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

"For those who aim at building a strong movement against racism, Merge Left will give useful ammunition. Using that ammu...
02/21/2020
Race, Class and Electoral Politics: A Book Review – New Politics

"For those who aim at building a strong movement against racism, Merge Left will give useful ammunition. Using that ammunition does not require adopting the author’s attitude of focusing on electing Democrats as a solution to racism." Review by Steve Leigh.

Ian Haney López, Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections and Saving America. New York: The New Press, 2019.

February 21, 1848, is believed to be the day that The Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, wa...
02/21/2020
The Communist Manifesto: Insights and Problems | Institute for Social Ecology

February 21, 1848, is believed to be the day that The Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, was first published. In 1998 our magazine published several articles commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Manifesto. This piece by the late Murray Bookchin is one of those articles. http://social-ecology.org/wp/1998/12/the-communist-manifesto-insights-and-problems/

This article originally appeared in New Politics, vol. 6, no. 4 (new series), whole no. 24, Winter 1998 It is politically restorative to look with a fresh eye at The Manifesto of the Communist Party (to use its original title), written before Marxism was overlaid by reformist, postmodernist, spiritu...

From the archives. Malcolm X, May 19, 1925 to February 21, 1965.
02/21/2020
Malcolm X: A Half Century Later – New Politics

From the archives. Malcolm X, May 19, 1925 to February 21, 1965.

I attended an event for the 50th anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination that was held in the same room where the visionary leader was murdered. The commemoration, aptly titled “I LOVE MALCOLM—A Legacy of Love and Liberation,” celebrated his lifework and highlighted the struggles to be unde...

"If the attack on the Wet’suwet’en was driven by the profit needs of extractive capitalism, the resistance that has emer...
02/21/2020
Indigenous Resistance Shakes the Canadian State – New Politics

"If the attack on the Wet’suwet’en was driven by the profit needs of extractive capitalism, the resistance that has emerged has targeted the flow of goods and services as the most effective form of counter-attack."

In early February, the RCMP, Canada’s colonial police force, raided the land defender camps of the Wet’suwet’en people in British Columbia, in order to clear the way for pipeline construction. Clearly, none of the political decision makers responsible for this repressive action ever imagined t...

"Stanley Heller’s new book may reveal no surprises to a few well-read scholars of the history of the Middle East. Many r...
02/18/2020
Review: Zionist Betrayal of Jews, From Herzl to Netanyahu – New Politics

"Stanley Heller’s new book may reveal no surprises to a few well-read scholars of the history of the Middle East. Many readers, however, who believe they know modern history will be surprised and disconcerted. To put it simply, Heller contends that Zionism has not been a good thing for the Jews and has, in fact, exacerbated Jewish suffering and especially antisemitism."

Stanley Heller’s new book may reveal no surprises to a few well-read scholars of the history of the Middle East. Many readers, however, who believe they know modern history will be surprised and disconcerted. To put it simply, Heller contends that Zionism has not been a good thing for the Jews and...

I was there. It was good.
02/18/2020
New Politics magazine

I was there. It was good.

Report on last month's conference on The China Question, co-sponsored by New Politics

Report on last month's conference on The China Question, co-sponsored by New Politics
02/18/2020
Report: The China Question conference

Report on last month's conference on The China Question, co-sponsored by New Politics

David Brophy reports on The China Question conference in Brooklyn.

'The western mainstream media tends to depict the situation of HK merely in a one dimensional manner, presenting Hong Ko...
02/17/2020
Neither Washington nor Beijing – A backgrounder – New Politics

'The western mainstream media tends to depict the situation of HK merely in a one dimensional manner, presenting Hong Kong a victim of Beijing’s tyranny while the US and the UK as supporters of Hong Kong’s autonomy and democracy. On the other hand, Beijing claims that it remains committed to Hong Kong’s autonomy and democracy but the latter is now under threat from “foreign intervention”. The two sides mirror each other in terms of their argument. The real picture is actually much more complicated.'

The western mainstream media tends to depict the situation of HK merely in a one dimensional manner, presenting Hong Kong a victim of Beijing’s tyranny while the US and the UK as supporters of Hong Kong’s autonomy and democracy. On the other hand, Beijing claims that it remains committed to Hong...

Why we should be wary of blaming ‘overpopulation’ for the climate crisis – New Politics
02/14/2020
Why we should be wary of blaming ‘overpopulation’ for the climate crisis – New Politics

Why we should be wary of blaming ‘overpopulation’ for the climate crisis – New Politics

The annual World Economic Forum in Davos brought together representatives from government and business to deliberate how to solve the worsening climate and ecological crisis. The meeting came just as devastating bush fires were abating in Australia. These fires are thought to have killed up to one b...

Nine Years Against Assad – New Politics
02/13/2020
Nine Years Against Assad – New Politics

Nine Years Against Assad – New Politics

As Bashar al-Assad brutally crushes the last areas not under his control, Joseph Daher, Syrian socialist activist, gave this wide-ranging interview to the UK-based journal Socialist Resistance.

What are the Lessons of the UK Election? – New Politics
02/08/2020
What are the Lessons of the UK Election? – New Politics

What are the Lessons of the UK Election? – New Politics

There have been many articles attempting to explain the crushing defeat of the Labour Party in the UK election of 12 December 2019. Some of them are very insightful, and list reasons that undoubtedly played a part in that defeat. However, I have not come across any which highlight two factors that a...

“Politics Isn’t Poker”: A Response to Andy Sernatinger on DSA and Bernie Sanders – New Politics
02/07/2020
“Politics Isn’t Poker”: A Response to Andy Sernatinger on DSA and Bernie Sanders – New Politics

“Politics Isn’t Poker”: A Response to Andy Sernatinger on DSA and Bernie Sanders – New Politics

Andy Sernatinger’s New Politics article “Bern After Reading: Sanders and Socialist Strategy” raises important questions to think through, whether you’re a member of Democratic Socialists of America or not. Even in the heat of the moment—and the Sanders challenge is “berning” very hot, ...

13 theses on the imminent ecological catastrophe and the (revolutionary) means of averting it – New Politics
02/07/2020
13 theses on the imminent ecological catastrophe and the (revolutionary) means of averting it – New Politics

13 theses on the imminent ecological catastrophe and the (revolutionary) means of averting it – New Politics

I. The ecological crisis is already the most important social and political question of the 21st century, and will become even more so in the coming months and years. The future of the planet, and thus of humanity, will be determined in the coming decades. Calculations by certain scientists as to sc...

Philly Educators Have a Chance to Make History – New Politics
02/07/2020
Philly Educators Have a Chance to Make History – New Politics

Philly Educators Have a Chance to Make History – New Politics

Members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) have a chance to improve lives of Philly school educators and students, challenging control of schools by corporate elites, as did Chicago teachers when they elected a new generation of leaders from the Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE)...

“Capital, It Fails Us Now”: Andy Gill of Gang of Four, 1956-2020 – New Politics
02/05/2020
“Capital, It Fails Us Now”: Andy Gill of Gang of Four, 1956-2020 – New Politics

“Capital, It Fails Us Now”: Andy Gill of Gang of Four, 1956-2020 – New Politics

For people of a certain age — Generation X, they used to call us — it’s something of a cliche that if you loved punk rock and had leftist leanings you’d find your way to hearing a Gang of Four album. That album was probably their debut LP Entertainment! — sorry, I meant the “seminal post...

Welcome to the Global Ecosocialist Network – New Politics
02/03/2020
Welcome to the Global Ecosocialist Network – New Politics

Welcome to the Global Ecosocialist Network – New Politics

The Global Ecosocialist Network (GEN) is being launched at a moment of extreme danger for humanity. The intensity of the crisis and the scale of the danger is hard to grasp or express adequately because, unless you are in one of the parts of the world currently experiencing extreme weather, it canno...

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Urgent call for international solidarity with the metal workers strike in Turkey! – New Politics
01/30/2020
Urgent call for international solidarity with the metal workers strike in Turkey! – New Politics

Urgent call for international solidarity with the metal workers strike in Turkey! – New Politics

More than 100,000 metal workers in Turkey are getting prepared to launch a strike, a sizable section on the 5th of February, 2020. This comes after a months-long bargaining process with the bosses in the metal industry – which constitutes a strategic core by providing a large share of exports vita...

Bern After Reading: Sanders and Socialist Strategy – New Politics
01/30/2020
Bern After Reading: Sanders and Socialist Strategy – New Politics

Bern After Reading: Sanders and Socialist Strategy – New Politics

In March of 2019, the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) endorsed Bernie Sanders’ bid for President of the United States. DSA members voted on an advisory referendum that simply asked if the Democratic Socialists of America should endorse Bernie Sanders for President. 76% of the 13,324 members...

The new theme issue of a venerable American cultural quarterly.....
01/24/2020
The Power of Protest

The new theme issue of a venerable American cultural quarterly.....

Taking to the streets can change the course of history. But the stakes of protest are high – and the outcomes of mass action are uncertain.

Institutional Obstacles Can be Overcome – New Politics
01/24/2020
Institutional Obstacles Can be Overcome – New Politics

Institutional Obstacles Can be Overcome – New Politics

This essay is a reply to “Problems with an Electoral Road to Socialism in the United States,” published in the Winter 2020 issue of New Politics. – Editors

IASWI’s Statement on Assassination of Qasem Soleimani and its Aftermath – New Politics
01/21/2020
IASWI’s Statement on Assassination of Qasem Soleimani and its Aftermath – New Politics

IASWI’s Statement on Assassination of Qasem Soleimani and its Aftermath – New Politics

The US military’s assassination of Qasem Soleimani, one of the top military commanders of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s expansionist regional policies and its proxy wars in the Middle East, can lead to retaliation by the Islamist regime. Such retaliation, the threat of further US retaliation an...

Yes, the PMC Exists: A Reply to David Camfield – New Politics
01/21/2020
Yes, the PMC Exists: A Reply to David Camfield – New Politics

Yes, the PMC Exists: A Reply to David Camfield – New Politics

In a recent New Politics essay David Camfield argues that the “PMC” (shorthand for “professional-managerial class”) does not exist and that belief in it hinders socialist organizing. He presents a simplified, partly inaccurate version of the concept and rehearses an age-old critique: that di...

C.L.R. James on Martin Luther King, Jr.
01/20/2020
C.L.R. James on Martin Luther King, Jr.

C.L.R. James on Martin Luther King, Jr.

At the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., Martin Luther King, Jr., delivers his first national address, 'Give Us The Ballot,' on May 17, 1957 (Photo: Bob Henriques) Introduction by Scott...

Fighting back is the only way out of Bolsonaro’s Brazil – New Politics
01/19/2020
Fighting back is the only way out of Bolsonaro’s Brazil – New Politics

Fighting back is the only way out of Bolsonaro’s Brazil – New Politics

Brazil dominates Latin America’s economy. And although the coup in Bolivia, uprisings in Chile, Ecuador, and Columbia, Trump’s threats against Iran, Australian megafires, mass strikes in India and France, anti-government protests in Lebanon, and the British elections have pushed Brazil off the f...

Remembering and Forgetting: No to War with Iran! – New Politics
01/19/2020
Remembering and Forgetting: No to War with Iran! – New Politics

Remembering and Forgetting: No to War with Iran! – New Politics

The criminal negligence of the Iranian regime and military — shooting down a passenger airliner that had just taken off from their own Tehran airport — should immediately remind us of the dozens, if not hundreds of occasions when United States forces have caused the same kind of civilian collate...

How Mayor Lumumba was Bought: The Closed Bloomberg Meeting in Jackson, Mississippi – New Politics
01/15/2020
How Mayor Lumumba was Bought: The Closed Bloomberg Meeting in Jackson, Mississippi – New Politics

How Mayor Lumumba was Bought: The Closed Bloomberg Meeting in Jackson, Mississippi – New Politics

The saying that politics makes for strange bedfellows is a statement that speaks to the many allegiances, alliances and compromises that one must make when engaging in electoral politics. One might think that there could be no more stranger bedfellows in politics than Jackson’s self-proclaimed “...

France at a Crossroads – New Politics
01/14/2020
France at a Crossroads – New Politics

France at a Crossroads – New Politics

The nationwide general strike in France, now entering its record seventh week, seems to be approaching its crisis point. Despite savage police repression, about a million people are in the streets protesting President Macron’s proposed neoliberal “reform” of France’s retirement system, estab...

The Federation of Teachers of Puerto Rico needs your help – New Politics
01/13/2020
The Federation of Teachers of Puerto Rico needs your help – New Politics

The Federation of Teachers of Puerto Rico needs your help – New Politics

Hundreds of thousands remain without power and running water and tens of thousands more have been forced from their homes by a powerful earthquakes and aftershocks this week in Puerto Rico. This tragedy comes on the heels of devastating hurricanes Irma and Maria and neoliberal robbery carried out by...

Doug Henwood Has It Wrong This Time – New Politics
01/11/2020
Doug Henwood Has It Wrong This Time – New Politics

Doug Henwood Has It Wrong This Time – New Politics

Doug Henwood, who often has so many intelligent and useful things to say about economics and politics, has it wrong this time. A few days ago on his page he commented on an article that I had written about the U.S. assassination of Qassim Suleimani in which he attributed to me views I do no...

The Boeing and Volkswagen Debacles – New Politics
01/11/2020
The Boeing and Volkswagen Debacles – New Politics

The Boeing and Volkswagen Debacles – New Politics

The Boeing Company, a huge global, high tech aerospace corporation has stumbled badly with enormous adverse financial consequences. The Boeing Max 8 tragedy and other corporate tech blunders should encourage us, especially those of us in the labor movement, to develop alternative perspectives and id...

The “PMC” Does Not Exist and Why it Matters for Socialists – New Politics
01/09/2020
The “PMC” Does Not Exist and Why it Matters for Socialists – New Politics

The “PMC” Does Not Exist and Why it Matters for Socialists – New Politics

2019 was the year when “PMC” entered the vocabulary of many radicals in the U.S. and, to a lesser extent, the rest of the Anglosophere. As Alex Press observes, “’Professional-managerial class’ (PMC), a term coined by Barbara and John Ehrenreich in a 1977 essay for Radical America, has rece...

Preview of Winter 2020 Issue of New Politics – New Politics
01/08/2020
Preview of Winter 2020 Issue of New Politics – New Politics

Preview of Winter 2020 Issue of New Politics – New Politics

WE ARE IN INTERESTING TIMES. Across the globe a new wave of social protests has erupted. They stretch from Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon to Hong Kong; from Algeria and Sudan to France and Catalunya. They have taken place in Puerto Rico and Haiti, and they have shaken Latin America with upheavals in Chile,...

Take My Benefits—Please! – New Politics
01/08/2020
Take My Benefits—Please! – New Politics

Take My Benefits—Please! – New Politics

At the June 2019 House Ways and Means Committee Hearing on Medicare for All, Texas Republican Kevin Murphy lamented, “That great health care plan that your union negotiated for you? It’s gone. Banned under Medicare for All.”1

Neo-Colonial Economics in Central Africa: A Very Short History – New Politics
01/08/2020
Neo-Colonial Economics in Central Africa: A Very Short History – New Politics

Neo-Colonial Economics in Central Africa: A Very Short History – New Politics

Word War Two as the death-knell for colonial empires is a well-trodden and essentially erroneous narrative. Empires’ relationships with their colonies were uprooted, modified and given the gloss of ‘independence’ but retained injustice and exploitation at their core. In Central Africa, neo-col...

México: Year I of the “Fourth Transformation” – New Politics
01/07/2020
México: Year I of the “Fourth Transformation” – New Politics

México: Year I of the “Fourth Transformation” – New Politics

This is an statement marking the first year in office of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador [AMLO] published in Unidad Socialista, the publication of the Liga de Unidad Socialista, a socialist organization in México. The editorial refers to the “Fourth Transformation,” AMLO’s nam...

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