This month we're talking about internationalism. With capitalism operating across borders, the fight for socialism must too. We've got a little history and a couple of articles analyzing concrete struggles where interntaionalism has been a critical feature.
- The Young Ho Chi Minh, by Ian Birchall.
- Why We Loved the Zapatistas, by Bhaskar Sunkara.
- The Rise and Fall of the Second International.
For a good short overview of internationalism generally, check out the Wikipedia entry.
A new issue of Jacobin is out entitled, "Childhood." Life under capitalism profoundly shapes the lives of both children and parents. This issue examines some of the ways that interaction shapes us as individuals and our society more broadly. It also suggests some ways in which socialism could lead to fuller and richer childhoods and therefore lives for us all.
- Citizens of the Present, by Megan Erickson and Miya Takumitsu. A short intro that describes the paradoxical position of children in capitalist society and how this prevents all of us from reaching our full potential.
- A Blueprint for Universal Childhood, by Megan Erickson. Universal, nationally-subsidized parental leave and childcare are obtainable and would be especially liberating for parents, children, and early-childhood workers. It would also help create a healthier society for all of us.
- Every Child Needs the Good Enough State, by Catherine Liu. Contrasts the stress and anxiety of "perfectionist parenting" designed to optimise a child's capitalist potential and maintain class position with the richness of ordinary "good-enough" parenting.
- Rational Actors, by Jenny Brown. A short collection of interviews demonstrating how the lack of social supports for mothers and children in the US shapes the decision on whether to have children or not.
If you are not a Jacobin subscriber and any of these articles are still paywalled, we've made them accessible here for the reading group.
Between conducting mass arrests and deportations, tearing families apart, and throwing people (even children) in for-profit concentration camps, Trump's right-wing "deportaion force" is ratcheting up the war on immigrants. If you want to better understand the struggle for immigrant rights or the best ways to fight back, we're talking about immigration, borders, and internationalism this month. Come for a lively discussion, pick up some new facts, and practice your arguments so you can convince your liberal uncle (and maybe even your conservative aunt) that we really do need to abolish ICE.
This month the Jacobin time machine is taking us back to 1968, the high water mark of the "New Left" socialist resurgance in the 1960s.
- Half the Way with Mao Zedong, by Paul Heideman. How Students for a Democratic Society went from a mass movement to embracing ghe politics of self-destruction.
- When the Old World Unraveled, by Helena Sheehan. How the movements of the 1960's shook politics, culture, and thinking, but failed to bring about the revolution.
- Year of the Zombie, by Eileen Jones. "Night of the Living Dead" showed a new society devouring the old.
(If any of the articles are still paywalled and you aren't a subscriber, email us at email@example.com for access.)
This month we're talking about gentrification and the rising costs of housing. We'll discuss three articles that describe the problen and two possible solutions to deal with it. Join us at our new location at Orca Books!
- Liberalism and Gentrification, by Gavin Mueller. The author argues that gentrification is not a cultural phenomenon, but an offensive by capitalist class.
- The Solution is Social Housing, by Ryan Cooper and Peter Gowan. To solve the housing cirses, we should have the government build more housing.
- Thinking Small, by F.T. Green. Does the focus on tiny homes and micro-units mean we've given up on truly affordable housing?
- Optional reading: Social Housing in the United States, by Cooper and Gowan. The full study from The People's Policy Project, argues municipal housing built and owned by the state is the best solution to the housing crisis.