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Whose lessons? Which direction?

Whose lessons? Which direction?

Introduction As obituaries for neoliberalism pile up on our nightstands and Antonio Gramsci’s adage that the old is dying and the new cannot be born appears newly profound, we turn to the past for direction. What successes should guide us? What can we learn from our...

When justifying imperialist intervention “goes wrong”

When justifying imperialist intervention “goes wrong”

On July 1, an article titled "Libya and Syria: When Anti-Imperialism Goes Wrong" was published on the North Star website, signed by "Pham Binh of Occupy Wall Street, Class War Camp." The article argues that imperialist interventions in Libya and Syria are justified...

PSL response to ISO on China and Tiananmen

PSL response to ISO on China and Tiananmen

In an article in the ISO’s newspaper, Socialist Worker, dated June 4, 2009, and titled "Twenty Years after Tiananmen Square," Dennis Kosuth treats the epic Chinese Revolution with extreme hostility and polemicizes against what he calls the PSL’s "twisted thinking"on...

Defending Cuba’s socialist revolution

Defending Cuba’s socialist revolution

In what has become an annual slander, the May 5 issue of Forbes magazine named Cuban president Fidel Castro as one of the “world’s richest people” among “royals and rulers.” The magazine—known for years by its moniker as “the capitalist tool”—claimed that Castro was...

Raising consciousness in the antiwar movement

The following is the full text of the speech prepared for the Left Forum at the Great Hall of Cooper Union in New York City on March 11, 2006. Becker participated in the panel “Debating Strategies in the U.S. Anti-war Movement” in his capacity as national...