Scott Jay

The socialist case for the INS?

Many calls in the US to "abolish ICE", including from a recently elected socialist, are actually calls to return to the notorious immigration police of the last century.

Political repression beyond the baton

Mike King's new book, When Riot Cops Are Not Enough, describes how movements are repressed when overt police violence is unsuccessful

A blueprint for a party of an old type

A Blueprint for a New Party recently published in Jacobin Magazine is more of a strategy for campaigning for Democrats than a path to strengthening social movements.

The real problem with Jill Stein

Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for President, has come under widespread attack from Hillary Clinton's unscrupulous supporters, but the real problem with Stein is how and why she became the most prominent left-wing candidate in the first place.

The Oakland police cannot be reformed

The Oakland Police cannot be reformed partly because reformers are not even willing to fight for incremental change

Electoral politics is not a gateway drug

Rather than leading to more militant and radical forms of resistance, electoral politics typically leads only to more electoral politics.

The postmodern left and the success of neoliberalism

The international Left promotes its own image rather than engaging in the bitter reality of resistance against neoliberalism. It does not need to believe in postmodernism because it is postmodernism.

Snitches get Pulitzers

Journalists document social movements solely to advance their careers, but their work often helps the police and employers target people who take direct action

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.