It’s no secret that the United States is a country with deeply prudish cultural attitudes towards sexuality. Americans are puritanical towards nudity, public expressions of sexuality, and eroticism in art, leading to such ironic contradictions as the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) weighing sexuality as more significant than gore and violence as to whether a film is inappropriate for younger people. This pairs with the domination of restrictive sexual politics in public administration, such as in political rallying around opposition to abortion access and LGBT rights.

While this is a well-recognized characteristic of the mainstream, many of us younger…


A Diagnosis of My Peers

I am of the generation of USAmericans who grew up in the world of post-9/11, post-”globalization,” post-American unipolarity, and post-digital consumerism. I find the obsession with generational categories to be inaccurate and typically a practice of drawing arbitrary lines in the sand. Yet, there are certain distinct tendencies I’ve noticed among my age group.

I am not always the most sociable person. Although I’m usually alone and silent while in public, I spend that time observing my peers. Having spent years as a part of this generation, wavering between engaging people and observing them from afar, between trying to teach…


Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989), directed by Shinya Tsukamoto, is a cult classic film in the West. Blending genres, employing elements of cyberpunk, body horror, and experimental film, it stands out as a thoroughly unique film. Although it is more obscure today, it played a major part in reviving the Japanese film industry by pioneering a new approach to cinema.¹

The film entails fantastical, grotesque transformations wreaking havoc on a regular man’s life. One day, he wakes up with metal growing out of his cheek. From there, the growth only spreads, eventually turning him into a literal iron man. …


“We have to give life to Indo-American socialism with our own reality, in our own language. Here is a mission worthy of a new generation.”

— José Carlos Mariátegui, “Anniversary and Balance,” José Carlos Mariátegui: An Anthology¹

While the turn towards analyzing ongoing settler-colonialism has finally reached the mainstream of North American political discussions, there is still a lack of popular understanding of the issues involved. Settler-colonialism is, ironically, understood within the framework of the ways of thinking brought by the European ruling classes to the Americas. By extension, the conceptions of decolonization are similarly limited. …


The idea that socialism could be made into a brand or marketing demographic seems ridiculous. Socialism is, after all, usually defined by its advocacy for the end of capitalism and establishment of a system that makes as its basic goal fulfilling the needs of people. And yet, here we are. Socialismis now a reality.

Today, expressions of opposition to the system have themselves become a part of it. Socialism becomes something to identify with through the medium of commodities: merchandise, streamers, influencers, and so on. …


“Para todos todo, para nosotros nada”

The Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN), or Zapatistas, are well-known in the United States, but rarely understood. USAmericans are very familiar with the aesthetics of the EZLN, in particular their signature ski masks, as well as with the fact that they are a primarily Indigenous movement. However, they have inaccurate understandings of the ideology and orientation of the EZLN, owing in large part to an ignorance of Mexican history.

The EZLN has been used as a vehicle for many Western leftists to project their political agendas onto. They are presented as anarchists, “postmodern…


Book worship is not my style, given that I am a Marxist. Marxism is not a checklist, a superstructure, but a living, dynamic method. However, some communists have taken to book worship in the place of historical analysis. Since these communists cannot get their noses out of their books, it is necessary to give them something that challenges their dogmatic, liturgical views on their own front.

If they wish to dismiss real projects of building socialism on the basis of holy books, I will show how the books which they grant the status of Divine Law themselves disagree with their…


How does one know if they are free? Most people in the US would probably respond that freedom is when you are able to do what you want. After all, Thomas Jefferson, one of our Founding Fathers, said that Americans have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But how is this freedom of choice conceived? Usually, it is considered to be a freedom to do what one wants, as long as one doesn’t harm others. This is a textbook liberal idea, being Article 4 of the 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man from the French…


Every revolution finds itself confronting the question of identity. How is a people to define themselves after having changed the old and started to build something new? Who are we, and what is it we are building?

This is a question revolutionary socialists grapple with over how the society that is today known as the United States of America might be reconstituted. Can it still be the United States, or must it be something totally distinct? We cannot build anything out of thin air. In history, all things are a process.

There are evolutions and revolutions in that process, but…


The aftermath of the United States 2020 Presidential election has come to be about as tense as anyone expected, if not more. Although Joe Biden has won the majority of electoral votes, and has been recognized as the victory by the national and international mainstream media, Donald Trump and his supporters are strongly contesting the election results.

Trump’s claim to illegitimacy are based on a false narrative of wide-scale voter fraud and conspiracy against him which he has been cultivating during the months preceding the election. This year’s election has taken place during the global COVID-19 pandemic, leading many states…

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Influenced by Marxism-Leninism, the Frankfurt School, Third World Marxism, and social reproduction theory.

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