The North Star is a forum for socialist renewal. Emphasizing discussion and debate, this project is partly inspired by the North Star Network, a Marxist group founded by Peter Camejo in the 1980s that integrated former members of the Socialist Workers Party, a Trotskyist group, and the Line of March, a Maoist one. Camejo believed that the future of radical politics in this country lay not with the existing three-letter left groups but elsewhere. Taking its name from Frederick Douglass’s first newspaper, the network sought to throw off the baggage of dogmatism and sectarianism plaguing Marxism, emphasizing the importance of open debate.
Our editors and contributors, however, pull from a long and varied tradition of socialist thinkers—from social democrats to ultra-leftists, Amadeo Bordiga to Clara Zetkin, Paul Mattick to Louis Althusser, Zhou Enlai to Eugene Debs. Reflecting this heterogeneity, we aim to put North American socialists in conversation with socialists in different traditions and cultures as a means of revitalizing a field that can seem lacking in new, original thinking.
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