The 2017 Hampton Reader

Selected Essays from a Working-class Think Tank

Edited by:
Colin Jenkins

A volume in the series: Critical Constructions: Studies on Education and Society. Editor(s): Brad J. Porfilio, California State University, Stanislaus. Marc Pruyn, Monash University. Derek R. Ford, DePauw University.

Published 2019

Through dozens of diverse and timely political essays and analyses, this book addresses the most pressing problems of our contemporary world. Instead of the tired, detached academic inquiry that permeates from institutions of higher education, these pages contain writings that have been produced by political organizers and revolutionaries throughout the course of their daily activity in social, economic, and political movements.

The 2017 Hampton Reader includes the most popular essays from The Hampton Institute: A Working-Class Think Tank. The Hampton Institute is an intellectual and political organization that seeks to develop the working class into a self-conscious class-for-itself capable of fundamentally changing the nature of society. The essays herein are the products of a collective of organic intellectuals united by the task of clarifying our political moment, sparking a revival in working-class intellectualism, and pushing the revolutionary struggles of our day forward.

PART I: CRIMINAL JUSTICE. Doing Ferguson and Baltimore at the Intersection of Racial Oppression and Hopelessness, Jason Michael Williams. For Abolition: Prisons and Police Are More Than Brutality, They’re State Terror, Frank Castro. Spider Webs for the Rich and Mighty: An Anarchist Critique of Criminal Law, Colin Jenkins. PART II: EDUCATION. Pedagogy of the Oppressed Against Trump: Communist Pedagogy in the Emerging Mass Movement, Derek R. Ford. Academia’s Other Diversity Problem: Class in the Ivory Tower, Alfred Vitale and Allison L. Hurst. Marxism, Intersectionality, and Therapy, David I. Backer. Freedom to Dissent From Delhi to Ferguson, Meghna Chandra. The Courage of Hopelessness: Democratic Education in the Age of Empire, E. Wayne Ross. Against Zombie Intellectualism: On the Chronic Impotency of Public Intellectuals, Derek R. Ford. Consequences of the “Post Truth” Era, Brayden White. Democracy, Higher Education, and the Ivory Tower Critique of Neoliberalism, Jacob Ertel. PART III: GENDER STUDIES. Gentrification Is a Feminist Issue: A Discussion on the Intersection of Class, Race, Gender, and Housing, Cherise Charleswell. ”How Much Do You Cost?” A Story of Sexual Neocolonialism, Sonasha Braxton. Interdisciplinary Feminism: Why Building Alliances Is Critical, Cherise Charleswell. PART IV: LABOR ISSUES. Capitalism, Exploitation, and Degradation, Nicholas Partyka. Deconstructing Workplace Hierarchies: On the Paradox of Contrived Leadership and Arbitrary Positions of Power, Colin Jenkins. PART V: POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT. “Our Revolution” is Not a Revolutionary Movement, Dan Arel. American Cartel: How America’s Two Major Parties Helped Destroy Democracy, Frank Castro. Notes on the Peaceful Transition of Power: The Continuity of Violence in America’s Imperial Democracy, Bryant William Sculos. Power Politics and the Empire of Economics: An Introduction, Andrew Gavin Marshall. Russophobia and the Logic of Imperialism, Ava Lipatti. The Question of Hierarchy: An Interview With Colin Jenkins, Brenan Daniels. The Working Class, the Election, and Trump: An Interview With Sean Posey, Brenan Daniels. PART VI: RACE AND ETHNICITY. Salt in the Wounded Knee: Psychopathy in the Commemoration of Genocide, Sonasha Braxton. The Ancestors, Africanism, and Democracy, Nyonsuabeleah Kollue. The Black Working Class and the Early Civil Rights Movement, Devon Bowers. The Monarchy of Materialism: Understanding White Fragility, Sonia Calista. PART VII: SOCIAL ECONOMICS. “Thuggin” in Baltimore City: Capitalism and the Political Economy of “Breaking Slaves,” Asha Layne. Expropriation or Bust: On the Illegitimacy of Wealth and Why It Must Be Recuperated, Colin Jenkins. The Bosses’ Utopia: Dystopia and the American Company Town, Nicholas Partyka. The Science of Corrosive Inequality, Nicholas Partyka. PART VIII: SOCIAL MOVEMENT STUDIES. Americanism Personified: Why Fascism Has Always Been an Inevitable Outcome of the American Project, Colin Jenkins. Identity, Inc.: Liberal Multiculturalism and the Political Economy of Identity Politics, Jacob Ertel. Rethinking the Marxist Conception of Revolution, Chris Wright. PART IX: SOCIETY AND CULTURE. Eternal Fascism and the Southern Ideology, Jeremy Brunger. Gangsters for Capitalism: Why the U.S. Working Class Enlists, Colin Jenkins. Institutionalizing Lone-Wolf Terrorism: How Fascist, Organizations Inspire Mass Violence, Shane Burley. PART X: SPIRITUALITY AND RELIGION. Islamophobia and the Rise of Trump, P. Joshua Hatala. Religion and the Russian, Revolution, P. Joshua Hatala. A Critique of David Harvey’s Conception of the People’s Republic of China, Collin Chambers.