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Solidarity knows no borders. To win the world that we want, we can’t just fight for better conditions for the working class at home, but for total liberation of the working class in all corners of the world.
Thoughts on Bowman, the Left, and Palestine
Max B. Sawicky
The controversy stirred up by Rep. Jamaal Bowman’s vote to fund Israel’s “Iron Dome” missile defense system and his meeting with the repulsive Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett raises questions about the posture of the US Left towards Palestinian liberation, Zionism and anti-Semitism.
On Electoral Tactics, Strategy and Accountability
How should the local DSA approach electoral politics?
DSA Chapters Call on Biden to Lift Blockade on Medical Supplies to Cuba
Biden promised to undo Trump's harmful policies on Cuba - so far he's failed to act.
All prisoners are political, from DC to Palestine #FreeThemAll
Prisons in both the US and Palestine fragment communities and deepen systemic inequalities. We must recognize that all prisoners are political and no human being deserves to be incarcerated.
From Austin to Afghanistan: Outrages Against Democracy
Taliban rule and the Texas far right’s legislative wish list of banning abortion and suppressing voting rights invite comparisons.
China and the Left: A Report from the People’s Forum
A recent forum out of NYC sought to challenge the American left on its approach to understanding US-China relations.
Unconditional and Unequivocal Support of Afghan Refugees
Socialists should provide unwavering support to Afghan refugees. Here's where we can help.
Interview with Jamie Woodcock and Sai Englert of Notes from Below
This UK labor journal publishes worker-written correspondence with the aim of strengthening worker organizations.
What capitalist imperialism looks like from 'boots on the ground'
Metro DC DSA Vets
Five socialist vets provide their thoughts on capitalism, socialism, imperialism, and the military.
Reflections on Organizing for Palestine in the US
Israel's propaganda tactics have not changed in over a decade - but their success is fading in the face of activist resolve.
John Sweeney: A Remembrance
The passing of the former labor leader's passing provides an occasion to look back on the role he played in guiding the progress of the labor movement out of the hysteria of the Cold War.
Reflections from 1987: Sanctuary vs. Imperialism
The battle for the humane treatment of Central American migrants has roots in the US-backed wars in the region from many years ago.
Considering Dr. Seuss
The estate of Dr. Seuss was justified in ceasing the publications of several of his books. His legacy should be viewed against the entirety of his life’s (rather progressive) work.
Book Review: Kim Stanley Robinson's 'The Ministry for the Future'
For the eco-socialist left, Robinson's new sci-fi thriller should be seen as a great resource for inspiration and provocation
Lessons From Leftist Movie Club
Engaging in the long leftist tradition of filmmaking and critique might be a means to help us envision what a post-capitalist order might look like.
MDC DSA Internationalism Working Group Finds New Focus
MDC's Internationalism WG
For those looking to combat imperialism, dismantle the US war machine, stand in solidarity with comrades across borders — this piece will provide some context and guidance on where to start.
Socialism in the US Presidential Race -- A Japanese Media Perspective
This international perspective provides international affirmation of growing acceptance of anti-capitalism in the United States.
Medicare For All Or Endless War? It’s Our Choice
How do we afford Medicare for All? We have to recognize that war profiteers endanger our safety and cost the US taxpayer massive amounts that can be redirected to human needs, including the one that most voters rank first -- fixing our broken health care system.
The myths that masked an imperialist war in Vietnam -- and how they were shaped
Chomsky's contributions trace the post-WW2 policy: corporate goals of commercial dominance and resource control in South and East Asia.
Different Worlds: Life in the German Democratic Republic
[Grossman] writes of how when his wife visited the US (her first time in the West) after the Wall came down, she was shocked at the sight of beggars, for she had never before seen people so desperate for a meal.
Venezuela coup, the "Final Phase" -- US machinations stall but media revel in the myth
Far from it being a matter for the “Venezuelan citizens and political officials” to decide, much of the wrangling has focused on cinching the noose around the Venezuelan people first and the assets of the Venezuelan state second.
The Second Phase of the US Regime Change Operation in Venezuela
Through force or fraud, through sanction or election, the Trump administration is attempting to install its preferred candidate atop the Venezuelan people.
Journalist Bill Blum spent a career exposing the nuts and bolts of US imperialism
Remembering legendary journalist Bill Blum.
"Warlike, and capable of anything" -- the US-backed coup in Venezuela
Guaido represents the latest in a long, well, caravan of American-backed puppets seeking to smash the independence movements of Latin America in general, and the social democratic reforms of the Chavez era in particular.
How Nationalism Feeds US Imperialism in Okinawa
The recent contentious relocation of the largest base on the island of Okinawa has exposed a bizarre cooperation between Japanese nationalism and US imperialism.
Solidarité Avec Les Gilets Jaunes
The left must capitalize on this moment of mass mobilization and offer something different from the neoliberal capitalist globalization that elites like Macron and his friends pursue at the expense of the working class.
The socialist left must forge a competent and peaceful foreign policy
Democratic socialism must create ample space for a robust peace movement in material policy platforms. Authoritarianism, war, climate change and imperialism must be confronted with conviction.
Addressing climate change needs a short-term plan and a global one
To meet the danger of climate change, developed nations will need to organize a new global Marshall Plan with representatives from developing countries.
Using Trade to Develop Nations and Protect Workers
What would a good trade pact look like? Some ideas to consider.
Representing DSA at the European Parliament
Representing DSA on the international circuit.
Colonialism's Legacy: Neglect in Puerto Rico, Suffocation in DC
If Puerto Rico is cursed by federal Washington's indifference and neglect, the District of Columbia has the opposite problem: suffocating micromanagement
Rooting labor action on climate change in the revolutionary struggle against alienation
As a whole, the labor movement has not committed itself to ending greenhouse gas emissions that most scientists believe are likely to produce climate catastrophe by the end of this century.
DSA National Convention 25,000 and Counting
Working through DSA's inevitable growing pains will require balancing the optimism of a mass movement with the realism of achieving "the left-wing of the possible."
Leaving the Socialist International Would Be a Big Mistake
A local comrade defends DSA's relationship to the Socialist International, in response to a debate on involvement.
From the Abused Heart of Coal Country
Lucy Duff explores the devastation to the environment, communities and workers of mountaintop removal coal mining in West Virginia.
Michael Harrington's "The Vast Majority" -- Forty Years On
Louis F. Cooper
Harrington's book is notable for its candor: it admitted the complexities of the problems, their resistance to easy solutions, and insisted nonetheless that steps toward a more just global order were both possible and morally necessary.
Pushback comes quickly to Trump's exit from Paris climate accord
Every level of economic and political society in the US -- except the GOP's federal monopoly -- expressed immediate and constructive pushback to Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord.
Corbyn's surge shows inequality an issue on both side of the Atlantic
This new Labour party is a social democratic party that believes in something beyond the dreary inevitability of fear and despair proposed by Tories.
Progressive Values vs. New Realities: A Report
Though we saw populism in both the Trump and Sanders campaigns, it is right-wing populism that represents a threat in American politics.
MDC DSA Members Vote to Maintain Observer Status in Socialist International
Members of MDC DSA met to debate DSA's position in the Socialist International.
Response to the April 2017 DSA Internationalism Report
DSA should reject calls to leave the Socialist International.
Transit as a core of community success
Transportation advocacy is key for introducing localities to the need for strong climate policy.
Issue-based working groups could have negative effect
Our group's expansion creates amazing opportunities for gaining ground in the battle against capitalism. We should take care to consider how our structure shapes how we approach the class struggle.
Ticks, mosquitoes & vector-borne disease: a new focus for Eco-Justice organizing?
The galloping threat of vector-borne diseases that comes with warmer weather farther north in the US may offer organizing opportunities for ecosocialists.
Assessing Russia's threat without demonizing it
To avoid the trap of allowing misleading rhetoric to dictate our policies, we need to continue to articulate and organize around an alternative world view.
McCarthyism in Maryland? Bill blacklists supporters of Palestinian human rights
Maryland lawmakers should not violate the free speech rights of their residents in order to continue a culture of impunity for violating Palestinian human rights.
No thanks To Trump, auto industry's savage restructuring is a long-term project
Brutal restructuring borne on the backs of workers is forthcoming -- Trump is positioning himself to take credit for halting that.
Trump's Puzzling and Under-Covered Excursion to Mexico
Carolyn M. Byerly
Trump's outreach to Mexico's business elite are better understood within a bigger historical frame, one defined by the very beginnings of neoliberalism.