5 Reasons Why Leftists Should Defend Russia

THE WEST’S GREAT WAR AGAINST RUSSIA Syria, the Ukraine, and other battlefields are just proxy conflicts. The object is the defeat and destruction of Russia as an independent world power.  By ERIC DRAITSER And it is here, on the political margins,READ ON

Liberalism’s Crisis, Socialism’s Promise [annotated]

by Joseph M. Schwartz Jacobin / Support Jacobin Magazine OpEds Socialism isn’t the negation of liberalism. It’s the realization of liberal values made impossible by capitalism. ew York magazine contributor Jonathan Chait recently published a series of articles attacking the new generationREAD ON

Is the real left ready to govern?*

O P • E D S CONTROVERSY JON HOCHSCHARTNER here are many on the far left*, who, I suspect, don’t want to govern. But for those of us who actually want to institute progressive change, who do not enjoy the hipster’sREAD ON

The Joke’s on You

[box] Jon Stewart is retiring! The long announced departure is hitting some preternaturally shallow types as if Krakatoa had just blown up again, this time taking a big chunk of Asia…or even something close to a personal tragedy. Starbucks mayREAD ON

John Oliver’s interview with Edward Snowden: Pseudo-satire in defense of NSA surveillance

OpEds | Thomas Gaist, WSWS ANNOTATED VERSION Editor’s Note: We are happy to see the WSWS.ORG site weigh in with their take on the recent Oliver/Snowden program. This is certainly a show that deserves scrutiny and further reflection. While we agreeREAD ON

Wolff in the Henhouse

The Not-So-Small Voice of American Socialism by JASON HIRTHLER, Counterpunch  [I]t’s instructive listening to a born-again Socialist like Dr. Richard Wolff, Marxian economist and author of Capitalism Hits the Fan, which more or less tells you what he thinks ofREAD ON

Animal Rights is ALL About Politics!

MICROEDITORIALS ROLAND VINCENT Special Editor, Ecoanimal & Socialism Questions Animal Rights is ALL about politics! Just as slavery was all about politics! The same political, social,  religious and economic issues drove slavery as now drive animal exploitation. Slavery was defendedREAD ON

George Lakoff on Communication: “Liberals Do Everything Wrong”

The Guardian [1] / By Zoe Williams [2] Editor’s Note: Lakoff—himself a liberal, at best a social democrat—should know that liberals, representing a centroid, bourgeois mentality and temperament, can never overcome their inherent timidity and political blinders (including a visceral anticommunism), often disguised as politenessREAD ON