Abolish the Police and the World that Created Them

By Duncan Riley 6/8/2020 Edited on 6/16/2020 to correct an error in the first paragraph. The date of the city council's declaration was given as the 7th of May, when it in fact occurred on the 7th of June.   Ever since the uprising sparked by the murder of George Floyd on the 25th of … Continue reading Abolish the Police and the World that Created Them

It’s Not About Four Years, It’s About Five Centuries

Amazon workers on strike in Shakopee this past summer, Photo by Kerem Yucel. By Duncan Riley 12/22/2019   In response to the Trump administration’s most recent reactionary measure targeting immigrants, an executive order giving counties and states the right to block refugee resettlement, Governor Walz asserted in his recent letter to Secretary of State Pompeo … Continue reading It’s Not About Four Years, It’s About Five Centuries

The People’s Tide: Revolution, Electoralism, and the State in the Pink Tide

Photo by Carlos Figueroa By Duncan Riley 11/27/2019 The world, today, is caught in the grips of a great revolt. On streets and in plazas across the globe, the world which bureaucrats, generals, and multinational corporations have so carefully constructed over the past five decades is increasingly threatened as the long-smoldering embers of popular discontent … Continue reading The People’s Tide: Revolution, Electoralism, and the State in the Pink Tide

Turning Workers into Criminals: Gender, Class, and State Violence in the Twin Cities’ Responses to Sex Work, 1870-1900

By Duncan Riley 10/28/2019   What Makes Someone a Criminal? Modern society tends to view criminality as a product of immorality. If someone commits a crime, it is because they are a bad and antisocial person. However, the relationship between law and morality is in reality far more complicated. When John Brown and his party … Continue reading Turning Workers into Criminals: Gender, Class, and State Violence in the Twin Cities’ Responses to Sex Work, 1870-1900

La gran revolución

Mural de José Clemente Orozco De Duncan Riley 9/19/2019   En la historia de México, desde la Independencia, se puede trazar una línea entre dos distintas tradiciones revolucionarias, la tradición popular y la tradición de élite. La primera siempre buscaba el mejoramiento de las condiciones sociales y autonomía para las masas de campesinos y trabajadores, … Continue reading La gran revolución

Notes on the Immigrants’ Rights Movement and the Social Revolution

El grito de Hidalgo, mural by Juan O'Gorman By Duncan Riley 1/15/2019   Traditional socialist analyses, particularly in Europe and North America, categorize immigrants as just another kind of worker. Of course, it is widely accepted on the left that immigrants suffer a greater degree of marginalization and discrimination, and face distinct problems, such as … Continue reading Notes on the Immigrants’ Rights Movement and the Social Revolution

A Brief History of Imperialism in Central America – Una breve historia del imperialismo en Centroamérica

Mural by Diego Rivera - Un mural de Diego Rivera By - De Duncan Riley 1/7/2019   English - Versión inglesa The recent exodus of many Central Americans from their countries towards the United States has brought the regions problems with poverty, violence, and social injustice into sharp focus in the media. Unfortunately, the roots … Continue reading A Brief History of Imperialism in Central America – Una breve historia del imperialismo en Centroamérica

Institutional Repression

Photo from the Department of Homeland Security By Duncan Riley 1/4/2019   Yesterday, January 3rd, the much-anticipated 116th congress, product of the “blue wave” took office. It began this first day by passing measures to end the government shutdown, and initiating rule changes to facilitate a future austerity program. While Democrats retook the house by … Continue reading Institutional Repression

A Policy of Brutality

 Patrolling a fortified border, photo from the Associated Press By Duncan Riley 12/21/2018   The recent death of 7-year old Guatemalan migrant Jakelin Ameí Rosmery Caal Maquin in Border Patrol custody has ignited further public outcry over the conduct of the Border Patrol and the Trump administration’s immigration policies. After eight hours in custody, Caal … Continue reading A Policy of Brutality