Category Archives: Features

Be the Change You Want to See?: A Marxist criticism of prefigurative politics

PREFACE This is the transcript to a talk I gave at the Socialism 2013 Conference in Chicago.  I’m posting this transcript here for those interested–it is similar to, but different from a previous transcript I posted of a local meeting … Continue reading

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The Last White Entrepreneurial Detroit Guy: The Meaning of the Meme

The White Entrepreneurial Detroit Guy (WEDG) meme has turned into the quintessential Frankenstein’s Monster.  What began as a cathartic venting mechanism for Detroiter’s anger and frustration has been inverted into a self-congratulatory “dialogue” rehabilitating the image of the city’s entrepreneurial … Continue reading

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The role of the revolutionary press

Note: This post is based on the transcript of a talk I gave at a recent branch meeting of the International Socialist Organization in Detroit. In December 1964, Malcolm X gave a speech at Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom.  In one of … Continue reading

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Detroit: The Athens of the Midwest

Detroit was once called the “Paris of the Midwest,” but following yesterday’s announcement by Republican Governor Rick Snyder that Detroit will run by an emergency manager, Detroit may be more accurately compared to Athens. In 2009, the troika–a political body … Continue reading

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Can you change yourself to change the world?: On utopias and “prefigurative” politics.

PREFACE:This blog is based on the transcript of a recent talk I gave at a meeting this week.  I made some minor formatting edits, etc., but it more or less reflects what was said during my talk. Therefore, the structure … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Organization & Aesthetics

Organization and Aesthetics A Response to Josef Kaplan’s “Theses on the Aesthetics of Violence” by Marie Buck In the latest issue of Lana Turner: A Journal of Poetry and Opinion, Josef Kaplan has published “Manifesto #1: Theses on the Aesthetics … Continue reading

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A critical reply to Birkhold’s “Grace Lee Boggs’ call for visionary organizing”

In Defense of Struggle: What “Visionary Organizing” Cannot See A critical reply to Birkhold’s “Grace Lee Boggs’ call for visionary organizing” Left Turn magazine recently published an article by Matthew Birkhold, a Brooklyn-based writer and activist, entitled “Living by the … Continue reading

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