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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.
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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.

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"The fundamental contradiction between production for exchange (profit) versus production for use (need) ... is the sour...
10/12/2020
The Hunger of Vibrant Matter: Materialism and Food in the Pandemic - New Politics

"The fundamental contradiction between production for exchange (profit) versus production for use (need) ... is the source not only of intermittent food deprivation, but of chronic and acute, life-threatening hunger for hundreds of millions of people worldwide."

The reigning narrative about the looming food crisis-upon-crisis has pointed to "logistical" issues to explain away the crisis of commodity production.

"We are now three weeks from the U.S. presidential election as the country sees a worsening of the pandemic, a continued...
10/11/2020
Trump’s Campaign Stumbling, Biden Rising, Still Danger of a Coup Attempt—Coronavirus Surges, Economy Stagnant, Armed Groups Plot Insurrection - New Politics

"We are now three weeks from the U.S. presidential election as the country sees a worsening of the pandemic, a continued economic crisis, threats of armed violence from the right, and an increasingly erratic President Donald Trump whose own experience with coronavirus leads him—perhaps because of side effects of his steroid mediation—to see himself as a superman."

The Michigan insurrection plot increases the fear that the president will attempt to steal the election.

Six members of the New Politics editorial board argue against campaigning for Biden and for building a militant, democra...
10/11/2020
Don't Support Biden, Even Against Trump - New Politics

Six members of the New Politics editorial board argue against campaigning for Biden and for building a militant, democratic, independent left

We need a militant, democratic, independent left, both in the street and at the polls.

“By kicking Howie and Angela off the ballot in Wisconsin and then publicly celebrating this naked act of self-serving di...
10/10/2020
Voter Suppression, Democratic Party Style - New Politics

“By kicking Howie and Angela off the ballot in Wisconsin and then publicly celebrating this naked act of self-serving disenfranchisement, the Democrats have made plain their intention to ‘save democracy from Trump’ by killing it themselves first and then dancing on the grave.”

In a number of states, Democrats are actively trying to keep the Green Party off the ballot.

"Early reactions to these events suggest that they will contribute to the continued downward spiral of Trump’s campaign,...
10/07/2020
Trump Contracts COVID, Aides Also Sick, His Campaign in Crisis - New Politics

"Early reactions to these events suggest that they will contribute to the continued downward spiral of Trump’s campaign, which has been losing support because of his poor handling of the pandemic. But it is too early to say for sure what the effect will be."

Early reactions to these events suggest that they will contribute to the continued downward spiral of Trump’s campaign.

"Just weeks out from the October 18 elections, Bolivia’s coup government is again in crisis following the departure of t...
10/05/2020
Bolivia: Amid new crisis, coup government seeks to divide spoils, impunity - New Politics

"Just weeks out from the October 18 elections, Bolivia’s coup government is again in crisis following the departure of three key ministers over an unconstitutional attempt to privatise an electricity company.

"It comes as polls show Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) presidential candidate Luis Arce potentially winning in the first round, less than a year after his party was thrown out of office by a right-wing coup."

Just weeks out from the October 18 elections, Bolivia’s coup government is again in crisis.

"U.S. President Donald Trump has refused in repeated interviews to promise a peaceful transfer of power should he lose, ...
09/30/2020
Trump Refuses to Promise a Peaceful Transfer of Power Should He Lose - New Politics

"U.S. President Donald Trump has refused in repeated interviews to promise a peaceful transfer of power should he lose, his statements causing consternation among the public, the Democratic Party opposition, and even in his own Republican Party."

Almost any scenario we can imagine might well lead to armed conflicts in American streets between Trump’s supporters and his opponents.

"Six years after the Night of Iguala, the case of the 43 perhaps stands as the litmus test in determining the nature of ...
09/29/2020
Hearts on Fire for the 43 - New Politics

"Six years after the Night of Iguala, the case of the 43 perhaps stands as the litmus test in determining the nature of the Mexican State. What will prevail? A viable State committed to human rights, justice and democracy or an endlessly corrupted and brutal version of it."

On the 6th anniversary of the disappearance of the 43 Ayoztinapa college students, a flurry of developments is spurring optimism among their supporters.

New Politics editorial board member Dan La Botz explains why he is reluctantly voting for Biden
09/27/2020
Why I’m for Voting For Biden and Urge You To Do So - New Politics

New Politics editorial board member Dan La Botz explains why he is reluctantly voting for Biden

I wish I could vote for the Green Party, a labor party, a socialist party, or some other progressive party on the left that represented a mass movement. Unfortunately there is no such alternative. It has not been easy for me to arrive at this position or to publicly advocate it. But I have and I am....

"It is absolutely true that left to their own devices, the Democrats have done and will do nothing. They need social mov...
09/26/2020
The greater evil - New Politics

"It is absolutely true that left to their own devices, the Democrats have done and will do nothing. They need social movements, powerful social movements, to compel them to act. But it is also true that social movements can rarely push politicians who are beholden to the most reactionary forces in society."

Stephen R. Shalom criticizes the arguments against lesser-evil voting and makes the case for the Left both to support Biden and build the social movements.

When a new “Progressive International” invited Syria’s Yassin al-Haj Saleh to join, he was happy to accept. When he then...
09/25/2020
A Letter to the Progressive International - New Politics

When a new “Progressive International” invited Syria’s Yassin al-Haj Saleh to join, he was happy to accept. When he then submitted this letter for their publication, they ceased contacting him without explanation.

A new “Progressive International” invited Syria’s Yassin al-Haj Saleh to join, but without expalanation it has not published this letter he submitted.

"For the past month, an unprecedented development has started to take place in Iran. Thousands of women and some men hav...
09/24/2020
The Me Too Movement in Iran: What Is New About It? What Can It Learn From Abolitionist Feminism in U.S.? - New Politics

"For the past month, an unprecedented development has started to take place in Iran. Thousands of women and some men have started to speak publicly on social media about their experiences of sexual harassment, abuse, assault and rape."

Thousands of women and some men have started to speak publicly on social media about their experiences of sexual harassment, abuse, assault and rape.

"The purpose of the book is to arm activists with an understanding of the capitalist economy to help them overthrow it."
09/23/2020
Economics for the People - New Politics

"The purpose of the book is to arm activists with an understanding of the capitalist economy to help them overthrow it."

Steve Leigh reviews Hadas Thier, "A People’s Guide to Capitalism: An Introduction to Marxist Economics" (Haymarket Books, 2020).

"Pro-lifers tear down women. All of us. Even their own. They call themselves pro-life, but they’re really just pro-contr...
09/20/2020
Abortion Clinic Defense: A Testimony - New Politics

"Pro-lifers tear down women. All of us. Even their own. They call themselves pro-life, but they’re really just pro-control. They care nothing for quality of life outside the womb. They would rather stand between a person seeking health care and reproductive justice than stand between a bulldozer and a tent that is someone’s home. They would rather pray on the street corner for all to see than quietly do what they can to ease human suffering and end the cause."

Pro-lifers tear down women. All of us. Even their own. They call themselves pro-life, but they’re really just pro-control.

"Powerful elites are willing to sacrifice the lives and futures of millions to feed their own profits. Teachers are figh...
09/19/2020
What Does a “Safe Return” to School Look Like? Ask Teacher Unions.

"Powerful elites are willing to sacrifice the lives and futures of millions to feed their own profits. Teachers are fighting back." By New Politics editorial board member Lois Weiner and Chicago Teachers Union member Jackson Potter.

Powerful elites are willing to sacrifice the lives and futures of millions to feed their own profits. Teachers are fighting back.

"The Package King is subtitled A Rank-And-File History of UPS, and Allen centers his story on the century-long fight of ...
09/17/2020
Joe Allen’s ‘Package King’ Delivers a Modern History of the Essential Worker - New Politics

"The Package King is subtitled A Rank-And-File History of UPS, and Allen centers his story on the century-long fight of UPS workers to wrest a livable job out of a company that treats them as machinery and to organize within a union that too often has treated them as a dues-paying cash machine."

Danny Katch reviews Joe Allen's new book "The Package King: Rank-And-File History of UPS" (Haymarket Books, 2020).

The following invitation to participate in the First World Congress in Defense of Public Education and Against Education...
09/17/2020
World Congress in Defense of Public Education, Sept 26-27 - New Politics

The following invitation to participate in the First World Congress in Defense of Public Education and Against Educational Neoliberalism was written by a broad coalition of educators in Latin America and Europe. Educators from all over the world are encouraged to register and take part.

invitation to participate in the First World Congress in Defense of Public Education and Against Educational Neoliberalism.

"Remarkably polls show that Trump core supporters—about 40 percent of voters—have not been moved by either his handling ...
09/16/2020
Presidential Election Amidst Conflagration and Coronavirus - New Politics

"Remarkably polls show that Trump core supporters—about 40 percent of voters—have not been moved by either his handling of the coronavirus or his remarks about the military. Independent voters, however, may be turning from Trump."

"Trump was not confused or inadequately briefed: he flat-out lied, repeatedly, about science to the American people."

"Growing up hearing his father recount experiences in Anarchist-run Barcelona as a Lincoln Brigade volunteer, David Grae...
09/09/2020
Living As If Another World Were Possible: Goodbye, David Graeber! - New Politics

"Growing up hearing his father recount experiences in Anarchist-run Barcelona as a Lincoln Brigade volunteer, David Graeber, a renowned anthropologist and organizer, lived according to a lifelong belief that a far fairer world was possible."

David Graeber, a renowned anthropologist and organizer, lived according to a lifelong belief that a far fairer world was possible.

'The Jewish establishment has condemned the NYC Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) for asking candidates if they wou...
09/09/2020
When NYC Jewish Organizations Enthusiastically Supported Boycotts - New Politics

'The Jewish establishment has condemned the NYC Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) for asking candidates if they would forgo plans to take trips to Israel as an act of solidarity with Palestinians. The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), which arranges these trips for City Council members, expressed outrage and that group and a number of politicians raised a cry of “anti-Semitism”. Of course it’s a croc. It’s also hypocrisy.'

There were times when leaders of the Jewish community (very properly) embraced boycotts as necessary measures of self-defense.

The anthropologist and activist David Graeber died earlier this week. Here, we repost remarks that he made in response t...
09/05/2020
Comment on “Popular Rebellion & Imperialist designs" - New Politics

The anthropologist and activist David Graeber died earlier this week. Here, we repost remarks that he made in response to Gilbert Achcar at the time of the NATO bombing of Libya in 2011, as a testament to Graeber’s political commitments and acumen.

In memory of David Graeber, who died this week, we post remarks that he made in response to Gilbert Achcar at the time of the NATO bombing of Libya in 2011.

"If you want a handy little book of just 100 pages that reads like a long Wikipedia article, this is your book. If you w...
09/05/2020
Subcomandante Marcos: The Last Global Ethical Hero? - New Politics

"If you want a handy little book of just 100 pages that reads like a long Wikipedia article, this is your book. If you want a discussion of Marcos’ ideas and his role in Mexican political life and in the global left, you will be disappointed." Dan La Botz reviews Nick Henck, "Subcomandante Marcos: Global Rebel Icon" (Black Rose Books, 2019).

If you want a handy little book of just 100 pages that reads like a long Wikipedia article, this is your book.

Black Lives Matter & the Now Moment
09/04/2020
Black Lives Matter & the Now Moment

Black Lives Matter & the Now Moment

WE LIVE IN an extraordinary moment. One in which many cross currents tussle for sustained dominance. A moment when armed white supremacy groups attempt break-ins to legislative offices in states li…

Nearly 60% of Americans claim that they want a new major political party. With nearly 50% of voters not identifying as e...
09/02/2020
Let Howie Debate! - New Politics

Nearly 60% of Americans claim that they want a new major political party. With nearly 50% of voters not identifying as either Republican or Democrat, it’s time to get new voices on the national stage.

Sign the petition to get more candidates who actually represent you in on the debates!

With nearly 50% of voters not identifying as either Republican or Democrat, it’s time to get new voices on the national stage.

'In their determination and radical nature, contemporary feminisms are initiating radical breaks – in our bodies, on the...
09/01/2020
Revolution Means Taking Care of the Future - New Politics

'In their determination and radical nature, contemporary feminisms are initiating radical breaks – in our bodies, on the streets, in bed, and in the household. The slogan of the feminist movement in Argentina sums them up: “We want to change everything!”'

From its origins in Latin America, the energy of the transnational feminist strike has spread to over 50 countries.

"The class struggle must also be a fight against racism if it is to unite the working class and challenge capitalism."
08/31/2020
Anti-Racism and Class Struggle - New Politics

"The class struggle must also be a fight against racism if it is to unite the working class and challenge capitalism."

Making anti-racism front and center within a strategy of class-based resistance corresponds to the realities of the societies with live in and to the particular features of the present period.

"What public education looks like when all this is over is dependent on what we, as educators, fight for now, and how we...
08/28/2020
Pandemic as Portal? The Fight Around School Reopening - New Politics

"What public education looks like when all this is over is dependent on what we, as educators, fight for now, and how we fight for it."

What public education looks like when all this is over is dependent on what we, as educators, fight for now, and how we fight for it.

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