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Review of Peter Frase’s Four Futures: Life After Capitalism

Peter Frase spoke about his new work, Four Futures: Life After Capitalism, to a packed Potter’s House bookstore on October 25. The event was co-sponsored by Metro-DC DSA and the Jacobin reading group. Frase gave a brief overview of his project, putting forth this argument: If there is full automation, then There are two axes […]

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Exploitations, Primary and Secondary, in the Capitalist Mode of Production

What follows is a rough draft of an essay that will appear in the Labor Day issue of the Washington Socialist.  Labor day should invite conversation on the state of labors movement and market; my aim today is to focus on what Marx called “exploitation upon expropriation” from the latter. Criticism of Uber and the […]

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Is Bernie Sanders a Single-Issue Candidate? Populism, Hillary Clinton, and the Balance of Class Forces

Hillary Clinton’s newest line of attack on Bernie Sanders exposes a flaw of populist politics, the ability to characterize a platform of simplistic Manichean problem and solution sets as reducible to a singular problem and solution, that is, to frame the campaign as being single issue. In an important sense this is an unfair characterization […]

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Bernie Needs to Talk Austerity, and Podemos Can Show Him How

Bernie Sanders’ editorial in today’s New York Times is fairly representative of liberals’ general remarks on the Fed raising the federal funds rate. It notes the dangers of it causing a recession by making investment more expensive, and this just for the benefit of combating nearly non-existent inflation. Missing from his editorial and pieces like […]

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Learning from Argentina and Venezuela: The Bane of the Handpicked Successor

The viability of the “handpicked” successor is being strenuously tested in the left-leaning governments that composed the ‘pink tide’ in Latin America. Two weeks ago Christina Fernandez de Kirchner’s chosen successor, Scilio, was defeated by the ring-wing Macri for the presidency, though Christina should herself be considered the chosen successor of her late husband, Nestor […]

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The End of Kirchnerism in Argentina Suggests Lessons for the American Left and Bernie Sanders’ Leftist Populism

The American Left would do well to attend to today’s Argentine presidential elections. At a moment when the Global Left is making electoral strides in Portugal, Greece, Spain, and to a certain extent Britain with the election of Corbyn as opposition leader, the movement sees a recession in one of the ‘pink tide’ South American […]

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It Matters that Bernie Sanders is Not Actually a “Democratic Socialist”

In a speech today Bernie Sanders articulated his vision of democratic socialism for the empire: “the wealthiest people and the largest corporations must pay their fair share of taxes”, that “democratic socialism means that we must create an economy that works for all, not just the very wealthy”. That these are the tenants of mainstream […]

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