The latest and perhaps most egregious example of Jacobin promoting right-wing politics is the eulogy of Eduard Limonov, founder of Russia's National Bolshevik Party. Its author, Maciej Zurowski, describes himself as a Marxist yet was excited by the Nazi symbols employed by Limonov and his followers:
Pictures of “Nazbol” demonstrations were intriguing: there were black-clad Russian punk girls and skinheads marching in tight formation, extending their arms to display a cross between a Roman salute and the clenched fist of the Red Front. Their banner: essentially a hammer and sickle superimposed on a Nazi flag. Images of Stalin, the Ayatollah Khomeini, Saddam Hussein, and sometimes Sid Vicious . . . …
Critics of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders began spreading misinformation about his voting record on Russia after reports emerged that Vladimir Putin’s regime is boosting his 2020 presidential campaign. Their aim? To cast him as a leftist mirror image of Republican President Donald Trump whose sycophantic antics towards Russia is one of the few constants of his otherwise chaotic presidency.
Yet Sanders’ voting record — to say nothing of his rhetoric — makes it very obvious he is no friend of Putin, the world’s wealthiest oligarch.
Critics of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders began spreading misinformation about his voting record on Russia after reports emerged that Vladimir Putin’s regime is boosting his 2020 presidential campaign. Their aim? To cast him as a leftist mirror image of Republican President Donald Trump whose sycophantic antics towards Russia is one of the few constants of his otherwise chaotic presidency. …
By Jason Hicks. Republished with permission.
Prefatory note: I’m sharing a draft because I need to turn to other projects for now, and though it’s lacking in certain connective tissue and some leads should be followed up more in-depth, I’d like to lay out the evidence and argument I’ve put together at this point for feedback.
I’ve been a leftist for twenty years and I’m committing to help Biden win the primary. The vision of a just, democratic and socialist world guides me, and I’ve followed it and the data to that conclusion.
This election is a referendum on authoritarianism. And critically, looking at the second terms of other authoritarian rulers recently shows that the second terms can be significantly worse — and Trump, if re-elected, will be taking office on the back of an acquittal by the Senate, which even more means anything goes. Neither the New York Times nor Jacobin (or similar left-y publications) seem to care about that or take it into consideration. …
There is a lot of talk about Democratic Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard potentially spoiling the 2020 president election to re-elect Donald Trump by running as third-party or independent presidential candidate, splitting the anti-Trump vote. Jill Stein arguably spoiled the 2016 election and Ralph Nader played the same role the 2000 election.
Yet very little attention has been paid to just how exactly this 2020 nightmare scenario would actually materialize, which comes down to whether Tulsi Gabbard can gain ballot access in swing states that decide who gets 270 Electoral College votes.
Since Gabbard will not be the presidential nominee of either of America’s two major political parties, she would have to either obtain such access as an independent and/or by winning the endorsement of either the Green or Libertarian parties (which managed in 2016 to gain ballot access in 44 and 50 states, respectively). So far there is no indication that either party would be amenable to Gabbard parachuting in to be their nominee. The Libertarians typically nominate a free-market ideologue of long standing. The Greens have a history of selecting celebrity presidential candidates like Ralph Nader and Cynthia McKinney but they both developed working relationships with the party prior to being nominated, unlike Gabbard. (The Greens also rejected Roseanne Barr in 2012 in favor of one of their own, Jill Stein.) Not only does Gabbard lack a pre-existing relationship with the Green Party as a long-time right-wing Democrat, she would have to compete for the nomination with Howie Hawkins who has run as a Green for decades and is widely considered to be their frontrunner. …
Guest post by the founder of a defunct progressive news and commentary site. Site name and article title redacted at the author’s request. Images below are for illustrative purposes only.
In May 2015, I set up a personal political blog. I honestly can’t remember why, perhaps I was just bored, looking for something to do and had a spare twenty bucks to purchase hosting. It was anonymous and virtually unread. The pieces were long-winded and inarticulate, but I enjoyed writing them nonetheless as a self-challenging exercise which allowed me to critique my own political ideas once they were digitally published. It dealt with issues I was deeply engaged with at the time: the weakness of modern-day liberalism, the difference between economic and social progressivism, the lack of ideological framework within Irish political parties and the fundamentally unjust nature of the British electoral system, to name a few. …
Address by Marvin Zuckerman at YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.
The Bund, from its beginning, described itself as a Marxist, revolutionary party, wanting thus to place itself in the camp of those opposed to the reformist tendencies in the world socialist movement. The Bund believed the overthrow of the czarist autocracy and the establishment of a socialist order could not be achieved by the gradual reform of the existing capitalist system and would require a revolution.
In practice, however, the Bund strove unremittingly to make the lives and working conditions of the Jewish workers better. The Bund did not believe in Lenin’s dictum, “The worse, the better.” …
[The Democratic Socialists of America are holding their national convention in Atlanta August 2–4. I am a candidate in the elections for the DSA National Political Committee. This is a leaflet I wrote for the convention to explain why I am running.]
• Make immigrant and refugee rights a national priority
• Publish a Spanish website and orient to Latinx communities
• Focus on smaller cities, the South and Southwest
• Oppose U.S. wars and military bases abroad
• Transparent, participatory and democratic functioning
• Create an inclusive socialist movement for the 21st Century
I am running for the NPC in support of two resolutions, one on making defense of immigrant and refugees a national priority and the other on orienting to the Latinx communities beginning with creating a website in Spanish. …
Guest Post by a Member of the Swedish SAP: The four left/centre-left parties in Denmark have agreed to form a government and have unveiled their government agenda. The coalition is made up of the Social Democrats, Radikale Venstre (“Radical Left”, but actually a social liberal party), The Alternative (basically the Green party), and Socialist People’s Party. There is a high share of young, first-generation academics with working class parents in the proposed cabinet.
Following the austerity of the previous centre-right government over the past 4 years, the centre-left coalition all campaigned on and have promised to increase welfare spending and financed by a more progressive tax code over the next government term. …
First published on June 21, 2019 via Google drive.
In a show of solidarity with delegates who cannot afford to attend, the members of the South Jersey DSA voted to abstain from sending a delegation to the National Convention in August.
This decision comes after much discussion and takes into account several factors that were brought up at the Regional conference and after. These can be separated into three categories: safety, cost, and follow through.
At the regional conference and after, safety was a major concern. Before the convention, National has accidentally leaked the full names, locations, and other sensitive information about the candidates running to be at-large delegates. There are also safety concerns in regards to the location. While SJDSA applauds National for picking a union hotel, there is no way to prevent access to the conference rooms. The floors do not require a key card to access and thus, anyone can walk in. Recently, during a pre-conference discussion about safety, National spent the time talking about concerns with dissent among the ranks of DSA as opposed to potential outside threats. With a big tent organization like DSA, disagreement is expected. We are all different types of socialists with different goals and ideas. To focus on potential dissent as opposed to outside threats when DSA was recently on a hit list and local chapters have been invaded by alt-right antagonizers who wish to harm members shows a blind spot to safety for attendees. …
First published via Google Drive (without the image below). Hyperlinks added for clarification.
After much personal thought, I have decided to resign as North New Jersey Co-Chair and as a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). If you’re curious why, I have outlined some of my reasons below. I remain grateful to have been introduced to and befriended many incredible humans during my time in DSA. However, I no longer believe in the direction of this organization, and I must move on.
As an organizer who was looking for something more, I was introduced to DSA in July 2017. I began organizing with DSA in August in the wake of A12, and I officially joined as a member in October after the first meeting of the Hudson County branch. Twice, I was elected co-chair of the branch and was honored this past January to be elected as co-chair of the North Jersey chapter. I helped get the North Jersey Chapter’s Immigrant Justice working group off the ground, and have been a member of the Red Rabbit marshal team collective since its early days. It is not an exaggeration to say that DSA has been a major part of my life for almost two years. …