Introduction to the American Left: A Roadmap for the New/Old Politics of American Opposition

By Michael Souders, Editor— Terry Eagleton, commenting on Jacques Derrida’s 1994 book Specters of Marx which announces Derrida’s rather conditional affiliation with Marx, asked a pointed question: “Where was Jacques Derrida when we needed him, in the long dark night of Reagan-Thatcher?...There is something pretty rich…about this sudden dramatic somersault onto a stalled bandwagon.”[1] It [...]

The Radical Technocrat

By Dylan Quigley— Expertism should be politicized, not neutralized by dangerous appeals to “mass democracy.” The Radical Left has an uncomfortable tendency to claim a majoritarian righteousness for which it has no mandate. The reality is that nearly 63 million people voted for Trump. And while in the most charitable interpretation, millions voted for Trump [...]

Trump the “True Conservative”: Against the “Radical Transformation” Thesis

By Sean Kennedy— Donald Trump would have us believe that he is one-of-kind president, a new kind of politician, something sui generis. But Trump is not unique nor is he particularly different. Because of this fact the Leftist critique of the Trump presidency should not treat Trump as a radical transformation of conservative rhetoric and [...]