Scott Jay

International left distracted by shiny new object

Jeremy Corbyn has already helped Leftists around the world forget their uncritical support of SYRIZA

Sanders gets burned

It is right to protest Bernie Sanders, no matter how socialist he claims to be. The women who disrupted his speech did not create a racial divide but merely exposed it.

Lessons from the Greek tragedy

Many volumes will be written over the coming years about the rise and fall of SYRIZA, but the immediate lessons are simple.

Police provocateurs, real and imaginary

Radicals need to know the difference between actual efforts at police infiltration and made up stories about police disrupting "peaceful" protests.

Bureaucracy and revolution - Scott Jay

Leninist organizations invariably become bureaucracies focused more on their own self-reproduction than the needs of the class struggle.

Sects and sectarianism - Scott Jay

Religious and revolutionary sects have much more in common with each other than they would generally prefer to admit. Their ideas may be completely different, but their obsession with ideas produces organizations with the same behaviors.

Who gives the orders? Oakland police, City Hall and Occupy

The recent declaration of "war" by the NYPD police union shows how the police are a political institution who do not simply follow orders from elected leaders. A similar revolt occurred among Oakland police during Occupy Oakland.

The sociology of Leninist organizations

The behavior of Leninist groups is shaped less by the rules than by the social environment of their organizations.

The killing of Eric Garner and the failure of social justice unionism

Right-wing teachers show their support for the NYPD

Rather than providing a strategy for fighting racism, social justice unionism has led some union members to embrace the most racist institution in society for fear of alienating their co-workers.

What is a Marxist organization? - Scott Jay

Self-proclaimed Marxist organization never apply a Marxist analysis to their own organizations. While the rest of the world is shaped by social forces, they always assume they are exempt because of their ideas. This is an idealist approach to organizations, not a materialist one.