The Week Staff August 23, 2021 The U.S. and Canada are starting to face their history of forcing indigenous children into abusive boarding schools. Here’s everything you need to know: What was the school’s goal? Simply put, cultural genocide. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the U.S. government […]
By Claudio H M Batalha Divided between revolutionary syndicalism and reformist unions, Rio de Janeiro’s labour movement represented one of the most complex local cases during the Brazilian First Republic. This article intends to show how relations between these two currents were far from clear cut, and that, […]
My political history is very similar to that of Murray Rothbard’s, albeit from a different generation, and largely for the same reasons. Early on, Chomsky and Rothbard were my two leading influences on international relations, although I’ve since moved on to many other influences. I generally found Rothbard […]
She was the only one who got it right in 2001. Even Bernie Sanders and Ron Paul voted for the war in Afghanistan. In 2001, every single member of the House and Senate voted for war in Afghanistan. Except one. Congresswoman Barbara Lee joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss […]
By Saul Austerlitz It was a marriage of opposites, the collision of the middle-class rebels of the local music scene and the working-class motorcycle enthusiasts. Each had seen themselves as refugees from polite society, standing in opposition to the enforced consensus of postwar America. For the bikers, the hippies and […]
There are brain drains, and there are skin-in-the-game drains.
Ryan Grim analyzes why the Taliban was able to take over Afghanistan so quickly.
I consider the anti-Vietnam War movement to be one of the most important if not the most important of any movements in US history. If there had been no American Revolution, today the US would be more or less like other similar countries that eventually got their independence […]
By Peter Zeihan on August 15, 2021 On New Years Eve, just minutes before the dawn of 1992, the Soviet flag was lowered from the Kremlin for the last time. Arguably the Cold War had been over for a few years already. Glasnost and perestroika had defanged the thorny […]
By Felipe Corrêa To deal with the political thought of Errico Malatesta is not a simple task and is something that must be carried out with necessary caution. It is relevant to bear in mind three fundamental questions that run throughout any more careful analysis of his work: […]
Nestor Makhno has been called a revolutionary anarchist, a peasant rebel, the Ukrainian Robin Hood, a mass-murderer, a pogromist, and a devil. These epithets had their origins in the Russian Civil War (1917–1921), where the military forces of the peasant-anarchist Nestor Makhno and Mennonite colonists in southern Ukraine […]
By Andrew Hoyt This dissertation tells the story of how a small group of low-profile militants, located on the periphery of industrial America, set in motion a chain of events that led Luigi Galleani to become one of the most notorious Italian anarchist and resulted in the Cronaca […]
New Perspectives on Anarchism, Labour and Syndicalism: the Individual, the National and the Transnational
By Constance Bantman Recent years have seen an upsurge of interest in the history of European anarchist and syndicalist movements. The rise of alter-globalisation protest borrowing many of its direct-action tactics from pre-World War I anarchism and syndicalism has been important in bringing it on over the last […]
By Michael Lind, Tablet Do Americans live today in a new Gilded Age, dominated by robber barons? It depends on what you mean by “gilded age” and “robber barons.” The real parallel to draw is between the generation that followed the Civil War and the present one. In […]
An interesting piece from a Canadian anarchist named Larry Gambone. It’s rare that you find anyone from the Left who recognizes that colonialism began not with the Age of Exploration but with the Roman conquest of the indigenous peoples of Eurasia. Early modern era colonialism was just the […]
By Cam Edwards Bearing Arms Given the anti-gun attitudes of the editors of the Boston Globe, I was shocked to see a column headlined “The Very Racist History of Gun Control” on the paper’s website this weekend. I’m sure the piece by longtime columnist Jeff Jacoby has caused […]
Todd Lewis is joined by Keith Preston, Terminal Philosophy and Swithun Dobson to discuss the factors giving rise to Progressive Ideas.
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.” […]
Kim Iversen and Robby Soave react to YouGov America’s ranking of U.S. presidents.
I am probably one of the few people on earth who is something of a fan of both Karl Marx and Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, despite serious disagreements with both. As a general rule, I think the Left is pretty good at criticizing the Right, and the Right is […]
Shortly before dawn on August 21, 1992, six heavily armed U.S. marshals made their way up to the isolated mountaintop home of Randy and Vicki Weaver and their children on Ruby Ridge in Northern Idaho. Charged with selling two illegal sawed-off shotguns to an undercover agent, Weaver had […]
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 […]
By David Wiley Prior to the establishment of Brazil’s First Republic in 1889, Brazil built its economy on large-scale single-crop agriculture and the institution of slavery. The transition from empire to republic included the growth of industry in Brazil’s Southeast region, primarily in the states of São Paolo. Minas […]
By Paul B Spooner International Terrorist movements were launched under Mikhail Bakunin & the First International led by Karl Marx, but extend well into the 20th Century. This article provides an overview of anarchism’s geopolitical relationships, its theoretical bases, operating organizations, methods and funding, with a focus on […]
ByAnnie Todd Sioux Falls Argus Leader A group of Rosebud Sioux children walk down a grassy hill, long hair blowing in the wind, toward the waters of Whetstone Bay, glistening blue, where a steamboat that will take them to a new kind of boarding school in Pennsylvania waits. […]
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 […]
New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week in politics, including the assimilation of Indigenous students in Indian boarding schools, President Joe Biden’s budget plan, the child tax credit, and the latest reported in books on the […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
By Damon Linker, The Week The name “conservatism” conveys its political aim quite clearly: It aims to conserve. But what happens when conservatives come to despise pretty much everything about the world around them? That question comes to mind in reading a statement by the editors of American […]
By Damon Linker, The Week This week’s must-read essay comes from author Laura Field at The Bulwark. “What the Hell Happened to the Claremont Institute?” is a tour de force of critical intellectual journalism, carefully laying out the history of the influential conservative institute and how it has […]
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 […]
Thank God they didn’t have mass media during the Salem Witch trials.
Fidelismo always struck me as being more “left-national-socialist” than Marxist-Leninist, although Che was closer to an actual M-L, even leaning toward Maoism at the end of his life. Among the leadership of the Cuban revolution, it seemed like Fidel was the left-nationalist-socialist/fascist, Che the M-L-M, and Raul the […]
Rébellion – September 16th 2014 French Syndicalism was born from the reaction of the proletariat against democracy” (H. Lagardelle) In the history of the European worker’s movement, French revolutionary syndicalism holds a special place due to the originality of its organization and its style of action. Its Origins […]
The full video playlist of a conference on the Kennedy assassination from the Future of Freedom Foundation. The national-security establishment’s assassination of President John F. Kennedy was one of the pivotal events in our lifetime, and it continues to have an adverse impact on American life today. This […]
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 […]
This is common knowledge to anyone who is familiar with the history of drug prohibition.
“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 […]
By Larry Gambone The rise and fall of the libertarian movement in Chile is a fascinating story. There is more to the story than mere historical interest, however. Chile is a country on the brink of development and hence is closer to a European country than to a […]
You might be inclined to think that the story of drug criminalization begins with the Reagan administration, or with the culture of substance use in the Sixties. Ismail Ali says otherwise. Ismail is this week’s guest on Krystal Kyle & Friends; he’s from MAPS [Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic […]
By Leyland Cecco, The Guardian The United Kingdom is facing growing calls to re-examine the troubling legacy of its colonial history in Canada after the discovery of more than 1,000 unmarked graves at former residential schools for Indigenous children. At least 150,000 Indigenous children were forced to attend […]
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 […]
Feds may investigate Native American boarding school in Nevada after discovery of Canadian mass graves
By Marcella Corona Reno Gazette-Journal RENO, Nev. – The Stewart Indian School in Carson City may come under federal review following U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s announcement that the government will investigate its past oversight of Native American boarding schools. Last month, Haaland, who is a member of […]
Former mayor of Cleveland, Dennis Kucinich, discusses his new book, The Division of Light and Power.
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 […]
A bizarre Italian neo-fascist movement from the postwar period.