Category Archives: tyranny

Karim Sadjadpour: “The Battle for Iran”

“Two-thousand-five-hundred years of Persian civilization and a century-long quest for democracy offer hope about the irrepressible Iranian will for change. But the Islamic Republic’s four-decade history of brutality suggests that change will not come easily, or peacefully, or soon.”

“All the President’s Shakespeare”

“What Trump administration officials would you cast in Macbeth?”

Yoav Haifawi: “Democratic Confederalism and the Palestinian Experience”

“While in most Arab countries the left is in a prolonged retreat, we see how the Kurdish left succeeded to establish itself as the dominant force between the Kurdish masses in most of Kurdistan, even as it is divided between different nation-states. This makes the study of the Kurdish experience and of the revolutionary theory that inspires it an essential effort for Palestinian and Arab activists looking for new agenda for liberation from Imperialism, Zionism and local tyrannies.”

“Robert Mugabe Resigns as Zimbabwe’s President, Ending 37-Year Rule”

“While Mr. Mugabe’s resignation caused immediate jubilation in the streets, for many the reaction was more complex. Mr. Mugabe had occupied a central role in the nation’s four-decade history and in its founding mythology, which all Zimbabweans are taught in primary school. He was a tyrant, many said, but he was also the nation’s father figure.”

Harrison Fluss: “Hegel on Bastille Day”

“After the Reign of Terror and the fall of Robespierre, Hegel took a more somber and often times very critical view of Jacobinism in his later Jena period, right through to the publication of his masterwork, the Phenomenology of Spirit. But it is important to understand how Hegel understood the Jacobins’ role as not entirely retrogressive, but progressive to the development of human freedom, or what Hegel calls the development of human spirit in history.”

J. Oliver Conroy: “The far right: They hate the US government, and they’re multiplying: the terrifying rise of ‘sovereign citizens'”

“While US counter-terrorism efforts remain locked on Islamist extremism, the growing threat from homegrown, right-wing extremists is even more pressing.”

E.G. Gallwey: “‘Ideological Origins’ at 50: Power, Rights, and the Rise and Fall of Free States”

“Originally published as an introduction to an edition of revolutionary pamphlets, entitled The Transforming Radicalism of the American Revolution, Bernard Bailyn’s The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, together with the companion volume The Origins of American Politics, provided a periodization or intellectual chronology of the rise of revolutionary consciousness.”

Stefanie Prezioso: “The Anti-Fascist Revolution”

‘Remembering the Action Party, one of Italy’s biggest anti-fascist partisan movements. … Created in 1942 and dissolved in 1947, over the twenty months of civil war the Partito d’Azione was an advocate for the radical transformation of Italian society. … “You are either for revolution or for reforms,” Pd’A secretary for Northern Italy Leo Viliani wrote, “and we are for revolution.” The “revolution” even became a “permanent revolution,” “whose goals can never be determined once and for all, but rather are continually redefined.”’

Eduardo Viveiros de Castro: “Landed natives against State and Capital”

‘The indians are the first natives of Brazil.  The land they occupy is not their property – not only because the native territories are “lands of the Union” [of the Federative Republic of Brazil], but because it is they who belong to the land and not the contrary.  To belong to the land, instead of being its owner, is what defines the native.  In this sense, many peoples and communities in Brazil, in addition to the indians, can be said to be, because they feel so, indigenous much more than citizens.’

William Clare Roberts interviewed on “Dismantling Domination: What We Can Learn About Freedom From Karl Marx”

William Clare Roberts interviewed on his Marx’s Inferno: The Political Theory of Capital (2017):  “You can affirm Marx’s critical theory of the society ruled by capitalist production in every detail and then affirm that we do not yet know how to replace that society with something better.  Rather than a vision of an ideal communist society, we might take from Marx what he offers: a compelling principle of freedom, by which we can evaluate our social and political situation, and a powerful theory of how the capitalist world disregards, endangers and tramples on that freedom. What we can do about it — that we have to supply for ourselves.”