democracy

Staughton Lynd’s classic "Intellectual Origins of American Radicalism" (1968)

Staughton Lynd

Notes that were taken in graduate school.

The Working Class Holds the Key to a New World

Such a world will be organised according to the original motto of Karl Marx “from each according to their ability; to each according to their need.” This has nothing to do with the nightmare of state capitalism that emerged in the USSR.

Mexico: Is It Business As Usual?

The recent massive victory of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador who headed up a left populist movement in Mexico was greeted with jubilation by the Left in this country and worldwide.

Listen, Gamer!

Comments about a minor controversy other Karl Marx in a video game.

Down with the Bourgeois Republic! Down with Its Constitution! – Amadeo Bordiga

An article from 1947 by Amadeo Bordiga in which he discusses the debate over the constitution of the new Italian republic, the role of religion and secularism in Italian history, the opportunism of the Communist Party, “conformism” in Italian politics, the incompatibility of religion and socialism, the idolatry of the “sacred and inviolable” rights of the “Individual”, the fraud of political decentralization (which he correctly saw as opening the door of politics to the Mafia), the “demagogic appeal to labor” in modern “totalitarian” ideologies (the goal of the workers movement is “a society founded not on labor, but on consumption”), the illusion of self-management, etc.

夫人VS将军:民主的限制与缅甸的未来

近日,由于罗兴亚救世军(ARSA)袭击了缅甸30余座边防警局,缅甸安全部队开始了大规模的反击与清剿,导致大量罗兴亚难民逃亡孟加拉国。因为此次的罗兴亚危机,缅甸国务资政兼外交部部长昂山素季饱受舆论指责,以至于有声音要求剥夺她的诺贝尔和平奖荣誉。

Hysterical populism - Robert Kurz

Robert Kurz on scapegoating, moral panics and conspiracy theory culture.

Voting as Counter-Revolution – how the politicians who gave us the vote saw things 100 years ago

A hundred years ago, the British ruling class decided to extend the vote to women over thirty and to working class men. By doing this they hoped to restore people's faith in parliamentary government and thereby counter any revolutionary tendencies inspired by the Russian Revolution. As Sylvia Pankhurst said in 1923: