• Responses to the U.S. National Security/Defense Strategy Documents

    The DSA Anti-War Think issued a call for submissions in response to the U.S. national security/defense strategy documents. The following are the first pieces to come in. They have not been edited and the publication of their remarks is not an endorsement of any writer’s point of view. Please submit here by May 1st to participate in this conversation.  Thank You,  R.L. Stephens, DSA National Political Committee & Director of the DSA Anti-War Think Tank   The recently unveiled National Defense Strategy by the Department of Defense contains a number of alarming and deeply disturbing components. Penned by war criminal and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, most of the document…

  • Trump’s National Security Strategy and the Decline of U.S. Empire

    This is the beginning of a collective conversation about imperialism, what it is, and how to fight it. It was prepared by R.L. Stephens, director of the DSA Anti-War Think Tank, in consultation with a range of DSA members. You can send submissions to be part of this discussion by using the form below this document. The DSA Anti-War Think Tank will publish select responses and help cultivate a discussion inside Democratic Socialists of America. United States Hegemony in Decline An imperialist system characterized by multilateral global institutions facilitating capitalist hegemony, an arrangement backed by U.S. supremacy, is clearly in decline. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) released a blueprint…

  • The Need for a DSA Anti-War Think Tank

    Socialism cannot be reduced to fighting for scraps of empire. Socialism is the struggle for life after empire. The matter is urgent. We have war without end, yet virtually no anti-war movement to speak of. The organs of multilateral international capitalist hegemony, such as the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, are in crisis. U.S. dominance is in decline. Liminal moments like these present serious opportunities for the transformation of society. But progressive transformation is not inevitable. It is at times like these that the maxim “socialism or barbarism” is most ripe — and unsettling. It is our responsibility to rise to the crisis, to create socialism now.…