Content of The Utopian Vol. 16.4 - 2017

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  • The Utopian Cover and Contents

    Apr 6, 2017

    Cover and Contents for our April 2017 issue, vol. 16 no. 4. The deepening crisis of the Trump administration, Statement against Deportations, other articles and discussion.

    For earlier issues see Updates and New Discussion (Vol. 16 no. 3, March 2017) and Archives.

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  • The Crisis Mounts (Or, It Couldn’t Be Happening to a Nicer Bunch of Guys)

    Apr 6, 2017

    The recent failure of President Donald Trump and his Republican allies to “repeal and replace” Obamacare (or even to put their hastily-produced “replace” proposal to a vote) reveals the depth and extent of the political crisis that is engulfing the Trump administration, the Republican Party, and the US ruling elite as a whole. It also suggests that the crisis is likely to escalate.


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  • End the Deportations! (Statement by the Utopian Tendency)

    Apr 26, 2017

    Encourage and actively participate in the developing national day of action for May 1. Despite personal fear and uncertainty, a large, vocal, coordinated national day of immigrant rights activities would provide a powerful message and avenue for advancing the movement.


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  • DSA Perspectives

    Apr 6, 2017

    The current DSA sounds a lot like the SDS of the 60s; almost complete local autonomy, very vague politics, even on long-time DSA positions, such as the Democratic Party. I think those who are interested might want to check out local meetings. It looks to me like it might be worth joining and looking at the potential to establish a distinct "revolutionary libertarian socialist" caucus, to be built around three positions: (1) for social revolution, not reforms; (2) against the Democratic Party; (3) for libertarian socialism, not state capitalism. 


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  • Ethics in Our Movement?

    Apr 6, 2017

    Do you think there is an opening--via the world-wide communications network--to begin a conversation about a new ethics, that includes (of course) ethics of economics, which could lead to the foundation we need upon which to build a new economics and therefore politics... etc. etc.


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  • Black or White?

    Apr 6, 2017

    Of course, over the years, there have been more than a few phenotypically white people who felt themselves to be Black and became members of the Black community. Two of the more public examples that I am aware of are the jazz clarinetist and saxophonist, Mezz Mezzrow, and the Rhythm and Blues legend, Johnny Otis.


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  • Optimism or Pessimism...? (Continued)

    Apr 6, 2017

    It is important to note in the ways that the developing alt-right is far ahead of the game compared to the developing stuff on the left. For example the alt right understands clearly that politics is war between friends and enemies. They understand that there are plenty of Black, Latino and Asian conservatives who hate immigrants, Muslims, 'criminals', etc. Or another way to put it is that a lot of immigrants hate a lot of other immigrants. Or that a lot of Black people hate a lot of other Black people, etc, etc. The alt-right has a better handle on identity than the progressive left and arguably the revolutionary left. 


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  • Milo, Free Speech, Nazis, Black Bloc, and More … and More

    Apr 26, 2017

    It's important to remember that Bannon thinks of himself as a Leninist, and he and Milo are personally connected through the most Leninist of organizing strategies, a newspaper. I think that sheds light on this strategy because of the issues it poses to college campuses. The Alt Right wins no matter what happens during Milo's tour. If colleges shut down his events, they can be accused of violating the country's "inviolable" political conventions. If colleges allow him to speak, and the left riots, then the left itself will likely be subjected to much stricter controls on its speech.

     


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  • Utopian Statement of Principles: Who We Are

    This paradoxical situation – a society in obvious decay but without a mass movement to challenge it fundamentally – is, we hope, coming to an end. As new movements develop, liberal-reform and Marxist ideas will show new life, but so have utopian and libertarian ideas. We work with this in mind. We have to do what was not done during the last period of really radical social struggles in the 1960s and 1970s.  


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