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Hegemony


Holding Our Breath, Together and Apart

Crises illuminate our dependency on one another, and on remote chains of production and distribution—but also highlight a resiliency and capacity to live within limits.

Randall Amster ·


Everything Is Impossible Until It Happens—US Foreign Policy as Bernie’s Next Frontier

Sanders represents a foreign policy where the US does not lead by throwing around its military and economic might to the misfortune of Americans and others across the globe, but works in collaboration to create a more democratic and just world.

Steve Striffler ·


South Carolina, Neoliberalism's Stranglehold, and the Mystique of the 'Black Vote'

By reducing all of black Americans' concerns to race or exploiting the idea of a singular "black vote" in the first place, the elite political class continues to undermine our ability to organize the majoritarian social movement we need to combat the ruling-class assault on all working people in the United States.

Adolph Reed Jr. ·


If Work Dominated Your Every Moment, Would Life Be Worth Living?

An obsession with work causes needless human suffering and immiserates our imagination.

Andrew Taggart ·


Presidential Candidates Must Promise to Rein in Use of Force

The American people need presidential candidates who will vow to use peaceful, constructive means to solve diplomatic disagreements.

Ashley Pratt ·


We Need to Fight for a World That Prioritizes People Over Economic Growth and Endless Consumption

By supporting human rights globalization as a counter-movement to corporate globalization, we can advance people-centered policies and build upon earlier work of transformative movements worldwide.

Jackie Smith ·


No to Disastrous War With Iran

Instead of initiating a war with the assassination of General Soleimani, rationale leaders would have pursued diplomacy to reverse the spiraling dynamic of military escalation, not thoughtlessly and murderously fueling it.

Joseph Gerson ·


Good Riddance to the WTO

Rich countries embraced trade multilateralism when it suited them, and now they’re abandoning it. That may not be such a bad thing.

Walden Bello ·