Omali Yeshitela: “Fascism”Is Invoked When Bad Things Happen to White People

The question of fascism emerges “when one sector of the ruling class introduces measures that bear some resemblance to the colonial condition that Africans and other oppressed peoples live with all the time,” said Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations. Yeshitela cautioned against “uniting with one…

How Western NGOs and Charities Are Perpetuating Poverty in Africa

Takudzwa Hillary Chiwanza In these contemporary times, Africa is still a charity case for Western superpowers and their aid industry, while turning a blind eye to the root, structural causes of poverty. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and other Western charities have largely filled the vacuum left in service delivery in most African countries. NGOs play a…

Is Democracy an End or an Instrument?

Emir Sader The strategy of the left of the 21st century combines the democratic struggle of the masses with the radical democratization of the State and of all social, economic, political and cultural structures. For a long time, the left was accused of privileging the conquest of better living conditions for the population, rather than…

Foucault, Anti-Communism & the Global Theory Industry: A Reply to Critics

Gabriel Rockhill My article in The Philosophical Salon, “Foucault: The Faux Radical,” has been praised in certain circles for its political clarity, while in others it has generated some heated debate, as well as requests for further clarifications.[i] Its translation into Turkish sparked an exchange with Can Uğur, which synthesizes a number of the concerns…

Chile Will Experience an Intense 2021

Paul Walder The Chilean model went off the rails in October 2019 and has since begun its process of deterioration. The first and fierce blow dealt by the popular revolt was followed in a course of continuity by the pandemic and the productive and commercial shutdown, with disastrous effects on the economy and its neoliberal…

Return to the Source: Democracy is Dead

Editors, The Black Agenda Review By what stretch of the imagination can the US be a democracy when ordinary citizens have virtually no influence over what their government does? “The disregard of popular will is obvious for all to see.” “Return to the Source” is a series in The Black Agenda Review that reprints previously-published interventions by Black…

The Disadvantages of Neoliberal Agricultural Modernization in Africa

Krisaboo Diallo The struggle of India’s peasants continues against the agreements concluded by governments for decades, which ultimately lead to the domination of foreign companies and major traders over the market and monopolizing seed prices. In Africa, farmers also revolt annually against the American (AGRA) agreement, which placed the agricultural sector in the families of…

Towards a Geopolitics of Popular Power

Rafael Bautista S. The empire forced us to think only and exclusively locally. It is time to think universally. Lecture given at the event: “The Collapse of the Unlawful State and the Recovery of Democracy”, held in La Paz, on December 14, 2020, in the auditorium of the Vice Presidency of the Plurinational State of…

The Implosion of Capitalism in Guatemala

Yanis Iqbal On 21 November, 2020, thousands of Guatemalans rallied in the central square of the country’s capital, took over the Congress and set fire to several rooms inside. The immediate trigger for this outburst of anger was the 2021 budget – now revoked by the Congress after sustained protests – which, despite being the largest in the country’s history, slashed…

The Demise of Neoliberal Democracy

Steve Lalla Hundreds of people protested in Chile’s capital Santiago on Wednesday to demand the resignation of President Sebastian Pinera over police repression of the country’s social protests. A demonstrator holds a sign reading ‘Pinera you’re fired’ next to riot police during a protest in Santiago, Chile, November 18, 2020 JAVIER TORRES AFP Part One:…

Identity Politics, the Far Right, and Masks

Eoin McDermott With the rise of the far right it is worth considering the issue of identity politics and the left. This is a type of politics that takes identity, often essentialised, as the central category for organisation and analysis. Its left-wing variant is suspicious of power, preferring to engage in academic taxonomies of oppression…

Fascist Culture, Critical Pedagogy, and Resistance in Dark Times

Henry Giroux We must believe in the Principle of Hope. A Marxist does not have the right to be a pessimist – Ernst Bloch Across the globe, democratic institutions such as the independent media, schools, the legal system, certain financial institutions, and higher education are under siege. The promise, if not ideals, of democracy are receding…

Lack of Social Cohesion Is the Only Thing Preventing Revolution

Rainer Shea We poor and working class people of the United States live in a world that’s becoming ever more hollowed out. Our job prospects keep declining. The prices of consumer goods keep rising and wages keep falling, even as corporations use social media to make their advertisements more integrated into our lives than ever….

An Immense Unconnected Group of Islands

Fernando Buen Abad We are an immense cluster of unconnected communication initiatives. So much damage has been done by individualism, sectarianism and isolationism… even when working as a team, some think that the others are part of a set that are only there to serve the one who thinks he is the “boss” and it’s…