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What Is the State For?

Should social movements work inside or outside the state? What would a just state look like, and how can we get there?

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Editors’ Note

Forum: Giant Steps

Olúfémi O. Táíwò

With responses from Ishac Diwan & Bright Simons, Tara Raghuveer, Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Mariame Kaba & Andrea Ritchie, Joe Guinan & Martin O’Neill, Claudio Lomnitz, and Thea Riofrancos. Táíwò replies.

Rule by Militia

Joshua Craze           

South Africa’s Enduring Unfreedom

S’bu Zikode interviewed by Richard Pithouse

The Question of Palestinian Statehood

Leila Farsakh

Three Cheers for the Administrative State

Janice Fine & Hana Shepherd

Is the State Here to Stay?

Jonathan S. Blake

Prison Reform’s Shell Game

Bonnie Tenneriello

For a Solidarity State

Leah Hunt-Hendrix & Astra Taylor

The Summers of Theory

Peter E. Gordon

Can the nation-state serve social justice?

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò leads a forum with Thea Riofrancos, Mariame Kaba & Andrea Ritchie, Ishac Diwan & Bright Simons, and others. Plus Leila Farsakh on Palestinian statehood, Astra Taylor and Leah Hunt-Hendrix on a “solidarity state,” Joshua Craze on rule by militia, and much more. 

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