Some of my recent writing



“Washington Intensifies Its Collective Punishment of Venezuelans.” NACLA, August 14, 2019.

“A Partial Peace in Colombia.” Against the Current 187 (March-April 2017): 9-11.

“War by Other Means in El Salvador.” NACLA, March 16, 2015.

“Community Democracy Confronts Mining in El Salvador.” Upside Down World, December 2, 2014. Co-authored with Diana C. Sierra.

“Venezuela and the Global Left: What We Might Learn from Our Venezuelan Counterparts.” ZNet blog, February 27, 2014.

“Negroponte’s War Crimes.” The Michigan Daily (Ann Arbor, MI), February 26, 2014. Co-authored with Diana Sierra Becerra.

“Democracy in Latin America: The Latinobarómetro Poll.”, January 2, 2014.

“Washing U.S. Hands of the Dirty Wars: News Coverage Erases Washington’s Role in State Terror.” NACLA Report on the Americas 46, no. 2 (2013): 58-61. Expanded version at ZNet and NYTimes eXaminer.

“Latin American Opinion and US Policy.” blog, October 30, 2011.

Kumbaya and Bullets: The Few Winners and Many Losers with the US-Colombia Free-Trade Agreement.” ZNet blog, October 7, 2011.

  “Bolivia Dilemmas: Turmoil, Transformation, and Solidarity.” ZNet blog, October 1, 2011.

“Two, Three, Many Colombias: The Logic and Consequences of the US Vision for Latin America.” Foreign Policy in Focus, December 29, 2010. Expanded version posted on ZNet.

“Latinobarómetro 2010: Latin American Public Opinion.” ZNet/, December 7, 2010.

“Discrediting Alternatives to Neoliberalism.” NACLA Report on the Americas 43, no. 5 (2010): 45-48. Expanded version posted on ZNet.

“Good Left, Bad Left: Compliance and Defiance in US Press Coverage of Latin America.” ZNet, July 17, 2010.

“Honduras, Iran, and the Propaganda Model.” ZNet/Upside Down World, July 5, 2010.

“The 2009 Latinobarómetro Poll.” ZNet blog, December 15, 2009.

“Obama and Latin America: The First Six Months.” NACLA News, July 23, 2009.

“US Policy and Democracy in Latin America: The Latinobarómetro Poll.” ZNet/, May 29, 2009.

“Colombia and Venezuela: Testing the Propaganda Model.” NACLA Report on the Americas 41, no. 6 (2008): 50-52. Expanded version posted on ZNet.


“Will Climate Change Make Family Separations the Norm?” Truthout, August 25, 2018.

“The Huddled Masses Were Never Welcome.” Counterpunch, September 5, 2017.

“Who’s Calling the Shots?” Jacobin, February 6, 2017. Co-authored with Tarun Banerjee and Michael Schwartz.

“When Capitalists Go on Strike.” Jacobin, February 3, 2017. Co-authored with Tarun Banerjee and Michael Schwartz.

“Hillary Clinton and Corporate Feminism: ‘Something That Might Be Called Neocon.'” Against the Current 175 (March-April 2015): 18-22. Co-authored with Diana Sierra Becerra.

“GM’s New CEO Is Not a Feminist.” ZNet blog, May 1, 2014. Co-authored with Diana Sierra Becerra.

“The Propaganda of False Trade-Offs: Pitting the Public against Social Spending, Good Wages, and Environmental Protection.” NYTimes eXaminer, March 27, 2012.

“Deficit Myths: The Six Most Prevalent Lies About Budget Deficits and Economic Recovery.” ZNet, July 25, 2011.

“Shock Doctrine: New York.” ZNet, April 1, 2011.

“The Democrats’ Choice, and Ours.” ZNet blog, October 10, 2010.

“Democratic Deficits, Disillusion, and the Decline of the Democrats.” ZNet blog, January 25, 2010. Morally Right, Politically Popular, Economically Advantageous: Medicare for All.” ZNet blog, October 11, 2009.

“Neutralizing Radicalism: Capitalism, War, and the Legacy of MLK.” ZNet blog, January 25, 2008.


“Who Wants the Iran Deal Canceled?” Counterpunch, November 27, 2017. Co-authored with Richard Lachmann and Michael Schwartz.

“Why They Hate the Deal with Iran.” Counterpunch, July 15, 2015. Co-authored with Richard Lachmann and Michael Schwartz.

“The Real Enemy in the Middle East: Why U.S. Leaders Fear Arab Democracy.” Z Magazine 25, no. 9 (September 2012): 41-44.

“Contempt for International Law: A Survey of New York Times and Washington Post Editorials on Iran.” NYTimes eXaminer, March 16, 2012. Summary available here.

“The ‘Failure’ of the Iraqi Government: US Opposition to Arab Democracy, in Iraq and Beyond.” ZNet/Indypendent blog, November 3, 2011.

“Listening to the Generals.” ZNet blog, September 25, 2010.

“Targeting Civilians: The Path to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.” ZNet, August 8, 2008.

“The Atomic Bombing of Japan: Tsuyoshi Hasegawa Re-examines the Japanese Surrender.” Counterpunch, August 6, 2008.

“The Achievements of War Propaganda: Selling Military Intervention to a Reluctant Public.” ZNet,June 9, 2008.

“Our ‘Good Intentions’ in Iraq: More Imperialist Assumptions in Liberal Criticism of the Invasion/Occupation.” ZNet blog, April 17, 2008.

“The Irrelevance of International Law: Imperialist Assumptions in Liberal Criticism of the War.” ZNet blog, April 9, 2008.

“Iraq the ‘Mistake’: The Pitfalls of Pragmatic Criticism of the War in Iraq.” ZNet blog, April 9, 2008.

“Orientalism in Full Force: Edward Said, Liberals, and Iraq.” ZNet blog, April 9, 2008.

“The Effects of the US Occupation: Tracking Violence and Instability in Iraq.” ZNet, January 10, 2008.

“What Would a Withdrawal Mean? The US Occupation and Popular Opinion in Iraq.” Counterpunch, January 5/6, 2008. Expanded version with citations available at ZNet.


“When You Say ‘Lesser Evil,’ Do You Mean It?” ZNet, October 20, 2016.

“Economic Growth, Climate Change, and Capitalism” (interview with Robin Hahnel), Truthout, July 7, 2016, and ZNet (extended version), July 9, 2016.

“Targeting the Corporations, Not the Politicians: Social Movement Strategy for a Plutocratic Era.” Jacobin, May 18, 2015. Co-authored with Michael Schwartz.

“Turning Michigan Into Colombia: The Global Assault on Workers and the Prospects for Solidarity.” ZNet, December 26, 2012.

“The Last, Best Hope on Earth: The Popular Uprisings of 2011 and the ‘Optimism of Uncertainty.'” ZNet blog, December 28, 2011.

“The Violence That Never Happened: Occupy Wall Street and the Selective Outrage of the New York Times.” NYTimes eXaminer/ZNet blog, November 18, 2011.

“To Repress or Co-Opt? OWS Media Coverage Mirrors Splits within the 1 Percent.” The Indypendent (November 2-22, 2011), 15.

“167 Million People Support Occupy Wall Street: The Time Is Ripe for a Mass Movement,” ZNet/Indypendent blog, October 15, 2011.

“The Impact of Occupy Wall Street: Some Early Indicators.” ZNet/Indypendent blog, October 10, 2011.

“The Power of Disobedience and the Value of Solidarity.” THINK magazine (Stony Brook University), March 28, 2011. See also photos available here.

“Army Enlistment Drops, Again.” ZNet, October 20, 2010.

“Counter-Recruitment Season.” ZNet blog, August 14, 2010.

“Nurturing the ‘Healthy Nucleus’: Thoughts on How to Engage with the White Working Class.” ZNet blog, January 22, 2010.

“Listening to the Radicals: US History’s Lessons on Compromise and the ‘Politically Impossible.'” ZNet, September 10, 2009.

“The US Antiwar Movement: Toward a Critical Self-Assessment.” ZNet blog, February 23, 2009.

“The March of the Dead.” Z Magazine (May 2008).

Good Veterans and Bad Veterans.” ZNet blog, May 26, 2008.


“Drug War Winners and Losers.” Review of Dawn Paley, Drug War Capitalism (Oakland, CA: AK Press, 2014). Against the Current 177 (July-August 2015).

“Inside Venezuela’s Proceso.” Review of Sujatha Fernandes, Who Can Stop the Drums? Urban Social Movements in Chávez’s Venezuela (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010). Against the Current 171 (July-August 2014): 33-34.

“Demolishing the Mythology around the Vietnam Antiwar Movement.” Review of Penny Lewis, Hardhats, Hippies, and Hawks: The Vietnam Antiwar Movement as Myth and Memory (Ithaca, NY: ILR/Cornell University Press, 2013). Waging Nonviolence, January 13, 2014.

“Indians, Leftists, and Rebellion in Bolivia.” Review of Jeffery Webber, Red October: Left-Indigenous Struggles in Modern Bolivia (Chicago: Haymarket, 2012). Against the Current 163 (March-April 2013): 37-38, 42.

Review of Richard Seymour, American Insurgents: A Brief History of American Anti-Imperialism (Chicago: Haymarket, 2012). ZNet, May 26, 2012.

Review of Anthony DiMaggio, The Rise of the Tea Party: Political Discontent and Corporate Media in the Age of Obama (New York: Monthly Review, 2011). ZNet/Counterpunch, December 26, 2011.

Review of David Swanson, War Is a Lie (Charlottesville, VA, 2010). ZNet, November 25, 2010.

Review of Rebecca Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster (New York: Viking, 2009). ZNet, January 4, 2010.

Review of Ha-Joon Chang, Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism (London: Bloomsbury Press, 2008 [2007]). ZNet, June 10, 2009.

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One thought on “Some of my recent writing

  1. dear kevin young,

    bravo and thank you for the fine review of richard seymour’s “american insurgents” at znet. read and liked his “liberal defence of murder” and look forward to this one. enjoy your fine commentary at znet. stay the course!


    john marciano
    professor emeritus, suny cortland
    santa monica, ca

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