Essays

Revolutionary Strategy

Biopolitics, Dual Power, and the Revolutionary Characteristics of “Serve the People” Programs

Prominent revolutionary movements typically follow the strategy of delivering immediate and concrete benefits to the masses, while simultaneously developing institutions parallel and opposed to those of capitalism.  

The Political Economy of Revolutionary Struggle: Lessons from the Black Panthers

The way the Black Panther Party was influenced by its sources of funding should inform modern revolutionaries on the importance of being in control of productive assets, and taking seriously the basic Marxist arguments on how economic power informs socio-political power.

Serve the People, Seize the Land: Prospects for Revolutionary Struggle Around Affordable Housing

The crisis around affordable housing in the United States resembles situations in rural areas of the Global South where land inequalities have fueled revolutionary anti-capitalist movements.

 

Imperialism

Imperialism and the Construction of Saudi Arabia

Western imperialism played a decisive role in shaping Middle Eastern politics and society by protecting the conservative monarchy of Saudi Arabia against left-wing revolutionaries in the 1950s and 1960s, and paving the way for Saudi elites to finance the rise of modern Islamic fundamentalism.

A Brief History of US Imperialism and State Violence in Colombia

From the 1960s to the late 2000s, the United States government has played a decisive role in how the Colombian state has carried out its brutal war against left-wing dissidents and Colombian civil society.

The 1942 Quit India Movement: The Violent End of British Rule in India

The mass insurrection that swept across South Asia in 1942-44 saw tens of thousands of ordinary people violently rebel against British colonialism, and proved to be the beginning of the end of the British Raj.

 

Energy/Environment

The Oil Industry in the Bay Area — Current Problems, Proposed Expansions, and Community Resistance

The communities of the northern Bay Area of California–mostly working class communities of color–have a long dealt with the externalities of local oil refineries.  Now, due to the fracking boom, these companies are set to expand their infrastructure even more.

Decarbonization as Decolonization: The Case of the Northern Bay Area

The fossil-fuel industry has historically developed in tandem with colonialism; therefore, it stands to reason that the anti-carbon movement is, at its core, an anti-colonial struggle.

Oil Trains, Indigenous Insurgency, and the Disruption of Capitalist Logistics

There is huge potential for different communities in the Bay Area, the West Coast, and the First Nations to coordinate their ongoing disruption of the supply chain of the carbon economy.

 

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