Humanity, Inhumanity, and Revolutionary Friendship

The destruction of the guillotine by the Communards By Duncan Riley 1/1/2020 Most of the essays which I have written over the past few months have grown out of conversations shared with a close friend over dinner. I find that ideas, though they may be interesting when contemplated in solitude, only acquire their true vitality … Continue reading Humanity, Inhumanity, and Revolutionary Friendship

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 … 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

The Bourgeois Homeland and the Universal Homeland

Emblem of the Mexican Liberal Party By Ricardo Flores Magón Translated by Duncan Riley Originally given as a speech on the 19th of September, 1915, it was published in Regeneración    Comrades, Humanity finds itself in one of the most solemn moments of its history. In the Universe, nothing is stable: everything changes, and we find … Continue reading The Bourgeois Homeland and the Universal Homeland