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Political Revolution

Cover Art by Cristina Daura
There are those who deplore war, revolution, and rebellion. Manifestly, war is to be lamented, if it is waged to enthrone or to perpetuate wrong, but it expands to superlative grandeur if it is for the purpose of establishing justice and breaking the fetters of slavery. In such cases every blow struck for the downtrodden sends thrills of joy throughout the world. The cowering slave looks up and sees, however dimly, the dawn of a new era when he shall be free.
— Eugene V. Debs, “Revolution and Rebellion vs. Stagnation” (1891)

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Front Matters

Front Matters

Setting Sail

The Soapbox

Letters + #JacobinPitches

Jacobin troll Donald Hughes (@getfiscal) has been pitching us every week for two years. We’ve compiled some of the best, and our responses, without edits.

Friends and Foes

Will Big Money Defeat Bernie Sanders?

Thomas Ferguson’s work traces the history of how big money buys politics in America. He sat down with Jacobin to discuss the 2020 election and why, despite the flood of corporate cash, he thinks a Bernie Sanders White House could truly shake things up.

An Interview with Thomas Ferguson by Paul Heideman.

Means of Deduction

Means of Deduction

Navigational Charts

Vulgar Empiricist

For the Few, Not the Many

How many votes does it take to capture the most powerful assembly in the United States? Turns out, not that many.

Medicare for All Is the One-in-a-Million Shot We Have to Make Happen

Natalie Shure

There’s nothing realistic about passing Medicare for All — we’re outgunned, outspent, and outmatched. And yet we have no other choice.

Illustration by Michael DeForge

Jared Abbott & Dustin Guastella

Blueprint for a Political Revolution

If we’re going to change the United States, socialists will have to win the working class. And we urgently need a strategy and an organization to do just that.

Illustration by Cristina Daura

Reading Materiel

Reading Materiel

Captain’s Log

Canon Fodder

How to Be a Socialist in the Twenty-First Century

Erik Olin Wright devoted his life to figuring out ways the world could finally leave capitalism behind. His final book holds crucial lessons about which strategies belong to the past and which ones can build the bridge to a socialist future.

Vivek Chibber

Canon Fodder

Common Nonsense

Extinction Rebellion’s cofounder Roger Hallam wants a mass revolt against climate change. But while his new book calls for activists to engage in “disruption” against politicians, it offers no blueprint for the workers who have the power to transform the economic structures that created our climate crisis.

Marcie Smith

Our First 100 Days Could be a Nightmare

Mike McCarthy

Even if Bernie Sanders — or any other democratic socialist — had an electoral majority for our political revolution, we would have to contend with the power of capital. Investment strikes, capital flight, and the power of finance could turn the euphoria of victory into a disaster unless we have a plan to confront them.

Illustration by Oleg Buevskiy

Illustration by Marco Miccichè

The Deep State Strikes Back

Daniel Finn

If socialists want to take power through the ballot box, we have to be ready for when capitalists stop playing by the rules.

Cultural Capital

Cultural Capital

Desert Island Picks

Red Channels

The Death of Revolutionary Film Form

From the end of World War I through the 1970s, filmmakers around the world experimented with film form in the hopes of awakening a new political consciousness. Why did that dream die?

Eileen Jones

The Tumbrel

The Tumbrel

The Nautical Copy is Kind of Tiresome

The Worst Estate

Get Bernie

Trump’s inauguration set off an unprecedented dirty war from the Washington establishment. A President Sanders will face even worse.

Branko Marcetic

Illustration by Filippo Fontana
Leftovers

Leftovers

You’re Still Reading?

Dustbin

In Defense of Democracy

The best defenders of even the narrow ideals of liberal democracy are not the elites who glorify them but the masses of people whom they so often distrust.

Adaner Usmani

Popular Front

The Parties We Didn’t Build

The 2010s were meant to herald a new generation of party activism, as Europe’s austerity generation built new structures to the left of social democracy. Instead, we got short-lived surges of electoral enthusiasm — without the deeper rebuilding we so sorely needed.

David Broder

Means & Ends

Are You Reading Propaganda Right Now?

Jacobin is politically committed. We’re not ashamed of that, and that’s why we need the support of our politically committed readership.

Liza Featherstone

Illustration by Raúl Soria