Empathy and Solidarity

Quarto Stato, Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo By Duncan Riley 1/10/2020   For all those interested in the role education can play in provoking social transformation, the distinction between empathy and solidarity is of key importance. Empathy, arising in reaction to the suffering of others, is a passive sympathy for the suffering of others, a recognition … Continue reading Empathy and Solidarity

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 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

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 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