Articles by Nathan J. Robinson

A Democratic Socialist Looks Back on 50 Years in Leftist Activism

The late Milt Tambor, in a previously unpublished interview, recalls participation in leftist organizing from the labor movement of the ’60s to DSA in 2021.

They’re All “Extremists”

The Republican Party has long been pushing us toward an apocalyptic dystopian future. The differences between individual Republicans are far less important than their similarities.

“Libs of Tiktok” Is Orwell’s “Two Minutes Hate”

The right-wing social media account is vicious and dehumanizing. Its revolting toxicity shows us why empathy and solidarity are so important.

The Wisdom of Edward Said Has Never Been More Relevant

The late Palestinian American public intellectual brought moral clarity to the Israel-Palestine conflict, arguing that once the injustice to Palestinians was recognized and ended, peaceful coexistence would finally be possible.

The Genius of Thought Itself

Appreciating how extraordinary every human mind is can reinforce our commitment to egalitarian politics.

‘Techno-Optimism’ is Not Something You Should Believe In

Techno-optimism is a dangerous philosophy whose adherents espouse the blind faith that market capitalism and technology will solve the world’s problems. In reality, this kind of optimism simply justifies elite power and promotes indifference to human suffering.

You Can’t Selectively Pay Attention To Certain Atrocities And Ignore All The Others

How is it possible to be outraged by Hamas killings of Israeli children, but ignore or rationalize the killing of Gazan children?

How Does This End?

Israel is now punishing Gazans collectively for a horrific attack by Hamas. Bloody vengeance only creates more victims and more rage. The question we need to be asking is: How can a just peace ever be reached?

How to Spot Corporate Bullshit

A new book shows that the same talking points have been recycled for centuries, to oppose every form of progressive change.

In Defense Of My Color-Coded Cold Calling Card System

A University of Chicago professor recently criticized a peculiar color-coded nametag system he saw law students using. The originator of said tri-color system would like to say a few words in its defense.

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