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More than a year after the explosion in Beirut, Joseph Daher writes on the continuing hegemony of the sectarian neoliber...
10/08/2021
Continuous Crisis in Lebanon – Spectre Journal

More than a year after the explosion in Beirut, Joseph Daher writes on the continuing hegemony of the sectarian neoliberal parties in Lebanon

Over a year after the explosion in Beirut, Joseph Daher explains why Lebanon's neoliberal sectarian parties are likely to maintain their hegemony.

Dan Boscov-Ellen: "Climate anger is a defiant fist raised in the face of injustice and inhumanity, stemming not from fea...
10/01/2021
In Defense of Climate Anger – Spectre Journal

Dan Boscov-Ellen: "Climate anger is a defiant fist raised in the face of injustice and inhumanity, stemming not from fear and bigotry, but from solidarity and the conviction that we must defend ourselves and our home against the world-consuming nihilism of capital."

Our biospheric breakdown is not a tragedy but a crime—a crime so egregious that we must raise our collective fist in righteous anger.

Our editor Charlie Post analyzes the trajectory of contemporary socialist electoralism, spelling out the limits of the “...
09/18/2021
What Happened to the "Dirty Break"? – Spectre Journal

Our editor Charlie Post analyzes the trajectory of contemporary socialist electoralism, spelling out the limits of the “dirty break” strategy

Spectre Journal – What Happened to the "Dirty Break"? The Evolution of a Socialist Electoral Strategy, by Charles Post

Nandita Sharma responds to Neil Braganza's critical review (in our third print issue) of her book Home Rule
09/13/2021
Decolonization without National Sovereignty – Spectre Journal

Nandita Sharma responds to Neil Braganza's critical review (in our third print issue) of her book Home Rule

Nandita Sharma responds to Neil Braganza's review of her book Home Rule: National Sovereignty and the Separation of Natives and Migrants

John Clegg and Adaner Usmani respond to Jack Norton and David Stein's recent Spectre critique of their account of the ri...
09/10/2021
Reifying Racism – Spectre Journal

John Clegg and Adaner Usmani respond to Jack Norton and David Stein's recent Spectre critique of their account of the rise of mass incarceration in the US, which appeared in Catalyst: A Journal of Theory and Strategy.

John Clegg and Adaner Usmani respond to Norton and Stein's critique of their analysis of the rise of mass incarceration.

Deepa Kumar on the legacy of imperial feminism. The new edition of her book, much of it rewritten for the 20th anniversa...
09/04/2021
Afghan Women Betrayed – Spectre Journal

Deepa Kumar on the legacy of imperial feminism. The new edition of her book, much of it rewritten for the 20th anniversary of 9/11, comes out next week!

Twentyt years after 9/11, Deepa Kumar explores the image of the Muslim woman animating imperial feminism.

Tomorrow catch Keith Rosenthal on This is Hell! podcast talking about his latest piece for Spectre
08/31/2021
Carceral Histories of Disability – Spectre Journal

Tomorrow catch Keith Rosenthal on This is Hell! podcast talking about his latest piece for Spectre

An Abolitionist Analysis: Tracking the Carceral Histories of Disability by Keith Rosenthal in Spectre Magazine

What can abolitionist politics teach us about the history of disability? Keith Rosenthal elaborates...
08/23/2021
Carceral Histories of Disability – Spectre Journal %

What can abolitionist politics teach us about the history of disability? Keith Rosenthal elaborates...

An Abolitionist Analysis of Transinstutionalization, or the Carceral Histories of Disability by Keith Rosenthal

Huey Hewitt interrogates the relationship between Afropessimism and apocalypse, probing its strategic limits in relation...
07/26/2021
To Save the World – Spectre Journal

Huey Hewitt interrogates the relationship between Afropessimism and apocalypse, probing its strategic limits in relation to the struggle for Black liberation

Huey Hewitt argues that Afropessimism is antithetical to the politics of friendship necessary for any serious project of Black liberation.

What's the state of Marxist theory in Japan? Gavin Walker talks to Selim Nadi about Japanese Marxism, from early 20th ce...
07/09/2021
Rethinking Japan’s Red Years – Spectre Journal

What's the state of Marxist theory in Japan? Gavin Walker talks to Selim Nadi about Japanese Marxism, from early 20th century debates to contemporary arguments:

Gavin Walker discusses the history and state of Marxist theory in Japan from the early 20th century to the present day.

Spectre's Ashley Smith interviews Michael Roberts on the state of the global economy after lockdown
07/06/2021
Out of Lockdown and Back into the Long Depression – Spectre Journal

Spectre's Ashley Smith interviews Michael Roberts on the state of the global economy after lockdown

Ashley Smith interviews Marxist economist Michael Roberts about the deeper reasons for capitalism’s contemporary malaise, the shape and contradictions of the recovery, and debates between Marxists and Keynesians about the ability of government spending to restore growth and profitability to capita...

This Fourth of July, read Lee Cyphers on the role of classical and other U.S. Military Bands in manufacturing patriotism...
07/04/2021
And the Band Plays On: Manufacturing Patriotism – Spectre Journal

This Fourth of July, read Lee Cyphers on the role of classical and other U.S. Military Bands in manufacturing patriotism, promoting class distinction, and defending imperialism

The role of classical and other U.S. Military Bands in manufacturing patriotism, promoting class distinction, and defending imperialism.

Great feature-length essay on Ronald Suny's recent Stalin bio, the politics of memory, and Georgian Marxism from Bryan G...
06/30/2021
Soso’s Socialism – Spectre Journal

Great feature-length essay on Ronald Suny's recent Stalin bio, the politics of memory, and Georgian Marxism from Bryan Gigantino

Thinking alongside Ronald Suny's magnum opus, Bryan Gigantano writes about the politics of remembering Stalin in Georgia and the fate of that country after the fall of the USSR.

Leopoldo Múnera Ruiz on the Colombian general strikes
06/29/2021
A Multitude in Precarious Conditions

Leopoldo Múnera Ruiz on the Colombian general strikes

Professor Leopoldo Múnera Ruiz analyzes the social composition and politics of the recent and massive Colombian strikes

Our editor A Ron Jaffe interviews Zenab Ahmed about the Qu**rs against Israeli Apartheid contingent at NYC’s Q***r Liber...
06/26/2021
Palestine is Q***r: Anti-Zionism at NYC's Q***r Liberation March –

Our editor A Ron Jaffe interviews Zenab Ahmed about the Qu**rs against Israeli Apartheid contingent at NYC’s Q***r Liberation March

An interview with Zenab Ahmed on q***r and Palestinian liberation and the Qu**rs Against Israeli Apartheid contingent at NYC's Pride march

In light of the recent Peruvian election results, we would do well to heed the lessons of OAS intervention in Bolivia tw...
06/22/2021
Manufacturing Legitimacy – Spectre Journal

In light of the recent Peruvian election results, we would do well to heed the lessons of OAS intervention in Bolivia two years ago. Angela Marino and Derek Cross explain what happened.

Given the recent election in Peru it is important to remember the lessons of OAS intervention in Bolivia.

In our fifth issue, coming out next May, we're soliciting accounts of trans organizing outside of the US and Western Eur...
06/18/2021
Trans Organizing in Times of Mass Struggle – Spectre Journal

In our fifth issue, coming out next May, we're soliciting accounts of trans organizing outside of the US and Western Europe. What role have trans organizers played in catalyzing mass struggles? Read our call for submissions for more info:

Spectre Journal plans to publish in Issue Five a series of short essays that consider the involvement of trans organizers in recent cycles of struggle.

David McNally takes on the new reformism, asking how we should understand the meaning of revolution for the current mome...
06/16/2021
What Is the Meaning of Revolution Today? – Spectre Journal

David McNally takes on the new reformism, asking how we should understand the meaning of revolution for the current moment. He'll be chatting about this during the upcoming Revolutionary Rehearsals event, which is an exclusive for our donors. Anyone who donates any amount will receive any invitation. Link in the comments.

Spectre editor David McNally confronts the new reformism, calling for radical honesty as we assess the meaning of revolution today.

Our first exclusive Zoom event for donors is coming up on June 30. Everyone who donates will receive a link for a book l...
06/15/2021

Our first exclusive Zoom event for donors is coming up on June 30. Everyone who donates will receive a link for a book launch and debate over the 2nd Revolutionary Rehearsals volume – don't miss it!

Donate here: https://donorbox.org/spectre

Our first exclusive Zoom event for donors is coming up on June 30. Everyone who donates will receive a link for a book launch and debate over the 2nd Revolutionary Rehearsals volume – don't miss it!

Donate here: https://donorbox.org/spectre

Our 3rd issue is now online! If you haven't received it in the mail yet but are eager to dig in, here you go...
06/13/2021
Volume 2, Issue 1, Spring 2021 – Spectre Journal

Our 3rd issue is now online! If you haven't received it in the mail yet but are eager to dig in, here you go...

Class Struggle and Racial Justice after the Union Drive at Amazon A Roundtable Robin D.G. Kelley, Barbara Madeloni, Kim Moody, Frances (Amazon worker), Nantina Vgontzas, Ellen David Friedman, Joe Burns, and Michael Goldfield

If you can afford to sign up for a monthly donation, please do – every little bit helps! It's only because of reader sup...
06/12/2021
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If you can afford to sign up for a monthly donation, please do – every little bit helps! It's only because of reader support that Spectre is able to survive...

Spectre launched on International Women's Day last year, and since then we've mailed out 3 print issues, published over 150 web articles, and broadcast over a dozen Spectre Live! events. But believe it or not, subscriptions alone don't cover the c...

Running a print journal without foundation funding is expensive. Even with our editors working for free, subscriptions d...
06/07/2021
Keep Spectre haunting! | Spectre Journal (Powered by Donorbox)

Running a print journal without foundation funding is expensive. Even with our editors working for free, subscriptions don't cover the cost of printing our issues. If you can afford to help us out, please do! Every little bit helps...

Spectre launched on International Women's Day last year, and since then we've mailed out 3 print issues, published over 150 web articles, and broadcast over a dozen Spectre Live! events. But believe it or not, subscriptions alone don't cover the c...

Swati Birla and Kuver Sinha explain why we can't uncritically boost an amorphous global South in the name of fighting va...
06/04/2021
The Making of India’s Vaccine Famine – Spectre Journal

Swati Birla and Kuver Sinha explain why we can't uncritically boost an amorphous global South in the name of fighting vaccine imperialism if it means siding with the most repugnant pandemic capitalists imaginable

The inexorable future toward which vaccine capitalism is taking us is a Covid endemic: a future where Covid is a treatable disease for the upper middle classes and a continuous deadly infectious disease with a steady level of fatalities among the poor.

Alex King reviews Andreas Malm and the Zetkin Collective's new book on "fossil fascism."
05/28/2021
Know Your Enemy – Spectre Journal

Alex King reviews Andreas Malm and the Zetkin Collective's new book on "fossil fascism."

In this original, empirically rich study, Andreas Malm and the Zetkin Collective provide a systematic inquiry into the political ecology of the far right in the twenty-first century.

William Clare Roberts draws strategic lessons from the Paris Commune, reflecting 150 years later. Writing against the tw...
05/26/2021
After the Commune – Spectre Journal

William Clare Roberts draws strategic lessons from the Paris Commune, reflecting 150 years later. Writing against the twin pitfalls of romanticism and defeatism, he asks how a more realistic strategic assessment can benefit contemporary social struggles.

Upon the 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune, William Clare Roberts argues that a realistic balance sheet is needed to shape socialist strategy in the present.

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