Trump’s Troop Surge in Afghanistan: Old Wine in New Skins

Reading slowly from the glass TelePrompTers surrounding his presidential podium as he stood before a packed audience of military personnel, Donald Trump on Monday night announced what he hoped would be a popular strategic shift in U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and South Asia. He disavowed the Bush Doctrine. “America will continue its … More Trump’s Troop Surge in Afghanistan: Old Wine in New Skins

Revisiting a Classic: Roll, Jordan, Roll and Hegemony

A spectre continues to haunt the historiography of slavery in the United States – the spectre of Eugene Genovese’s “nettlesome” classic on enslaved people’s culture in the antebellum United States.  That classic is Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made. Over the past decades Genovese’s masterpiece has been subject to a number of different criticisms, but … More Revisiting a Classic: Roll, Jordan, Roll and Hegemony

A Note on Democratic Centralism

Commentators, both Marxist and anti-Marxist, often mischaracterize democratic centralism as a necessary evil, an expedient that contradicts the liberatory thrust of socialist struggle. James P. Cannon, the remarkably gifted pioneer of American Trotskyism, said of it: “Democratic-centralism has no special virtue per se. It is the specific principle of a combat party, united by a … More A Note on Democratic Centralism

Gender Cons

Politics makes for strange bedfellows. This insight is no less true when it comes to political matters of the bedroom. Issues of gender and sexuality have long been the focus of the Marxist left, and for equally as long the inspiration for some employing the label of “Marxist analysis” to produce arguments that are in … More Gender Cons