The Kurds are the ultimate stateless people, living in a region spanning Syria, Turkey, Iran and Iraq. For decades leftwing Kurds struggled to create their own ethnic state. But in recent decades, the leadership of the Kurdish freedom movement embraced a form of anarchism, in which they rejected states altogether, and have been building such … Continued
It’s easier to remember the histories of defeat, than those of social transformation. But in the three years preceding the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile, the country experimented with a form of socialism that was both top down and bottom up. Historian Marian Schlotterbeck discusses how under Salvador Allende’s government, the radical left fueled changes at … Continued
Updates on major capitalist failures, buying senators on health care, opioid addiction’s effects on insurance and on labor force participation, price gouging in emergencies, and US income inequality. Major discussion on 100th anniversary of Russian Revolution in 1917: lessons of USSR economic history for 21st-century socialism
In 1871, the lower classes of the city of Paris rose up and established a worker-run government. They flew the red flag, championed the rights of women, and separated church and state. The Paris Commune had little time to put into place many of the Communards’ ideals before it was violently crushed by the French … Continued
On today’s edition of Hard Knock, we speak with protesters about police accountability in the city of Oakland, California; community organizer Tur-ha discuss government accountability in the wake of the murder of Reggina Jefferies; and reality rap artist, Beeda Weeda discusses activism and his new single, Revolution.
Alexander Harcourt, Professor Emeritus at UC Davis and author of the forthcoming book Humankind: How Biology and Geography Shape Human Diversity. And social justice advocate Hilary Klein, author of Compañeras: Zapatista Women’s Stories, about women’s involvement in the Zapatista movement, the indigenous rebellion in Chiapas, Mexico.