Posts in: theory

History provides invaluable lessons in how to stop fascism in its tracks

Summer/Autumn 2006

The Fight Against Fascism in the U.S.A., by James P Cannon, Farrell Dobbs, Joseph Hansen, Leon Trotsky and Murry Weiss, Resistance Books (2004), ISBN 1876646179, 237 pages, $19.95. In January 1997, a fascist outfit, National Action (NA), opened a bookshop in the multicultural Melbourne suburb of Fawkner. This development led to the reactivation of Campaign… Read more »

What history tells us about the revolutionary potential of Marxism versus anarchism

Summer/Autumn 2006

The explosive protests against the World Trade Organization in Seattle in 1999 raised the profile of anarchism. Anarchists were very involved in that profound upsurge, and the media cameras particularly focused on those with a penchant for breaking corporate windows. Anarchism is positive in the sense that it is an enraged, eruptive reaction to oppression…. Read more »

How Marxists think

Summer/Autumn 2007

Cast your mind back to the days following September 11, 2001. George W Bush issued an ultimatum to the peoples of the world: “You’re either with us or with the terrorists.” Politicians are particularly good at simplifying an issue beyond the point of absurdity. However, this spin doctoring is useful, because it shows the limitations… Read more »

Time to take action: Sisters, let’s emulate Dora Montefiore!

Summer/Autumn 2010

As a socialist feminist, I often think about what this means. There is much in my everyday experience that points out the need to change the position of women in our capitalist society. There’s everything to get pissed off about: the job, the bills, the husband or ex, the kids’ school, not being listened to…. Read more »

Why Socialist Feminism?

One answer is that trying to reform capitalism so that it is “kinder and gentler” is a dead end.

Russia 1917: The spark that lit a world revolution

February 2018

Excerpts from two speeches that celebrate what workers and peasants won by making the Russian Revolution and that draw valuable lessons for radicals today.

Engels on matriarchy: modern science agrees

June 2017

Since retiring as FSP National Secretary, I’ve been auditing classes at nearby University of Washington in order to learn what science has uncovered in the half-century since my student days. I especially want to satisfy an itch to understand the origins of human behaviors. Last quarter, in a class on evolutionary psychology, I was astounded… Read more »