Against the Current No. 209, November/December 2020
USA on the Brink?
— The Editors
Aiding & Abetting U.S. War Crimes: Great Britain & Julian Assange
— Clifford D. Conner
The U.S. Criminal Legal System
— Malik Miah
Can Schools Really Reopen Safely?
— Debby Pope
We Protect Us -– U-M GEO Strikes Back
— Kathleen Brown
- Education, Not School-to-Prison Pipeline
The McCloskeys as Keynoters
— Dianne Feeley
- Bolivia Coup Repudiated
Firestorms and Our Future
— Solidarity Ecosocialist Working Group
Johnson Crashes Britain Toward the Abyss
— Phil Hearse
José Carlos Mariátegui: Pioneering Latin American Marxist
— Marc Becker
- Legacy of Struggle
On Jewish Revolutionary Internationalism
— Alan Wald
Fragments from a Past
— Jeffrey L. Gould
Lea Tsemel, Advocate for Justice
— Lisa Hajjar
The Relevance of Marxist Critique
— Matthew Beeber
Studying Petrograd in 1917
— Ted McTaggart
The Political Economy of Struggle
— William Bryce
Facing Our Dangerous Moment
— Steve Leigh
A Brief Interview with Julie Sze
— Steve Leigh
Education in Indigenous History
— Sergio Juarez
- In Memoriam
Nettie Kravitz, 1921-2019
— Peter Glaberman
Steve Leigh had this short interview with Julie Sze as he was writing the review of her book Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger that is in this issue.
Steve Leigh: What do you think of the work of Naomi Klein?
Julie Sze: I like her work! She is a great popularizer of left-wing ideas around ecology. She is a gateway to deeper considerations, like Rebecca Solnit.
SL: What do you think of the concept of the Anthroprocene? Capitalocene?
JS: Anthroprocene is a problematic concept. It erases class power and domination. I like Capitalocene better than the Anthroprocene. The Feminist/Indigenous criticism of the grand narrative is very important.
Decolonialism is also very central.
I support EcoSocialism and Eco Feminism and have been influenced by the Social Ecology of Murray Bookchin.
SL: What do you think of the mainstream environmental movement?
JS: It has had too much of a technocratic policy approach. That has changed to a degree. It has largely dropped the racist/eugenicist approach of years ago. It still marginalizes oppressed communities too much and is too middle-class oriented. This is not acceptable.
SL: How do your students react to your teaching?
JS: There has been a big change in the last few years. The stakes are higher now. People get it more now. Students now recognize the idea of colorblind racism. Now even non-radicals recognize white supremacy.
November-December 2020, ATC 209