Immediately after last year’s right-wing coup in Bolivia, US elites, including many liberals, celebrated or excused the putsch against Evo Morales. Yesterday’s resounding electoral win for Morales’s party is a rebuke to all of their bloviating nonsense — and a massive triumph for democracy in Bolivia.
Shawn Gude is Jacobin's associate editor.
Let's say we accept capitalism's defenders' claims that their system created mass economic growth and pulled countless people out of poverty. Even if that's true, we have clearly reached a point in human development where we can rid ourselves of capitalism's relations of hierarchy and domination — without inviting immiseration.
Eugene Debs’s unswerving commitment to democracy and internationalism was born out of his revulsion at the tyranny of industrial capitalism. We should carry forth that Debsian vision today — by recognizing that class struggle is the precondition for winning a more democratic world.
Through dogged organizing and a class-based message, Bernie Sanders cleaned up among young and nonwhite voters in last week's Iowa caucus. It’s proof that the coalition he’s assembling has the multiracial working class at its center.
Whatever happens today in Iowa, we must think beyond one campaign. Our aim is to deliver on what W. E. B. Du Bois championed so many decades ago: breaking capital’s dictatorial power over our society, so all can flourish and all can control the forces that shape their lives.
Political scientists are discovering something that today’s Democrats refuse to understand: social policy is about more than technocratic tinkering — it defines who counts as a full citizen. And means testing tears apart the very fabric of society.
Elizabeth Warren’s political tradition is the left edge of middle-class liberalism; Bernie Sanders hails from America’s socialist tradition. Don’t confuse the two.
Defenders of capitalism say that socialism will squelch minority rights. But the only minority groups we seek to unseat are those who trample the rights of others.
At the core of democratic socialism is a simple idea: democracy is good, and it should be expanded.
How one of the greatest American socialists ended up on the wrong side of history.
The Sanders campaign has been driven by class politics, not white male angst.
The demise of social democracy shows the precariousness of any project of reform under capitalism.
Last night’s Iowa Caucus shows promise for radical politics in the United States.
A labor movement that seeks to fight oppression has no room for police unions.
Today's reality calls for “radical reformist” struggle. Ralph Miliband can be a guide.
The most salient thing in Baltimore isn't the damage caused by protesters, but the grinding poverty and neglect wrought by capital.
The Common Core leaves intact the longstanding ethos of American public education: what’s good for capital is good for the student.
When police unions have widened their gaze beyond issues like compensation and working conditions, it’s been almost exclusively to conservative ends.
Liberals fear the term “entitlements,” but that's language the Left should claim.