A major task for socialists has been honestly to admit and contend with the limits and failures of the old 19th and 20th century socialism: chiefly, excesses of over-concentrated state power and inadequately transformed production systems. Old socialism's achievements might be preserved and built upon if its limits and failures were also recognized and overcome.
Two new documentaries screened at this year's Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival each profile a right-wing European militant coming to terms with his past. The thorny question raised by both The Unforgiven and Keep Quiet is a complex one: Is anything owed to history's most despicable actors, especially forgiveness?
Under the Trump administration's new executive orders, we're seeing scenes of ICE agents arresting undocumented immigrants in their homes, rousing them from their beds at night. In this atmosphere of anger, fear and confusion, local governments, as well as churches, schools and hospitals, are declaring themselves "sanctuaries."