Category: History and Historiography

What is Imperialist Realism?

Since its emergence in the middle of the twentieth century, the American Empire has been fueled by the search for an enemy. This episode of Zero Squared features a conversation with Daniel Bessner features a conversation about Karl Schmidt, the friend/enemy distinction, the cold war, and American Empire’s […]

Cicero: Rome’s Greatest Defender

By Edward Whelan, Classical Wisdom There are many great Romans whose names are still honored to this day. None has been more feted down the centuries than Cicero. He was perhaps Rome’s greatest author and one of its greatest orators and philosophers. Cicero was also one the last […]

The Story of How McDonald’s First Got Its Start

The making of a modern sweatshop. By Lisa Napoli, Smithsonian Magazine Before southern California’s glorious, golden landscape was etched with eight-lane superhighways and tangles of concrete flyovers choreographing a continuous vehicular ballet; before families became enchanted with the thrill and convenience of popping TV dinners into the oven; […]

Who The Hell Is Jack London?

Anarchist News From The Transmetropolitan Review Who the hell is Jack London? That’s a complicated question. If you superficially glance through the Google Search results for Jack London, it’s easy enough to find out that he was a socialist. If you dig a little bit deeper, you’ll see […]

Anarchism as a Social Movement, 1870–1940

By Bert Altena One of the characteristics of anarchist movements is their pattern of appearance and disappearance. In fact, there are two different patterns. One is short-term and occurred mainly during the period of classical anarchism (i.e. 1870–1914). During these years, in several countries, the anarchist movement disappeared, […]

Is It Time to Cancel FDR?

Michael Lind nails it again. The Democrats are now the new Rockefeller Republicans, and the Republicans are now Jacksonian Democrats (as was FDR). By Michael Lind, Tablet Seventy-six years ago today, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, serving his fourth term in office, died in his “little White House” in […]

Social anarchism and organisation

By Jonathan Payn This document, first published in Portuguese under the title  Anarquismo Social e Organização and adopted at the first Congress of the  Feder-ação Anarquista do Rio de Janeiro in August 2008, seeks to map out the FARJ’s theoretical conception of an organised, class struggle anarchism and, […]

Biden Re-Ignites the Waco Fire

By James Bovard, The American Conservative Last week, President Joe Biden nominated David Chipman to be head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the premier federal firearms enforcement agency. Biden complemented that announcement with a call for a national red flag law to entitle police […]

A review of a collection of articles on anarchism and syndicalism in the colonial and postcolonial world, 1870-1940

A review of: Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World (1870-1940): The Praxis of National Liberation, Internationalism, and Social LiberationEdited by Steven Hirsch and Lucien van der Walt; with a Foreword by Benedict Anderson Abstract: The volume under review is a very informative and, an immenselythought-provoking […]

Who is Winning the Culture War?

This is an interesting discussion of the culture wars from a serious left/Marxist perspective.  My viewpoint is that the cultural left has been the hands-down winner on most cultural issues (outside of certain narrow geographical, subcultural, institutional, or socioeconomic sectors). But the economic right has been the hands-down […]

A Reflection on Left-wing Nationalism

By Robert Lindsay There have been many leftwing nationalists – the Pathet Lao, Stalin, Samora Machel in Mozambique, the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, Aristide in Haiti, Correo in Ecuador, the Fernandez’ in Argentina, and of course the Chavistas in Venezuela. The IRA was left nationalist. So was the ETA […]

A Once Promising Young Man

Did he fulfill his destiny? I would say so. He lured the US empire into a series of failed wars which embarrassed and humiliated the US ruling class on the global stage, undermined the empire’s legitimacy, and contributed to internal fracturing as well.  His goal was to repeat […]

Remembering Benjamin Tucker

By Bear Freeman Benjamin Tucker was against “capitalism” in the sense of a State-supported monopoly of productive tools and equipment which allows owners to avoid paying workers the full value of their labor. This stance puts him squarely in the libertarian socialist tradition. Indeed, Tucker referred to himself […]

Remembering Eartha Kitt

By Chung Wong A day after her birthday, Santa Baby singer Eartha Kitt aka Catwoman would lose her career after being invited to the White House today in 1968, for her charity work with youth-at-risk. Lady Bird Johnson invited 50 mostly wealthy women to discuss the rise of […]

The Myth of Monolithic Communism

This is a classic Murray Rothbard article from 1979 that debunked Cold War mythology regarding the “international communist conspiracy” and so forth. Learning many of these same things in the 1980s (not from Rothbard but from other sources), and learning more about US conduct in the Cold War,  […]