The Notorious RBG and Social Responsibility

I was recently at a talk presented by Katie Gibson, an academic colleague based on her excellent book Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Legacy of Dissent: Feminist Rhetoric and the Law. In this work, Professor Gibson documents the evolution of the Justice's feminist consciousness and legal strategies. RBG's legal rhetoric has invoked many decades of feminist thought.… Continue reading The Notorious RBG and Social Responsibility

Notice

Giving Notice She asks, did you feel that, or was it Hugo under the bed? Hugo indeed had flattened himself against the floor under the bed, like he does in elevators. I said, I didn’t feel anything. Most significant tremblor in decades it turns out. Tonight there will be fireworks for atrocity children in cages… Continue reading Notice

Trans Migrant Murders and the Importance of Intersectionality

Transgender asylum seeker Johana Medina, a refugee from El Salvador, died in ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) custody on 1 June, the first day of Pride month. Medina is the 23rd transgender person to die in ICE custody. The horrific deaths of trans persons detained by Immigration and Customs and Enforcement are murders, and blame… Continue reading Trans Migrant Murders and the Importance of Intersectionality

On disintegration and renewal part 4: What kind of organization do I want?

I put this as a personal question: What kind of organization do I want? rather than the usual question: What kind of organization do we need?, because in the wake of the ISO's disintegration I cannot speak for anyone else. Part of answering that question comes from my having been a member of the ISO… Continue reading On disintegration and renewal part 4: What kind of organization do I want?

On disintegration and renewal, part 3: From identity politics to mourning

At the end of my last post about the disintegration of the International Socialist Organization, I was ruminating on the sense of betrayal I felt when it was revealed that longtime leaders of the organization, and my friends, had covered up--and participated in--sexual abuse and assault. This history deeply fractured the organization. In and of… Continue reading On disintegration and renewal, part 3: From identity politics to mourning

On Disintegration and Renewal, part 2: What Happened?

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?

On disintegration and renewal, part 1

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

Chart for Marxism and Postmodernism

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