Honestly, living in Turtle Island for the last forty+ years, I’m not convinced we’ll see a revolution in my lifetime — certainly not one led by North American leftists without the advance of the Global South decolonial movements— but it’s important to imagine what could be, what should be. After all, Washington struggles to tether us to a limited imagination of what we can achieve and what we can produce and procure by massacring, disappearing, assassinating, and coup’ing Indigenous, socialist, and Black Power leaders and activists.

This version has been inspired in parts by the Cuban Revolution, Thomas Sankara, The…


Despite eleven years and billions of dollars in financial aid, development, and investment after an infamous earthquake shook her, Haiti has yet to recover. According to an In These Times report in 2020, displacement camps are still hosting over 34,000 Haitians, nearly a third of a million live in new slums without drinking water, food is still at crisis levels, and sanitation is still abysmal nationally. Cholera, absent before the quake, has claimed north of 10,000 lives since (MacDonald). Many question where the $8.3 billion in developmental aid promised by rich countries to “Build [Haiti] Back Better”[i] went (MacDonald), but…


To raise class consciousness with the masses in the Belly of the Beast, we should be explicit about how Americans benefit from imperialism — from harming workers in the Global South — and the ways we lack because of it. Imperialism is forcing foreign countries to accept a subservient position to the capitalist corporations and their states in order to maintain international hegemony. This violent arrangement benefits Western (read: White) economies through a continually aggressive military and economic warfare that dominant capitalist states commit against states it seeks to (or does) hyper-exploit in terms of labor and resources. The United…


Perhaps it’s true that our horror stories tell us more about ourselves, our insecurities, and our inner battles than about our foes or our neighbors. This definitely applies to the horrorstalgic series Stranger Things and what it illuminates about pop culture-raised Americans — starting with Xers — and our understanding of global relations and evil. …


The fact that many media figures and most liberals and leftists are still debating whether the Trump administration is fascist is only proof that they do not want nor are capable of the responsibility of revolution necessary for survival and safety. It is proof that they have ingested the nationalistic fervor central to fascism itself, in this case that of American Exceptionalism. …


When Chicagoans tried to bring national attention to the tragedy of young Black people killed by gunfire in the mid-2010’s, one of the rhetorical components was to draw references between the citizens killed here with US soldiers who died in the line of duty overseas in Iraq. Eventually, the nickname Chiraq became popularized — a portmanteau the inimitable Spike Lee would name his locally-produced film placing the responsibility for ending said violence on Black women rather than the economic system lifted by the Amerikan political classes in favor of the White Supremacist Capitalist Klass. …


Although I’m a Marxist communist, I still f**k with progressives and even liberals as well as anarchists. As I was a part of that identity because I wanted fairness and equality I feel most liberals want that too. However, the struggle for equality and fairness will never be found in the trappings of liberalism, as liberalism is ultimately about the need for individual satisfaction in a capitalist society. It is a desire by the well-fed to guarantee idealistic rights — such as the negative rights of Speech and Press (rights that are not guaranteed to anyone who does not have…


The government said we’re gonna invest in public education and put a lot of money into state universities and then turn around and say but black students won’t be welcome there. So that’s not capitalism. That’s government-sanctioned racism.

Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren — a capitalist to her bones — believes that a regulated capitalist system can eradicate racism. And maybe there’s some instance, some place, under capitalism in which racism can be reduced. But erased? Capitalism is borne of chattel slavery and colonialism; it is the mechanisms of exploitation and massive inequality. In order for capitalism to come about, racism…


Capitalism is good, actually, at several factors. Such as exploitation and rot. It is not in human nature to exploit, but it is the nature of capitalism and thus the nature of those within capitalism to cheat, to compete, to exploit— even the nicest ones of us — in order to keep our livelihoods. The function of our jobs rests within abuse.

That misuse can be focused on the workers themselves, such as in the food industry, nonprofit sector, retail and much of manufacturing in non-protected spaces. Many of these industries rely on cheap, disposable surplus labor: of college students…


Patriotic Liberals (is there any other kind this time of year?) have rightly been both mocking and fearful of this KKKlown’s upcoming military parade, yet criticizing it in frankly harmful ways that lack self-awareness of the very terroristic nation they claim should be protected from such exhibitions. They argue that military parades are the realm of the totalitarian (read: communist) dictator and not that of a free democracy like the United States of America. There’s a lot to unpack here, so let’s just dive in and take these arguments to task.

The US is already a totalitarian state. Ask our…

jasdye

Your Humboldt Park Marxist; West Side, Chicago. Post-evangelical. Educator.

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