This Memorial Day, we should rededicate ourselves to fighting the horrors of war. So here’s a 1916 Eugene Debs piece, never before republished, about why internationalism is at the heart of socialist politics.
It was in Mexico that Reed not only indulged his taste for action and adventure but also witnessed the lows of degrading poverty, the highs of revolutionary hope, and the lengths the international capitalist class would go to in order to prevent egalitarian social transformation.
Since the pandemic became global, there has been a sharp increase in the percentage of remote workers. Liberals have championed this shift but ignored the fact that allowing people to work remotely does nothing to combat the exploitation inherent in capitalist labor.
COP 26 reaffirmed what has been obvious from the beginning: the Northern colonial and capitalist states most responsible for creating the climate crisis are unwilling to place people before profits in order to address the planet’s looming ecological collapse and humanitarian catastrophe.
Let’s be very clear at this point in history: It is free-market ideologues—not democratic socialists—who are killing democracy.
It is important to point out the abuse of terminology on all sides. Sanders uses the term ‘socialist’ but isn’t a socialist and Hayek attacks FDR-ism in the context of his attack on socialism, no doubt with the USSR in mind.
Although Hayek is a hopeless case ideologist the fact remains that by 1944 it was becoming clear that socialism leading to totalitarianism was a real danger in the Bolshevik case. In fact, the left was deeply challenged in the coming generation and let the neoliberal meance to freedom (!) take hold. It was not enough to respond with kneejerk socialist slogans: the question was to create freedom in the context of no markets, a tasks the left failed at.
The fact of the matter is that socialism ended up the antithesis to liberalism/democracy when the affinity of the whole field one to the other should be clear. Hayek complains of socialist loss of freedom but the case of the US with its devastating mind-control tactics in association with capitalist advertising and the lessons learned in controlling freedom for imperialist aggression and militarism for profit make Hayek’s critique of socialism mindless muddle.
The challenge remains to bring democracy and socialism together in a new take on freedom, markets, and the opportunity of socialism to create a real democracy.
Our idea of ‘democratic market neo-communism’ shows that it is not enough to champion socialism without a model to make it work.
The United States marked a grim milestone Oct. 1 as the 700,000th death from COVID-19 was officially registered. Since January of 2020 the United States has also counted over 43 million cases, the most of any country on the planet for both deaths and infections.