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Socialism Is About Workers, Not Wealth Funds
Adil Mughal critiques the People’s Policy Project’s proposal for an American Sovereign Wealth Fund, imitating wealth funds in social democratic countries like Norway. He criticizes the “shareholder logic” of this approach to democratizing national resources for presenting itself as a “socialist” proposal while staying firmly within capitalist limits.
Cool People’s Movements
The Symbiosis Research Collective pushes back against Leigh Phillips’ idea that in an increasingly warmer climate, air conditioning should be made accessible to the working class. The authors argue that politicized urban planning is a better alternative to Phillips’ proposed solution, and can be a starting point to build a people’s movement for cooler urban spaces.
This Is War
In this compelling short piece, Richard Seymour describes why Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court is a much-needed move in the Republican strategy to advance reactionary politics in the US.
In this essay, Nijah Cunningham and Tiana Reid dissect and dismantle the logic and politics of so-called “Blue Lives Matter” efforts, which they gloss as “both...a social movement and the propaganda arm of the police state.” From the manipulative invention of “blue life” to the inability of hate crime laws to produce justice (an argument in which they follow BDSA comrades Black and Pink and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project), Cunningham and Reid expose the rot at the center of police power and push toward a vision of “justice that goes beyond what the law can give.”
Why Is My Favorite Basketball Team Complicit In the Gaza-Israel Conflict?
Following the DSA Portland led protests against Portland Trail Blazers for partnering with Leupold-Stevens, an Oregon-based military equipment manufacturer, Corbin Smith writes in detail about Leupold-Stevens and their involvement in the repression of Palestinians and non-white communities in the US, and shows how entrenched the military industrial complex is in the US sports arena.