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Steve Fraser

is a writer and historian. His latest book, Mongrel Firebugs and Men of Property: Capitalism and Class Conflict in American History has just been published by Verso. He is the author of Class Matters: The Strange Career of an American Delusion, and The Age of Acquiescence, among other books. “Socialism, Capitalism, and Democracy” will appear in Gregory Smulewicz-Zucker and Michael J. Thompson (eds), An Inheritance for Our Times: The Principles and Politics of Democratic Socialism, to be published by OR Books.

Terra Infirma:
Berning Questions

The sheer tonnage of talk about the Sanders campaign qua extra-terrestrial phenomenon is so tsunami-like I wonder if there’s anything left to say. Not that all the questions raised by that literary inundation have been settled—far from it.

The Road Not Taken

Back in the mid-’60s Stokely Carmichael won a faction fight within the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) against John Lewis and others that made the civil rights group all black. It was a blow to white activists like myself.

In Conversation

A TALE OF TWO AGES
STEVE FRASER with Gary Roth

Your new book, The Age of Acquiescence (Little, Brown and Company, 2015), describes two major periods of wealth acquisition in the United States—the Gilded Age of the late 1800s and the current “Age of Acquiescence.”

Socialism, Capitalism, and Democracy

Living in the age of the 1 percent and the 99 percent, mired in the swamp of crony capitalism where Citizens United makes a mockery of “one man, one vote,” presided over by a felonious billionaire who has most likely never read the Constitution and is not inclined to obey it, the very notion that capitalism and democracy might cohabit the same political universe seems like a bad joke. Capitalism in its current form has become the graveyard of democracy.

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The Brooklyn Rail

NOV 2019

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