Here is some important news about gains for faculty and academic freedom! Dear Dana, Happy May Day! AAUP members like you make higher ed work, and as many campuses approach the end of the spring term, we wanted to take a moment to highlight what a strong year it has been so far. Here’s a… Continue reading This from the American Association of University Professors
I fell in love with the ISO in 1991 and made it my political home for nearly 30 years. This past spring (2019), the entire organization fell apart. There are many accounts to be found of what happened and why, here, and here, and here. One compelling explanation is that the organization fell into the… Continue reading On Disintegration and Renewal, part 2: What Happened?
The Right's targeting of intellectuals has increased while public attention to it has declined. It has become something like the new normal. In addition, the nature of Trump's regime has become increasingly clear: He emboldens the Right here and around the world. Economic crises and popular movements of resistance have brought fascist and proto-fascist regimes… Continue reading Neoliberalism and White Supremacy in the Academy: Double Threat in the Time of Trump
I've been slow to respond to the disintegration of the International Socialist Organization, my longtime political home and site of some of the best organizing for social justice and of political education I know. I begin that exploration here, in what will likely be several parts. I joined the organization in 1990, at the beginning… Continue reading On disintegration and renewal, part 1
I've been paying attention, as has most of the country, to the presidential campaign of the young Pete Buttigeig. The mayor of South Bend, Indiana is impressing liberals with his down-home charm, his military service, his happy marriage to the man of his dreams, his easy and winning speaking style, and his apparent working knowledge… Continue reading The Importance of Being Earnest–and Pete?
December 2, 2014 Dear _____, Thank you for responding so thoughtfully to the MLK speech I asked you to read. I really didn’t mean to be patronizing in assigning you “homework,” but in what follows I will suggest other things to read by way of evidence for my claims. Here we go: 1. Ferguson is… Continue reading A letter to a longtime (white) friend in the labor movement about race and policing
Talk Presented at meeting of The International Socialist Organization, Austin October 29, 2014 I’ll begin by quoting a story that appeared last Friday in the Austin Chronicle: “On Friday, Oct. 3, the parking lot of Planned Parenthood on Ben White Boulevard overflowed; in "crisis management" mode, the relatively small staff scrambled to keep up with… Continue reading We can’t win our rights by voting. How abortion rights were won and how to get them back.
Marxism and Queer Theory Socialism Chart
Marxism and Postmodernism Socialism 2011 Dana Cloud Postmodernism defined: “the contemporary movement of thought which rejects totalities, universal values, grand historical narratives, solid foundations to human existence and the possibility of objective knowledge. Postmodernism is skeptical of truth, unity, and progress, opposes what it sees as elitism in culture, tends toward cultural relativism, and celebrates… Continue reading Chart for Marxism and Postmodernism