June 9, 2023

How “Progressive” Is Identity Politics – Really? (Carl Raschke)

The language of identity has at long last come into its own as the a true lingua franca within the universe of progressivist political discourse, even though it is shot through with its own internal discrepancies, hypocrisies, and self-contradictions.  It has at the same time become the prevailing “social dialect” of the new transnational economic […]

Capitalism and Community Health – What We Can Learn From Indigenous Communities, Part 2 (Tony Ward)

The following is the second part in a two-part installment. The first part can be found here.  Indigenous Health Epistemes This capitalist model of health and the view of the human organism upon which it is built contrasts starkly with that of the pre-Enlightenment era. Even the words we use betray the similarities to models […]

Capitalism And Community Health – What We Can Learn From Indigenous Communities, Part 1 (Tony Ward)

The following is the first  in a two-part installment. Author’s Note: The late Joe Kincheloe draws our attention to the value that the cultures of the colonised but unbowed indigenous communities have for us in our present world crises. Building upon the work of more than 40 years across indigenous cultural boundaries, this article critically […]

Is Political History Fundamentally About the State? Part 2 (Keir Martland)

The following is the second installment of a two-part series. The first installment can be found here. The New Political History In the 1960s and 1970s, the emergence of history from below via the popular politics of trades unions and political parties challenged the validity and authority of traditional narratives of political history, all of […]

Panoptical Time and Colonial Framing (Roger Green)

Anne McClintock’s prescient study, Imperial Leather (1995), concluded:  Within the United States, with the vanishing of international communism as a rationale for militarism, new enemies will be found: the drug war, international terrorism, Japan, feminists, the PC hordes and tenured radicals, undocumented workers, lesbians and gays, and any number of international ethnic targets. (395)  While we might swap […]

Is Political History Fundamentally About the State? Part 1 (Keir Martland)

The following is the first installment of a two-part series.  According to Erika Cudworth and John McGovern in The Modern State: Theories and Ideologies, in politics the state is defined as a political community living under a single system of government in the most basic terms. Additionally, the state is a key element of modern […]

The Cultural Contradictions Of “Democratic Socialism” (Carl Raschke)

Ever since Bernie Sanders’ bid for the Presidential nomination in 2016, and more recently with the surprise primary defeat in New York’s 14th Congressional District of establishment icon and incumbent Joe Crowley by upstart Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the electoral shibboleth of “democratic socialism” has suddenly gained serious traction among progressive voters. It is not that the […]