Vol 6 No 2

Summer 2022
  • Alex Gourevitch

Post-Work Socialism?

Post-work socialism claims to emancipate us from all cultural and economic pressure to work. But post-work utopias illicitly presuppose the very labor they claim to free us from. Shared-labor socialism offers a better vision of freedom, by facing head-on the problem of necessary labor.

  • Abbie Rhodes

C. L. R. James’s Beyond a Boundary at 60

C. L. R. James’s cricket memoir Beyond a Boundary is often considered one of the greatest studies of cricket’s history and culture ever written. But James’s analysis falls victim to the very mysticism he set out to avoid, expressing deference to the English cricketing establishment and its traditions while failing to go far enough in criticizing their origins.

  • Neil Larsen

The Jargon of Decoloniality

Calls to “decolonize” academic production may invoke progressive anti-Eurocentrism, but the theory of decoloniality identified with works by Walter Mignolo only trades in the most objectionable aspects of identity politics. Cloaked in an impenetrable jargon, decoloniality dehistoricizes and culturalizes colonialism, promoting some odious autocracies along the way.

  • Aviva Chomsky

The Two Colombias

The leftist victory in Colombia’s June election breaks with decades of right-wing rule, close alliance with the United States, and politics dominated by Colombian elites. The country’s poor and mostly indigenous and Afro-Colombian regions played a big role, as did the coalitions behind nationwide anti-austerity protests the past few years.

  • Matt Vidal

Which Way Forward for Labor?

In response to Herman Rosenfeld, I hold that even while capitalism is an exploitative economic system, capital and labor have some overlapping interests, which provide the basis for a positive class compromise. Where capital is hostile and intransigent, unions should respond in kind, using militant tactics; but conditional cooperation can be used to advance independent union power and the longer-term goals of the working class.

  • Ramaa Vasudevan

The Janus Face of Public Debt

Public debt embodies both private property and a public good, reciprocity and coercion, economic power and political authority. The history of public debt illuminates its contradictory role in the rise and development of capitalism and brings its hidden politics out into the open.

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Automation is an ideology that obscures the grim reality of how businesses reshape workplaces — but power and politics play a key role in determining the degradation or dignity of work. The real challenge is to turn every job into a dignified job.

Labour Politics and Working-Class England

Can a Westminster insider explain the Labour Party’s loss of working-class voters and the collapse of the red wall? Jeremy Corbyn presented a historic opportunity that was missed, and a deep structural shift in British politics must be reckoned with.

The Good War as American Ideology

American altruism and the spread of democracy are World War II myths that are endlessly renewed to justify American military power abroad. A new liberal account reveals their contested nature — while obscuring the material basis of American imperialism.