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Published by Nation Books (Amazon link):
DESERTER FROM DEATH: Dispatches from
Western Europe 1950-2000

a selection of Daniel Singer’s writing from his years
as a young correspondent for The Economist
through his decades at The Nation.

From Monthly Review Press:
…also available in French (Éditions Complexe):
À qui appartient l’avenir ? Pour une utopie réaliste

Winners’ Roster
History of contest questions
& links to essays

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THE 2017

The winner of the 2017 Daniel Singer Millennium Prize is Cedric Johnson, Associate Professor of African American Studies & Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, for his article, “The Panthers Can’t Save Us Now: Anti-Policing Struggles & the Limits of Black Power.” Johnson argues that contemporary mass-incarceration policies aim more at managing generalized social inequality rather than simply targeting the black urban poor, and notes the political limitations of black exceptionalism. His essay echoes the spirit of Daniel Singer’s work, specifically the need to cultivate a politics of solidarity based on the common interests of the great majority to confront the neoliberal order whose marginalization of sections of the populace has intensified its need for repression. The $2,500 prize will be awarded at a foundation-sponsored panel at the Left Forum Conference, which will be held at John Jay College in New York City on June 1–3, 2018.

Daniel Singer was a man of the left who was a great optimist. He believed in the people’s taking control of their own lives and forging new truly democratic institutions that would introduce real social and economic justice. As a critic of Western capitalism and Eastern Stalinism, his analyses were based on deep knowledge and delivered with a biting sarcasm that evinced a thorough dislike of banal rhetoric. His final major work, Whose Millennium: Theirs or Ours, combined his two greatest qualities: his inspiring hopes and his astonishing ability to dissect the workings of power. His words are as fresh and exciting as they were when he wrote them, something only a very few topical journalists have ever accomplished. At his best, he is in the same class as John Reed and George Orwell.

The Daniel Singer Foundation is seeking an essay of no more than 5,000 words to address some aspect of the current scene in the spirit that Singer exemplified. The winner will receive a prize of $2,500. Please see our Statement of Principles. Essays may be submitted in English, Spanish or French and will be judged by an international panel of distinguished scholars and activists.
The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2018.

The Daniel Singer Millennium Prize Foundation
P.O. Box 2371, El Cerrito, CA 94530