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Jacobin is a American socialist magazine and the de facto[1] propaganda arm of the Democratic Socialists of America. It is easily the furthest Left publication in America that still has any relevant reach.

Political Stance[edit]

Jacobin places itself in firmly in leftist politics, and advocates democratic socialism. Unlike Bernie Sanders, Jacobin makes it clear that they are not referring to Nordic-style social democracy, though they do acknowledge that it is a good model within the context of a capitalist economy.[2]

Jacobin has very strong opinions on democracy and its staff is very disdainful to any attempts to manipulate or subvert democratic instituions, either directly or through loopholes. An example are an article calling for Jeremy Corbyn to embrace Brexit,[3] and particularly a hard Brexit. Another article also advocated for the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union and opposed a second Brexit referendum.[4] The crux of the argument in the latter artcile is about the democratic deficit of the EU, and that calls for second referendums are nothing more than ab attempt to subvert democracy. The article points that Ireland was the only country to put the Lisbon Treaty on a popular referendum in which it was rejected (the other member-states had their legislatures rectify it). Later Ireland had a second referendum in which it approved, though the second referendum had a higher voter turnout.[5]

The good[edit]

  • It is at least willing to critique the Democratic party from the left at all, which is rare (and needed) in the US media.

The awful and cringe[edit]

  • Betraying workers after purchasing the British magazine the Tribune[6], where founder Bhaskar Sunkara promised employment if they took a settlement of only 70% of the back wages they were owed. Instead those workers found themselves unemployed.
  • Publishing a fluff piece validating QAnon conspiracists who stormed the Capitol and calling it a true "rainbow coalition"[7]
  • Publishing a sympathetic piece on anti-lockdown protestors[8] in which the far-right militia man Christian Yinglin was portrayed as a victim of economic circunstances[9]
  • Publishing another simpathetic piece,[10] this time about militia man Ammon Bundy. The interview was retracted when it was exposed as a hoax.[11]
  • Publishing fluff pieces on Tucker Carlson[12]
  • Publishing articles by Angela Nagle,[13] a plagiarist,[14] who slammed te open borders manufactroversy in the Trump-friendly American Affairs[15] and went on Carlson's show to attack the DSA[16]
  • Publishing an article opposing] the firing of racists and nazis (because how dare they face consequences!)[17]
  • Interviewing Die Linke MP Sahra Wagenknecht,[18] without making noise about her bigotry against immigrants and muslims[19]
  • Doxxing a whistleblower during Trump's first impeachment just as conservative "news" didWhat's the poiint of impeachment?
  • Making an eulogy for Eduard Limonov, the founder of the National Bolshevisk Party,[20] and glossing over the violence and bigotry of the NazBol gang[21]