Electoralism

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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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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Climbing The Ladder: Brown Politicians Will Not Save Us

In the rush to celebrate the new found diversity of the recently elected Congress, we may miss the larger picture and purpose of structures of power in the U.S. Ella Mendoza is an undocumented organizer based in Salt Lake City, Utah and the artist behind the accompanying artwork. Follow them on Instagram. By Ella Mendoza […]

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Abolishing ICE by Funding It

In spite of promises to “Abolish ICE,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other newly elected progressive Democrats voted to fund it on their very first day in office. Some may find the arguments presented in this commentary about AOC surprising but this fits well within the statements she made in a recent 60 Minutes interview that “She’d […]

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Socialist Faces in High Places: Elections & the Left

A critical collection of writings looking at left electoralism and strategy in the US and internationally. DOWNLOAD A FREE COPY: PDF | ibook WHITE BACKGROUND FOR PRINTING: PDF | ibook (Introduction Below) Contents Introduction, Black Rose/Rosa Negra Social Media Team The Lure Of Elections: From Political Power To Popular Power by Frank Ascaso, Enrique Guerrero-López, […]

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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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Elections, Power, & the DSA: The Failure of the Left in Power

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Recently It’s Going Down podcast interviewed a member of Black Rose/Rosa Negra Anarchist Federation, Patrick, on a wide range of topics related to the utility of electoral politics for advancing socialist politics and the fight for a new world. Covered are both recent and past examples of the left winning power […]

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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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Horizontalism: Anarchism, Power and the State

We are excited to present “Horizontalism: Anarchism, Power and the State” by Mark Bray which appears as a chapter in the collection Anarchism: A Conceptual Approach from Routledge. In this piece Bray relates a range of global movements from mass neighborhood assemblies in Argentina, to the squares movement in Europe and Occupy Wall Street to various political conceptions of power, […]

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