Interrogating Capitalism

Against the Grain

The ideas of long-dead economists fundamentally shape our lives, our societies, and how we understand the world and ourselves as individuals.  And yet, despite that, the field of economics seems, at best, intimidating and, at worst, a mind-numbing description of something we have no control over.  But the ideas of economists were formed in specific … Continued


Fighting Back Against Trump

Against the Grain

While Trump was consolidating his power after his inauguration, some of the leading lights of the radical left gathered at a remarkable event in Washington D.C.  It featured the likes of Naomi Klein, Owen Jones, Keeanga Yamahtta-Taylor, and Jeremy Scahill, who took stock of the moment and looked ahead.  They emphasized the need for solidarity, … Continued


The Southern Strategy, Racism, and the Republican Party

Against the Grain

The overtly racist politics of Donald Trump has been called unprecedented — a break from the Republican Party’s past rules of engagement.  But a look backward, particularly at the GOP’s Southern Strategy to woo white voters based on segregationist or racist appeals, indicates how inaccurate that assumption is. Edward H. Miller discusses the origins of … Continued


Militant Tactics Against the Right

Against the Grain

In the aftermath of the shutdown of far right celebrity Milo Yiannapoulos at UC Berkeley, there’s been much debate among progressives and leftists about the use of militant tactics against the right.  Some of the questions under contention are whether militant tactics bring down repression on the most vulnerable, and whether free speech—even for fascists—is … Continued


“Grief-Activism” Amidst Mass Dying at Sea

Against the Grain

The Mediterranean has become a watery mass grave for thousands of migrants seeking entry into Europe. Maurice Stierl describes episodes of what he calls grief-activism: collective acts of grief and commemoration that simultaneously assert a radical critique of European border policy and militarization. He also discusses the current state of trans-Mediterranean migration. Maurice Stierl, “Contestations … Continued


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