Ian McEwan is one of Britain’s most prominent novelists. His latest offering, Lessons, is an attempt to track the life story of its fictional protagonist through the turbulence of postwar British and European history. The result is a labored exercise in boomer agitprop. Instead of delivering a literary manifesto in defense of liberal democracy, McEwan […]
The Fed has dropped all pretense of aiming for a “soft landing” as it ratchets up interest rates to fight inflation. It now openly admits it’s trying to create a recession in which millions of people will lose their jobs. Unemployed men sitting on the sunny side of the San Francisco Public Library in San Francisco, California. (Dorothea Lange / Heritage Art / Heritage
Published in 1985, Don DeLillo’s White Noise depicted an America blinded by consumerism. Ahead of Netflix’s adaptation of the novel, it’s worth revisiting DeLillo’s masterpiece, which remains one of our most perceptive visions of contemporary America. Don DeLillo’s White Noise remains one of our most perceptive visions of contemporary America and the
Based on Joyce Carol Oates’s novel, Andrew Dominik’s film Blonde ignores the assertive and hardworking real-life Marilyn Monroe and instead gives us a lurid tale of perpetual victimization. Ana de Armas plays Marilyn Monroe in Blonde. (Netflix) By now the Netflix film Blonde is notorious for its length, it’s NC-17 rating, and its cruelly narrow view of film
The Chilean artist Cecilia Vicuña’s work binds together Marxism and indigenous Latin American culture. Her paintings and sculptures present an alternative to the dreariness of contemporary capitalism: a socialism founded on anti-imperialism and human pleasure. Karl Marx (1972) by Cecilia Vicuña. Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York,
The rise of trillion-dollar investment firms like BlackRock has resulted in a massive, unprecedented concentration of economic power. BlackRock’s Larry Fink may use green rhetoric, but his company won’t take real action to address the climate crisis. A pedestrian passes in front of a statue of a bull in the Wall Street area in New York City where rains from
While there are many memorable passages to be found in the recently published Christopher Hitchens collection A Hitch in Time, one of the most striking appears early in a piece originally published in the leadup to the first Gulf War. Lamenting the sorry state of the debate underway in Congress, Hitchens takes aim at partisans […]
A referendum to end discrimination against gay couples in marriage and adoption just won big in Cuba. That’s a victory for the core values underlying the socialist project. Cuba has just approved a new Family Code that ends discrimination against gay couples in marriage and adoption. (Yamil Lage / AFP via Getty Images) Two-thirds of Cuban voters approved the
Recent discussions about the supposed death of neoliberalism present a mirror image of past discussions about neoliberalism’s birth. For quite some time, scholars, intellectuals, and popularizers of many sorts were inclined to present neoliberalism as a mainly Anglo-American phenomenon that got its start in the late 1970s. Margaret Thatcher and Ronald
Puerto Rico is still reeling in the wake of Hurricane Fiona, with hundreds of thousands without electricity. Energy privatization has made the problem worse — and the solution, historically, has been to fight it in the streets. People march along Las Americas Highway as they hold Puerto Rican flags to demand the expulsion of power company Luma amid a continued
A new analysis from the Economic Policy Institute shows what the Left has always argued: that our best tool in the fight against poverty is redistributive social spending. Pandemic-era programs like the Child Tax Credit protected tens of millions from falling into poverty. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images) Of the various right-wing arguments deployed against
Italian far-right leader Giorgia Meloni’s biggest ally is the Lega party. Like Fratelli d’Italia, it’s an anti-immigrant party — but it has built its base promising to defend Italian business from globalization. Matteo Salvini, leader of the Lega party greets the Piazza del Popolo before his speech during a political meeting organized by the right-wing
Democratic socialist congresswoman Rashida Tlaib is under fire from the Democratic establishment for saying that support for Israel’s apartheid government is incompatible with progressive values. They’re livid that Tlaib is telling the truth. Representative Rashida Tlaib (R-MI) speaks at a press conference calling for the expansion of the Supreme
Director Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling is a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes celebrity scandal, helping to keep an otherwise forgettable film in the public’s consciousness. Part of the reason the scandals surrounding the making and release of Don’t Worry Darling have so much life is that the film has so little. (Warner Bros. Pictures) Don’t Worry
Dozens of people were arrested in Britain for taking part in peaceful protests against the new king. Two of them spoke to Jacobin about why they oppose the monarchy — and how the British state trampled on their dissent. An anti-royal demonstrator protests outside the Palace of Westminster in central London on September 12, 2022, following the death of Queen
The Left’s agenda has to include three basic commitments: democratize production, decommodify life’s essentials, and defend the public goods we all hold in common. To do that, we have to transform the very idea of ownership. Freedom is incompatible with the private regimes of power that capitalist property relations generate. (Gonz DDL / Unsplash) Throughout
Lula currently appears the front-runner in Brazil’s presidential election, a fact that should be celebrated by the Left. But even if Lula wins, the damage Jair Bolsonaro’s right-wing rule has inflicted on the country will be difficult to undo. Former president of Brazil and current presidential candidate Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of the Workers' Party speaks
Greece’s right-wing government has been caught tapping the phones of journalists and opposition politicians. The scandal has raised doubts over Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s future — and highlighted his New Democracy party’s worrying authoritarian turn. Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has found himself embroiled in a scandal being
Taiwan’s indigenous people have long been subject to mistreatment by companies seeking to extract resources from their land and integrate Taiwan into the world capitalist system. Now their resistance takes a new form: an organized political assembly. Activists from the Paiwan people of Taiwan have organized a national assembly. (Riddu Riddu / Flickr)
At his United Nations General Assembly address this week, newly elected leftist Colombian president Gustavo Petro denounced the war on drugs and destruction of the planet waged by the United States. We reprint his remarks here in full. Colombian president Gustavo Petro speaks during the Seventy-seventh Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)
Martin Scorsese loves Ti West’s “demented Disney film,” Pearl — and you will too. Mia Goth stars as the title character in Ti West’s Pearl. (A24) You might’ve heard about Pearl, a startling fever dream of a horror film that’s currently playing in theaters and getting a lot of well-deserved attention. It’s the second film in director Ti West’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre–inspired
The carbon removal industry is coming, whether we like it or not. The Left should seize it as an opportunity to articulate and realize a progressive vision for the future — one completely rid of fossil fuels. A pod, operated by Carbfix, containing technology for storing carbon dioxide underground, in Hellisheidi, Iceland, on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. (Bloomberg
After harassing and defaming grieving Sandy Hook parents, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones may finally get what’s coming to him. But as long as the nation’s most powerful institutions fail to earn the public’s trust, hucksters like Jones will always find an audience. Alex Jones at Creative Media Center at Austin Studios on March 12, 2020 in Austin, Texas. (Gary
Behind the growth of “cult-like” multilevel marketing lies the fact that our economy leaves growing numbers of people isolated, insecure, and vulnerable to promises of a quick way out. Sellers have described being pressured by their "uplines" to go "live" daily on social media to promote the multilevel marketing lifestyle. (Westend61 / Getty Images) As
Today, Senate Democrats vote on the DISCLOSE Act, legislation that would force nonprofits spending on elections and judicial nominations to publicly name their donors. Lawmakers should pass this bill — but without ending the filibuster, they probably can't. President Joe Biden speaks to the media after attending a Senate Democrats’ luncheon in Russell
For all the talk of social justice on her new podcast, Archetypes, Meghan Markle seems only to vaguely endorse trickle-down celebrity feminism — and to promote herself as a symbol of the enlightened liberal ruling class. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, during Trooping the Colour in London, England, 2018.(Chris Jackson / Getty
Jean-Luc Godard was the last radical working in cinema during an era where the medium of movies still genuinely had the power to shock. Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Paul Belmondo on the set of Pierrot Le Fou in Hyères, France in June 1965. (Reporters Associes / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) The cinema of Jean-Luc Godard, the great French filmmaker who passed away
W. E. B. Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction in America is one of the greatest modern studies of revolution and counterrevolution. It’s also an extraordinary example of a materialist and class analysis of race under capitalism. In Black Reconstruction in America, W. E. B. Du Bois claims that enslaved people freed themselves during the Civil War through an extensive
Perhaps no figure in British political history has been put on a pedestal as high as that assigned to Winston Churchill. Across most of the political spectrum, Britain’s wartime Conservative prime minister and former Liberal continues to enjoy the reputation of man of unimpeachable conviction, responsible, almost single-handedly, for the greatest achievement
Since 2016, the national security establishment has tried to reframe mass disaffection with mainstream politics as the outcome of foreign meddling. But disinformation isn’t the cause of our political malaise, and fighting it won’t get us out of it. The dominant story of post-2016 populist tumult has centered on disinformation on social media platforms.
New polling suggests that a majority of Canadians want a vote on maintaining their country’s link to the British Crown. Imagine that: a long-overdue, democratic debate on cutting ties with a wildly undemocratic institution. Charles III waves goodbye before departing Yellowknife, Canada, after a Platinum Jubilee Royal Tour of Canada on May 19, 2022. (Chris
Breitbart’s movie about Hunter Biden, My Son Hunter, is neither entertaining, informative, competently made, nor politically persuasive. How do you screw this one up? It’d be hard to make Hunter Biden’s life boring. But somehow, the makers of Breitbart’s My Son Hunter have managed to do just that. (Breitbart) Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden’s second son,
The persistent shortage of homes is a key driver of the housing crisis. The solution is social housing, but to halt the churn of displacement in the short term, we simply need to build more homes. Vancouver hasn’t had a healthy vacancy rate in a very long time, and it shows. (formulanone / Flickr) The housing crisis in British Columbia is a multiheaded beast, requiring
It’s good that Donald Trump and his cronies are facing increasing legal pressure. But the threat of Trump’s politics won’t go away until we change the conditions that gave rise to them. Former president Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio, September 17, 2022. (Jeff Swensen / Getty Images) Donald Trump and his cronies have
At the height of his fame, Mark Twain schmoozed with robber barons like John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie. But he remained sharply critical of the unequal system they presided over. Author Mark Twain photographed in 1907. (Library of Congress) In the early twentieth century, Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court was required reading
Mainstream Canadian pundits claim the country is in the midst of a “labor crisis” in which workers just don’t want to work. This is absurd: workers need unions and decent wages, and right now many don’t have either. Canada's "labor crisis" is actually a wage crisis. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images) Businesses can’t find workers. It’s not a unique complaint, but
When Billy Wilder informed him of the death of director Ernst Lubitsch with the pithy line “No more Lubitsch,” William Wyler quipped in reply, “Worse than that, no more Lubitsch films.” It’s a sentiment that has since often been echoed by cinephiles when hearing of the loss of a cherished filmmaker, and it no doubt […]
New revelations show that the CIA secretly took control of the security company hired by Ecuador’s government to guard Julian Assange during his exile in London. The agency’s spying on Assange and his visitors constitutes a major breach of civil liberties. Julian Assange gestures to the media from a police vehicle on his arrival at court in London, April 11,
Seattle teachers are back in the classroom this week after walking off the job on September 7. The union won some gains — but some members aren’t happy about how the strike ended. Seattle Education Association members and supporters gather at Roosevelt High School during the teachers' strike. (Seattle Education Association) Six thousand Seattle educators
Stop calling it a “political stunt.” Florida governor Ron DeSantis’s use of vulnerable immigrants as props is disgusting and criminal. Florida governor Ron DeSantis speaks to supporters at a campaign rally in Geneva, Florida, August 24, 2022. (Paul Hennessy / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images) In recent months, Republican governors in Texas, Arizona,
Hundred of thousands of Ukrainian workers have mobilized to defend their country against the Russian invasion. Yet economic elites are using this moment to push through an unpopular liberalization agenda. (L-R) President of the Swiss Confederation Ignazio Cassis, Ukrainian prime minister Denys Shmyhal, and European Commission president Ursula von
Today marks 150 years since the first French edition of Capital. This wasn’t just a translation but a “completely revised” work — showing how Karl Marx’s research continually renewed his critical perspective on capitalist development. Karl Marx's proofing of the French translation of Capital, Volume I, turned into a thorough revision of certain sections.