Articles Social Movements

  • The Importance of Making Trouble: In conversation with Frances Fox Piven

    Social Movements

    Frances Fox Piven is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the City University of New York Graduate Center and past president of the American Sociological Association. She has co-authored, with her late husband Richard Cloward, classic studies of American politics, social welfare, and social movements, including Regulating the Poor (1971).

  • Polarization and the Powder Keg

    Social Movements

    A ‘charismatic leader’ could emerge and bridge the different constituencies – downwardly mobile workers, militant blacks and politically disenfranchised activists may merge at some point around such a leader. But unless ‘the leader’ is harnessed to a powerful organized movement and directed by activist communities the threat of betrayal remains a real possibility.

  • How the Bernie Sanders Movement Must Last Beyond the Election

    Social Movements

    In a new video on The Real News Network, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer shares his views on the political movement that grew from the Bernie Sanders campaign. He explains that, despite Sanders’ political losses, the movement can still incite change—if it organizes successfully.

  • The Socialist Revolution Beyond Sanders and the Democratic Party

    Social Movements

    Sanders made it clear he was not interesting in making sure that workers owned the means of production, but a movement beyond his should make that goal paramount. Without empowering workers to own their own labor, the revolution quickly loses steam as capitalists find new ways to exploit that labor and beat the working class back into submission.

  • Breaking Free: A Rising Tide of Climate Resistance

    Environment

    “When the Republicans on the Supreme Court just recently beat back a pretty moderate proposed Obama regulation on coal, that again is a message to the world, says, ‘Don’t bother doing anything […] The biggest, most powerful country in the world doesn’t care, so ‘you go ahead and do what you like.’ This is all literally saying, ‘Let’s race to the precipice.’”

  • World Social Forum comes to Montreal

    Social Movements

    This first WSF in the North continues this collective commitment. It presents unique challenges from the point of view of the participation and mobilization of social movements. However, it offers the opportunity to take action and to continue building a global convergence of struggles for a world of social and climate justice.

  • Majority of US Millennials Reject Capitalism

    Economic Crisis

    Young people in the U.S. are increasingly rejecting capitalism. According to a recent survey conducted by Harvard University, 51 percent of respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 do not support capitalism. Only 42 percent said they were in favor of the current economic system.

  • The Leap Manifesto and the NDP

    Canadian Politics

    It’s possible that backing the Leap Manifesto would bode poorly for Mulcair’s centrist vision, but it might also be the case—should he read the writing on the wall—that he supports this new initiative as a way forward for him, and the party. We shall soon find out.

  • Twilight of the Idols: Rise and Fall of the Personalist Left

    Social Movements

    They fell because they lost competitive elections, not because of US invasions or military coups. These same leftist leaders, who had successfully defeated coups and withstood gross US political intervention via AID, NED, the DEA and other US government agencies, lost at the ballot box.

  • Palestinian Popular Resistance: Building the BDS and Student Movement

    Middle East

    Tens of thousands of Palestinians have joined demonstrations taking place in dozens of cities across historic Palestine and in refugee camps in neighbouring Arab countries. Palestinians continue to struggle for their fundamental rights of freedom, self-determination, equality, and a right to return.

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