Category: socialism

politicalsci 2018-08-18 23:17:18

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for neoliberals, the democratic party being asked to shift even an inch to the left is too much. their fight against the left has always been about stopping legislation and policies that would ensure things like single-payer healthcare, raising the minimum wage, and ending corporate donations. neoliberals would rather embrace fascism than anything that’s even associated with socialism.

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In 2016 Jeremy Corbyn spoke emotionally of his…

Jeremy Corbyn – Remembering Cable Street

In 2016 Jeremy Corbyn spoke emotionally of his mother’s role in an
anti-fascist street fight as hundreds of people marched through the
streets of east London to mark its 80th anniversary.

The Labour leader told how he had learned all about the 1936
Battle of Cable Street from Naomi Corbyn, who had been present when
left-wing demonstrators fought police guarding a planned march by
British fascists through a heavily Jewish neighbourhood.

He said: “One woman stood there along with many others and she told me all about it. That woman was my mother. She stood here with so many others because
she wanted to live in a world, as we all do, that is free from
xenophobia and free from hate.”

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You Say You Want a Revolution? The Anti-Capita…

You Say You Want a Revolution? The Anti-Capitalist Film “Sorry to Bother You” Shows the Way:

As the director and writer Boots Riley explained in a series of recent interviews, he’s not interested
in performative art or performative politics that aren’t rooted in
broader movements. “Progressives and radicals have turned more to
spectacle and gone away from actually organizing at the actual point of
contradiction in capitalism, which is the exploitation of labor, which
is also where the working class has its power,” he recently told Amy Goodman
on Democracy Now!. “We’ve gone in favor of demonstrations that don’t
necessarily have teeth … and I feel like we have to give these
demonstrations more teeth by being able to affect the bottom line.”

The diverse cast challenges the myth that class struggle must come at
the expense of nonwhite interests — an increasingly popular
characterization among liberals who’ve argued against breaking up the banks because it won’t cure racism, who’ve undermined a “new” New Deal on the basis that racial disparities marred the original, or who’ve implied,
even if unwittingly, that the recent teacher strikes in West Virginia,
Arizona, Kentucky, and Colorado were somehow at odds with the interests
of people of color. But its equally relevant for working-class white
audiences for whom a genuinely worry-free “white voice” is inaccessible,
too.

Of course, the class struggle is most urgent for those at the bottom
of the economic hierarchy, which, due to a legacy of racism, is
disproportionately nonwhite. As Terry Crews explained when asked why he took the role:

It reminded me of so many people I grew up with in Flint,
Michigan. They’d given up all of their dreams, everything they wanted
in life for the security of the factory, and it turned on them. They
told you you’re gonna have health care for life, you’re gonna have this
for life — everyone was told the same thing: This is for life, y’all.
And it went 15 years. And it was over. And everybody was like, “What do I
do now?”

Earlier in the interview, Crews summed it up precisely: “This is the movie we didn’t know we needed.”

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