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The Political Education Newsletter

September 4, 2018

Interesting Events

Published on our Blog

The Woodstock Conservatism of Lana Del Rey
The pop star Lana del Rey has lately vacilated on participating in the international cultural boycott of Israel called for by Palestinian civil society, at first postponing a planned concert appearance, then agreeing to join the lineup of a major festival, then canceling again. In this article, Kumars Salehi examines del Rey’s tepid and contradictory liberalism through a careful listening to the nostalgic and fatalistic soundworld of her music—which he ultimately finds trapped in an attachment to what the psychanalyst Sigmund Freud famously called “the death drive.” A pop cultural politics of liberation, Salehi shows, must spring from rather different impulses.

Only We Can Save Ourselves
Edward P relates the message of the anti-fascist panel held prior to the 8/18 counterprotest. Speakers from Black Lives Matter, Boston Feminists for Liberation, Boston DSA and the International Socialist Organization voiced the necessity of opposing the far right wherever and whenever they appear, denying them a platform to prevent their hate from becoming normalized in a public discourse all too sympathetic to their cause.

Articles from the Web

Zombie Manifesto
Asad Haider defends his book Mistaken Identity against Melissa Naschek’s recent review in Jacobin, which dismissed Haider’s case for the historical role of organizing around race. Haider argues that Naschek conflates this history of socialist organizing with today’s narrow definitions of “identity politics,” collapsing distinctions between social democratic and socialist politics in the process.

Five Principles of a Socialist Climate Politics
As socialism slowly sheds it stigma in the US, a need for an overarching socialist strategy to fight climate change has intensified. Matthew Huber lays out five principles which socialist climate politics should be based on and eschews the technocratic solutions proposed by mostly capitalists and some on the left. 

A Podcast to Listen to

Season of the Bitch Episode 47: Summer of 1968
As summer comes to an end, Season of the Bitch hosts discuss a summer 50 years ago that was marked by student and worker strikes. Their retrospective highlights the progressive struggles and victories of the summer of 1968.

Some Subversive Literature

The Fourth World War Has Begun
In this prescient 1997 essay, Zapatista leader Subcomandante Marcos argues that the post-Cold War order of neoliberal globalization constitutes a world war by the financial centers against everyone else, subordinating national politics to the needs of international markets and devastating civil society with “financial bombs.”


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