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Magazine: Jacobin

Postby Andrew. on Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:27 pm

Profiled in the NYT over the weekend. Managing editor and original PRFer Connor has a "greatest hits" primer for new readers.

Word is a certain recording engineer will have a followup essay to his influential Baffler piece in the next issue.
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby placeholder on Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:40 pm

Emphatically NOT CRAP.
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby Chromodynamic on Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:46 pm

placeholder wrote:Emphatically NOT CRAP.


+1, glad I finally set aside some cash to subscribe this year; that NYT profile was nice and Connor's primer is really good as well.
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby Clyde on Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:55 pm

The Times profile proves to me that Jacobin has been swallowed up by the great maw of neo-liberalism.

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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby etch on Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:09 pm

Congrats to Connor.

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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby Johnny C on Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:41 pm

of the new crop of left and left-leaning magazines to come to prominence online in the last few years, jacobin is surely one of the (if not simply the) best, on account of it's actually fun to read as opposed to infuriating. Not Crap.
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby BClark on Tue Jan 22, 2013 4:33 pm

high-order NC. much props to connor.

belen fernandez is my favorite of the writers... between what i've seen her write for jacobin and for al jazeera, i have no idea how she covers so many different regions of the world, and can not only keep track of it all, but actually offer consistently deep analysis of each locale. a few mainstream journalists try to do that, and it just comes off as so superficial and touristy (thomas friedman, michael deibert). but judging from the topics she's covered that i'm most familiar with, she really, really knows what she's talking about.
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby connor on Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:03 pm

BClark wrote:high-order NC. much props to connor.

Thanks for the kind words, fellas!

belen fernandez is my favorite of the writers... between what i've seen her write for jacobin and for al jazeera, i have no idea how she covers so many different regions of the world, and can not only keep track of it all, but actually offer consistently deep analysis of each locale. a few mainstream journalists try to do that, and it just comes off as so superficial and touristy (thomas friedman, michael deibert). but judging from the topics she's covered that i'm most familiar with, she really, really knows what she's talking about.

Belén is simply amazing. I don't know how she does it. She basically is always hopping around the world, crashing on couches, reporting and writing. I don't think she sleeps. Total pro.
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby Wood Goblin on Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:49 pm

Not crap. The politics fall to my left, but most of the articles I've seen posted from it have struck me as thoughtful and carefully argued. That Beggs piece mentioned in the Times profle was really excellent.
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby dabrasha on Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:05 pm

I hear David Fincher is readying a Jacobin movie.

Well done, Connor.
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby Cranius on Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:10 pm

dabrasha wrote:I hear David Fincher is readying a Jacobin movie.


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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby Andrew. on Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:19 pm

connor wrote:Total pro


And to think Connor does a pro comedic impression of a CDN rock singer guy singing the line "total pro" on SNL. (Every CDN who's ever known Connor knows about his winning Gordon Downie impression). The SNL performance in question - introduced by Dan Aykroyd - has just been taken down from YouTube, tragically. Owing to some property rights rentier bullshit, no doubt. Where's Aaron Swartz when we need him. Oh yeah, dead.




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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby Ernest on Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:52 am

Definitely not crap, but it bothers me how much talk of Jacobin is synonymous with talk of Bhaskar himself, particularly with being now being the focus of a NYT piece. I see more text referring to him than any one of their myriad writers.

The best articles I thought were by Connor, the ones by his wife (I'm not trying to suck Connor's dick, it was an accident, I swear), but the ones by Seth Ackerman left me cold. The one on the constitution, but in particular, his take on what a possible socialist economy might be. On a more theoretical level, Peter Fraise's injudicious use of "identity politics" as stand-in for all politics was weird, anachronistically so.

At the heart of it, I think my hesitation to embrace it ultimately rests in the aims of what this magazine wants to do; does it want to be a vehicle for organizing possibly a large swath of self described leftists, or rather, as in the case of most magazines and journals, an exercise, a personal one at that, at legitimizing leftism for the mainstream?

I don't say any of this with contempt, far from it, but a hopeful trepidation because I'd like this magazine to spread, and change people's minds, so the left can finally put it's money where it's mouth is.
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby Andrew. on Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:04 pm

Jacobin founder Bhaskar Sunkara's brief address to the Young Democratic Socialists' national winter conference.

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Maybe it's time you admitted to yourself that you're a fucking socialist?*

My prompt is simple — to the extent anything this early in the morning can be simple. It’s to say what it means to be a socialist today.

That’s somewhat subjective. I’m sure my vision of socialism differs from the others on this panel. So rather than just address you all didactically and since as an atheist I have such little experience being up this early on Sunday mornings, I’ll start more personally than I might otherwise.

I grew up in a middle-class household, with immigrant parents and an extended family that consisted of many without immigration status — relatives relegated to the fringes of the working class, with limited formal education and job prospects. But for me, socialism was never an organic outgrowth of material circumstance. If anything being a child of the meritocracy can be a deeply conservatizing experience.

My parents rented a small house in a good suburban school district for most of my life. I was given American social democracy to the extent to which it exists in this country — bastardized and reliant on property taxes, inherently exclusionary, of course. But I did have access to public goods, a safe environment to grow up in, food, housing, books, recreation, and all the other necessities to flourish as an individual.

These were opportunities that my parents and even some of my siblings — I’m the youngest of five and the only one born in the United States — didn’t have. That awareness was politicizing. It made me a socialist.

Socialists don’t believe people should be held hostage to accidents of birth. We believe in a society with equal respect for all, one that will bring to fruition frustrated Enlightenment values of liberty, equality, and fraternity.

But importantly, I think these “warm-and-fuzzy” goals have to be rooted in class antagonism.

Creating a society built around different values requires a revolutionary transformation of our socioeconomic order. These shifts, a radical extension of democracy into the social and economic realms, are not only desirable, but possible. The roadblocks to their implementation aren’t technical ones, like they’re often portrayed to be, but rather rooted in the political resistance of those who benefit from the exploitation and hierarchy inherent in class society.

It’s important that the socialist message be wedded to moral and ethical appeals, but it can’t lose track of this antagonism against the class that makes even tepid social democratic reforms hard to envision in the 21st century. Yet there’s also the second half of that antagonism, the identification of the class and social forces capable of challenging capitalism and pushing us towards a better social order.

Any future society would build off the wealth and social advances of capitalism itself, but to accomplish this mission we need structures different than the ones capital can create. We need political parties, cultural organizations, a radical labor movement, and other currents of the exploited and oppressed.

And I think, in a very imperfect way, YDS is a part of that solution.

Socialists in America have been involved in every key struggle and progressive advance in the past century. We can take pride in that, but it hasn’t been enough. As young socialists we should stay grounded in reform movements, but we should remember that our task is not just to take part in daily struggles as anonymous members of a left-liberal coalition, but rather to:

1. Name and identify the system and those who benefit from it.
2. Participate in the slow and patient construction of class power through organizations capable of challenging that system.
3. And actively propagate visions of feasible and just alternatives.

That’s our vital historical responsibility. But I think this question of “What it means to be a socialist today” needs to be tied to something concrete — to real political action in the context of a broader socialist strategy.

In the development of such a strategy in the 20th century, radicals fell into two traps that seem different, but are actually related.

1. The pursuit of short-cuts: from syndicalist fantasies about general strikes ending capitalism overnight to more brutal attempts to stimulate change by imposing socialism-from-above.
2. But also the other extreme. A gradualism that yielded useful reforms, but lost track of a structural critique of capitalism and the role of socialists as not the administrators of the capitalist state, but rather the identifiers and heighteners of class antagonisms.

We must find an alternative — both patient and visionary, pragmatic and utopian — and fight against austerity, pushing this world to and ultimately beyond social democracy.
http://jacobinmag.com/2013/02/beyond-wa ... socialism/


*I think Sunkara, the DSA, and Jacobin are fundamentally deluded about a trajectory through social democracy to socialism (as history attests), but that's less important right now than the points of agreement. (For a clearing house of slightly more radical US perspectives see the upstart North Star)
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby tocharian on Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:16 am

Finally, a liberal Glenn Beck.

Nice guillotine iconography.

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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby Cranius on Wed Mar 27, 2013 3:40 am

tocharian wrote:Finally, a liberal Glenn Beck.

Nice guillotine iconography.

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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby connor on Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:03 am

tocharian wrote:Finally, a liberal Glenn Beck.

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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby deep.BTUz on Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:57 am

So a 21 one year old from Westchester county started a neon-Marxist magazine while attending one of the most expensive universities in America? Sweet. I'm sure it's a must read.
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby Boombats on Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:15 am

deep.BTUz wrote:neon-Marxist

FUCKING DAY-GLO HIPSTERS
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby Andrew. on Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:16 am

So deep.Putz and tocharian haven't read it and don't like it? How will the magazine go on?
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