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Freedom Socialist Book Review: We Need New Names, by NoViolet Bulawayo

February 2014

We Need New Names, by NoViolet Bulawayo, is much more than a coming of age story. It’s a tale of savage colonialism, of local tyrants and unremitting droughts and rains, of the shattering pain of having to leave because all things are falling apart. It’s the story of one girl’s unique trajectory that shares common… Read more »

Freedom Socialist book review — Imagine Living In a Socialist USA, by Paul Street

April 2014

It is progress that a book entitled Imagine Living In a Socialist USA has been published by Harper, a major mainstream publisher. The brief first section, “What’s Wrong With Capitalism?” by Paul Street outlines the ruthlessness of the capitalist system, its incompatibility with democracy, and why our survival depends on pushing it off the stage… Read more »

The boycott against Israel: which side is music on?

August 2014

Is art a vague, individualistic pursuit of human creativity, divorced from any other reality or social accountability? Can we act as artists and ignore others being starved, beaten and imprisoned around us? These are questions central to the culture boycott on Israel, in solidarity with Palestinians. Most prominent artists keep their distance from politics and… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor

December 2014

UNITED FRONT Needed today The political resolution of the FSP [“A world to win, a planet to save,” Vol. 35, No. 5] references the need for “united front” action, as well it should. No one socialist party in this nation today can hope to take on and defeat the capitalist ruling elite on any national… Read more »

Noam Chomsky: the Left’s Debbie Downer?

April 2015

Like so many people appalled by the cruelty of capitalism, I have sought some measure of explanation from the voluminous writings of Noam Chomsky. But despite a gripping anti-authoritarian message, and mountains of facts, Chomsky’s fundamental vision is gloomy, pessimistic — and dangerous. A recent essay reveals this in no uncertain terms. In “Owl of… Read more »

Freedom Socialist book reviews: A fascinating range of titles from our contributors

April 2015

Most Freedom Socialist writers are volunteers whose “day jobs” range from lawyer to social worker and restaurant server. Many are published authors of poetry, novels, professional literature, or political works — a sampling is reviewed below. • • • Lila, the Revolutionary, by William T. Hathaway. Nascent Books, 2014. Reviewed by Andrea Bauer Can one… Read more »