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Charlie Post

Charles Post teaches sociology at the City University of New York, is an editor of Spectre: A Marxist Journal, and is a member of the Tempest collective, and the NYC DSA Labor Branch.

The Republicans Have Been Trumped

For over eighty years, the reformist left in the United States has sought to transform one of the capitalist parties into a “people’s” party. Both the Communist Party’s popular front strategy and the social-democratic strategy of “realignment” (formulated by the brilliant ex-Marxist Max Shachtman) sought to transform the Democratic Party.

“The Most Crucial Election of Our Lifetime?”—The 2018 US Midterm Elections

On October 22, 2018, Barack Obama declared the 2018 midterm elections to be “more important than any I can remember in my lifetime, and that includes when I was on the ballot.”

The 2014 Election and the Future of Capital’s “A-Team”

In most ways, the 2014 Congressional elections represented “more of the same” for mainstream U.S. politics. The Republicans’ increased majority in the House of Representatives and their capture of the majority of the Senate in 2014, despite appearances, does not represent any more of a “sea change” in public opinion than their 2010 victories.

Is Democracy Compatible with Capitalism?
Reconstruction in the US, 1863-1877

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment, one of the Reconstruction Amendments, to the US Constitution. Addressing citizenship rights and equal protection of the laws, it has been one of the most litigated portions of the Constitution. Field Notes asked historian Charlie Post to respond to this anniversary by drawing some central political lessons from the history of the Amendment’s establishment.

Michael Kazin’s What It Took To Win

Michael Kazin's new history of the Democratic Party is an important intervention in this political conjuncture.

A Response to Satnam Virdee’s The Longue Durée of Racialized Capitalism

A Reply to Satnam Virdee • We both seek to transcend the sterile debate between class reductionist and neo-liberal identitarian analyses of race and capitalism, where both sides share the notion that the relationship between capitalism and racism is “historically contingent,” rather than “structurally necessary.”

Beyond “Racial Capitalism”

The uprising sparked by the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis has again placed the question of race at the center of politics in the US. While the right steadfastly denies the existence of racism and advocates greater repression against those protesting police violence, the left—both liberal and socialist—is scrambling to come to grips with the rebellion.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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