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Alan Macleod

While some in media have condemned the protests as violent “looters” imposing “tyranny” upon the country, much of the violence is being deliberately instigated and propagated by an out of control police force that appears to have gone berserk over the widespread public challenge to their authority and their impunity to act as they wish.

Back to basics: A critical balance sheet of the Bernie Sanders campaign

Peter Solenberger

<p>The 2020 Sanders campaign was once again an electoral campaign in the Democratic Party. Its platform was the New Deal, the old-time religion of the party, updated to the 21st century on matters of race, gender and the environment.</p><p>Articles in DSA publications and Jacobin describe the campaign as &ldquo;socialist.&rdquo; For example, the April 9 DSA leadership statement&nbsp;<a href="">S... is the Best Path Forward</a>, issued immediately after Sanders dropped out and endorsed Joe Biden, describes it as &ldquo;the most successful socialist electoral campaign in U.S. history.&rdquo;</p>

How to Argue With Your Comrades

Hadas Thier

My own history within a Trotksyist organization taught me that favoring one (sharp debates) at the expense of the other (respect) creates bitterness that can fester for years, leaving long-term damage on individuals and organizations alike. We need all the comrades and allies we’ve got, and our disagreements and differences — if we’re not engaging in scorched-earth campaigns against one another — could actually strengthen us.

Stop Trying to Shame Socialists Into Voting for Joe Biden. It’s Not Going to Work.

Paul Heideman

The New York Times attack yesterday on socialists who won’t endorse Joe Biden isn’t actually about convincing socialists to vote for him — it’s about performatively denouncing leftists as irresponsible, for the edification of the liberals who are watching.

Ecological and Social Planning and Transition

Michael Löwy

The socio-ecological transition – toward an ecosocialist alternative – implies public control of the principal means of production and democratic planning. Decisions concerning investment and technological change must be taken away from the banks and capitalist businesses, if we want them to serve the common good of society and respect for the environment.

Karl Marx The Irresistible Karl Marx

Avijit Pathak

I am not a Marxist. As a wanderer, it is difficult for me to remain confined to any particular school of thought; I love to live with epistemological pluralism and what Paul Feyerabend would have regarded as an ‘anarchist theory of knowledge’. Moreover, I am not very easy with reductionism, determinism, or a ‘science’ that seeks to explore the ‘inexorable laws of history’. And I see immense possibilities in those who are not necessarily the champions of ‘scientific socialism’—say, the likes of Thoreau and Gandhi.

Yet, I have no hesitation in saying that Karl Marx is irresistible. Hence, even at this moment of pandemic-induced despair, I feel like invoking him on his birth anniversary.

Socialists Shouldn’t Endorse Joe Biden

Andrew Sernatinger

The choices in this election are not good ones, at least as they’re presented (Trump or Biden). The position DSA took is this: as an organization, we will not legitimize Joe Biden or any of the other candidates put forward by the Democratic Party establishment. An endorsement is just that: public approval, and in politics, it usually entails committing some resources. DSA will not do that. Individual members are free to vote as they please, but the organization will maintain independence.


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