Posts in: theory

Why ignoring the Ku Klux Klan sends the wrong message

October 2015

The Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women issued the following statement in response to a recent Ku Klux Klan rally in South Carolina. The Klan was protesting the removal of the Confederate flag from the capitol building. Every time the Klan or some other anti-Semitic, white supremacist group announces a rally, voices are raised advising… Read more »

War and other acts of terrorism; Defending refugees

February 2016

French President François Hollande lost no time declaring a state of emergency following the ISIS-inspired terrorist attack in Paris this past November, which killed 130 people. Within hours the ink was dry. Two days later, French pilots were bombing ISIS targets in Raqqa, Syria. “We must face up to a war against terrorism, against jihadism,… Read more »

Freedom Socialist book review — Marx’s Ecology: Materialism and Nature — Discovering Karl Marx, the essential ecologist

February 2016

Many environmentalists disdain the ideas of Karl Marx. Some tout the spiritual virtues of environmental “ideals.” Some argue for individual solutions like recycling, reduced consumption and “going back to the land.” Anti-communists claim that the ecological crimes of the Stalinist-era USSR flowed from Marxism itself. John Bellamy Foster’s Marx’s Ecology: Materialism and Nature counters all… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Oppressions: The Capitalist Connection and the Socialist Solution

April 1989

I like the title of this conference,“Parallels and Intersections: Racism and Other Forms of Oppression.” It hints at what I believe: that since we have many forms of oppression, there must be a shared cause and reason for them all—an underlying, cardinal reality, some hidden essence and inner connection between all these various manifestations. What… Read more »