Jacobin Magazine 36 - 1

Jacobin #36

Political Revolution

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Issue 36 of Jacobin is here. In this issue:

 PARTY LINES

A Most Dangerous and Necessary Journey
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... ​​Read More

Issue 36 of Jacobin is here. In this issue:

 PARTY LINES

A Most Dangerous and Necessary Journey
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
Navigational Charts
UNEVEN & COMBINED
Democracy, Without the Majority Class
Workers are frozen out of politics in both the United States and Britain.

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.

TRANSITIONS
We Won the Battle, They Won the War
History shows that the capitalist class will do whatever it can to undermine our reforms and oust the Left from power.


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
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

DOSSIER
Mad Libs

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
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

BASS & SUPERSTRUCTURE
You Say You Want a Revolution
On a forgotten back-and-forth between Nina Simone and John Lennon

Alexander Billet


THE TUMBREL
The Nautical Copy is Kind of Tiresome
GIRONDINS
Jesse Jackson’s Political Revolution
Before Bernie Bros vs. the DNC, there was Jesse Jackson vs. the Atari Democrats.

Lily Geismer

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

THE WORST ESTATE
It Wasn’t Only the Media That Defeated Jeremy Corbyn
The Labour Party’s election disaster was rooted just as much in its own errors.

Michael Walker

THERMIDOR
Our Revolution Must Dismantle the National Security State
We can’t avoid confronting the Pentagon and the massive (and lucrative) security state it oversees.

John Carl Baker


Illustration by Filippo Fontana
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

 


Jacobin is a leading voice of the American left, offering socialist perspectives on politics, economics, and culture.

Softcover
144 pages
Spring 2020
English
Jacobin is a leading voice of the American left, offering socialist perspectives on politics, economics, and culture.