The Left in Power

Capitalist Development in Nicaragua and the Mirage of the Left

Following up on our recent coverage of the protest in Nicaragua we present this piece looking at the broader context of the left-wing Sandinistas and Daniel Ortega in state power and their model of capitalist development. We recommend our previous postings “One Million Hands Flourishing” by Tanya H.F. and “It’s No Longer About Social Security: […]

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A Door Has Been Opened: Nicaragua’s April 19 Uprising

Woman leading chant with head band with blue text "Nicaragua"

Complementing our recent articles on the April 2018 protest movement that broke out against proposed neoliberal reforms in Nicaragua, we are excited to republish a more in-depth piece with an inside view into the protests. The piece begins with a day-by-day account of the protests and then dives into the deeper context of underlying issues, […]

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It’s No Longer About Social Security: Inside the Nicaraguan Student Protests

Following up on our article “One Million Hands Flourishing: Nicaragua and the Neverending Task of Planting” by US based Nicaraguan anarchist Tanya H.F. we present an interview with Miranda, a Nicaraguan based anarchist who is deeply involved in the student protest and university occupations. This was based on a podcast interview on Hotwire # 28 released […]

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One Million Hands Flourishing: Nicaragua and the Neverending Task of Planting

By Tanya H.F. The indigenous neighborhood of Monimbo in Masaya, Nicaragua has a long legacy of resistance. Masaya is located less than an hour Southeast of the capital, Managua. In 1978, the people of Monimbo barricaded themselves, used makeshift weapons and prevented the National Guard from coming into the city, winning the first major victory […]

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“Electoral Pursuits Have Veered Us Away”: Kali Akuno on Movement Lessons from Jackson

By Adam Weaver Introduction Pledging to make Jackson become “the most radical city on the planet,” the July 2017 election of Chokwe Antar Lumumba as Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi is by many accounts an inspiration as to the ability of the left to critically engage in social change through elected office. By no means an […]

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The Postmodern Left and the Success of Neoliberalism

By Scott Jay The rise of neoliberalism across the globe for decades, and its continued resilience since the 2007-2008 financial crisis in particular, forces us to ask why there has not been a more successful resistance against it. We might start with the changing structure of the working class, especially in the West, and that […]

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On Popular Power in Venezuela: A Statement by Uruguayan Anarchists

The political situation in Venezuela continues to be embattled and the legacy of Chavismo is one that remains contested and debated on the left. We republish this translated statement by the Federación Anarquista Uruguaya (FAU) with their perspectives on the current situation (original link). Founded in 1956 the FAU was one of the strongest anarchist […]

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“If You Want a Better Capitalism”: An Interview on Social Democracy with Gabriel Kuhn

In the era of Trump, there’s a clear and growing interest in socialism, especially among young people. The first measurable shift began to peek over the horizon in polling data done in the wake of the Occupy movement, showing 49 percent of people ages 18-29 favored socialism over capitalism. The political terrain of the US was rocked […]

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Political Situation in Venezuela: Crisis, Trends, and the Challenge of Class Independence

VERSIÓN EN ESPAÑOL/SPANISH VERSION: Anarkismo y Rebelión An examination of Venezuela’s process of social transformation, popular struggles and resulting contradictions under Chavismo, PSUV and now Maduro. Author note: This article is a humble attempt to contribute to a critical balance sheet on the process of change and the present political situation in Venezuela. It does […]

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A Blueprint for a Party of an Old Type

“Blueprint for a New Party” recently published in Jacobin Magazine advocates a model of building a new left electoral party – but author Scott Jay argues it is strategy that leads to campaigning for Democrats and expanding the focus on electoralism rather than a path to strengthening social movements. By Scott Jay These are desperate […]

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