Imperialism? – Understanding US military maneuvers in the South China Sea

The role of the nation-state and its ruling cabinet in committing nations to war is changing due to globalization. Lenin’s famous pamphlet on “Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism” was written almost a century ago, in 1916…It has been indispensable reading for a century…But it’s hard to understand the recent conflicts in the Middle East in terms of inter-imperialist competition.

BY GARY LEUPP

A world fit for living: For sustainable socialism

“Embarking on a communist road in the former United States means, for us, a promise of building a society based on an ethos of togetherness, where we share the earth’s resources to work, play, dance, and make art. And we must build this society in a way that ensures that future generations can inhabit a planet with a more balanced ecosystem allowing for even greater collective abundance.”

By NAT WINN

On blood-tags and white-washing

“The point after all is not merely to end oppressive speech, but the oppressive (and exploitative) system itself, which is a matter of existing social conditions and institutions, of power, policies, and practices.”

By JOSEPH G. RAMSEY

Alain Badiou: Eleven points inspired by the situation in Greece

“There is not – there is no longer – a European “Left”. There is a little hope, which is still not very clearly defined, in the wholly new political formations linked to the mass movement against debt and austerity, namely Podemos in Spain and Syriza in Greece. As it happens, Podemos repudiate the distinction between “Left” and “Right”. I do, too. It belongs to the old world of parliamentary politics, which must be destroyed.”

By ALAIN BADIOU

Charleston massacre: Who loaded Dylann Roof?

“A vicious triggerman mowed down 9 people — who were celebrating community and spirituality in the historic AME church. This is the home of Denmark Vesey. The sacred ground of the greatest slave rebellion conceived on American soil. This is an institution that represented the African American nation.”

By MIKE ELY