culture & reviews

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 »

Black radical leadership in Depression-era Alabama

December 2015

In the 25th anniversary reissue of his book Hammer and Hoe, Robin D.G. Kelley tells the absorbing story of the courage and perseverance of Black communists working underground in the dangerous Depression-era South. Kelley, an esteemed Black author and educator, thoroughly documents the role of the Alabama Communist Party (CP) in this period. By far,… 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 »