Posts in: theory

The unacknowledged roots of the Orlando shootings

August 2016

The massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando has produced a national wave of anguish and righteous anger, especially among LGBTQ and Latina/o communities, at the loss of so many promising young lives. Now the search for answers has begun. Most politicians blame global terrorism in some fashion, from the explicitly anti-Muslim bigotry of Donald Trump… Read more »

The grand illusion: How the 1 percent gain the “consent” of the 99 percent

August 2016

The elections process in the United States: Is this what democracy looks like? The widespread support for Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, who share the message of “the system is rigged” however much they disagree otherwise, shows that people are skeptical. Very skeptical — with plenty of reason. The great idea of democracy is that… Read more »

Blaming Kurds for terrorism in Turkey

August 2016

Whenever there is a murderous assault on civilians in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attempts to accuse the Kurdish independence movement rather than ISIS, whose atrocities in the region are notorious. After suicide bombers attacked Ataturk airport in Istanbul, killing 42 people and injuring 239, Erdogan hedged, saying that “the bombs that explode in our… Read more »

6 economic myths debunked: Fact-checking the conventional wisdom

December 2016

Before, during, and after this election season, there are several economic myths that the capitalist system and its two party political representatives perpetuate, manipulate, downplay and upsell to justify their existence. We are going to examine, nay, debunk, six of these myths. 1. Immigrants take away “American” jobs. Whenever the ruling class needs to stoke… Read more »

¡No te pongas de luto, organízate! Dónald Trump y el año del voto peligroso

diciembre de 2016

Una cuestión está clara después de la victoria de Donald Trump: nada está resuelto. A pesar de los predecibles llamados por parte de los demócratas y republicanos por la unidad y la harmonía, la polarización reflejada en estas elecciones sólo se está agudizando. Las protestas comenzaron inmediatamente con la noticia de la elección de Trump…. Read more »

Don’t mourn, organize! Donald J. Trump and the year of voting dangerously

December 2016

One thing is clear in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory: nothing is resolved. Despite predictable calls by top Democrats and Republicans for unity and healing, the polarization reflected in this election is only sharpening. Protests began immediately with the news of Trump’s election. The popular slogan and chant “not my president” testify to a… Read more »

Electoral College is a legacy of slavery

December 2016

Clinton actually beat Trump by about a million votes. Yet, absurdly, he is the next prez. Twice in the last five presidential elections the popular vote winner lost. Why? Because the Electoral College was written into the U.S. Constitution to undermine democracy and uphold slave-owners power. When the Constitution was drafted most states granted voting… Read more »

Only an independent labor party can speak for the working class

December 2016

The steep price that U.S. workers pay for having no independent political voice is hitting home with Donald Trump’s upset victory. Many voters, squeezed between shrinking paychecks and inflation, saw this election as a referendum on the beltway insiders they associate with neoliberalism. With no working class option to choose, many white working class voters… Read more »

Class: it’s where we find our strength

February 2017

Analyzing the reasons why Donald Trump “won” the 2016 election is in part an exercise in absurdity, since Hillary Clinton attracted about three million more votes than he did. Still, enough people chose Donald Trump to give him an Electoral College majority, and that is what counts in not-so-democratic U.S. politics. Many people in the… Read more »