects on the hollow legacy of Veterans Day and connects the history of November 11 to remembering those who fought for a better world. By Tariq Khan and other BRRN members On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the working class people who made up […]

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Hope vs Fear: The Future of Anticapitalist Politics in Latin America

By Pablo Abufom  (Versión Español Debajo) When faced with complex and painful phenomena, poetic metaphors and comparisons flourish. Regarding the current political situation in Latin America, I too want to add to the current rain of metaphors. 1. The new growth of right-wing politics, evangelical conservatism and neofascist grassroots movements in Latin America is like […]

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Of Movements and Midterms: A Salvo on Electoralism

The following article was originally published by Salvo, a quarterly newspaper focused on working class perspectives based in San Gabriel Valley and the greater Los Angeles area. Visit their website to download a free copy and donate to receive a copy.  By Salvo Magazine Editorial Collective If you weren’t already made excruciatingly aware by the deluge of […]

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No Time for Patience: Fascism, Climate, and Capitalism

Image: La Rote Art. (IG: @slarote / Blog) By Mark Bray, TruthOut We are living in ominous times. Every week something new: white supremacist murders in Kentucky and Pittsburgh; the continued rise of the far right in Europe; Trump’s attack on transgender rights; the election of aspiring tyrant Jair Bolsonaro to the Brazilian presidency; the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report that climate catastrophe is likely only […]

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Kali Akuno on Lenin’s Vanguard Party

The following is a transcript of a live Q&A session with Kali Akuno hosted on Twitter by Black Socialists of America (@BlackSocialists) on October 10, 2018. We found the discussion valuable and hope to offer more content like this. See below for the original tweets and videos.  Q: What do you think of the Leninist idea that […]

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Between Infoshops and Insurrection: U.S. Anarchism, Movement Building, and the Racial Order

This now classic essay by the late Joel Olson (1967-2012) reflects on the state of US anarchist milieu from the 1990’s through the 2000’s. Olson was a long time anarchist writer, organizer, political theorist and veteran of both Love & Rage Anarchist Federation and the anarchist influenced Bring the Ruckus organization. A major focus of his writing […]

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Is Student Activism Enough?

By Patrick St. John Freddie DeBoer has a blogpost up at Jacobin, titled “Student Activism Isn’t Enough.” It’s classic Freddie: write an entire essay shitting on student activism, then closing it by saying actually, student activism is pretty great and important, keep it up! DeBoer claims “the university can’t be the key site of left-wing (or any […]

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My September Eleven

By Cí Melosa Originally published in El Coyote, translated from Portuguese by the author.  The month? September. The day? Eleven. The year? Oh! The year. 1973. You thought I would say 2001, right? Yeah, this time we’ll talk about another September 11, the one that happened in 1973. I’m not afraid of backlash. I’m a writer. […]

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Where Movements Go to Die: The Democrats are Draining the Resistance’s Life

By Eoin Higgins, Paste Magazine For a brief, fleeting moment, it seemed that this time it might be different. Donald Trump’s inauguration was followed by the largest one-day protest in American history. The next week, spontaneous actions broke out across the country’s airports in response to the administration’s travel ban. People started talking about a general […]

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