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Twitter Suspended Hundreds of Thousands of Accounts Amid 'Violent Extremism'

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Twitter said on Tuesday it had suspended more than half a million accounts since the middle of 2015 as the company steps up efforts to tackle "violent extremism" on its microblogging platform. From a report: The company shut down a total of 376,890 accounts in the last six months of 2016, Twitter said in its latest transparency report.

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Argument analysis: Justices search for a common denominator in takings case

SCOTUS Blog - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 13:55

At yesterday’s oral argument in Murr v. Wisconsin, the justices discussed a longstanding dilemma in the field of regulatory takings. As I described in my earlier post, the Fifth Amendment’s prohibition on uncompensated government takings of private property includes instances when, in Justice Holmes’ famously vague formulation, a regulation “goes too far.” But to assess a regulation’s impact on a property, a court must first answer the threshold question of what property is at issue. The Supreme Court has said the property at issue must be the “parcel as a whole,” but the lower courts have struggled to determine what that means. This is what courts and scholars have termed the “denominator problem.” (For those who are not takings clause devotees, similar comparative issues—think of them as framing problems—arise all the time. My March Madness bracket looks great if you count only first-round games, but not so great once you add in second-round games.)

The facts in this case illustrate the dilemma. In the 1990s, the Murr siblings received two adjacent parcels of waterfront property from their parents. One, Lot E, had been formally owned by their parents; the other, Lot F, by their parents’ plumbing company. Under zoning requirements that took effect in 1976, the lots were “substandard,” meaning they were too small to be built upon individually. The zoning law contained a grandfather clause allowing the lots to be developed separately as long as they were held by different owners. But it also contained a so-called “merger” provision, which excluded commonly owned adjacent lots from the grandfather clause. (Amicus briefs explain that this combination of lot-size requirements, grandfather clauses and merger provisions is common around the country.) The merger provision kicked in when the siblings became the owners of both lots, thus precluding them from selling Lot E by itself, as they had hoped to do. This is where the denominator problem emerges. If the parcel at issue is just Lot E, the Murrs have a stronger case that the merger provision effected a taking: They can’t develop or sell Lot E by itself. But if Lots E and F together constitute the denominator, it seems clear that no taking has occurred. The siblings can still develop or sell the two lots together, and the restriction has a minimal economic effect on them.

So which is it? The four attorneys who argued the case offered four different approaches to the denominator problem. Although phrased in starkly divergent terms, the arguments did eventually reveal some common ground—even beyond the advocates’ “agreement” that, as Wisconsin’s solicitor general put it, this “area of law is incredibly complicated.”

The first attorney to the lectern was John Groen of the Pacific Legal Foundation, representing the Murr siblings. In arguing that the parcel at issue is Lot E, he urged the court to adopt a presumption that the lot lines of the parcel alleged to be taken define the denominator. Lot lines, Groen stated at one point, inform how “people traditionally understand and use [property] in their daily lives” — a point Chief Justice Roberts seemed to accept. Justice Elena Kagan asked why the court shouldn’t look at all of state law, not just lot lines, in defining the denominator. Why exclude the merger provision? “If we’re looking to State law,” she suggested, “let’s look to State law, the whole ball of wax.” In a similar vein, Justice Stephen Breyer asked, why aren’t lot lines just one factor among many? Breyer was skeptical of applying a “mechanical test.”

John M. Groen for petitioners (Art Lien)

Notably, the questioning also drew out that Groen’s lot-line presumption is rebuttable. In response to questions from Justices Anthony Kennedy and Sonia Sotomayor, Groen explained that the presumption could be overcome with evidence of “unity of use”—that is, evidence that the parties were in fact treating the two lots as “an integrated economic unit,” or that other facts “show in fairness and justice that the individual should bear the burden.” This begins to sound a bit like the other side’s test. Indeed, Kennedy asked twice why the “unity of use” notion didn’t defeat the Murrs’ case here. After all, the family did use the parcels together to some extent; according to the briefing, Lot E contained a volleyball court and propane tank that were used in conjunction with Lot F’s cabin.

Misha Tseytlin, the solicitor general of Wisconsin, was next to the podium. He urged the court to adopt a test involving “one straightforward question: Is the land lot at issue completely separate from any other land under State law?” Here, because of the merger provision, he explained, the lots “have merged for all relevant purposes.” This position, too, drew skepticism, this time from Roberts and Kennedy. Kennedy stated, “[i]t seems to me that your position is as wooden and as vulnerable [to] criticism” as the Murrs’. Why elevate the merger provision over lot lines?

Justice Samuel Alito raised a different concern, one based on the court’s existing doctrines: He suggested that the state’s position — that the denominator must be the two parcels together because the siblings took title subject to the pre-existing merger rule — is “completely contrary to the reasoning in” Palazzolo v. Rhode Island. (Palazzolo indicated that a person can assert a regulatory taking even if the person took title to property knowing that the regulation was already on the books.) Tseytlin, echoing an interpretation offered earlier by Kagan, responded that Palazzolo applies only when an earlier and later owner would have the same takings claim. Here, the siblings, as common owners of both lots, have a different claim from their predecessor owners.

Justice Kagan described herself as “pretty sympathetic to the idea that pre-existing state law really does influence quite a bit your expectations about” property, but asked why the state needed a bright-line rule based only on state law. “[W]hat’s the harm,” she asked, in allowing a more “fluid” analysis, in which factors other than state law might sometimes matter? Tseytlin explained the state’s view that the denominator inquiry should be a simple, “straightforward” first step of the analysis. After identifying the parcel, the court should move on to the multi-factor analysis of whether a taking has occurred, following the test set out in a famous case called Penn Central. But to apply a multi-factor test at both steps, Tseytlin said, would amount to “Penn Central squared,” and would lead to an overly complex analysis.

Richard Lazarus of Harvard Law School argued next, on behalf of St. Croix County. Unlike the state, the county embraces a multi-factor test for the denominator. It looks at “three things”: the economic impact of the parcel (the court must “[d]efine the parcel in a way which actually evaluates the real impact”), people’s reasonable expectations based on state law, and “the physical and geographic characteristics of the parcel.” Those three considerations, Lazarus explained, will help guide the court in determining the right parcel — with the point being “to see what the real burden is that people are suffering in the case.” Roberts echoed Tseytlin’s concern about turning the analysis into “Penn Central squared,” and also echoed Groen’s point that lot lines are “the regular way” to “figure out … what the land interest is.” But Lazarus emphasized that, while “[t]here’s no question state law defines what you own,” the takings question — whether, for purposes of federal constitutional law, the economic impact on a property-owner is excessive — is different. Lazarus further noted that several earlier Supreme Court cases evaluated property interests together even though they were defined separately under state law. In response to a question from Breyer, Lazarus added that “this is really the easy case,” because the Murrs face little hardship — indeed, he pointed out, that is the rationale behind the merger provision. A single owner facing development restrictions on a substandard lot might face “a complete economic wipeout,” but the owners of two such lots, “like the Murrs, have development options.”

The final attorney to argue was Elizabeth Prelogar, an assistant to the U.S. solicitor general, appearing as an amicus in support of the state and county. She began by urging the court not to adopt “a presumption or bright line rule that focuses on lot lines in isolation,” arguing that such an approach would have both legal and practical problems. As a practical matter, “lot lines will frequently not be an accurate indicator” of how a person is affected by a regulation, and would exclude “relevant considerations about the on-the-ground economic realities.” In response to a question from Alito, Prelogar stated that her office is asking the court to look for “what in the interest of fairness and justice is an accurate way to measure economic impact.” And in this case, several factors — including the timing of the relevant transfers, the contiguous nature of the parcels and the “linked uses” of the property — show that “it’s proper to view these two parcels together as one integrated whole.”

Sometimes commentators doubt that oral arguments matter much. But this one seemed useful to the justices, as it helped them understand the metes and bounds (sorry) of the parties’ positions. In particular, the argument suggested that the parties may have some common ground. To be sure, each party emphasizes a different part of the denominator inquiry — the Murrs focus on lot lines, the state focuses on the merger provision, and the county and solicitor general stress the need not to apply any one factor too mechanically. But the argument underscored that the Murrs agree that fairness and factual inquiries, and not just lot lines, bear on the analysis. This seemed to pique the interest of Kennedy, likely the swing vote, who seemed resistant to a test that would focus so tightly on one feature of state law that it could miss the forest for the trees. Given that, it’s not hard to imagine a narrow win for the state and county that allows consideration of multiple factors. Such an opinion might speak of the need to look closely at both lot lines and other state law requirements, while eschewing a “wooden” or “mechanical” inquiry that ignores the traditional takings clause emphasis on fairness. Or the court could give the Murrs a narrow win, reversing the decision below and sending the case back to the Wisconsin courts to consider factors left out of their prior analysis. Either way, the case is poised to shed important light on a longstanding dilemma—but probably will not mark the end of debates about the takings denominator.

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Today in OpenGov: When politics meets technocracy

Sunlight Foundation - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 08:06

In today's edition, we dig deep into data-driven cities, keep an eye on President Trump's approach to data and transparency, follow attacks on press freedom in Turkey, cover potential corruption in Congress, and more

the data-driven city
 
  • What can America's technocratic mayors learn from their political machine-driven predecessors? Anthony Williams, the former Mayor of Washington, DC and a self described technocrat, argues for a "Political Authority 3.0 at the local level—with the brain of the technocrat and the heart of the old ward heeler…" that deploys new "analytical horsepower in the service of long-time residents, connecting the data dots to jobs and improving the lot of still-struggling people." (CityLab)
  • NASA is engaging teens across the world to help develop a smart city platform. "Through A World Bridge (AWB), an international program led by NASA and Trillium Learning that allows students to contribute to federal technology projects, teens in the U.S. and internationally are co-developing a smart city platform that will help monitor resources like renewable energy, water, electricity and agricultural systems." (FedScoop)
  • Best practices — including a few from Sunlight — for data-smart cities. "With so many ways to plan the city’s digital future, where should a planning process begin? Below, we profile the digital strategies of three US cities, highlighting strengths, weaknesses, and innovations. While the plans vary substantially, they fall into two distinct types: plans that focus on the city’s open data program and plans that address data as part of a comprehensive technology strategy."(Data-Smart City Solutions)
Around the world
The World Bank mapped 25 years worth  of global forest gain and loss to mark the International Day of Forests.
  • Turkish journalists face a continued crackdown following last year's failed coup attempt. At least 81 journalists are imprisoned across the country and one paper has seen so many of its employees jailed that it is running a special shuttle service so their relatives can visit them. (New York Times)
  • German lawmakers fear Russian interference in upcoming elections following hack at parliament. "While the hack could be a case of old-fashioned espionage conducted with modern means — in part because of its similarity to the hacking of the Democratic National Committee in the United States, which the same Russian group reportedly pulled off a few months later — some German officials believe that the stolen information is more likely to be used as a weapon, making it a ticking bomb under the German elections in September." (POLITICO)
Crossing the line in congress?
 
  • The Supreme Court denied Sen. Bob Menendez's attempt to escape corruption allegations, setting him up for a criminal trial. "The New Jersey Democrat argued unsuccessfully that his prosecution violates the Constitution’s speech-or-debate clause, which limits investigations into the legislative work of members of Congress." Menendez is accused of accepting $1 million worth of campaign  contributions and luxury travel in exchange for intervening on behalf of a friend in disputes with the federal government. (Bloomberg)
  • Former Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) jailed on election law charges.  "According to a complaint, Stockman set up a non-profit called Life Without Limits in 2011 that received a single $350,000 donation. Stockman is accused of funneling that money back to himself through payments to employees." (Roll Call)
  • Examples like that of former U.S. Senator Mo Cowan show why the definition of a lobbyist should be expanded. General electric hired former U.S. Sen. William “Mo” Cowan as vice president of legal policy. As a former Senator, Cowan has unique privileges to access the Senate, a fact that could prove highly valuable for G.E. as Sunlight's John Wonderlich explained: “To have access to the grounds, and to have privileged access to where Senators are social with each other, where they’re relaxing, is an enormously valuable benefit…Especially with the Senate, which is designed to be a sort of chummy institution where deals are made in informal conversation, and where personal connections are more important than in the House.” Cowan, who filled outgoing Sen. John Kerry's seat for less than 24 weeks in 2013, has not registered as a lobbyist, which would restrict his privileges. (Boston Herald)
Trump on Data and Transparency

 

  • Trump's continued refusal to comment on open government and open data plans is cause for concern. Engadget went deep on the new administration's approach to federal data, highlighting two approaches that may prove harmful including making data harder to find and cutting budgets so data is harder to collect. Sunlight's Alex Howard weighed in, citing the White House budget proposal and the risk that "Congress [could defund] agencies in a way that affects their ability to collect or maintain or disclose data." (Engadget)
  • Trump can also choose to end longstanding transparency commitments, as he did this week with the Extractives Industry Transparency Initiative. U.S. EITI civil society members explained in a statement: "The Department of the Interior has halted U.S. efforts to seek validation by the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a global anti-corruption effort to bring openness and accountability to the oil, gas and mining sectors. As civil society members of the U.S. EITI, we are saddened and alarmed that the United States will no longer comply with the standard of a crucial transparency initiative that it has supported since 2003." (Project on Government Oversight)
  • The census must remain apolitical to ensure the quality and integrity of its results. The Center for Data Innovation's Daniel Castro made a strong argument against a proposed executive order that "would direct the Census Bureau to include questions about immigration status in the decennial census, an idea that Republican members of Congress previously proposed before the 2010 Census." The language would drive down the response rate among immigrant communities and put the overall integrity of the census at risk. (The Hill)

 

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Tuesday round-up

SCOTUS Blog - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 06:19

This morning the court hears oral argument in two cases. The first is Microsoft v. Baker, in which the justices will consider the options available for plaintiffs when a district court determines that a case is not suited for adjudication as a class action. Ronald Mann previewed the case for this blog. At Cornell University Law School’s Legal Information Institute, Liza Carens and Jenna Scoville also provide a preview. The second case on the argument docket is Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc., which involves the scope of the patent exhaustion doctrine. Ronald Mann had this blog’s preview. Michele Korkhov and Anna Marienko preview the case for Cornell. At Fortune, Jeff John Roberts provides a “plain English guide to what you need to know about the case,” noting that it “carries profound implications for retailers and resellers across the U.S. economy.”

Yesterday the court heard argument in Murr v. Wisconsin, in which the justices will decide what constitutes the “parcel as a whole” for the purpose of regulatory takings analysis. Coverage of the case comes from Bruce Vielmetti in USA Today and Sam Hananel at The Associated Press. In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, Roger Pilon points out that lawyers “often liken property to a ‘bundle of sticks’ to describe the countless legitimate uses that can be made of it, and argues that courts “should not wait for the last stick to be taken, and all value wiped out, before requiring compensation under the Fifth Amendment.” The second argument yesterday was in Howell v. Howell, a dispute between a divorced couple over the wife’s share of the husband’s military retirement pay. Amy Howe analyzes the argument for this blog.

Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services (via the Arizona Capitol Times) reports that the court denied review yesterday of a Republican equal protection challenge to “Tucson’s unusual method of electing council members.” At Politico, John Bresnahan reports that the court also “rejected Sen. Bob Menendez’s attempt to throw out the bribery and corruption charges against him, setting the stage for a trial for the New Jersey Democrat this fall.”

Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee began its hearing on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Andrew Hamm rounds up early coverage of the hearing for this blog. At USA Today, Richard Wolf covers the day’s proceedings and highlights “five things to watch for during the next three days.” Additional coverage comes from Jess Bravin in The Wall Street Journal, who remarks that “senators’ opening statements made clear it would be nigh impossible to divorce Judge Gorsuch” “from the deeply divisive circumstances surrounding his nomination by President Trump.” At Jost on Justice, Ken Jost notes that Gorsuch presented himself as “a consensus-minded judge, devoted to the law, free of partisan or ideological bias, and steeped in family, faith, and the common-sense goodness of his native Colorado,” but that “Democratic senators made clear they are smarting from the Republicans’ refusal to hold hearings last year to consider the veteran judge Merrick Garland as President Obama’s nominee to fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.”

At Education Week’s School Law blog, Mark Walsh reports on Gorsuch’s assertion in his opening statement that “he has ruled for students with disabilities and sometimes has ruled against them based not on their personal stories but on the legal issues before him.” At E&E News (subscription or registration required), Ellen Gilmer notes that “Gorsuch will bring an uncommon skill set to the bench if confirmed: broad experience in American Indian law,” and that tribal “groups are hopeful that Gorsuch’s background will bode well for future cases involving Indian Country.”

Briefly:

  • The World and Everything in It features discussions of Dean v. United States, in which the justices will decide whether mandatory statutory gun-sentencing provisions may limit a district court’s discretion under the advisory sentencing guidelines, and Manrique v. United States, which asks whether an appellate court can consider a challenge to the amount of a restitution award as part of an appeal of the underlying sentence.

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New Technology Combines Lip Motion and Passwords For User Authentication

Slashdot: Your Rights Online - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 06:00
An anonymous reader writes: "Scientists from the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) have developed a new user authentication system that relies on reading lip motions while the user speaks a password out loud," reports BleepingComputer. Called "lip password" the system combines the best parts of classic password-based systems with the good parts of biometrics. The system relies on the uniqueness of someone's lips, such as shape, texture, and lip motions, but also allows someone to change the lip motion (password), in case the system ever gets compromised. Other biometric solutions, such as fingerprints, iris scans, and facial features, become eternally useless once compromised.

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The Russian Revolution Reading List from Haymarket Books

Hay Market Books - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 01:06



In the first in a series of articles commemorating the centenary of the Russian Revolution, the New York Times tremulously wondered whether today’s economic anxieties might lead to a resurgence of interest in communism. We at Haymarket Books have often wondered this ourselves, but for altogether different reasons than the good folks at the Times.


As the year goes on, many more articles will be written in the proud American tradition of diligently explaining why all revolutions inevitably lead to tyranny, five-year plans, forced labor camps, and an enthusiasm for drab color palettes. As a corrective, we offer a list of books that showcase the promise, highlight the potential, and analyze the shortcomings and ultimate downfall of the first successful workers’ revolution in history.

Take 50% OFF all of the Haymarket books on this list by following this link to activate your coupon code.
 


General Histories of the Revolution:


History of the Russian Revolution
 
— Leon Trotsky’s towering retelling of the year’s events remains among the most gripping works of history ever written by anyone about any subject. The benchmark for all later histories of the revolution.


Year One of the Russian Revolution
 
— Of all the chroniclers of the Russian Revolution, few besides the anarchist-turned-Bolshevik Victor Serge combine an unswerving commitment to the truth with an unwavering belief in the justness of the revolution’s cause. Year One is his account of the revolution’s turbulent first year. 


The Bolsheviks Come to Power
 
Alexander Rabinowitch’s now classic account is the definitive scholarly rebuke to those who continue to see the revolution as a coup carried out by an elitist Bolshevik Party against the wishes of the Russian masses. 


October
 
— Arguably the best place for those newly acquainted with the revolution to begin, this gripping narrative history by acclaimed weird-fiction author China Miéville is replete with madcap flotillas, monarchs in thrall to mystic wanderers, and numerous other happenings that would seem at home in a work of fiction, but are drawn from the actual historic record of the revolution.

 


Lenin and the Bolshevik Party


Leninism Under Lenin
 
— Marcel Liebman captures Lenin’s thought in all its complexity, fallibility, and strategic genius. Focusing in particular on the democratic dimension to Lenin’s socialism, this award-winning account is a great way to get acquainted with the twentieth-century’s best-known revolutionary.


Lenin and the Revolutionary Party
 
— Paul Le Blanc’s treatment of Lenin is notable for its attention to how his understanding of the theory and practice of revolutionary politics existed in a dynamic relationship with the movement around him. What emerges is not only an insightful portrait of Lenin himself, but a vibrant engagement with the mass struggle for socialist democracy.


On Lenin
 
— Trotsky and Lenin shared a complex, often fraught relationship. Nonetheless, these two biographies of Lenin, published together for the first time, show Trotsky’s respect for a fellow revolutionary whom he admired, but certainly never worshipped. 


The State and Revolution
 
— This is an indisputable classic, despite being written beside a Finnish swamp while Lenin was on the run between the February and October revolutions. The State and Revolution lays out the fundamentals of Lenin’s strategy for seizing power and building socialism. 

 


Women in the Revolution


Alexandra Kollontai
 
— A key figure in the 1917 revolution and the last surviving member of the Central Committee of that year, Kollontai’s contribution to the socialist movement was unparalleled. Cathy Porter’s biography is not only an unparalleled biography of a dynamic revolutionary, but an engaging retelling of the course of the revolution and counterrevolution in Russia. 


Midwives of Revolution
 
— Women’s role in the Russian Revolution was not limited to leading a mass strike on International Women’s Day. On the contrary, they were constant agents in struggle, often on the front ranks. 

 


The Revolution in the Factories


Revolution and Counterrevolution in a Moscow Metal Factory
 
— Kevin Murphy’s shop-floor level portrait of vibrant working-class democracy provides a much-needed antidote to revisionist accounts of the revolution as inevitably leading to Stalinist dictatorship. 


Alexander Shlyapnikov
1885–1937: Life of an Old Bolshevik
 — From his involvement in the 1905 revolution to his execution under Stalin, Alexander Shlyapnikov was an irrepressible force for workers’ power, whether under tsarism or a degenerating Soviet bureaucracy. 


Red Petrograd
 
— A deeply engaging study, unmatched in its depth, of factory life in Petrograd over the course of Russia’s revolutionary year.

 


Memoir / Firsthand Accounts

 

Ten Days that Shook the World — A masterpiece of political reportage, Ten Days has become the essential firsthand account of the revolution in action. 


Reminiscences of Lenin
 
— As both Lenin’s closest political collaborator and personal confidant, Nadezhda Krupskaya offers invaluable insights into the life and thought of the most important leader of the Russian Revolution. 


Lenin’s Moscow
 
— Alfred Rosmer’s memoir of early revolutionary Russia is both highly readable and historically indispensable. From its opening chapters recounting the author’s journey across war-torn Europe’s hostile borders, to the death of Lenin on its closing pages, this is a gripping and unique eyewitness account.

 


Stalinism 

Leon Trotsky: An Illustrated Introduction
 
— 
Amusing, well-researched, and accessible, this is the perfect primer on the life and thought of the great leader and chronicler of the Russian Revolution.


The Life and Death of Leon Trotsky
 
— Written by celebrated author Victor Serge and Trotsky’s wife Natalia Sedova, this is a unique presentation of Leon Trotsky. Covering Trotsky’s early activism until his assassination by one of Stalin’s agents, this book provides an invaluable picture of a great revolutionary and the world-historic events in which he was a leading actor.


The Stalinist Legacy
 
— Featuring contributions from Tariq Ali, Isaac Deutscher, and Ernest Mandel, this volume deepens our understanding of the origins, impacts, and enduring prominence of Stalinism, so as to help exorcise these ghosts of the past. 


From Lenin to Stalin
 
— Another entry by Victor Serge, From Lenin to Stalin is a brief yet sharp analysis of the revolution’s degeneration.  


Russia: From Workers State to State Capitalism
 
— To millions throughout the world, the Russian workers’ state offered new hope. This book charts the demise of that liberatory project, while hailing the inspiration it continues to provide.

 

For a full list of Haymarket titles on the Russian Revolution, click here.


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The Death Agony of the Monarchy: Russia on the Eve of Revolution

Hay Market Books - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 01:06

Tsar Nicholas II of Russia abdicated a hundred years ago today, bringing to an end three centuries of Romanov rule. In this extract from his History of the Russian Revolution, Trotsky describes the final days of Imperial Russia. Incompetent, vain, and almost comically ignorant of the historic events unfolding around it, the Tsarist regime fell, in Trotsky's words, "like rotten fruit."

  
Skobelev Square during the February Revolution, by A.M. Gerasimov. Open Source.

The dynasty fell by shaking, like rotten fruit, before the revolution even had time to approach its first problems. Our portrayal of the old ruling class would remain incomplete if we did not try to show how the monarchy met the hour of its fall.

The tsar was at headquarters at Moghilev [a city in present-day Belarus, around 600km from Moscow], having gone there not because he was needed, but in flight from the Petrograd disorders. The court chronicler, General Dubensky, with the tsar at headquarters, noted in his diary: “A quiet life begins here. Everything will remain as before. Nothing will come of his (the tsar’s) presence. Only accidental external causes will change anything.” On February 24, the tsarina wrote Nicholas at headquarters, in English as always: “I hope that Duma man Kedrinsky (she means Kerensky) will be hung for his horrible speeches—it is necessary (wartime law) and it will be an example. All are thirsting and beseeching that you show your firmness.” On February 25, a telegram came from the minister of war that strikes were occurring in the capital, disorders beginning among the workers, but measures had been taken and there was nothing serious. In a word: “It isn’t the first time, and won’t be the last!”


The tsarina, who had always taught the tsar not to yield, here too tried to remain firm. On the 26th, with an obvious desire to hold up the shaky courage of Nicholas, she telegraphs him: “It is calm in the city.” But in her evening telegram she has to confess: “Things are not going at all well in the city.” In a letter she says: “You must say to the workers that they must not declare strikes, if they do, they will be sent to the front as a punishment. There is no need at all of shooting. Only order is needed, and not to let them cross the bridges.” Yes, only a little thing is needed, only order! But the chief thing is not to admit the workers into the city— let them choke in the raging impotence of their suburbs.


On the morning of the 27th, General Ivanov moves from the front with the Battalion of St. George, entrusted with dictatorial powers—which he is to make public, however, only upon occupying Tsarskoe Selo [a former imperial residence, 24km outside of St. Petersburg] . “It would be hard to imagine a more unsuitable person,” General Denikin will recall later, himself having taken a turn at military dictatorship, “a flabby old man, meagerly grasping the political situation, possessing neither strength, nor energy, nor will, nor austerity.” The choice fell upon Ivanov through memories of the first revolution. Eleven years before that he had subdued Kronstadt. But those years had left their traces; the subduers had grown flabby, the subdued, strong. The northern and western fronts were ordered to get ready troops for the march on Petrograd; evidently everybody thought there was plenty of time ahead. Ivanov himself assumed that the affair would be ended soon and successfully; he even remembered to send out an adjutant to buy provisions in Moghilev for his friends in Petrograd.


On the morning of February 27, Rodzianko [Chairman of the Duma and, for a few days, Prime Minister following the February Revolution] sent the tsar a new telegram, which ended with the words: “The last hour has come when the fate of the fatherland and the dynasty is being decided.” The tsar said to his minister of the court, Frederiks: “Again that fat-bellied Rodzianko has written me a lot of nonsense, which I won’t even bother to answer.” But no. It was not nonsense. He will have to answer.


About noon of the 27th, headquarters received a report from Khabalov of the mutiny of the Pavlovsky, Volynsky, Litovsky, and Preobrazhensky regiments, and the necessity of sending reliable troops from the front. An hour later from the war ministry came a most reassuring telegram: “The disorders which began this morning in certain military units are being firmly and energetically put down by companies and battalions loyal to their duty.... I am firmly convinced of an early restoration of tranquility.” However, a little after seven in the evening, the same minister, Belyaev, is reporting that “We are not succeeding in putting down the military rebellion with the few detachments that remain loyal to their duty,” and requesting a speedy dispatch of really reliable troops—and that too in sufficient numbers “for simultaneous activity in different parts of the city.”


The council of ministers deemed this a suitable day to remove from their midst the presumed cause of all misfortunes—the half-crazy minister of the interior Protopopov. At the same time General Khabalov issued an edict—prepared in secrecy from the government—declaring Petrograd, on His Majesty’s orders, under martial law. So here too was an attempt to mix hot with cold—hardly intentional, however, and anyway of no use. They did not even succeed in pasting up the declaration of martial law through the city: the burgomaster, Balka, could find neither paste nor brushes. Nothing would stick together for those functionaries any longer; they already belonged to the kingdom of shades.


The principal shade of the last tsarist ministry was the seventy-year-old Prince Golytsin, who had formerly conducted some sort of eleemosynary institutions of the tsarina, and had been advanced by her to the post of head of the government in a period of war and revolution. When friends asked this “good-natured Russian squire, this old weakling”—as the liberal Baron Nolde described him—why he accepted such a troublesome position, Golytsin answered: “So as to have one more pleasant recollection.” This aim, at any rate, he did not achieve.


How the last tsarist government felt in those hours is attested by Rodzianko in the following tale: With the first news of the movement of a crowd toward the Mariinsky Palace, where the ministry was in session, all the lights in the building were immediately put out. (The government wanted only one thing—that the revolution should not notice it.) The rumor, however, proved false; the attack did not take place; and when the lights were turned on, one of the members of the tsarist government was found “to his own surprise” under the table. What kind of recollections he was accumulating there has not been established.


But Rodzianko’s own feelings apparently were not at their highest point. After a long but vain hunt for the government by telephone, the president of the Duma tries again to ring up Prince Golytsin. The latter answers him: “I beg you not to come to me with anything further, I have resigned.” Hearing this news, Rodzianko, according to his loyal secretary, sank heavily in an armchair and covered his face with both hands. “My God, how horrible!... Without a government...Anarchy...Blood,” and softly wept. At the expiring of the senile ghost of the tsarist power, Rodzianko felt unhappy, desolate, orphaned. How far he was at that moment from the thought that tomorrow he would have to “head” a revolution!


The telephone answer of Golytsin is explained by the fact that on the evening of the 27th the council of ministers had definitely acknowledged itself incapable of handling the situation, and proposed to the tsar to place at the head of the government a man enjoying general confidence. The tsar answered Golytsin: “In regard to changes in the personal staff in the present circumstances, I consider that inadmissible. Nicholas.” Just what circumstances was he waiting for? At the same time the tsar demanded that they adopt “the most decisive measures” for putting down the rebellion. That was easier said than done.


On the next day, the 28th, even the untamable tsarina at last loses heart. “Concessions are necessary,” she telegraphs Nicholas. “The strikes continue; many troops have gone over to the side of the revolution. Alix.”


It required an insurrection of the whole guard, the entire garrison, to compel this Hessian zealot of autocracy to agree that “concessions are necessary.” Now the tsar also begins to suspect that the “fat-bellied Rodzianko” had not telegraphed nonsense. Nicholas decides to join his family. It is possible that he is a little gently pushed from behind by the generals of the staff, too, who are not feeling quite comfortable.


The tsar’s train traveled at first without mishap. Local chiefs and governors came out as usual to meet him. Far from the revolutionary whirlpool, in his accustomed royal car, surrounded by the usual suite, the tsar apparently again lost a sense of the close coming crisis. At three o’clock on the 28th, when the events had already settled his fate, he sent a telegram to the tsarina from Vyazma: “Wonderful weather. Hope you are well and calm. Many troops sent from the front. With tender love. Niki.” Instead of the concessions, upon which even the tsarina is insisting, the tenderly loving tsar is sending troops from the front. But in spite of that “wonderful weather,” in just a few hours the tsar will stand face to face with the revolutionary storm. His train went as far as the Visher station. The railroad workers would not let it go farther: “The bridge is damaged.” Most likely this pretext was invented by the courtiers themselves in order to soften the situation. Nicholas tried to make his way, or they tried to get him through, by way of Bologoe [a town halfway between Moscow and St. Petersburg] on the Nikolaevsk railroad; but here too the workers would not let the train pass. This was far more palpable than all the Petrograd telegrams. The tsar had broken away from headquarters, and could not make his way to the capital. With its simple railroad “pawns,” the revolution had cried “check” to the king!


The court historian Dubensky, who accompanied the tsar in his train, writes in his diary: “Everybody realizes that this midnight turn at Visher is a historical night.... To me it is perfectly clear that the question of a constitution is settled; it will surely be introduced.... Everybody is saying that it is only necessary to strike a bargain with them, with the members of the Provisional Government.” Facing a lowered semaphore, behind which mortal danger is thickening, Count Frederiks, Prince Dolgoruky, Count Leuchtenberg, all of them, all those high lords, are now for a constitution. They no longer think of struggling. It is only necessary to strike a bargain, that is, try to fool them again as in 1905.


While the train was wandering and finding no road, the tsarina was sending the tsar telegram after telegram, appealing to him to return as soon as possible. But her telegrams came back to her from the office with the inscription in blue pencil: “Whereabouts of the addressee unknown.” The telegraph clerks were unable to locate the Russian tsar.


The regiments marched with music and banners to the Tauride Palace. A company of the Guards marched under the command of Cyril Vladimirovich, who had quite suddenly, according to Countess Kleinmichel, developed a revolutionary streak. The sentries disappeared. The intimates were abandoning the palace. “Everybody was saving himself who could,” relates Vyrubova. Bands of revolutionary soldiers wandered about the palace and with eager curiosity looked over everything. Before they had decided up above what should be done, the lower ranks were converting the palace of the tsar into a museum.


The tsar—his location unknown—turns back to Pskov, to the headquarters of the northern front, commanded by the old General Ruszky. In the tsar’s suite one suggestion follows another. The tsar procrastinates. He is still reckoning in days and weeks, while the revolution is keeping its count in minutes.
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The Stop Trump Reading List from Haymarket Books

Hay Market Books - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 01:06

Our slogan at Haymarket Books is "Books for Changing the World." But books alone can't change the world; ideas become a material force only through the people who organize and fight for change.

In a sense our entire catalog is made up of "books to stop Trump and the grotesque system that spawned him;" we publish books of radical politics, theory, and history intended to arm those looking to understand the world in order to change it.

In that spirit, we've put together this short list for all of you who are looking for resources to understand Trump's election, how we got to this point, and how we can organize to fight for a better world:

Hope in the Dark
by Rebecca Solnit

Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis

Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire by Deepa Kumar

The Democrats: A Critical History by Lance Selfa

No One Is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence at the U.S.-Mexico Border by Justin Akers Chacón and Mike Davis

For Young People: 101 Changemakers: The Rebels and Radicals Who Changed U.S. History, edited by Michele Bollinger and Dao X. Tran





Splinterlands by John Feffer

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Things that Can and Cannot Be Said by Arundhati Roy and John Cusack

The United States of Fear by Tom Engelhardt

Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States by Sharon Smith

Howard Zinn Speaks, edited by Anthony Arnove

The Nazis, Capitalism, and the Working Class by Donnie Gluckstein

The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan by Dahr Jamail

Rich People Things by Chris Lehmann



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Free E-Book: The Anti-Inauguration

Hay Market Books - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 01:06
On January 20, 2017, over 1,000 people joined Haymarket Books, Jacobin, and Verso Books in Washington, D.C. for "The Anti-Inauguration." With powerful speeches from Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Naomi Klein, Jeremy Scahill, Anand Gopal, and Owen Jones, the event was a counterpoint to Donald Trump's (poorly attended) inauguration. It also served as a counter-inauguration for the resistance we need in the era of Trump — and a reminder of the kind of future worth fighting for.

Now, Haymarket Books is pleased to offer The Anti-Inauguration as a FREE e-book. Read it. Share it. Resist.

  


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Each speaker at the Anti-Inauguration stressed the need for broad movements to emerge, in solidarity across lines of gender, race, and national origin. Since then, women's marches drew historic numbers in cities across the country and the world. Airports have been mobbed with emergency protests in defense of immigrants detained and denied entry to the country.  Any movement, especially one in its infancy, needs ideas. And politics. This was the very reason we came together to make The Anti-Inauguration.
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Make 2017 a Year of Resistance!

Hay Market Books - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 01:06
Haymarket author and people's historian Howard Zinn wrote: 

“To survive, democracy needs a truly radical, truly independent press more than ever before. We need to create a culture in this country in which reading and resistance go hand-in-hand.”

In that spirit, we offer a reading guide for those looking for the history, politics, and inspiration for the many struggles to come. Let's work to make 2017 a Year of Resistance!






Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities
 
By Rebecca Solnit

Demand the Impossible! 
By Bill Ayers

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation 
By Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement 
By Angela Y. Davis

Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organizing for Reproductive Justice 
By Jael SillimanMarlene Gerber FriedLoretta Ross, and Elena R. Gutiérrez

Things That Can and Cannot Be Said 
By Arundhati Roy and John Cusack

Live Working or Die Fighting: How the Working Class Went Global

By Paul Mason

Disposable Domestics: Immigrant Women Workers in the Global Economy 
By Grace Chang

Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States 
By Sharon Smith

No One Is Illegal:Fighting Racism and State Violence on the U.S.-Mexico Border
By Justin Akers Chacón and Mike Davis

Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire
By Deepa Kumar

Disobedience and Democracy
By Howard Zinn

Boycott Divestment Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights
By Omar Barghouti

Rank & File: Personal Histories by Working-Class Organizers
Edited by Alice Lynd and Staughton Lynd

The Communist Manifesto: A Road Map to History's Most Important Political Document
By Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, edited and annotated by Phil Gasper

Before the Next Bomb Drops: Rising Up from Brooklyn to Palestine
Poems by Remi Kanazi

Poor Workers' Unions: Rebuilding Labor from Below 
By Vanessa Tait

Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect?
A Truthout Collection edited by Maya Schenwar, Alana Yu-lan Price, and Joe Macaré

More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing
Edited by Jesse Hagopian
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Everyday discounts at the new HaymarketBooks.org

Hay Market Books - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 01:06
A huge thank you to everyone who made our 50% OFF sale to launch our new website a huge success.

We've heard from hundreds of new readers who have just encountered Haymarket for the first time, and from hundreds more who have expanded their libraries with new books and old classics! Our top ten sellers from the last two weeks are pictured below, but we sold at least one copy of almost every single one of the more than 500 books we've released!

While our initial 50% off promo has come to an end, we'll be running additional sales throughout the year (including upcoming Holiday sale).

We appreciate you ordering your Haymarket books directly from us, rather than from the corporate competition. While we already strive to price our books affordably, we are establishing a year-round site-wide discount of 20% OFF hardcovers, 30% OFF paperbacks, and 40% OFF ebooks!

In addition, ebooks will always be free bundled with hard copies (where available) and shipping will always be free on orders over $25 inside the US.

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Craig Hodges featured on Inside the NBA

Hay Market Books - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 01:06


Craig Hodges was featured on Inside the NBA's MLK Day Special.

Watch the video: http://www.nba.com/video/2017/01/17/20170116-inside-nba-hodges-segment
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Haymarket Books Holiday Gift Guide

Hay Market Books - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 01:06

This is the year to introduce your favorite radical books to your family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and comrades.

We've assembled a guide of some of our books that make great gifts, with suggestions for (just about) anyone on your list.

Below, we offer suggestions for the young person in your life looking for radical inspiration in the struggles of the past, the sports fan cheering on Colin Kaepernick as he continues to kneel for the National Anthem, or the family member or friend who's been asking you what we can do to resist Trump and fight for a better world.

Oh yeah, and everything is 50% OFF until January 3rd!




For Young People:


101 Changemakers: The Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History

Edited by Michele Bollinger and Dao X. Tran

101 Changemakers celebrates the unsung heroes who have fought for freedom and justice in the United States, with profiles of Tecumseh, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Fannie Lou Hamer, Rachel Carson, Harvey Milk, Claudette Colvin, and many more.



For those looking for hope in dark times:


Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement

Angela Y. Davis

Facing a world of outrageous injustice, Angela Y. Davis challenges us to imagine and build the movement for human liberation. And in doing so, she reminds us that the road to liberation is long, and the struggle is constant.


Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities

Rebecca Solnit

In the wake of the election, this updated edition of Solnit’s manifesto for hope in dark times has become a surprise bestseller. Here, she reminds us that hope can find root in an appreciation of our history, that ordinary people can and have changed the world.


Demand the Impossible!: A Radical Manifesto

Bill Ayers

A manifesto for movement-makers in extraordinary times, Demand the Impossible urges us to imagine a world beyond what this rotten system would have us believe is possible.



For those in the struggle today, and those preparing for struggles to come:


From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

The winner of the 2016 Lannan Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor’s book has been universally praised as one of the best analyses of the Black Lives Matter movement and its roots in the long struggle for Black Freedom in America. A must-read for movement activists and supporters alike.


No One Is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence at the U.S.–Mexico Border

Justin Akers Chacón and Mike Davis

First published in 2006, this classic is needed now more than ever. Chacón and Davis challenge the racism of immigration controls and argue for a pro-immigrant and pro-worker agenda that recognizes the urgent need for international solidarity and cross-border alliances in building a renewed labor movement.


Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire

Deepa Kumar

A crucial guide for understanding Islamophobia and its historical and political roots from early European colonialism to the “war on terror." Kumar highlights the relationship between anti-Muslim racism and empire building, an important and timely analysis that you won’t find in any US history textbook.


Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice

Marlene Gerber Fried, Elena Gutiérrez, Loretta Ross, and Jael Silliman


Undivided Rights captures the evolving and largely unknown activist history of women of color organizing for reproductive justice—on their own behalf. The book articulates a holistic vision for reproductive freedom, refusing to allow our human rights to be divvied up and parceled out into isolated boxes that people are then forced to pick and choose from.


For Hip-Hop Heads:


The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop

Kevin Coval, Quraysh Ali Lansana, and Nate Marshall

The first anthology of poetry by and for the hip-hop generation, The Breakbeat Poets expands the definition of what poetry is, and what and who it is for. Featuring 78 of today’s most innovative hip-hop poets from across the United States, this is a unique collection of poetry as a living, breathing and radical craft that speaks to people’s daily lives.


Boots Riley: Tell Homeland Security – We Are the Bomb

Boots Riley

For two decades, Boots Riley's lyrical style has combined politically charged dissidence with a radical sensibility and sardonic humour to create what can only be described at sheer hip-hop poetics. Collected here in full alongside photos and backstories, Riley’s lyrics brim with grit, wit, and tenderness.



Before the Next Bomb Drops: Rising Up from Brooklyn to Palestine
Remi Kanazi

Remi Kanazi's poetry presents an unflinching look at the lives of Palestinians under occupation and as refugees scattered across the globe. He captures the Palestinian people's stubborn refusal to be erased, gives voice to the ongoing struggle for liberation, and explores the meaning of international solidarity.


For Colin Kaepernick fans:


The John Carlos Story

John W. Carlos and Dave Zirin, Foreword by Dr. Cornel West

Seen around the world, John Carlos and Tommie Smith's Black Power salute on the 1968 Olympic podium sparked controversy and career fallout. Yet their show of defiance remains one of the most iconic images of Olympic history and the Black Power movement. Here is the remarkable story of Olympian and lifelong activist John Carlos.

 


For (just about) anyone else:


Rich People Things: Real-Life Secrets of the Predator Class

Chris Lehmann

Keeping up with the American elite can be tiring. This layman's guide to how the wealthy maintain control lays bare the various dogmas and delusions that prop up plutocratic rule in the post-meltdown age. Social criticism at its most incisive and irreverent best, Lehmann’s work punctures the cultural habits and institutions that keep the rich insulated from the rest of us.

 

The Black Power Mixtape: 1967–1975

Göran Olsson

An extraordinary window into the black freedom struggle in the United States, The Black Power Mixtape offers a treasure trove of fresh archival information about the Black Power movement from 1967 to 1975 and includes vivid portraits of some of its most dynamic participants, such as Angela Davis and Stokely Carmichael. 

The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream 

Gary Younge

Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech was a defining moment in the Civil Rights movement and a guiding light in the ongoing struggle for racial equality. By unearthing the story behind the speech, Gary Younge renews the power and relevance of King’s words for a contemporary audience, providing a critical modern analysis of what remains America’s most iconic speech. Includes interviews with King’s speechwriter Clarence Jones, Angela Davis, and other leading civil rights figures.


Essays

Wallace Shawn

A revelatory journey in which the personal and political become one. Revealing a unique ability to step back from the appearance of things to explore their deeper social meanings, Shawn grasps contradictions, even when unpleasant, and challenges us to look at our own behavior in a more honest light. A sharp commentary on the political and personal challenges of everyday life from an iconic playwright.

 

Things That Can and Cannot Be Said

Arundhati Roy and John Cusack

Reflecting on their meeting with NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden, Arundhati Roy and John Cusack discuss the nature of the state, empire, and surveillance in an era of perpetual war, the meaning of flags and patriotism, the role of foundations and NGOs in limiting dissent, and the ways in which capital but not people can freely cross borders. A provocative and penetrating series of essays and dialogues that go to the heart of global power today, the inner workings of which Snowden’s revelations gave us a glimpse.

 

Howard Zinn Speaks: Collected Speeches 1963–2009

Edited by Anthony Arnove

Howard Zinn was a seminal figure on the left and undoubtedly one of the greatest modern historians. This series of speeches on protest movements, racism, war, and US history cover four decades of his passionate and profound involvement in struggle—an active engagement that Zinn saw as inseparable from his writing. 

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Reading and Resistance Go Hand-in-Hand / Support Haymarket Books

Hay Market Books - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 01:06
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The generosity of our friends and supporters will help us continue to do the work in the new year and beyond. If you'd like to get a taste of what's on deck, check out our Spring 2017 catalog, with new books by Wallce Shawn, Arundhati Roy, Noam Chomsky, Donna Murch, Aja Monet, and many more!

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Haymarket Books is an independent, radical, non-profit publisher that runs on a shoestring budget, and we need your help to continue to do the work in the coming year. 

“To survive, democracy needs a truly radical, truly independent press more than ever before. We need to create a culture in this country in which reading and resistance go hand-in-hand. That’s why I’m a proud supporter of Haymarket Books, which has inherited the critical, fighting spirit of its namesakes.”  –HOWARD ZINN (1922 - 2010)      
                                     



We have published well over 500 books in our 15 years. We don't publish books for the sake of the bottom line, but as a contribution to struggles for social and economic justice. We aim to help build a culture where, as Howard Zinn so beautifully put it, "reading and resistance go hand-in-hand."

Our audience is growing exponentially, and we need your help to meet the increasing demand for radical voices, histories, and perspectives to meet the challenges of our times.

In just the three weeks since the election:



  • We gave away more than 30,000 ebook copies of Rebecca Solnit's Hope in the Dark.

  • We hosted a conversation between Angela Davis and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor in Chicago for a crowd of 1,800, the video of which has already been viewed more than 100,000 times.

  • On January 20th in Washington D.C., we will co-host The Anti-Inauguration with Jacobin Magazine and Verso Books.


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50% OFF Holiday Gifts for the Red On Your List

Hay Market Books - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 01:06

50% OFF ALL Haymarket Books through Tuesday, January 3rd!

Looking for books to give to the radicals (or radical curious) on your list? Look no further than the new HaymarketBooks.org

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We'll be compiling a gift guide in the next few days, but Danny Katch's Socialism... Seriously: A Brief Guide to Human Liberation is a great place to start for just about anyone on your list.


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The Noam Chomsky Collection

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Taking Socialism Seriously

Hay Market Books - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 01:06

Danny Katch, author of Socialism... Seriously: A Brief Guide to Human Liberation, on why he wrote the book, what's in it, and why you should give it to all your neighbors, friends, and cousins for the Holidays.

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Taking Socialism Seriously

The Bernie Sanders campaign and numerous polls show that there are millions of people-especially but not limited to those under 30—who identify with socialism. But I know from 20 years of experience as a socialist organizer that most of them only have a vague sense of what socialism actually is.

I wrote Socialism… Seriously  to be an enjoyable introduction to the main ideas and history of the socialist movement that people could give to that co-worker or cousin who always is interested in left wing politics but doesn’t have a basic foundation.



People have told me they gave it to friends who would normally never read a political book because the jokes are like sugar that helps make the serious ideas go down. I’m glad to hear it but I also think the jokes and the serious ideas are one and the same: capitalism isn’t just an oppressive and unjust system, it’s a ridiculous contraption that doesn’t make any sense in a hundred different ways once you realize it’s not inevitable.

The book’s title has a double meaning. On the one hand, I say “seriously” in the humble comedic sense because socialism has been so marginalized in recent years (and remember I started writing the book before the Bernie Sanders campaign.) But I’m also saying that I’m dead serious and confident about these ideas and I think you should be too. I think the book maintains both of those tones throughout, which is important when you’re going back and forth between the revolutionary potential of socialism and and the far different reality that we all face when we put down the book.

Even though it’s an introductory book, it’s not limited to the low hanging fruit aspects of socialism that are most acceptable in polite society: universal health care, taxing the rich, etc. It gets into why unfashionable concepts like the working class and revolution are still relevant in the 21st century, even as it acknowledges just why they’ve become so unfashionable even on the radical left.

This holiday season is going to be rough for a lot of lefties spending time with their conservative relatives. Just remember that the best way to stick it to your Trump-loving uncle isn’t to get into endless screaming matches with him. It’s to turn his kid into a socialist. You’re welcome.

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The U.S. Working Class Has a Radical History

Hay Market Books - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 01:06
In a speech to the plenary session of the Socialism Conference in Chicago in July, Sharon Smith, Haymarket author of Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States and Women and Socialism: Class, Race and Capital, urged a new generation of radicals and socialists to rediscover the radical history of the U.S. working class.

She said:


"The history of the socialist movement and the class struggle in the U.S. is barely mentioned in history classes at school--not because the teachers refuse to teach it, but because their lesson plans are scripted from on high by those who have an interest in maintaining the capitalist system. They don't want us to know about it in case it gives us any ideas about doing something similar.

In reality, the U.S. working class possesses a tradition that has, at certain key points, led the world working class in its heroism and combativity."

"The socialist history they hide from us"

Our mission at Haymarket Books is to keep alive that radical history. Here we present a short list of Haymarket Books on the labor and socialist movements in the United States, including biographies of radicals like Lucy Parsons and Eugene V. Debs, historic strikes by Latin@ and Black workers, and contemporary accounts of low-wage and domestic worker organizing:





Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States
 by Sharon Smith

Rank & File: Personal Histories by Working-Class Organizers 
by Alice Lynd and Staughton Lynd

The Labor Wars: From the Molly Maguires to the Sit Downs 
by Sidney Lens

The Bending Cross: A Biography of Eugene V. Debs by Ray Ginger

Detroit: I Do Mind Dying 
by Dan Georgakas and Marvin Surkin

Lucy Parsons: An American Revolutionary 
by Carolyn Ashbaugh

In Solidarity: Essays on Working-Class Organization and Strategy in the United States
by Kim Moody

The Letters of Joe Hill
, edited by Philip S. Foner with Alexis Buss

A Short History of the U.S. Working Class by Paul Le Blanc

Disposable Domestics: Immigrant Women Workers in the Global Economy by Grace Chang

Poor Workers' Unions: Rebuilding Labor from Below by Vanessa Tait

Song of the Stubborn One Thousand: The Watsonville Canning Strike, 1985-87 by Peter Shapiro

Revolution in Seattle by Harvey O'Connor

The American Socialist Movement: 1897-1912 by Ira Kipnis
 No One Is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence at the U.S.-Mexico Border by Justin Akers Chacón and Mike Davis

For Young People: 101 Changemakers: The Rebels and Radicals Who Changed U.S. History, edited by Michele Bollinger and Dao X. Tran


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The Historical Materialism Book Series

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Haymarket's Historical Materialism book series is an important source of never-before-translated Marxist classics, contemporary left debates, and groundbreaking original monographs in the English-speaking world. 

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About the Historical Materialism Series

The Historical Materialism Book Series is a major publishing initiative of the radical left. The capitalist crisis of the twenty-first century has been met by a resurgence of interest in critical Marxist theory. At the same time, the publishing institutions committed to Marxism have contracted markedly since the high point of the 1970s. 


The Historical Materialism Book Series is dedicated to addressing this situation by making available important works of Marxist theory. The aim of the series is to publish important theoretical contributions as the basis for vigorous intellectual debate and exchange on the left. The peer-reviewed series publishes original monographs, translated texts, and reprints of classics across the bounds of academic disciplinary agendas and across the divisions of the left. The series is particularly concerned to encourage the internationalization of Marxist debate and aims to translate significant studies from beyond the English-speaking world.


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