New Politics magazine

New Politics magazine Founded in 1961, New Politics is a bi-annual journal of the Left.

Why We Publish New Politics is an independent socialist forum for dialogue and debate on the left. We support unions and workers’ struggles throughout the world. We are committed to the advancement of the peace and anti-intervention movements. We stand in opposition to all forms of imperialism and oppression, and we are uncompromising in our defense of the rights of women, people of color, lesbians, gays and the transgendered. In our pages there is broad coverage of labor, social movements, and the international scene, as well as emphasis on cultural and intellectual history. Above all, New Politics insists on the centrality of democracy to socialism and on the need to rely on mass movements from below for progressive social transformation. These are critical times. Not since before the New Deal have working people in this country been so vulnerable, and perhaps never before have big business and the right been so aggressive and dominant. Abroad, U.S. military and corporate power embraces the world in a stranglehold. There are hopeful signs: resistance to austerity policies in Greece and France, strikes in China and South Africa, a violently-repressed but still living movement for democracy in Iran, new progressive social movements and socialist political parties in Latin America, heightened global outrage at the repression and intransigence of the Israeli state. And here in the U.S., there have been some encouraging developments: a vibrant immigrant rights movement, growing opposition to the war in Afghanistan, grassroots demands for jobs and a real stimulus program, the beginnings of a backlash against Tea Party fanaticism. Yet the left remains too organizationally and intellectually weak to seriously challenge the Establishment. New Politics seeks to revitalize the left as a step towards the creation of an international movement to replace capitalism, as well as non-capitalist exploitative systems, with socialism. NP is not attached or subordinated to any political party or institution. We stand for popular empowerment and democratic control at every level, opposition to all forms of authoritarianism, no matter how "leftist" their rhetoric -- in short, a politics of socialism from below. During the Cold War, NP was a beacon of principled socialist clarity. It tirelessly exposed the lie that identified the socialist legacy with Communist states. NP championed the struggles of the 60s and 70s movements against the Vietnam War and U.S. intervention in Central America, for women's and black liberation, for union democracy and affirmative action. We enthusiastically supported struggles for democracy in the Soviet bloc. We have firmly defended the rights of both Palestinians and Israelis to self-determination and security. Since the Cold War, we have spoken out against the ravages inflicted by neoliberalism in this country and throughout the world, and we have exposed U.S. imperial aggression in Somalia, the former Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti and elsewhere. NP has been inspired throughout by the vision of a "third camp." During the Cold War it meant "Neither Washington nor Moscow"; today it means opposing Washington's imperial aggression while making no apologies for its antagonists when they are anti-democratic, be they Milosevic, Saddam Hussein, Ahmadinejad, or authoritarian religious fundamentalists. Today, surveying the bleak political landscape, especially in the U.S., some argue that the left should trim its sails and be modest in its ambitions. We dare not do this. Not caution, but bold and imaginative radicalism is needed. The aim of NP is to provide a voice to help transform popular struggles for equality, peace, social justice and freedom of cultural expression into a conscious, intelligent movement for a democratic, just and peaceful world. FOUNDING EDITORS Julius Jacobson (1922-2003) Phyllis Jacobson (1922-2010) EDITORIAL BOARD Sam Bottone Gertrude Ezorsky Barry Finger Thomas Harrison Michael Hirsch Micah Landau Dan La Botz, co-editor Joanne Landy Amy Littlefield Betty Reid Mandell Marvin Mandell Scott McLemee Jason Schulman Stephen R. Shalom, co-editor Bhaskar Sunkara Adaner Usmani, co-editor Lois Weiner Reginald Wilson Julia Wrigley, co-editor SPONSORS Stanley Aronowitz Justin Grossman Derrick Bell (1930-2011) William Kornblum Elaine Bernard Jesse Lemisch Jon Bloom Nelson Lichtenstein Stephen Eric Bronner Ravi Malhotra Mari Jo Buhle David McReynolds Paul Buhle Deborah Meier Lynn Chancer Gwendolyn Mink Noam Chomsky Kim Moody Lorraine Cohen Kai Nielsen Bogdan Denitch Martin Oppenheimer Mark Dow Frances Fox Piven Michael Eric Dyson Nancy Romer Barbara Ehrenreich Ronnie Steinberg Barbara Epstein Stephen Steinberg Sam Farber Amos Vogel (1921-2012) David Finkel Peter Waterman Barbara Garson Stuart Weir Allen Graubard (1938-2012) Cornel West Richard Greeman Howard Zinn (1922-2010) Business manager: Barry Finger

Mission: New Politics, published since 1986 as a semi-annual, follows in the tradition established in its first series (1961-1978) as an independent socialist forum for dialogue and debate on the left. It is committed to the advancement of the peace and anti-intervention movements. It stands in opposition to all forms of imperialism, and is uncompromising in its defense of feminism and affirmative action. In our pages there is broad coverage of labor and social movements, the international scene, as well as emphasis on cultural and intellectual history. Above all, New Politics insists on the centrality of democracy to socialism and on the need to rely on mass movements from below for progressive social transformation.

Escalating Threat of Direct U.S. War Against Iran: Is There A Way Out? – New Politics
05/17/2019
Escalating Threat of Direct U.S. War Against Iran: Is There A Way Out? – New Politics

Escalating Threat of Direct U.S. War Against Iran: Is There A Way Out? – New Politics

The Trump administration is openly taking steps toward a military confrontation with Iran by sending an aircraft carrier, B52 bombers and a Patriot Missile interceptor battery and more naval firepower to the gulf region. A meeting of President Trump’s top national security aides reportedly discuss...

At the Trotsky Conference in Beleaguered Cuba – New Politics
05/15/2019
At the Trotsky Conference in Beleaguered Cuba – New Politics

At the Trotsky Conference in Beleaguered Cuba – New Politics

Last week I was in Cuba to attend an academic conference on Trotsky. The night before the conference began I had arrived very late at the government-regulated air B&B where I was staying. First there had been a thunderstorm in Miami and lightening strikes, hail, and gusts of wind had prevented my pl...

An open letter to Extinction Rebellion – New Politics
05/13/2019
An open letter to Extinction Rebellion – New Politics

An open letter to Extinction Rebellion – New Politics

This letter was collaboratively written with dozens of aligned groups. As the weeks of action called by Extinction Rebellion were coming to an end, our groups came together to reflect on the narrative, strategies, tactics and demands of a reinvigorated climate movement in the UK. In this letter we a...

Should the Green Party Stand Down in 2020? – New Politics
05/06/2019
Should the Green Party Stand Down in 2020? – New Politics

Should the Green Party Stand Down in 2020? – New Politics

We can expect much commentary on why the socialist left should unite behind the Democrats in 2020 to get rid of the dreaded Trump. The Green Party will be told to stand down in the 2020 presidential campaign.

No U.S.-Guaido Coup – Let Venezuelans Decide! – New Politics
05/06/2019
No U.S.-Guaido Coup – Let Venezuelans Decide! – New Politics

No U.S.-Guaido Coup – Let Venezuelans Decide! – New Politics

The U.S.-sponsored coup in Venezuela appears to have fizzled on the first day. But the country remains on a knife-edge. A failure of this coup would leave the Trump administration facing the prospect of its own “Bay of Pigs”-type debacle – when John F. Kennedy in 1961 authorized a CIA-organize...

No U.S.-Guaido Coup – Let Venezuelans Decide! – New Politics
05/05/2019
No U.S.-Guaido Coup – Let Venezuelans Decide! – New Politics

No U.S.-Guaido Coup – Let Venezuelans Decide! – New Politics

The U.S.-sponsored coup in Venezuela appears to have fizzled on the first day. But the country remains on a knife-edge. A failure of this coup would leave the Trump administration facing the prospect of its own “Bay of Pigs”-type debacle – when John F. Kennedy in 1961 authorized a CIA-organize...

PSOE gains from useful vote against the reactionary right – New Politics
05/02/2019
PSOE gains from useful vote against the reactionary right – New Politics

PSOE gains from useful vote against the reactionary right – New Politics

With a turnout of more than 75%, the PSOE (Partido Socialista Obrero Español – Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party) was the main winner (28.70% of votes, with 123 seats, as against 2016 when it obtained 85) against the PP (Partido Popular – Popular Party), which has entered an irreversible crisi...

05/01/2019
The Red Flag - Billy Bragg

The Red Flag - Billy Bragg

Hey! Good song isn't it? This is "The Red Flag" by Billy Bragg in his album "The Internationale". Did you like this video? Well then! You may enjoy my channe...

Gertrude Ezorsky – New Politics
04/30/2019
Gertrude Ezorsky – New Politics

Gertrude Ezorsky – New Politics

[This piece is jointly written but the first-person recollections refer to Nanette Funk, Gertrude’s colleague of many years.]

Gertrude Ezorsky, 1926-2019 – New Politics
04/30/2019
Gertrude Ezorsky, 1926-2019 – New Politics

Gertrude Ezorsky, 1926-2019 – New Politics

Former New Politics board member Gertrude Ezorsky died on April 19, 2019, at the age of 92. The New Politics board mourns her passing and offers some links to help us remember her.

A State of Terror – New Politics
04/25/2019
A State of Terror – New Politics

A State of Terror – New Politics

Sara Henríquez feels betrayed. As a student in the 1980s, she spent all her spare time working towards the Nicaraguan revolution, as a Sandinista youth and university leader, as part of the ‘literacy crusade’ and harvesting coffee and cotton.

Are any of Rosa Luxemburg’s ideas relevant for us today? – New Politics
04/24/2019
Are any of Rosa Luxemburg’s ideas relevant for us today? – New Politics

Are any of Rosa Luxemburg’s ideas relevant for us today? – New Politics

One hundred years after the murder of Polish-German revolutionary socialist Rosa Luxemburg, are any of her ideas relevant for people today who want to transform society to achieve social and ecological justice? I believe the answer is yes. In spite of the many differences between our times and hers,...

To give up on Arab-Jewish partnership is to give up hope – New Politics
04/24/2019
To give up on Arab-Jewish partnership is to give up hope – New Politics

To give up on Arab-Jewish partnership is to give up hope – New Politics

It’s so easy for those in positions of privilege to criticize any action taken by people doing work on the ground as “not radical enough” and to look at the world through a cynical and despondent lens. From that comfortable perch, it’s no wonder that in their recent article, “Let’s stop ...

New York City nurses threatened to strike against the Hospital Alliance—and won – New Politics
04/23/2019
New York City nurses threatened to strike against the Hospital Alliance—and won – New Politics

New York City nurses threatened to strike against the Hospital Alliance—and won – New Politics

In late fall of 2018, nurses from five private New York City hospitals in three competing hospital systems delivered their contract proposals to management. Born from a protracted gestation of surveying democratic priorities and tracking experiences with the previous contract, a triumphant mood pres...

The Two Deaths of Max Shachtman – New Politics
04/22/2019
The Two Deaths of Max Shachtman – New Politics

The Two Deaths of Max Shachtman – New Politics

How we admired and respected Max! The “we” was small in number of course, for how many revolutionary socialists were there in the Thirties in this country? Only a handful of Trotskyists and not all of them had that special feeling for Max shared by “my crowd,” some barely teenagers, others i...

Trump’s Controversial Decision on Iran’s Revolutionary Guards – New Politics
04/22/2019
Trump’s Controversial Decision on Iran’s Revolutionary Guards – New Politics

Trump’s Controversial Decision on Iran’s Revolutionary Guards – New Politics

There is little question that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is bad news. Some of its units have engaged in severe repression of nonviolent dissidents, supported Assad’s brutal counter-insurgency operations in Syria, backed hardline Islamist militia in several foreign countries, and ...

It Gets Worse
04/21/2019
It Gets Worse

It Gets Worse

What’s in store as the planet heats up

The Limerick Soviet: 100 Year Anniversary
04/19/2019
The Limerick Soviet: 100 Year Anniversary

The Limerick Soviet: 100 Year Anniversary

The story of the Limerick Soviet is most likely not widely known outside of Ireland and England. However, in April 1919 the people of Limerick stormed the world’s stage by proclaiming workers cont…

Puerto Rico: A U.S. Colony in the Caribbean – New Politics
04/19/2019
Puerto Rico: A U.S. Colony in the Caribbean – New Politics

Puerto Rico: A U.S. Colony in the Caribbean – New Politics

In 1898 the U.S. military invaded and seized Puerto Rico and Cuba during the Spanish-American War. Unlike Cuba, Puerto Rico has not yet achieved independence and the United States continues to exert political, economic, judicial, and military control over the Island.

Venezuela: MAREA SOCIALISTA begins a new phase – New Politics
04/19/2019
Venezuela: MAREA SOCIALISTA begins a new phase – New Politics

Venezuela: MAREA SOCIALISTA begins a new phase – New Politics

Amid the deep crisis that Venezuela is going through, the national coordination of our organization, together with a representation of our international current, the Anticapitalist Network, has analyzed, evaluated, and reevaluated Venezuela’s political situation. We looked at what has been done up...

For Nicaraguans April Never Ended – New Politics
04/19/2019
For Nicaraguans April Never Ended – New Politics

For Nicaraguans April Never Ended – New Politics

This awakening was not about ideologies, but for the country and against a common adversary: the Ortega-Murillo dictatorship. Nobody prepared us or financed us.

California Teachers on the March: An Interview with Joel Jordan – New Politics
04/17/2019
California Teachers on the March: An Interview with Joel Jordan – New Politics

California Teachers on the March: An Interview with Joel Jordan – New Politics

Johanna Brenner (JB): On February 21, Oakland’s 3,000 teachers went out on strike after two years of failed negotiations with the Oakland Unified School District. Clearly, the strike got the District’s attention and a deal was won after teachers held strong for seven days. What did the teachers ...

04/14/2019
Yellow Vest Movement Struggles to Reinvent Democracy as Macron Cranks Up Propaganda and Repression – New Politics
04/13/2019
Yellow Vest Movement Struggles to Reinvent Democracy as Macron Cranks Up Propaganda and Repression – New Politics

Yellow Vest Movement Struggles to Reinvent Democracy as Macron Cranks Up Propaganda and Repression – New Politics

(Montpellier, April 10) After five months of constant presence at traffic circles, toll-booths and hazardous Saturday marches, the massive, self-organized social movement known as the Yellow Vests has just held its second nationwide “Assembly of Assemblies.” Hundreds of autonomous Yellow Vest ac...

Yet Another Turkish Election – New Politics
04/12/2019
Yet Another Turkish Election – New Politics

Yet Another Turkish Election – New Politics

In February of 2019, districts in the Turkish cities of Ankara and Istanbul began selling produce directly to consumers at local markets in an effort to bypass retailers, who had been characterized by President Recep Tayyip Erdoǧan as “terrorizing” society for private gain. Over the course of 2...

Hands Off Venezuela! For Socialist Democracy! – New Politics
04/11/2019
Hands Off Venezuela! For Socialist Democracy! – New Politics

Hands Off Venezuela! For Socialist Democracy! – New Politics

The foul, brutal hands of U.S. imperialism and its allies are tightening around Venezuela, and there is a strong possibility that a far-right takeover will occur in the near future. This would extinguish the last vestiges of the left-of-center Pink Tide in South America. If this occurs, an entire re...

Yale, Puerto Rico and the Discourse of Benevolent Colonialism – New Politics
04/11/2019
Yale, Puerto Rico and the Discourse of Benevolent Colonialism – New Politics

Yale, Puerto Rico and the Discourse of Benevolent Colonialism – New Politics

Keleher had recently resigned under the shadow of a federal government investigation into the irregularity of contracts concluded during her administration, a period characterized by an extreme reduction of the number of public schools and a move toward the privatization of education on the island.....

Moldova — Like Nothing Happens – New Politics
04/10/2019
Moldova — Like Nothing Happens – New Politics

Moldova — Like Nothing Happens – New Politics

It’s been more than a month since the crucial event in political life of Moldova took place– the February parliament elections. The elections define the future development of the country, which is a parliamentary republic.

Coming to Terms with Actually-Existing Black Life – New Politics
04/09/2019
Coming to Terms with Actually-Existing Black Life – New Politics

Coming to Terms with Actually-Existing Black Life – New Politics

Over the last five years, Black Lives Matter has served as a broad banner uniting citizens from all walks of life against the most egregious and visible use of police force against black civilians. Until the election of Donald Trump, who made his “Blue Lives Matter” commitments well-known from t...

Open Letter to Costas Lapavitsas and Grace Blakeley – New Politics
04/08/2019
Open Letter to Costas Lapavitsas and Grace Blakeley – New Politics

Open Letter to Costas Lapavitsas and Grace Blakeley – New Politics

Political movements define themselves by the stories they tell about the world. The story that is presently being told by the global white supremacist far right is one of a conspiracy between global elites and non-white ethnic minorities to undermine white, Christian, family values. Using “politic...

Facing The Heat – New Politics
04/07/2019
Facing The Heat – New Politics

Facing The Heat – New Politics

In all the long duration of human history, from the ancient sacred crypts of Egypt to the glistening towers of our coastal megapolises, there has never been a crisis as severe, as devastating, or as cataclysmic as the one unfolding now. Unless drastic changes are made in very short order to the huma...

Click here to support Free Kenny Collins Campaign Fund organized by Laura Lising
04/05/2019
Click here to support Free Kenny Collins Campaign Fund organized by Laura Lising

Click here to support Free Kenny Collins Campaign Fund organized by Laura Lising

Kenny Collins is an innocent man who has been in prison in Maryland for 32 years, including 17 years on death row. The facts in his case are shocking and make it clear an injustice was done that must be righted. The facts about the case are below. We are organizing a clemency campaign for Kenny...

Can the Military Be Reformed? – New Politics
04/04/2019
Can the Military Be Reformed? – New Politics

Can the Military Be Reformed? – New Politics

It happens all the time in small towns and big cities across the country. A young person from a poor or working-class family can’t find a good job or afford to pay for higher education. Other family members, a teacher, coach or guidance counselor—who have been in the armed forces themselves—en...

Fidel Castro: His Political Origin, Rule, and Legacy – New Politics
04/04/2019
Fidel Castro: His Political Origin, Rule, and Legacy – New Politics

Fidel Castro: His Political Origin, Rule, and Legacy – New Politics

Cuba has not been at the center of world attention for a long time, particularly after the collapse of the Soviet bloc considerably diminished the island’s importance to US imperialism. For the international left, political developments in other Latin American countries, especially Venezuela, have...

Solidarity with the Algerian People – New Politics
04/01/2019
Solidarity with the Algerian People – New Politics

Solidarity with the Algerian People – New Politics

Algeria is experiencing a popular uprising that is unprecedented since the proclamation of national independence. Since 22 February 2019, following calls launched on the Internet, large rallies, with a massive presence of women, have been organized in all cities, followed by workers and young studen...

A response to an Open Letter from Professional Staff Congress leaders on “$7K or Strike!” – New Politics
04/01/2019
A response to an Open Letter from Professional Staff Congress leaders on “$7K or Strike!” – New Politics

A response to an Open Letter from Professional Staff Congress leaders on “$7K or Strike!” – New Politics

As members of the $7K or Strike Campaign (which includes City University of New York [CUNY] adjuncts, tenure-track/tenured faculty, HEOs, CLTs, students, and other NYC union members) we are deeply disappointed by the March 21, 2019 letter signed by PSC Principal Officers Barbara Bowen, Andrea Vásqu...

The British Labour Party – The Largest Sect in the World – New Politics
03/30/2019
The British Labour Party – The Largest Sect in the World – New Politics

The British Labour Party – The Largest Sect in the World – New Politics

“Destiny guides our fortunes more favorably than we could have expected. Look there, Sancho Panza, my friend, and see those thirty or so wild giants, with whom I intend to do battle and kill each and all of them, so with their stolen booty we can begin to enrich ourselves. This is nobel, righteous...

Latest News From France: Online Discussion on Sunday – New Politics
03/22/2019
Latest News From France: Online Discussion on Sunday – New Politics

Latest News From France: Online Discussion on Sunday – New Politics

The situation here may be reaching a showdown between the Macron government, which is now considering using the Army against the Yellow Vests, and the social movement, to whose demands the regime continues to turn a deaf ear.

More on the Oakland Teachers’ Strike – New Politics
03/19/2019
More on the Oakland Teachers’ Strike – New Politics

More on the Oakland Teachers’ Strike – New Politics

Editor’s note: This article responds to analysis New Politics has already published on the Oakland teachers’ strike. In hosting different viewpoints on the strike, New Politics continues its tradition of opening its pages (and now its website) to debates about labor struggles and social justice....

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