New Kentucky Spotlight: Arnold Farr and Kristin Pack

New Kentucky Spotlight: Arnold Farr and Kristin Pack

New Kentucky sat with Arnold Farr, a socialist who ran for Fayette County School Board in 2020, and Kristin Pack, a leader in Lexington DSA’s electoral work. Arnold lost the race this time around but his organization remains intact and he is going to fight another day. We tried to find out from these grassroots leaders of our movement what socialists can learn from Arnold’s run for office.

Book Review: Roberto Balaño's By Night in Chile

Book Review: Roberto Balaño's By Night in Chile

The late left-wing, Chilean author Roberto Bolaño's novella By Night in Chile has a longer rejoinder to the memes about what a fascist is. Father Urrutia is on his deathbed and for the most part recounts a life of thwarted literary ambitions, religious devotion, and rubbing shoulders with the powerful. It is hard to get around the conclusion that he has participated in something both banal and monstrous.

Why I Joined DSA

Why I Joined DSA

I joined DSA shortly after the 2020 Uprisings began. I was a self-proclaimed progressive, a SUPER baby socialist, and I knew that I wanted to join the fight for Black lives in the most effective ways possible. To me, the clearest course of action in 2020 was to radicalize and to organize... if you hadn't already.

Why I Joined DSA

Why I Joined DSA

After a day of marching, chanting, and booing at electeds as they skulked from chamber, we were met on the pavilion by DSA members bearing hamburgers and fries from Cookout. I knew DSA as good folks, but to see them suffer the punishing March winds in the most cursed city in all of the state to feed fast food to pissed-off teachers swelled my heart.

World of 2051: The Shields Holler Commune

World of 2051: The Shields Holler Commune

We are pleased to publish the first installment in a new utopian series by New Kentucky staff writer Cass Giles about socialism in the year 2051. In this piece of speculative fiction, they imagine a decolonized North America where the dream of communist abundance has come true and, perhaps more importantly, where people actually take care of their neighbors.