Elizabeth Warren Is Not a Socialist, But She Still Makes Wall Street Squirm

by Michael Corcoran Truthout   Feb 9, 2019 Lawrence, MA — Not long ago, a presidential bid announcement by Elizabeth Warren would’ve been the biggest event of the year for many progressives. When she entered the national political scene more than a decade ago, her aggressive (if wonkish) critique of Wall Street greed resonated with liberals and rankled … Continue reading Elizabeth Warren Is Not a Socialist, But She Still Makes Wall Street Squirm

Left Populism and the Rediscovery of Agonistic Politics

If there were a tagline for today’s populist moment, it would probably be something like, “It’s not the economy, stupid.” by Shadi Hamid American Affairs Winter 2018  Economic factors matter, but they are far from decisive in understanding why populists, especially right-wing populists, have solidified their position as the second largest or even largest parties in many Western democracies. … Continue reading Left Populism and the Rediscovery of Agonistic Politics

How Identity Politics Makes the Left Lose Its Collective Identity

The identity politics phenomenon sweeping across the Western world is a divide and conquer strategy that prevents the emergence of a genuine resistance to the elites. by Tomasz Pierscionek RT A core principle of socialism is the idea of an overarching supra-national solidarity that unites the international working class and overrides any factor that might divide … Continue reading How Identity Politics Makes the Left Lose Its Collective Identity

What is Populism?

  DECEMBER 21, 2018 Two Populisms, Not One by PAUL STREET Left v. Right Populism Two very different “populisms” arisen in response to neoliberal capitalism in the West. A left-leaning social-democratic “progressive populism”targets the capitalist concentration of wealth and power and the unbridled pursuit of private profit as enemies of the people and the common good.  This … Continue reading What is Populism?

Where do the terms “Right-” and “Left-wing” come from?: Conservative Moral Hierarchy (8)

The Origin of the Political Terms Left and Right Wing Thomas DeMichele The modern usage of the political terms left and right comes from the French Revolution of 1789 when anti-revolutionary, royalist supporters of the king stood to the president’s right, and anti-royalist revolutionaries to his left. This split between liberty and authority and split between individualism and … Continue reading Where do the terms “Right-” and “Left-wing” come from?: Conservative Moral Hierarchy (8)

Bernie Sanders is Not a Socialist… so is he a Sheepdog?

Bernie Sanders sold out his hero and anti-authoritarians paid Bruce Levine Counterpunch Sept 19th, 2018 Bernie Sanders, in his thirties, wrote and directed the documentary Eugene V. Debs: Trade Unionist, Socialist, Revolutionary (1979), and a picture of Debs hangs on Sanders’s office wall. But the arc of Sanders’s polit­­ical career has moved in the opposite direction from … Continue reading Bernie Sanders is Not a Socialist… so is he a Sheepdog?