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BlackRock’s rise shows the dark direction of monopoly capitalism

Matt Taibbi concluded that the 2008 Wall Street bailout had “built a banking system that discriminates against community banks, makes Too Big to Fail banks even Too Bigger to Failier, increases risk, discourages sound business lending and punishes savings by making it even easier and more profitable to chase high-yield investments than to compete for […]

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The “Town Destroyer,” George Washington, and the Seneca leader Guyasuta

George Washington and genocide

‘The immediate objects are the total destruction and devastation of [Iroquois Confederacy] settlements and the capture of as many prisoners of every age and sex as possible.… the country may not be merely overrun but destroyed.’ —Commands from George Washington to General Sullivan on May 31, 1779

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Protest and Power

Protest and power

Building People’s Power is the vital arena of struggle under late stage capitalism, when the “system” is not only objectively failing, but the people know it is coming apart at the seams.

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George Floyd protest by the White House May 30 2020

Anatomy of a counter-insurgency

The defanging of the George Floyd Uprising was not accidental but was rather a deliberate attempt on the part of the American ruling class to regain social control in the wake of the largest and most militant protests in recent memory. This article examines the dimensions of how this defanging took place: how, within the […]

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The bloody mattress at the scene of the assassination of Fred Hampton.

COINTELPRO: How the U.S. state dealt with the last radicalization

Twenty-one-year-old Black Panther Party deputy chair Fred Hampton and his comrade Mark Clark were assassinated in a 1969 pre-dawn raid in Chicago. Arguably the most talented and politically astute of the Panther leaders, Hampton was renowned for inspiring activists of all colours. But he was betrayed by William O’Neal, his bodyguard and the Panthers’ head […]

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Bust from the statue of Taino Chief Hatuey in Baracoa, Cuba

A statue of Hatuey

As monuments to Columbus and confederate heroes topple and Democrats ponder which militarist they wish to glorify in their replacements, it is critical to realize that statues which go up are at least as important as the ones that come down. Perhaps the best nominee for a new statue is Hatuey, who led the first guerrilla […]

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Labour strike at Buckey’s Estate, St Kitts. (Source: https://libcom.org/library/labour-rebellions-1930s-british-caribbean-region-colonies-richard-hart)

World makers of the Black Atlantic

My sense, while reading this book, was of a twentieth century tradition now ripe to be reclaimed and revived, since, like Du Bois and his generation, we will surely need now to grasp the deep roots of our multiple crises if we are to be free of them and deliver a world to our children […]

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