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Noam Chomsky on Jeremy Corbyn, Bernie Sanders, Syriza and the Power of Activism

In an interview in Jacobin magazine, the linguist and scholar predicts what would happen if Bernie Sanders won the 2016 presidential election and comments on the rise of progressive political parties like Greece’s Syriza and figures such as Jeremy Corbyn of the U.K.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE

Europe Can Accommodate Migrants, but Politicians Don’t Want Them

Contrary to the perception pushed by officials and the dominant media, the refugees arriving on European shores constitute a small minority of the immigrants within and going to the European Union, writes Richard Seymour in the magazine Jacobin.

Posted on Sep 6, 2015 READ MORE

Resisting Neoliberalism in Post-Katrina New Orleans

Authorities “demolished all of the city’s remaining traditional public housing … converted almost the entire public school system into charters, eliminated the teachers’ collective bargaining agreement” and oversaw “the permanent closure … of the public hospital dedicated to serving the poor,” writes Jay Arena in the magazine Jacobin.

Posted on Aug 29, 2015 READ MORE

A Historian Weighs In on Racism and Economic Inequality

What were “slavery, colonialism, Jim Crow, and urban apartheid if not extreme forms of economic inequality?” Seth Ackerman asks in the magazine Jacobin.

Posted on Aug 1, 2015 READ MORE

Make No Mistake, Wall Street Loves Hillary

“Clinton’s campaign staff is working overtime … to show how well she relates to ordinary Americans,” writes Elizabeth Schulte at Jacobin. “But the people whose opinions really matter in the presidential election know better.”

Posted on May 25, 2015 READ MORE

Focus on ‘Privilege’ May Divert Attention From Real Villains

TED talker and New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas and Vox cast doubt on the 99 percent concept, suggesting that 1-percenter “privilege” haunts quite a few of us.

Posted on Apr 12, 2015 READ MORE

‘I Got Into Sex Work to Afford to Be a Writer’

Brooklyn journalist Melissa Gira Grant is one of the voices who has emerged in the last few years to defend the rights and dignity of people working in all parts of the sex industry. As her new book hits the shelves, she tells The Guardian about moving from sex work into journalism.

Posted on Mar 16, 2014 READ MORE

Neoliberalism’s Favorite Advice

The cheap slogan, an alleged encouragement for today’s worker, cruelly ignores the fact that very few of us have the opportunity to make a living doing much of anything that sustains our spirits, Miya Tokumitsu writes at Jacobin.

Posted on Feb 7, 2014 READ MORE

Re-Establishing King

“There is probably no figure in recent American history whose memory is more distorted, whose message more bowdlerized, whose powerful words are more drained of content than King,” University of Pennsylvania history professor Thomas J. Sugrue writes at Jacobin.

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 READ MORE

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‘We Could Have Achieved So Much…’ Say Progressives

“The recent flurry of effort to decipher just who this right-wing is reproduces a persistent error in the progressive narrative: A failure to address the conservatism of Democrats and the chaos and passivity of the American Left,” political science professor Alex Gourevitch writes at Jacobin.

Posted on Oct 19, 2013 READ MORE

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Liberal ‘Confusion’ About America’s Education Problem

Neoliberalism, the economic doctrine that favors zero government regulation of commerce and other activities, is giving American education to the corporations, and well-meaning but deluded liberals are complicit in the takeover, Lois Weiner writes at Jacobin.

Posted on Aug 8, 2013 READ MORE

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The Politics of Debt in America

In 2013, you can’t actually be jailed for not paying your bills, but ingenious corporations, collection agencies, cops, courts and lawyers have devised ways to ensure that debt “delinquents” will end up in jail anyway. With one-third of the states now allowing the jailing of debtors (without necessarily calling it that), it looks ever more like a trend in the making.

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 READ MORE

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Karl Marx Is More Relevant Than Ever

“For many in my generation, the ideological underpinnings of capitalism have been undermined,” writes Jacobin editor Bhaskar Sunkara at The Guardian. “That a higher percentage of Americans between the ages of 18 and 30 have a more favorable opinion of socialism than capitalism … signals that the cold war era conflation of socialism with Stalinism no longer holds sway.”

Posted on Jan 25, 2013 READ MORE

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Modify Your Criticism, Please

Left-wing generationalism is on display on the pages of this month’s Jacobin as editor Peter Frase responds to Baffler contributor Thomas Frank’s criticism of the ethos of the Occupy movement.

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 READ MORE

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