GOOD READS FOR SOCIALISTS APRIL 2017
The Washington Socialist <> April 2017
Many of us just got our quarterly issue of Democratic Left in the past week, and if you aren’t getting it in the mail it probably means you’re not a member – yet.
The print issue, “Building Democratic Socialist Power,” includes these menu items:
Jared Abbott’s centerpiece essay, “Radicals for Our Time: the DSA Vision” ;
DSA executive director Maria Svart on socialist feminism in the Trump regime;
Other terrific pieces, like DCDSA’s own Jessie Mannisto’s interview with YDS organizer Moumita Ahmed, Matt Countryman’s discussion of the Attica uprising with its most recent historian, Peg Strobel’s interview with Iranian feminist scholar Janet Afary, and Maurice Isserman’s reminiscence of MLK’s 1967 Riverside Church speech in which he formularized his opposition to the Vietnam War – well, they are not online yet. But you can probably pick up a copy of Democratic Left at the April 9 membership meeting.
We have discussed Universal Basic Income in a number of contexts recently, but this writer backs into it in a way that turns out to be really compelling when it comes to justifying – in a manner accessible to those we are still trying to reach – this mode of relief for low-income persons. This Guardian piece is also discussed in an article in this issue. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/06/utopian-thinking-poverty-universal-basic-income?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=216202&subid=7923761&CMP=GT_US_collection
Max Obuszewski., our Baltimore comrade and aggregator, unearthed this piece from Alternet, about the benefits of anti-immigrant oppression to those capitalist organizations geared to enable it -- passed on by Lucy Duff:
Jim Livingston, author of No More Work (reviewed in January) recommends this analysis of the decline of work and potential solutions: “Ben Schiller at Fast Company quotes me, Andrew McAfee, Robert Gordon, [a]nd Paul Mason to argue that work and its attendant ethics can be salvaged from the current carnage of the labor market. I disagree, of course, but the point is that he's got a good argument. Read on.” https://www.fastcompany.com/3068322/world-changing-ideas/to-save-the-american-dream-we-have-to-change-how-we-think-about-work
From the organization “Right to the City,” a kickoff to a series that, among other things, includes the quite thrilling notion of a project to “build rebel cities.” It appeared in Portside. http://portside.org/2017-03-20/renter-nation
Substantial cuts proposed in U.S. contributions to UNICEF (at a time when 20 million people in Africa are facing famine), UN Development Program, and UN peacekeeping.
But the $3.1 billion per year in U.S. 'security assistance' to Israel will not be touched (and presumably ditto for the U.S. 'security assistance' to Egypt). Submitted by Louis Cooper
A Village Voice article recounts the amazing archival discovery of an unpublished novel by Claude McKay, a luminary and poet of the Harlem Renaissance, aggregated by Portside. https://portside.org/2017-03-29/claude-mckays-long-lost-novel-brings-harlem-renaissance-life
Some "Good Read" suggestions from Kurt Stand:
>>Thoughts on Chuck Berry by Geoffrey Jacques -- for those who don't know or want to remember about the origins of Rock n' Roll, how radical it was (and how the left missed the boat) this is a good article, analytical and historical -- while the clips of Chuck Berry are fantastic (watch the audiences -- students in high school gyms in the 50s listening to Chuck Berry were told that they had to sit still in their seats, forced to keep still. And the later ones -- with Tina Turner, with Keith Richards and with John Lennon -- with a classic Yoko moment -- are themselves each a trip). http://portside.org/2017-03-23/%E2%80%9Ci%E2%80%99m-going-learn-dance-if-it-takes-me-all-night-and-day%E2%80%9D-thoughts-chuck-berry
>>Next articles on anti-war organizing: Rebecca Gordon: War Without End http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/176251/ and How to Revive the Peace Movement in the Trump Era by Daniel May https://www.thenation.com/article/how-to-revive-the-peace-movement-in-the-trump-era/
>>Astounding and deeply unnerving photos about the impact of drought on people and on animals as part of World Water Day: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/world-water-day-2017-60-powerful-photos-make-you-think-twice-about-leaving-tap-running-1612594
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