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Articles by Colin Jenkins
American Exceptionalism, American Innocence, and What Comes Next: An Interview With Danny Haiphong
Colin Jenkins · The following is an email interview with author and activist, Danny Haiphong, regarding the current state of capitalism, US politics, and his new book, American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: A People's History of Fake News-From...
The Capitalist Coup Called Neoliberalism: How and Why It Went Down
Colin Jenkins · Rich people have always had class consciousness because... they want to stay rich. This collective consciousness led the "founding fathers" of the United States to set up systems of governance that would, first and foremost, protect...
What Is Neoliberalism?
Prisoner Prophet: Revisiting George Jackson's Analysis of Systemic Fascism
Colin Jenkins · "Fascism must be seen as an episodically logical stage in the socio-economic development of capitalism in a state of crisis.” The rise of Donald Trump has brought talk of fascism to the forefront. While comparing US Presidents to...
Brett Kavanaugh, Patriarchy, and Bursting the Ruling-Class Bubble
Colin Jenkins · "Elites" aren't accustomed to adversity, being challenged, or having their birthright entitlements questioned. They coast through their prep schools and Ivy League, and slide into their preordained adult lives without ever experiencing...
Exposing the American Okie-Doke: Russiagate, Corporate Propaganda, and the Historical Obstruction of Class Consciousness
Colin Jenkins · Peace to you; if you’re willing to fight for it” – Fred Hampton The “founding fathers” deliberately arranged a system of governance that would protect the wealthy minority from the majority. Over time, as it fused with capitalism...
Learning From Our Elders: Kwame Somburu and Scientific Socialism
Colin Jenkins · A dear friend of mine passed away in 2016. He was a lifelong revolutionary activist and quite possibly the most interesting man in the world (sorry, Dos Equis guy). His name was Kwame Somburu, formerly Paul Boutelle.
Race Traitors Wanted: Apply Within
Colin Jenkins · A Review of David Gilbert's 'Looking at the U.S. White Working Class Historically'
A Working-Class Response to Trump's 2018 State of the Union Address
Colin Jenkins · The wealthy have taken everything from us, and continue to find ways to take even more. It is never enough for them. And, year after year, their political puppets in both capitalist parties ensure that their rivers and avenues of...
How the Capitalist Cycle Is Entering Unchartered Territory
Colin Jenkins · A major internal contradiction with capitalism is that it needs workers to also be consumers. While owners (and the system in general) constantly seek to drive down wages, they also seek to continue selling their products and services...
Class Wars: the Working Class Strikes Back
Colin Jenkins · Neoliberalism is a mature stage of capitalism - a reciprocal process of concentrated wealth taking control of the public agenda via government. Capitalist economists like Milton Friedman were instrumental in paving the way for...
Burning Down the American Plantation: An Interview With the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement
Colin Jenkins · The following is an interview with members of the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement (RAM), conducted over the course of a month between July and August of 2017. We discuss their formation, vision and goals for the future, and what...
Americanism Personified: Why Fascism Has Always Been an Inevitable Outcome of the American Project
Colin Jenkins · "When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." This quote, which has often been misattributed to Sinclair Lewis, is wise in recognizing the authoritarian potential of both nationalism and organized...
Colin Kaepernick Is Being Blackballed by Billionaire NFL Owners. Here's Why.
Colin Jenkins · Colin Kaepernick took a courageous and principled stand last season by kneeling during the national anthem before NFL games. This was done in response to a society that continues to systematically, culturally, and institutionally...
The Pedagogy of Hip Hop: Underground Soundtracks for Dissecting and Confronting the Power Structure
Colin Jenkins · Disclaimer: The language expressed in this article is an uncensored reflection of the views of the artists as they so chose to speak and express themselves. Censoring their words would do injustice to the freedom of expression and...
Gangsters for Capitalism: Why the US Working Class Enlists
Colin Jenkins · Published as part of the Transnational Institute's State of Power 2017 report.
Deconstructing Workplace Hierarchies: On Contrived Leadership and Arbitrary Positions of Power
Colin Jenkins · Bosses don't grow on trees. They don't magically appear at your job. They aren't born into their roles. They are created. They are manufactured to fulfill arbitrary positions of power within organizational hierarchies. They possess no...
Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss: Bracing for Trump's Anti-Worker, Corporate Agenda
Colin Jenkins · Rich people don’t have to have a life-and-death relationship with the truth and its questions; they can ignore the truth and still thrive materially. I am not surprised many of them understand literature only as an ornament. Life is an...
Expropriation or Bust: on the Illegitimacy of Wealth and Why It Must Be Recuperated
Colin Jenkins · Election seasons bring with them a renewed interest in politics. For most that couldn't care less about such concerns, election season becomes, for at least a moment, a time to reflect on deeper issues. For those of us who spend a large...
Debt, Underemployment, and Capitalism: the Rise of Twenty-First-Century Serfdom
"Spider Webs for the Rich and Mighty": a Libertarian-Socialist Critique of Criminal Law
Colin Jenkins · As human societies have developed over the course of history, so too have corollary systems of order. In the most basic sense, the often informal development of customs, norms and ethics become inevitable in spaces where groups of human...
A Bayonet Is a Weapon With a Worker at Each End: Rethinking Veterans Day
Colin Jenkins · In 1885, the Knights of Labor organized a successful strike against Jay Gould's Missouri Pacific Railroad. In response to the strike, Gould famously growled, "I can hire half the working class to kill the other half."
We Are More Than Commodities: 'False Consciousness' and Why It's Still Relevant
Colin Jenkins · "It is not consciousness of men that determines their being, but, on the contrary, their social being that determines their consciousness." - Karl Marx [1]
Monopoly Capitalism in the 21st Century: Neoliberalism, Monetarism, and the Pervasion of Finance
Colin Jenkins · The following is the third part of a multi-part series, "Applying Poulantzas," which analyzes the work of Greek Marxist political sociologist, Nicos Poulantzas, and applies it to the unique political and economic structures found under...
Education as Pedagogy of Possibility: Shedding Dogma through Reciprocal Learning
Juxtaposing Anarchy: From Chaos to Cause
Colin Jenkins · Anarchy is synonymous with chaos and disorder. It is a term that stands in direct contrast to the archetype of society we have become accustomed to: hierarchical, highly-structured, and authoritative. Because of this, it carries...
Why Comparisons Between the Boston Tea Party and Baltimore Riots Are Wrong
Colin Jenkins · The comparisons being made between the Baltimore riots this past week and the historical Boston Tea Party are wrongheaded. Baltimore residents have much more to fight for than the American colonists of old.
Emerging Forms of Leftism in the Millennial Generation
Colin Jenkins · A poll conducted by the Pew Research Center in late-2011 may have provided a glimpse into our social and political future, if Millennials have anything to say about it.  During the height of the Occupy movement, and following the...
Coming Home to Roost: American Militarism, War Culture, and Police Brutality
Colin Jenkins · "President Kennedy never foresaw that the chickens would come home to roost so soon..." - Malcolm X, December 1, 1963 "Americans love to fight, traditionally. All real Americans love the sting and clash of battle… you are here...
An Ideal Blueprint: The Original Black Panther Party Model and Why It Should Be Duplicated
Colin Jenkins · The rise of the Black Panther Party (BPP) in the late 1960s signified a monumental step toward the development of self-determination in the United States. In a nation that has long suffered a schizophrenic existence, characterized by a...
On the Front Lines of Class War: Why the Fight for a Livable Wage Is Everyone's Fight
Colin Jenkins · "There's class warfare, all right, but it's my class - the rich class - that's making war, and we're winning." - Warren Buffett (2006) In the spring of 2004, amid the thaw of a frigid New York City winter, a brave group of...
Calibrating the Capitalist State in the Neoliberal Era: Equilibrium, Superstructure, and the Pull Towards a Corporate-Fascistic Model
Colin Jenkins · The following is Part one of a multi-part series, "Applying Poulantzas," which analyzes the work of Greek Marxist political sociologist, Nicos Poulantzas, and applies it to the unique political and economic structures found under...
Invisible Chains: Consumerism, Debt, and Consciousness
Colin Jenkins · Critical analyses regarding the effects of "consumerism" have been a staple of Leftist theory for the past century. The Situationist International, appearing in the 1950s as an extension of Lukacs' unique brand of social analysis from...
The Great Recession, Six Years Later: Uneven Recovery, Flawed Indicators, and a Struggling Working Class
Colin Jenkins · In July of this year, Barack Obama boasted of an impressive recovery the US has undertaken since the Great Recession of 2008, proclaiming, "We've recovered faster and come farther than almost any other advanced country on Earth." To...
Zombie Apocalypse and the Politics of Artificial Scarcity
Colin Jenkins · Dystopian narratives have long been an alluring and thought-provoking form of entertainment, especially for those who take an interest in studying social and political structures. From classics like Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New...