Introducing the North Star editorial collective

by Louis Proyect on March 19, 2015

Sophia Burns


Sophia Burns is an organizer, writer, and healthcare worker active in the Pacific Northwest. As a national officer for the Communist Labor Party and member of the Revolutionary Alliance of Trans People Against Capitalism‘s central committee, Sophia builds Dual Power to create an alternative communal power structure. Additionally, she writes for Gods&Radicals, a Pagan anticapitalist site, and enjoys science fiction.

Jim Brash

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Jim Brash has been a member of UFCW Local 1262 for 15 years, and is a green council member of the Green Party of New Jersey. He is also the green party candidate for New Jersey’s 26th Legislative District. Interests include studying American history, political theory, economics, religious philosphy, & miltary strategy. He also enjoys playing chess, as well as a few musical instruments horribly with flashes of brilliance, and writing lyrics/poetry. His heroes are Thomas Paine, Eugene V. Debs, and Malcolm X. He believes the self-emancipation of the exploited & oppressed peoples of the world & the saving of our global ecology are still possible.

Mark A. Lause

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Mark A. Lause grew up in a small town blue collar family living quite literally at the gate of the factory where he parents worked. As a child, he saw them participate in the last gasps of the post-World War II strike wave. Initially radicalized by the class burden of the Vietnam War, he became active politically at college, where he joined the Students for a Democratic Society. During these years, the authorities also regularly used the power of the State against what was supposed to be their own people, thwarting the public will when inconvenient.

Lause concluded that the only real power the people have are their numbers and set about helping to mobilize them. When confusion about this in the SDS led to its disintegration, he rediscovered with thousands of others the tradition of socialism and class solidarity that had been actively suppressed through the 1950s. He joined the Young Socialist Alliance and the Socialist Workers Party, though his noisy discontent with their disinterest in regrouping a broad radicalism made his presence problematic. Early in its history, he became briefly involved in the International Socialists Organization, and became a founding member of Solidarity and left only when he realized that he was the only person in a meeting unhappy with the fact that everyone there had gray or white hair. Later, he came to share Peter Camejo’s hope that a revived movement would naturally coalesce in the context of constructing a mass independent Green Party.

As a professional historian, Lause has also focused his research on successful (and unsuccessful) movements of the nineteenth century. He remains active in his field and his workplace. Last year, local voters elected him their representative to the state committee of the Green Party of Ohio, where he continues to urge its reorganization so as to involve as many of its 100,000 voters as it can. He is also involved in helping to pull together a loose local network of socialists.

His email is [email protected].

Louis Proyect

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Louis Proyect was a member of the North Star Network launched by Peter Camejo in the early 1980s, an experiment in regroupment around a nonsectarian outlook that inspired this website. Louis also identifies with efforts by the Socialist Union of the 1950s that was led by Bert Cochran and Harry Braverman who also hoped to create an alternative to the “Leninist” party-building model that actually had little in common with the Russian Social Democracy that was marked by public debates by free-spirited men and women.

Prior to this, Louis had been a member of the Socialist Workers Party for 11 years. He is grateful for the education he received in the party and the experience he gained in the mass movements but has felt since leaving it in 1978 that another approach is necessary. He hopes that the North Star website will provide a platform for people thinking along the same lines.

He is also the film editor for CounterPunch Magazine and a member of New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO). As a NYFCO member, he has reviewed over 900 films over the past two decades, all of which are archived on

Most of Louis’s articles, including those relating to the problem of how to build a mass revolutionary movement, can be read on his blog at but he also has written for a wide variety of journals both print and electronic, including “Critical Muslim”, “Capitalism, Nature and Socialism” and “Class, Race and Corporate Power”.

He can be reached at [email protected]

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Three Queens and a pair of Dueces March 20, 2015 at 3:37 pm

Why did you not include any email addresses?


Sheldon March 20, 2015 at 11:04 pm

Nice to meet you all, I have followed Louis’ website for years now and lurk a little on Marxmail, and so I also “know” Mark Lause, whose books I plan to read. Looking forward to new content on North Star!


Louis Proyect March 22, 2015 at 6:07 pm

Mark and I list our email addresses. If you want to reach all the editors, send mail to [email protected]


Alice Mary Hydroz March 23, 2015 at 12:40 pm

But is this editorial board really prepared to challenge itself to kick ass?


Kerry April 17, 2015 at 1:12 am

No women?


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