Asad Haider

is an editor of Viewpoint and author of Mistaken Identity: Anti-Racism and the Struggle Against White Supremacy (Verso, Spring 2018).

Dictatorship Dies in Darkness

Dictatorship Dies in Darkness

This troublesome phrase “dictatorship of the proletariat” is a messy lump of several poorly defined concepts. To understand the word “dictatorship” as we do now – as the opposite of democracy, an authoritarian regime in which an individual or minority group exerts violent and absolute power – is an anachronistic projection which totally distorts Marx’s usage.

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?