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Populism: What it is and what it is not
Cyryl Ryzak
July 5, 2018

“Populism” is a magical word. Its mysterious power unites the Erdogan and Putin governments, Latin American leftists like Evo Morales and the late Hugo Chavez, the resurgent Right in Europe and the United States, Hungarian and Polish anti-communist parties, Podemos, the Eurocommunism of the tragic Syriza, the revitalizers of social democracy Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn – all under the same umbrella.
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28/07/2018
09:00 - 19:00

Chicago - 941 West Lawrence

DATE:  July 28, 2018 TIME:  9:00 am - 7:00 pm Location:  People's Church of Chicago, 941 W. Lawrence, Chicago As capitalism squeezes more and more, people are fighting back. Left movements are on the rise across the country. From Black Lives Matter to the Women’s March, from the Fight for…

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18/08/2018
10:00 - 17:00

Philadelphia - 3701 Chestnut Street

Register for the Day School! Socialism is experiencing a resurgence in the wake of the 2016 election. Though once widely rejected in the US, people are once again asking: can socialism guide us to a better world? And, what actions will actually help us get there? The Philadelphia DSA/Solidarity Day…

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July 3, 2018
Trump’s Trade Folly and the Virtues of Organizing for a Radical “Fair Trade”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Donald Trump during the G7 meeting in Quebec, June 9, 2018 JESCO DENZEL / HANDOUT / REUTERS While Trump has been careening between policy positions…
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June 28, 2018
Let Them In—Immigrants Welcome Here!
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THE TRUMP REGIME’S “no tolerance” separation of refugee families at the U.S. border was a designed and calculated show of sadistic cruelty…
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Behind the News!

How Should Socialists Organize? Reflections on the Lift the Ban Campaign
    Ever since I attended my first DSA meeting more than a year ago, it’s been the question: What should DSA do? Not that members of Chicago DSA are…
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Oppression of Pakistan’s caricatured feudalism
Large swathes of Pakistan are in the stranglehold of caricatured feudalism. These feudal relations are increasingly penetrated by finance capital as it imposes itself on social relations, politics and the…
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AMLO, Mexico’s New President, Promises End to Corruption, Makes Peace with Capitalist Class
The leftist candidate Andres Manuel López Obrador, has been carried to victory in the Mexican presidential election by an enormous popular outpouring of voters hoping to improve their lives and…
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A Call Center Coup: Ex-Teamster Boots Riley Tackles Telemarketing And its Discontents
When I was a union rep, one of my most challenging assignments was assisting a Communications Workers of America (CWA) bargaining unit at a Boston-area telemarketing firm. Most CWA members…
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Quote of Note
"There are abundant signs, however, that capital accumulation is at an historical inflexion point where sustaining a compound rate of growth is becoming increasingly problematic. In 1970 this meant finding new profitable global investment opportunities for $0.4 trillion. Resumption of three percent growth right now would mean finding profitable investment opportunities for $1.5 trillion. If that rate of growth were to be sustained by 2030 or so we would be looking at $3 trillion. Put in physical terms, when capitalism in 1750 was about everything going on around Manchester and Birmingham and a few other hot spots in the global economy then three percent compound growth posed no problem. But we are now looking at compounding growth on everything going on in North America, Europe, much of East Asia, Latin America and increasingly South Asia, the Middle East and Africa….The implications socially, politically and environmentally are nothing short of gargantuan." ~David Harvey

To see how capital's need to constantly expand invesment created the climate crisis see section III of What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism by Fred Magdoff and John Bellamy Foster


Against the Current is our bi-monthly political and analytical journal. The July/August issue is now online. Selections from our current issue...
Endless War, Swirling Chaos

The Editors

THE SINGAPORE SUMMIT happened, and both principals got what they were looking for. Kim Jong-un received an important measure of international recognition, apparent suspension of U.S.-South Korean war exercises, and implicit promises against tighter sanctions; Donald Trump’s prize was a well-orchestrated photo-op and press conference in the wake of his disastrous G-7 conference performance...

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A New COINTELPRO?

Malik Miah

IN A SINISTER development, the FBI is targeting Black Lives Matters and what Justice Department head Jeff Sessions calls “Black identity” extremists. It has the looks of a new COINTELPRO (“Counter Intelligence Program”), the infamous secret program directed by J. Edgar Hoover to infiltrate and destroy the Black Liberation Movement in the 1960s and ’70s and murder many of its leaders....
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Democracy and Ecological Crisis

Sunday 15 July 2018, by Nancy Holmstrom

Walkouts teach U.S. labor a new grammar for struggle

Thursday 12 July 2018, by Lois Weiner



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