Any failure of communism reaffirms the promise of Marxist historiography, and the specter continues to grow…
Don't fall into the trap of asking or demanding capitalists to fulfill the role of the state. We want to strip them of their economic and political power, not expect them to save the day.
Capital continues to become concentrated in less and less places. Maybe this will, someday, make socialism more attainable and likely.
In this post, I give 4 points about socialism that people should keep in mind, to have a coherent, broad, and systemic understanding of socialism, to prevent being bogged down in capitalist talking points.
Celebrating and acknowledging the importance of work doesn't mean turning work into an ethical principle. If anything, turning work into a virtue is, paradoxically, a tool of the capitalist class.
One argument I've seen against communism online revolves around arguing in favor of "managerial labor" - implying that under a communist system, that type of labor will no longer exist. A pithy expression of this argument is "someone has to write the checks!".
But, managerial labor is different than owning capital. In very small businesses, the owner is the manager, but there's nothing necessary about owning capital to then do managerial duties, and there's nothing necessary about being a manager that involves owning capital.
Mother Jones writer Kevin Drum asked what is there to support about the Wayfair Walkouts. I try to answer.
We should look to Marx on the class character of the government, and the infamous Miliband-Poulantzas Debate for insight.
Liz Bruenig's anti-abortion position, and her reasoning behind it, shows a fundamental flaw that's ubiquitous in Utopian Socialism as well.
In this post I'll highlight three common misconceptions about Marx, often even held by Marxists. These misconceptions are based in a warping of understanding over time.