Category: History and Historiography

The Status of America’s Global Influence

Geopolitical expert, Peter Zeihan, author of Disunited Nations: The Scramble for Power in an Ungoverned World, joins hosts Dennis McCuistion and Jim Falk for lively and very “counterintuitive arguments about the future of a world where trade agreements are coming apart and international institutions are losing their power.” […]

Betrayal, Vengeance, and the Anarchist Ideal: Virgilia D’Andrea’s Radical Antifascism in (American) Exile, 1928–1933

By Lorenza Stradiotti A contribution to histories of women in the interwar transnational antifascist movement, particularly radical exiles, we focus on VirgiliaD’Andrea, a noted Italian anarchist exile from fascist Italy who spent her final exile in New York, 1928–33. An intellectual, writer-poet, and orator belonging to a small […]

Transnational Feminism’s Radical Past: Lessons from Italian Immigrant Women Anarchists in Industrializing America

By Jennifer Guglielmo This article examines the activism of working-class Italian immigrant women anarchists in the United States as a window into the world of early-twentieth-century transnational feminism. Emerging from a diasporic, multiethnic network of labor radicals, the women in this movement did not seek inclusion within the […]

Right or Left? Right and Left!

An interesting example of left/right crossover tendencies from the pre-WW2 era. Hans Zehrer is somewhat of an obscure figure today, at least in comparison with like-minded members of the German national-revolutionary movement such as Ernst Niekisch and Karl Otto Paetel, both of whom have managed to acquire a […]

Caught between Internationalism, Transnationalism and Immigration: A Brief Account of the History of Anarchism in Egypt until 1945

By Costantino Paonessa  Laura Galián Anarchism first appeared in the Southern Mediterranean countries at the end of the nineteenth century with the immigration of European workers and political exiles. Despite the important role anarchists played in introducing radical and revolutionary political thought in Egypt, only historians Anthony Gorman […]

Golden State Dysphoria

In my experience, most Republicans really don’t have a problem with racial, ethnic, religious,  sexual, or gender minorities as long as they are Republican. And most liberals and leftists despise minorities who are not liberals or leftists. By Matthew Schmitz, The American Conservative Conservatives are lining up behind […]

God’s Fifth Column

By William S. Lind, The American Conservative In the 1930s, a minor British novelist started writing a new book, which was not a novel. Instead, William Gerhardie proposed a theory of history he called “God’s Fifth Column,” which was also his book’s title. His theory was that, just […]

When conservatives become revolutionaries

By Damon Linker, The Week The conservative intelligentsia keeps returning to authoritarianism. Back in June of last year, I wrote a column about how the intellectual right was talking itself into tearing down American democracy. The occasion was a debate between David French, a social-conservative defender of the […]

An Interview with John McWhorter

This is a great interview with McWhorter, and one of the best discussions I have seen on these topics. He gives the answers I would be inclined to give to the interviewer’s questions. PBS, Firing Line Columbia University linguist and race commentator John McWhorter explains the origins of […]

Making Sense of Red Nostalgia

By Helen Andrews, The American Conservative Why do so many Eastern Europeans say the fall of Communism hasn’t made their lives better? Taking Stock of the Shock: Social Consequences of the 1989 Revolutions by Kristen Ghodsee and Mitchell Orenstein (Oxford University Press: 2021), 304 pages. Professor Kristen Ghodsee […]

Majorities and Minorities

“That the mass bleeds, that it is being robbed and exploited, I know as well as our vote-baiters. But I insist that not the handful of parasites, but the mass itself is responsible for this horrible state of affairs. It clings to its masters, loves the whip, and […]

US boarding schools to be investigated

By Kalle Benallie, Indian Country Today The U.S. Department of Interior will formally investigate the impact of federal Indian boarding schools, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced before tribal leaders on Tuesday. The new “Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative” will result in a detailed report compiled by the Interior […]

Rule by Decree

Whatever one thinks about polyamorous marriage, this article is a must-read and an excellent discussion of how “our system” actually works.  It also has a pretty good overview of the differences between progressives, liberals, social democrats, and neoliberals. By Michael Lind, Tablet Progressives could legalize polyamorous marriage by […]

Paul Gottfried on “What is Fascism?”

This week’s “Backchannel” videocast features Paul Gottfried, Editor-in-Chief for Chronicles magazine answering the question, “What is Fascism?” The term “fascist” is thrown around a lot these days to tar and feather political and ideological opponents. President Trump is habitually called a fascist by his political opponents while he […]

Crossing the Color Lines, Crossing the Continents: Comparing the Racial Politics of the IWW in South Africa and the United States, 1905-1925”

By Peter Cole In two of the planet’s most highly racialized countries, South Africa and the United States, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW, or “Wobblies”), were remarkable. A key revolutionary syndicalist current operating globally, aspiring to unite the world’s working class into a revolutionary One Big […]

Donald Rumsfeld, Rot in Hell

By Ben Burgis, The Jacobin Bush administration Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is dead at the age of 88. It’s a tragedy that Rumsfeld died before he could be put on trial for crimes against humanity. Donald Rumsfeld just died at the age of eighty-eight. Obituaries at outlets […]

Every Flag Is Black in a Fire

An interesting collection of writings from anarchists on the meaning of the black flag. Crimethinc In the following selections, a range of authors and artists from across a century and a half reflect on the meaning of the black flag, the anarchist standard of rebellion and negation. READ […]

Anarchism: Vignettes Against Hobbes

This is a story about medieval Maghribi merchants, Kalahari San Bushmen, American ranchers, Arctic Inuits, Pygmies, The Semai, and Wisconsin businessmen. For people wanting more stories like these you should read Elinor Ostrom’s “Governing the Commons”. She was the first woman to win the Nobel prize in economics, […]