How we conceive of the state has profound effects on how we understand political strategy. In this essay, written in response to Michael A. McCarthy's recent intervention, Zachary Levenson and Teresa Kalisz argue that only by seeing the state as truly relational can we avoid the pitfall of placing undue emphasis on organizing within the state, rather than the vital work of base building.
Marx's examination of Dutch colonial violence in Indonesia highlight's important aspects of his approach to original accumulation that are easily lost when viewing the chapter, "the so-called original accumulation," through the lens of English exceptionalism, as many Marxists are prone to do.
The Jefferson School of Social Science's mission was not only to educate cadre in Marxist theory, students were also expected to take that education into the street in mass actions including protests, and political organizing. This mission resonated with W.E.B. Du Bois’ goal to create inter-racial solidarity for an equitable future. The Jefferson School provided him the opportunity to bring that sentiment to the masses, and more importantly fix Africa and Black Americans in the vision for a socialist future predicated on the unity of all the oppressed.
The Jasic Incident signals the need to revisit Marxism and Maoism for today’s emancipatory politics and labor struggles.
How to assess the new Brazilian regime? Early as it is in Bolsonaro’s rule, some broad stroke preliminaries are possible. In what follows I trace the political paralysis of the first five months, the popular social base of Bolsonarismo, its relationship to capital, and the role of evangelical Pentecostalism. I offer a biographical profile of Bolsonaro himself, map the three pivotal factions constituting the new government, and assess the economic outlook of the country. To anticipate the basic conclusions: the Bolsonaro regime is a weak and internally divided far-right regime, with declining popular support; capital backed Bolsonaro as a way out of crisis, but thus far the regime has not delivered, and the markets are losing faith.