The rise and fall of the Left dominates this issue of Catalyst. Or to be more precise, the Left in the global periphery. In the advanced capitalist world, the last few years have seen a tremendous turn against the political establishment, and even a revitalization of socialist politics. Jeremy Corbyn continues to be the most popular politician in Britain, while Bernie Sanders’s political influence is not only formidable, but gathering momentum.
This issue of Catalyst is dominated by two broad themes: the role of symbols and media in modern capitalism, and political transitions in the Global South.
The transition from Obama to Trump has been nothing if not a culture shock. From a president whose election was a watershed moment in the struggle against racism, the United States lurched to a successor who openly aligns with racial prejudice. When you combine that with Trump’s views on gender relations, the country seems to have taken a massive leap backwards in public culture.