socialism

Thoughts on overcoming despair

Pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will. But perhaps even some cautious optimism of the intellect, too?

An updated and improved Marxism

A brief outline of a 21st-century conception of revolution. The notion of a "dictatorship of the proletariat" that smashes the capitalist state in one great insurrection has to be put to rest. Realism (materialism) is better than idealism.

The working class strikes back

A review of a book published in 2018, The Class Strikes Back.

Rethinking the Marxist conception of revolution

A critique and revision of the Marxist conception of socialist revolution.

Worker Cooperatives and Revolution: History and Possibilities in the United States

This book, published in 2014, attempts to bring Marxism and the solidarity economy together in both theory and practice.

The necessity of a moral revolution

Peter Kropotkin

Reflections on the moral transformation that has to occur, and that we can expect will occur in the coming decades.

The History of the Workers' Unemployment Insurance Bill

The Great Depression

In this article I tell the story of the Workers’ Unemployment Insurance Bill, both to fill a gap in our historical knowledge and because it resonates in our own time of troubles and struggles.

Capitalism vs. freedom

Milton Friedman

A review of a book that systematically refutes right-wing "libertarianism." Forward this to all your libertarian friends.

The significance and shortcomings of Karl Marx

Karl Marx

In honor of the bicentennial of Marx's birth, this essay summarizes some of his contributions and explain in what respects he got his own ideas wrong.

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.