“The Whole World Is in a Terrible State o’ Chassis”

“The Whole World Is in a Terrible State o’ Chassis”

This is the first of a series of Strike! Commentaries on the “Polycrisis and the Global Green New Deal.” The term “polycrisis” is increasingly being used to describe an era in which multiple crises collide – in particular, our present era. The first set of Commentaries in this series examine geopolitics and war in the era of polycrisis.

The Strategy of the Green New Deal from Below

The Strategy of the Green New Deal from Below

The Green New Deal from Below pursues strategic objectives that implement Green New Deal programs, expand the Green New Deal’s support, and shift the balance between pro- and anti-Green New Deal forces. Not every action is likely to accomplish all of these objectives, but most actions aim to accomplish more than one of them at the same time.

Student Gaza Protesters Are Enforcing the Law

Student Gaza Protesters Are Enforcing the Law

More than 2000 protestors have been arrested in pro-Palestinian demonstrations since mid-April. They have been charged with “criminal trespass” and other crimes. University officials, police, and politicians may say that students protesting Israeli genocide in Gaza and US complicity with it are criminals. But far from breaking the law, their actions are actually enforcing it. Here’s why.

Strategic Perspectives of the Green New Deal from Below

Strategic Perspectives of the Green New Deal from Below

The Green New Deal from Below expresses the values and programs of the Green New Deal at local, state, and regional levels. But it is also a strategy for how to realize those values and implement those programs. This Strike! Commentary will explore how, in a complex and conflicted political arena, the Green New Deal movement has constructed such a strategy. The next commentary will explore how it has implemented that strategy in practice.

The Green New Deal: From Below or from Above?

The Green New Deal: From Below or from Above?

While the original Green New Deal congressional resolution primarily envisioned a program at the federal level, activists and governments in local, state, regional, and civil society arenas have gone ahead and implemented many of its programs. Federal and sub-federal actions can be synergistic, but they both require planning, resource mobilization, and the avoidance of false solutions.

How Social Movements Escape Silos

How Social Movements Escape Silos

Social movements often find themselves locked into isolated silos, divided by internecine conflict, or even brutalizing each other in “circular firing squads.” This Commentary provides historical examples of how such self-destructive patterns can be overcome. An earlier version was written as a contribution to the Great Transition Initiative Forum What’s Next for the Global Movement? The series addressed the question “What’s Next for Movement Unity?”

Popular Enforcement of International Law from Vietnam to Gaza

Popular Enforcement of International Law from Vietnam to Gaza

The International Court of Justice has found that Israel’s actions in Gaza may constitute genocide in violation of international law. A US District Court has endorsed that finding and added, “It is every individual’s obligation to confront the current siege in Gaza.” What can we learn from history about the responsibility of individuals to confront war crimes and how it may be possible to do so.

What Workers Want Is a Function of What They Think They Can Get

What Workers Want Is a Function of What They Think They Can Get

The rise of industrial unionism in the 1930s shows that workers can join together across divisions of race, gender, ethnicity, occupation, and industry — and reveals the power they can acquire when they do. It also reveals the long history of some of the problems that have plagued the American labor movement down to the present day. This interview with Benjamin Fong at the Center for Work and Democracy at Arizona State University appeared in Jacobin and was originally conducted for the podcast.