White male billionaires are trying - with varrying success - to control both parties and our entire political discourse. This dangerous spectacle raises the stakes for movements for social justice in 2020.
Trump takes the gloves off following his aquital in the Senate, while Bernie takes the lead for the Democratic nomination. There's still a long road ahead.
Progressives will only become a hegemonic force if they join a broad majoritarian coalition to defeat Trump and become a leading force in politics over the next two presidential cycles.
In the inaugural dispatch of our new 2020 election column, Max Elbaum argues that left organizers must focus on defeating Trump, while recognizing that alone is not enough.
photo credit: AP/Ahn Young-joon By Calvin Cheung-Miaw and Max Elbaum It twists, it turns, it bounces in unexpected directions. How do we make sense of Trump’s foreign policy? Is there a logic behind it or just a series of improvised presidential whims? In the past two years, we’ve seen a confusing mix of policy […]
By Max Elbaum These notes were the basis for a presentation to the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild on November 8, 2018. This piece was originally posted on portside.org Politics is about Power. One of the positive things about this moment is that the question of […]
by Max Elbaum A Time to Rise: Collective Memoirs of the Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP) is the most vivid recounting yet published of young activists confronting U.S. racism and Washington’s empire in the 1970s and ’80s. If you want to get a taste of how Marxist analysis and organizational cohesion can unleash […]
Max Elbaum replies to comments and critiques in response to “Left Strategy After Charlottesville.” I appreciate the thoughtful responses to my article “Left Strategy After Charlottesville” from Tobita Chow, Christine Riddiough, Sam Webb and Mel Rothenberg. The importance all give to formulating strategy matches the urgency of the political moment. I look forward to both […]
“Everything we are seeing stems almost inevitably from the decisions the country made, collectively, last November. We elected a president driven by white racial grievance. That is the fulcrum and driving force of his politics. It’s no surprise that a big outbreak of white supremacist violence would lead us to a moment like this. We […]
We need consistent and deep strategic dialogue among left organizers if we are going to forge a path to power through these dangerious times. To meet that need, Organizing Upgrade will be re-launching with regular pieces in late September. Keep an eye out! “Everything we are seeing stems almost inevitably from the decisions the country […]