Articles & Interviews

“Brandon Johnson Won in Chicago. Now His Movement Will Have to Beat Capital Strikes.” Jacobin, April 12, 2023.

“Stop Calling Them Conservatives.” Counterpunch, October 22, 2021.

“Here’s How to Fight Climate Destruction and Environmental Racism Simultaneously” (interview with James K. Boyce). Truthout, June 2, 2021.

“Georgia’s Voter Suppression Is Sparking Boycotts. History Shows They Can Work.” Truthout, April 9, 2021.

“Smarter Empire.” Sidecar, March 8, 2021.

“When Black Movements Win, Everybody But the 1% Wins.” Truthout, December 24, 2020. With Megan L. Jordan, Joshua Murray, and Michael Schwartz.

“No Co-Sponsor of ‘Medicare for All’ Has Lost Reelection in the Past Decade (Even in GOP-Leaning Districts).” Common Dreams, December 21, 2020. With Richard Lachmann and Michael Schwartz.

“A Tipping Point for the Defeat of Fossil Fuels? How to Stop Big Energy in Its Tracks (Quite Literally).” TomDispatch, December 10, 2020. With Richard Lachmann and Michael Schwartz.

“To Push Biden Left, We Must Build Movements to Challenge His Corporate Backers.” Truthout, November 21, 2020.

“Leveraging Power.” Interview by Sasha Lilley. Against the Grain, November 3, 2020.

“The Bolivian Left’s Election Win Is a Positive Sign, But It Inherits a Dire Situation.” Guardian, October 21, 2020.

“Workers and Consumers Have Forced Republican Governors to Mandate Masks.” Jacobin, September 13, 2020. With Michael Schwartz.

“How Local Civil Rights Protests Produced an Increase in War on Poverty Spending.” Jacobin, September 10, 2020. With Tarun Banerjee and Michael Schwartz. (Excerpted from Levers of Power)

“Reforms Are Won When Social Movements Inflict Real Costs on the Economic Elite.” Interview by Justin Vassallo. Truthout, August 23, 2020.

“How the 99% Can Force the 1% to Defeat COVID-19.” Salon, July 12, 2020. With Michael Schwartz.

“History Shows That Sustained, Disruptive Protests Work.” YES! Magazine, July 8, 2020.

The Cops Can Be Defeated – But Not By Taking Obama’s Advice.” Jacobin, June 17, 2020.

“Letting Latin Americans Live.” NACLA Report on the Americas 52, no. 1 (2020): 93-99. With Atenea Jiménez Lemon. (Spanish version also available)

HAHR Forum on Contemporary Bolivia and History.” Hispanic American Historical Review blog, December 18, 2019.

“Our Debt to Central American Refugees.” Published by Democratic Socialists of America and Historians for Peace and Democracy, September 9, 2019.

“Liberating the Left’s History.” Fifteeneightyfour (Cambridge University Press blog), August 27, 2019.

“Washington Intensifies Its Collective Punishment of Venezuelans.” NACLA, August 14, 2019.

“Will Climate Change Make Family Separations the Norm?” Truthout, August 25, 2018.

“Who Wants the Iran Deal Canceled?” Counterpunch, November 27, 2017. With Richard Lachmann and Michael Schwartz.

“The Huddled Masses Were Never Welcome.” Counterpunch, September 5, 2017.

“A Partial Peace in Colombia.” Against the Current 187 (March-April 2017): 9-11.

“Who’s Calling the Shots?” Jacobin, February 6, 2017. With Tarun Banerjee and Michael Schwartz.

“When Capitalists Go on Strike.” Jacobin, February 3, 2017. With Tarun Banerjee and Michael Schwartz.

“When You Say ‘Lesser Evil,’ Do You Mean It?” ZNet, October 20, 2016.

“Economic Growth, Climate Change, and Capitalism” (interview with Robin Hahnel), Truthout, July 7, 2016, and ZNet (extended version), July 9, 2016.

“Drug War Winners and Losers” (review of Dawn Paley, Drug War Capitalism). Against the Current 177 (July-August 2015).

“Why They Hate the Deal with Iran.” Counterpunch, July 15, 2015. With Richard Lachmann and Michael Schwartz.

“Targeting the Corporations, Not the Politicians: Social Movement Strategy for a Plutocratic Era.” Jacobin, May 18, 2015. With Michael Schwartz.

“War by Other Means in El Salvador.” NACLA, March 16, 2015.

“Hillary Clinton and Corporate Feminism: ‘Something That Might Be Called Neocon.’” Against the Current 175 (March-April 2015): 18-22. With Diana Sierra Becerra. Reposted at Jacobin as “Hillary Clinton’s Empowerment.” (Spanish version also available)

“Community Democracy Confronts Mining in El Salvador.” Upside Down World, December 2, 2014. With Diana C. Sierra.

“Inside Venezuela’s Proceso (review of Sujatha Fernandes, Who Can Stop the Drums? Urban Social Movements in Chávez’s Venezuela). Against the Current 171 (July-August 2014): 33-34.

“GM’s New CEO Is Not a Feminist.” ZNet blog, May 1, 2014. With Diana Sierra Becerra.

“Venezuela and the Global Left: What We Might Learn from Our Venezuelan Counterparts.” ZNet blog, February 27, 2014.

“Negroponte’s War Crimes.” The Michigan Daily (Ann Arbor, MI), February 26, 2014. With Diana Sierra Becerra.

“Demolishing the Mythology around the Vietnam Antiwar Movement” (review of Penny Lewis, Hardhats, Hippies, and Hawks: The Vietnam Antiwar Movement as Myth and Memory). Waging Nonviolence, January 13, 2014.

“Democracy in Latin America: The Latinobarómetro Poll.”, January 2, 2014.

“Washing U.S. Hands of the Dirty Wars: News Coverage Erases Washington’s Role in State Terror.” NACLA Report on the Americas 46, no. 2 (2013): 58-61. Expanded version at ZNet and NYTimes eXaminer.

“Indians, Leftists, and Rebellion in Bolivia” (review of Jeffery Webber, Red October: Left-Indigenous Struggles in Modern Bolivia). Against the Current 163 (March-April 2013): 37-38, 42.

“Chávez’s Real Venezuela.” The Michigan Daily (Ann Arbor, MI), March 14, 2013.

“Turning Michigan Into Colombia: The Global Assault on Workers and the Prospects for Solidarity.” ZNet, December 26, 2012.

“The Real Enemy in the Middle East: Why U.S. Leaders Fear Arab Democracy.” Z Magazine 25, no. 9 (September 2012): 41-44.

Review of Richard Seymour, American Insurgents: A Brief History of American Anti-Imperialism. ZNet, May 26, 2012.

“The Propaganda of False Trade-Offs: Pitting the Public against Social Spending, Good Wages, and Environmental Protection.” NYTimes eXaminer, March 27, 2012.

“Contempt for International Law: A Survey of New York Times and Washington Post Editorials on Iran.” NYTimes eXaminer, March 16, 2012. Summary available here.

“The Last, Best Hope on Earth: The Popular Uprisings of 2011 and the ‘Optimism of Uncertainty.’” ZNet blog, December 28, 2011.

Review of Anthony DiMaggio, The Rise of the Tea Party: Political Discontent and Corporate Media in the Age of Obama. ZNet/Counterpunch, December 26, 2011.

“The Violence That Never Happened: Occupy Wall Street and the Selective Outrage of the New York Times.” NYTimes eXaminer/ZNet blog, November 18, 2011.

“To Repress or Co-Opt? OWS Media Coverage Mirrors Splits within the 1 Percent.” The Indypendent (November 2-22, 2011), 15.

“US Opposition to Arab Democracy, in Iraq and Beyond.” The Indypendent, November 7, 2011.

“Latin American Opinion and US Policy.”, October 30, 2011.

“167 Million People Support Occupy Wall Street: The Time Is Ripe for a Mass Movement.” ZNet/Indypendent blog, October 15, 2011.

“The Impact of Occupy Wall Street: Some Early Indicators.” The Indypendent, October 11, 2011.

Kumbaya and Bullets: The Few Winners and Many Losers with the US-Colombia Free-Trade Agreement.” ZNet blog, October 7, 2011.

“Bolivia Dilemmas: Turmoil, Transformation, and Solidarity.” ZNet blog, October 1, 2011.

“Laboratorio boliviano: Intervención norteamericana y la economía política de la contrarrevolución, 1952-1969.” Análisis Político (La Paz) 15 (2011): 87-108.

“Deficit Myths: The Six Most Prevalent Lies About Budget Deficits and Economic Recovery.” ZNet, July 25, 2011.

“Shock Doctrine: New York.” ZNet, April 1, 2011.

“The Power of Disobedience and the Value of Solidarity.” THINK magazine (Stony Brook University), March 28, 2011. See also photos available here.

“Two, Three, Many Colombias: The Logic and Consequences of the US Vision for Latin America.” Foreign Policy in Focus, December 29, 2010. Expanded version posted on ZNet.

“Latinobarómetro 2010: Latin American Public Opinion.” ZNet/, December 7, 2010.

“Discrediting Alternatives to Neoliberalism.” NACLA Report on the Americas 43, no. 5 (2010): 45-48. Expanded version posted on ZNet.

“War Preparedness 101” (review of David Swanson, War Is a Lie). ZNet, November 25, 2010.

“The Democrats’ Choice, and Ours.” ZNet blog, October 10, 2010.

“Listening to the Generals.” ZNet blog, September 25, 2010.

“Army Enlistment Drops, Again.” ZNet, October 20, 2010.

“Counter-Recruitment Season.” ZNet blog, August 14, 2010.

“Good Left, Bad Left: Compliance and Defiance in US Press Coverage of Latin America.” ZNet, July 17, 2010.

“Honduras, Iran, and the Propaganda Model.” ZNet/Upside Down World, July 5, 2010.

“Democratic Deficits, Disillusion, and the Decline of the Democrats.” ZNet blog, January 25, 2010.

“Nurturing the ‘Healthy Nucleus’: Thoughts on How to Engage with the White Working Class.” ZNet blog, January 22, 2010.

Review of Rebecca Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster. ZNet, January 4, 2010.

“The 2009 Latinobarómetro Poll.” ZNet blog, December 15, 2009.

Morally Right, Politically Popular, Economically Advantageous: Medicare for All.” ZNet blog, October 11, 2009.

“Listening to the Radicals: US History’s Lessons on Compromise and the ‘Politically Impossible.’” ZNet, September 10, 2009.

“Obama and Latin America: The First Six Months.” NACLA, July 23, 2009.

Review of Ha-Joon Chang, Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism. ZNet, June 10, 2009.

“US Policy and Democracy in Latin America: The Latinobarómetro Poll.” ZNet/, May 29, 2009.

“The US Antiwar Movement: Toward a Critical Self-Assessment.” ZNet blog, February 23, 2009.

“Colombia and Venezuela: Testing the Propaganda Model.” NACLA Report on the Americas 41, no. 6 (2008): 50-52. Expanded version posted on ZNet.

“Targeting Civilians: The Path to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.” ZNet, August 8, 2008.

“The Atomic Bombing of Japan: Tsuyoshi Hasegawa Re-examines the Japanese Surrender.” Counterpunch, August 6, 2008.

“The Achievements of War Propaganda: Selling Military Intervention to a Reluctant Public.” ZNet, June 9, 2008.

“The March of the Dead.” Z Magazine (May 2008).

Good Veterans and Bad Veterans.” ZNet blog, May 26, 2008.

“Our ‘Good Intentions’ in Iraq: More Imperialist Assumptions in Liberal Criticism of the Invasion/Occupation.” ZNet blog, April 17, 2008.

“The Irrelevance of International Law: Imperialist Assumptions in Liberal Criticism of the War.” ZNet blog, April 9, 2008.

“Iraq the ‘Mistake’: The Pitfalls of Pragmatic Criticism of the War in Iraq.” ZNet blog, April 9, 2008.

“Orientalism in Full Force: Edward Said, Liberals, and Iraq.” ZNet blog, April 9, 2008.

“Neutralizing Radicalism: Capitalism, War, and the Legacy of MLK.” ZNet blog, January 25, 2008.

“The Effects of the US Occupation: Tracking Violence and Instability in Iraq.” ZNet, January 10, 2008.

“What Would a Withdrawal Mean? The US Occupation and Popular Opinion in Iraq.” Counterpunch, January 5/6, 2008.

“U.S. Cuba Policy Is Immoral, Illegal” (letter to the editor). Baltimore Sun, September 1, 2007.

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