USA

Trump and 2017

November 10, 2016 admin 0

Donald Trump’s electoral victory demonstrates, with stark consequences, that the Democratic Party’s strategy of triangulation has hit a dead end. Hillary Clinton, a personification of the ‘political establishment’ which has so transparently acted against the […]

The Left

Letters, August 2016

August 29, 2016 admin 0

Another way Last May, shortly after Bernie Sanders entered the Democratic Party presidential primary, I wrote an article for the Red Vine where I outlined a general position about his candidacy and how it would […]

The Left

Left Strategy and 2016

August 21, 2016 admin 0

Now that Bernie Sanders has given his full-throated support to Hillary Clinton, the sections of the left that backed his primary campaign – and those that didn’t – are grappling with how to advance socialist […]

The Left

A Tale of Two Lefts

September 12, 2015 admin 2

The United States isn’t the only country to have someone considered a “socialist outsider” challenging the establishment of its primary center-left party; in Great Britain, long-time Member of Parliament Jeremy Corbyn mounted a campaign to […]

USA

What Political Alternative to Sanders?

July 29, 2015 admin 1

In a previous article in the Red Vine, I overviewed a probable trajectory of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, noting that, at least as the campaign and the candidate are concerned, any upsurge for the (broadly-defined) left […]

International

U.S. Imperialism and Israel’s Role

June 11, 2015 Editor 0

(Originally published in the Weekly Worker) Let’s start by recalling four recent dates. In December last year Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu engineered a cabinet crisis, well before a general election was due – he […]

USA

The Sanders Trajectory

May 27, 2015 admin 7

Debates within the realm of mainstream bourgeois politics are largely about style and rhetoric over substance. This probably goes double in the case of presidential primaries, where the goal is more to rally enough of […]

USA

Keeping the “T” in LGBT

January 20, 2015 admin 0

Leelah Alcorn’s tragic suicide has brought national attention to the oppression faced by transgender people. A seventeen year old trans female from Ohio, the highly public nature of her death – with her heavily shared […]

USA

Midterm Elections and the Politics of Despair

November 11, 2014 admin 0

The triumphant conservative talking heads and the loud pots-and-pans media banging on about the right-wing midterm results should take a moment to consider the whole picture. November 4th wasn’t so much a Republican victory as […]

USA

Turn Out for… What?

October 14, 2014 admin 0

Rock the Vote’s new viral video1, aimed at boosting turnout for next month’s midterm elections among the so-called millennial generation, is symbolic of how bankrupt modern day U.S. politics have become. “Turn Out for What?” […]