Asad Haider

is an editor of Viewpoint.

The Paradox of Enlightenment

The Paradox of Enlightenment

A curi­ous symp­tom of the resis­tance to the­o­ry on the Anglo-Amer­i­can left is a fix­a­tion on the Enlight­en­ment. The strik­ing para­dox of this fix­a­tion is the anti-intel­lec­tu­al appro­pri­a­tion of a trend of Euro­pean phi­los­o­phy, which is cred­it­ed with intro­duc­ing the now invi­o­lable stan­dards of sec­u­lar­ism, repub­li­can­ism, rights, free­doms, and equal­i­ty.

The Shadow of the Plantation

The Shadow of the Plantation

It remains to be seen what kind of pol­i­tics can be built on the foun­da­tion of the notion of racial cap­i­tal­ism. To deter­mine what orga­ni­za­tion­al and prac­ti­cal activ­i­ty can be derived from this analy­sis, we should turn to the com­par­ison we have in front of us: the work of the com­mu­nists of the ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry, who began with the now wide­ly dis­cred­it­ed and ridiculed Black Belt the­sis.

When the Cry Rings Out

When the Cry Rings Out

The large crowd of demon­stra­tors at San Fran­cis­co Inter­na­tion­al Air­port was diverse, a glob­al array of nation­al­i­ties, ages, and dis­po­si­tions. They shout­ed loud­ly, again­st Trump and his Mus­lim ban, that refugees are wel­come here.

White Purity

White Purity

Among oth­er things, white­ness is a kind of solip­sism. From right to left, whites con­sis­tent­ly and suc­cess­ful­ly reroute every polit­i­cal dis­cus­sion to their iden­ti­ty.

Logging Out

Logging Out

Novem­ber 8, 2016 – we may remem­ber this as the day that the lib­er­al elite of the Amer­i­can coasts learned of a world out­side its Face­book feed. 

Law and Order: Make Marxism Great Again

Law and Order: Make Marxism Great Again

While a Trump pres­i­den­cy is not impos­si­ble, in this top­sy-turvy elec­tion it has turned out to be fool­ish to make pre­dic­tions. It seems fair, how­ev­er, to ask a ques­tion that is being ignored or sup­pressed: if eight years of Bill Clin­ton gave us George W. Bush, and eight years of Oba­ma gave us Trump, what would eight years of Hillary Clin­ton give us?

Making a Living

Making a Living

Today, amid­st a changed polit­i­cal and class land­scape, strat­e­gy should take prece­dence over fideli­ty to the received canon. The activ­i­ties of social repro­duc­tion remain the field of pow­er­ful class antag­o­nisms.

Ferguson: Message from the Grassroots

Ferguson: Message from the Grassroots

There’s a cer­tain lib­er­al opti­mism about race in the Unit­ed States, and last night’s Fer­gu­son grand jury ver­dict unmasked the com­pla­cen­cy that lies under­neath it.