Winter in Catalonia

Winter in Catalonia

The Cata­lan inde­pen­dence strug­gle is not the politi­ciza­tion and expres­sion of social prob­lems, but the social­iza­tion of polit­i­cal prob­lems. For this to hap­pen, social prob­lems nec­es­sar­i­ly became sub­sumed and mis­rep­re­sent­ed in the inde­pen­dence process, and the cross-class project of Cata­lan inde­pen­dence was sold as a solu­tion to the prob­lems of the eco­nom­ic cri­sis and the cri­sis of rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

It Takes Organizers to Make a Revolution

It Takes Organizers to Make a Revolution

This text will pro­pose that we approach Lenin not as a titan, but as an equal. Not the all-con­quer­ing rev­o­lu­tion­ary, the mas­ter tac­ti­cian who always made the right deci­sion, let alone the mighty par­ty- or state-builder, but some­thing more pro­sa­ic and relat­able, though no less impor­tant: an orga­niz­er.

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.