Beyond Resistance

Our movement will exhaust itself if it’s only fueled by outrage. We need to win people to a positive vision of a better world.

The Shadow Right

Focusing only on the intransigent right during the ongoing budget battles lets the weak, passive left off the hook.

Nature and Progress

I am grateful for Max Ajl’s spirited reply to my “Two Hurricanes” piece. However, some of Ajl’s arguments are in competition with each other, which makes it difficult to respond. In an attempt to dismiss my concern that the social pessimism of environmentalism produces apathy rather than action, Ajl asks “does any mass movement proceed […]

Wrong Reaction

In the current issue of the New York Review of Books, Mark Lilla reviews Corey Robin’s The Reactionary Mind. Like some other notable reviews, Lilla’s claims that Robin got the subject right but the argument wrong. Robin should have written a different book — the book that the reviewer, in this case Lilla, would have […]

Alex Gourevitch

Alex Gourevitch is an assistant professor of political science at Brown University and the author of From Slavery To the Cooperative Commonwealth: Labor and Republican Liberty in the Nineteenth Century.