Author Archives: Danny Haiphong

How establishment hate for Sanders only fuels his rise

With just days until the Iowa Caucus, Bernie Sanders is the clear front runner in what is still a crowded primary field. Sanders has gained a lead in the polls in key states such as Iowa, New Hampshire, and California. He also leads all candidates in the number of volunteers and small donor contributions, and it’s not even close. The Democratic Party establishment is in a panic about Sanders’ recent success. Sanders has faced an intensified attack from his opponents, yet his popularity continues to rise. Continue reading

Corbyn’s defeat shows that Western democracy is built on lies and contradictions

The defeat of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party is really a defeat for Western democracy itself. Forty plus years of neoliberal decay has exposed Western democracy for the sham that it always was. Social democracy is dead. The colonized world, now defined by many in the post-independence era as the Global South, has understood for centuries that Western democracy is akin to imperial plunder and race-based terror. Economic, ecological, and imperial decay have come home to roost in the so-called “free world.” False contradictions make up the life blood of Western democracy and sustain its capitalist and imperialist core despite having nothing to offer but mythology to the masses. Continue reading

This holiday season, American workers have little to celebrate

Every year, much of the U.S. population celebrates Thanksgiving and Christmas to show appreciation for their families and friends. Thanksgiving normalizes the colonial origins of the United States and erases the brutality of the English settlers who massacred indigenous people to prepare the land for capitalist accumulation. Christmas is the annual holiday of big business. On no other day are workers more encouraged to spend their wages on the latest consumer product to gift to their loved ones. The holidays bring with them a deep pressure to be merry. Yet on this holiday season, workers have little to celebrate. Continue reading

Brexit is the bed the EU made, now it must lie in it

For the colonial peoples of the world, Europe has for centuries been viewed as a parasitic nation-state project predicated on the subjugation of Third World peoples. It should not surprise anyone, then, that few in the Global South had much to say about the Brexit vote on June 23rd. The vote to exit the European Union has shaken the ruling capitalist system, if only momentarily. A dead-end narrative has been shoved down the throats of viewers of the US and Western media that praises the EU as a force of progress and Brexit as a force of regression. The right wing has been the scapegoat of this narrative. However, the right wing has made immigrants the scapegoat of anti-EU sentiments. This has taken attention away from how the roots of Brexit lie in the EU itself. Continue reading