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Taking the wrong lessons from history

brian bean writes a response to a recent Jacobin article comparing recent DSA electoral success to Socialist Party victors in the state 100 years ago, analyzing what lessons are worth following and which not.

Trump’s execution mania

As Trump ramps up federal executions, veteran abolitionist, Lee Wengraf, lays out the recent history of the death penalty and abolitionist attempts to defeat it.

Beyond anti-anti-Communism

David Camfield writes that on the 80th anniversary of Leon Trotsky’s assassination, even as we move further from the conditions that defined the Trotskyist movement of last century, a critical appreciation of his politics remains necessary for the emerging socialist Left.

Recent articles

At a crossroads

Andy Sernatinger reviews the recent history of the refounded DSA, the strategic and organizational questions which defined the last few years, and the emerging political question in the COVID moment.

The Tempest project

We have launched Tempest as a small contribution to rebuilding a revolutionary socialist current in the U.S. Here we reprint a brief introduction to our project.

COVID-19 and the new normal

The authors look at how the 1% has responded to the pandemic and argues that socialists must help shape the fight for our lives.

The lesser-evil trap

Ashley Smith and Charlie Post argue that despite the indisputable greater evil in Donald Trump, the socialist Left undermines its own project when it campaigns for the lesser-evil, Joe Biden.

Reflections on the DSA Experience

In this piece, veteran socialist Mel Bienenfeld, provides an overview and assessment of DSA’s approach to social movements based on the historic approach to these questions by the revolutionary socialist tradition.

How rock became white (part 1)

In the first of a three-part series, Geoff Bailey, looks at the racial politics surrounding the birth of rock and roll and their implications for our understanding of racism today.

When your assaulter is the “Lesser Evil”

Natalia Tylim, a DSA member in New York, looks at the controversy surrounding Tara Reade’s accusations of sexual assault against Joe Biden and their implications for the #MeToo movement and the Left.

Left on an Island

Lausan Collective members Andi W. and Promise Li make a case for why the Left needs to stand in solidarity with Hong Kong. It is not about deciding which nation-state is worse; it’s about rejecting a false binary the ruling elites have crafted for us.

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