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?
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
Since I am on the verge of a big cross-country move, I must sell my house and sell or discard many if not most of the objects in it. The home to which I am moving is already furnished. Although my partner and I plan to integrate some of my belongings, including beloved red sofas… Continue reading The investment in our things
A talk I have given since 2017; please go back and read the post Neoliberalism and White Supremacy as newer context for this piece. Thanks! Since a series of high-profile right-wing campaigns of faculty bullying—from Johnny Eric Williams to Keeanga-Yahmatta Taylor, George Ceccariello-Maher, and Rochelle Guttierez—the white supremacist blitz has continued against critical and activist… Continue reading The Right, the Neoliberal Academy, and how to Fight Back
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