Far from heralding a “post-racial” era, the Age of Obama has fostered an intense racialization of U.S. politics and an eruption of agonistic identity politics across partisan lines. These challenges will be among the most vital of the post–Obama era, for both black politics and the resurgent American left.
Pan-Latino identity, once the result of a sort of strained political imagination, is increasingly real—and recognizing its potency will be central to building a new progressive movement in the United States.
Two new books illustrate the central role of black women’s convict labor in the construction of the Jim Crow South, white womanhood, and American capitalism writ large.
Now approaching its fourth anniversary, the Fight for $15 has transformed a magnetic labor rallying cry into a popular grassroots movement, making the once unimaginable the new normal and helping to put inequality at the center of national debate.
The young activists who campaigned for Bernie Sanders are clearly the Democrats’ future. Do they have the power and the smarts to remake the Democratic Party?
Five years since the start of the war, reporting on Syria has gone from an upbeat story of the Arab Spring to a tableau of horrors. The horrors are undeniable, but what the story lacks is a chronicle of Syrian resistance.
The Democratic primary revealed the fault lines of both establishment feminism and the socialist left. It also suggested an appetite for the kind of feminism we need—one that understands the impact of economic and foreign policy on the majority of women’s lives.
How I renounced the God-and-guns conservatism of my blue-collar roots and embraced class politics.
If there’s one issue that has dominated the left in recent years, it’s our belated recognition of the explosion of economic inequality in the United States. Most of us were aware of its growth through the Clinton and Bush years, …
Cool Characters: Irony and American Fiction by Lee Konstantinou Harvard University Press, 2016, 384 pp. Affect and American Literature in the Age of Neoliberalism by Rachel Greenwald Smith Cambridge University Press, 2015, 194 pp. In July 2015 the writer …