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As people “call each other out” to a chorus of finger snapping, we seem to be rapidly losing all sense of perspective and instead of building alliances, we are dismantling hard fought for coalitions...

Is this the way the world ends? When groups that share common cause, utopian dreams and a joined mission find fault with each other instead of tearing down the banks and the bankers, the politicians and the parliaments, the university presidents and the CEOs? Instead of realizing, as Moten and Hearny put it in The Undercommons, that “we owe each other everything,” we enact punishments on one another and stalk away from projects that should unite us...

This article has been circulating as part of a wider criticism of call-out culture with in the U.S. left. Without endorsing all of its politics, we think it valuable to make available here on Kasama. It first appeared on Bully Bloggers.

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Glen writes:

"what about the terms 'semi-feudal' and 'semi-colonialism'? do what extent to these terms still hold. ie Is India 'semi-colonial, semi-feudal' in the way that the Indian Maoists describe correct? if not, how to describe India."

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This essay is part of a series over whether there is a basis for building a communist movement, and a mass movement for socialism, within the U.S.  over the political economy of the U.S. working class, and over whether there are class forces in the U.S. who might potential form a social base for socialist revolution.

It follows Part 1 on working class exploitation, and Part 2  "Identifying a potentially revolutionary social base."

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How Do We Rule? Direct Democracy and the Challenges of Revolutionary Power is audio of a talk delivered by Doug Enaa at the 2014 Left Forum on the panel "Direct Democracy: Describing It, Debating It, Achieving It." The talk touches on a number of questions such as: How do we make a revolution that lasts? What are some of the challenges and obstacles that we face in developing a society that is democratic and egalitarian which overcomes the inequalities and defects of capitalism? What type of institutions and decision-making bodies do we need? Is direct democracy an answer to these problems? What are its limitations? In general, what challenges, obstacles, and dangers do we face as we build a new order that truly is revolutionary, representative of the masses and can last?

On Wednesday thousands of people from all over the US descended on the McDonald’s headquarters in suburban Chicago as part of the movement to demand a $15.00 wage for fast food workers. The fast food chain had to close part of its headquarters and over 100 people were arrested. The event was national news.

It is certainly a positive thing that low wage workers are standing up and beginning to demand a decent life. That is the main thing. Though the emergence of the movement for a $15.00 minimum wage raises a number of questions and I'm very interested in what others think.

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