Jim Creegan

Jim Creegan was chairman of the Penn State chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in the 1960s, lectured in philosophy in the 70s, belonged to the Spartacist League in the 80s, was a leading member of the International Bolshevik Tendency and a union shop steward during the late 80s and 90s. He lives in New York City, now unaffiliated but unresigned.

Latest articles by Jim Creegan

Left wing of the permissible

As the Democratic Socialists of America begin to make an impact, Jim Creegan analyses the politics of its founder, Michael Harrington

Trump in transition

Jim Creegan discusses how the bourgeoisie disabuses presidents and high officials of any notion that they are free agents

Revenge of white working class

Trump’s victory shows that the establishment has lost control over the election process. Jim Creegan draws up a balance sheet of the class forces

Different plot twists, same ending

Jim Creegan shows that there is nothing progressive about the Hillary Clinton’s platform

Life of a heroic traitor

Jim Creegan looks back at the extraordinary story of Roger Casement on the 100th anniversary of his execution

Two roads to ruin

Republican establishment figures are unsure whether to throw their weight behind Donald Trump or wait for better times. Jim Creegan reports

Possibilities and pitfalls

The job of socialists is to channel the opportunities opened up by the Sanders campaign into the fight for class independence, argues Jim Creegan

Democrats divided

There should be no support for Bernie Sanders, argues Jim Creegan

Rebellion on the right

Jim Creegan looks at the state of play in the Republican selection process

The red and the green

Ken Loach (director) Jimmy’s hall 2014.

Democratic dictatorship vs permanent revolution

Did Lenin and the Bolsheviks lack a credible strategy? Jim Creegan replies to Jack Conrad

April in Petrograd

Is Lars T Lih a disinterested scholar without a political agenda? Jim Creegan argues against the creation of yet another mythical Lenin

Methods of social control

In the age of ‘colour-blindness’, what accounts for the targeting of blacks by police? Jim Creegan critiques a recent influential book

The cauldron boils over

Racial repression has provoked mass protest. Jim Creegan responds to the two high-profile killings by the US police

Review: Class difference and sexual passion

Abdellatif Kechiche (director); 'Blue is the warmest colour'

Tea Party: An enraged Frankenstein's monster

The Tea Party seemed to come from nowhere. But nowadays it is turning on its big business patrons and threatening the interests of capitalism itself, writes Jim Creegan

US decline: The shock and awe that wasn’t

Jim Creegan analyses the secular decline of the United States as the world hegemon and the failure of Barack Obama’s Syria gambit

Snowden and the state: David and Goliath in high tech

People like Edward Snowden may normally function as software in a hard drive, writes Jim Creegan, but for the state they have one drawback: they can think

USSR polemic: In defence of defencism

The Soviet Union did indeed feature a form a form of planning, argues Jim Creegan in his reply to Paul Flewers

US elections: Mugged by reality

The US presidential election of 2012 is less interesting for the victory of Barack Obama than for the debacle of the Republican Party, writes Jim Creegan

US elections: The more effective evil

Barack Obama hardly represents a rampart against Republican extremism, as some on the left still maintain. Jim Creegan looks at the state of play in the final week of the election campaign

US elections: Crazy politics and class forces

Jim Creegan examines the campaign of the Republican Party in the 2012 presidential elections

A radical for all seasons

Jim Creegan takes a look at the political life of Alexander Cockburn, 1941-2012

Democratic centralism and idiocy of the sects

Comrades need the space to develop and express their ideas, argues Jim Creegan. The wider the distance between a given question and the party's immediate objectives and tasks, the more latitude they should have to do so in public

West coast rebound

Oakland and Longview - Jim Creegan reports on two parallel struggles

Hot autumn in New York

Jim Creegan reports on the occupiers who aim to take on Wall Street and examines the implications for left politics

Washington paralysis: a geriatric disorder

Jim Creegan looks at the battle of the budget ceiling and the intransigence of the Tea Partiers

Middle East comes to Midwest USA

Jim Creegan reports on the class struggles in Wisconsin

No change, no hope

Jim Creegan reports on Barack Obama's surrender to Congressional Republicans and the renewed ruling class offensive following the Democrats' defeat in the US mid-term elections

Obama's healthcare triumph is a con

Jim Creegan looks at the devious manoeuvring carried out by Obama and the Democratic leadership

Tea Party tempest

Jim Creegan examines the social roots and ideological drives behind the anti-Obama populist movement that has exploded on to the political scene in the last year

Searing indictment of capitalism spoilt by nostalgia for New Deal

Jim Creegan reviews Michael Moore’s (director) Capitalism: a love story 2009 (no UK release date yet)

Grander in scope, poorer in content

Were Marx and Engels really at one over the dialectic of nature? US communist Jim Creegan replies to Jack Conrad

The usable past of left republicanism

Far from pursuing a coherent strategy, writes Jim Creegan, James Connolly ended up believing that perhaps other forces could act in the workers' place

Ken Loach's use of Irish history

US communist Jim Creegan revisits the controversy over a film that has at last reached New York