Just over two months ago I posted an article on the North Star website titled “A Relaunch of North Star” that was written in the hope that it could serve as a pole of attraction for those on the American left seeking a broad-based, anti-capitalist party along the lines of Syriza or Podemos. I am pleased to report that North Star has made some major strides toward that end over the past month or so.
To start with we have an editorial board that reflects both political and generational diversity. Matt Hoke and Curtis Hinson, two of the younger editors, have been involved in Occupy type organizing on the East Coast and West Coast respectively, while I and historian Mark Lause come out of the 60s radical movement. All of us are united on the need for a North Star that addresses the new movements that have come on the scene since the winding down of the Occupy movement. Furthermore, we have learned that the best use of North Star is not to attack those on the left who have a different conception of what is needed to advance the struggle but instead to offer proposals that reflect our own orientation. We also believe that bitterly contested international questions such as Syria are best left to other forums since the passions they generate will do little to help us navigate the class struggle in the USA.
With a four person editorial board united on a vision for what is needed, we hope to post new material on a biweekly basis. So far it is gratifying to see that we have received submissions from a broad range of activists who clearly see North Star as a sounding board for their political thinking.
Here are newly added items that reflect our orientation:
Scott Jay, “What is a Marxist Organization?” (http://www.thenorthstar.info/?p=12076)
Scott’s article stresses the need for members to have a material stake in the groups they belong to, a novel approach to the perennial “burn out” problem.
Matt Hoke, “American Podemos Part I: the Factors & Forces Behind Podemos” (http://www.thenorthstar.info/?p=12098); “American Podemos Part II: Factors & Forces in the USA” (http://www.thenorthstar.info/?p=12102)
An analysis of a party that holds great promise not only for Spain but for those of us in the USA seeking to unify the left.
Editors, “Call for February Submissions: Race & Police” (http://www.thenorthstar.info/?p=12085)
The lead paragraphs:
There is a wave of anger and outpouring of protest over the racial police killings of Mike Brown and Eric Garner. As strategists, how do we help these disparate instances coordinate into a national force? What is the next step the movement needs to take to attain the justice it desires?
Would a united socialist intervention in the movement be possible? What would it look like? How would it happen? What would it call for?
We have received 3 submissions so far and invite others to submit something as well. Furthermore, if you have an idea for an article in the 2000 word range, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you.
Please bookmark http://www.thenorthstar.info/ and check in on it on a regular basis. We are confident that it will be worth your while.