Trump promised to cut through the disarray in the two parties of capitalism in the U.S. through forcing upon them both a new strongman – himself – who knew how to get things done and make deals. By Barry Sheppard The Republican health insurance debacle not only cut him down to size, but represented the … Continue reading The Strongman Falls on His Face
U.S. Hands Off North Korea! No To The Imperialist War Drive! Resistance Editorial The so-called "America First" budget put forward by Trump includes a 10% increase in military spending. This increases what is already the world's largest military budget by $56 billion. The cost of this increase will be balanced on the backs of the … Continue reading U.S. Hands Off North Korea!
Much more could have been written, including Trump's $54 billion increase in the already bloated war budget, and the Obama-Trump one trillion dollar program to "modernize" the nuclear arsenal, including developing smaller bombs that would make their use more likely. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has moved their doomsday clock up to 2 minutes … Continue reading Dangerous Escalation of U.S. Wars in the Offing
I want to caution the reader that I am not a trained economist. I’m a blue collar worker with a few basic math skills. I have, however, experienced the capitalist system firsthand for several decades, which gives me a certain understanding of how capitalism really doesn’t “work” for the vast majority. by Steve Xavier The … Continue reading Crunching the jobs numbers
WAGE LABOR AND CAPITAL READING A: Engels, Introduction to "Wage Labor and Capital" B: Marx, "Wage Labor and Capital” SUPPLEMENTARY READING: Marx, "Value, Price and Profit" DISCUSSION POINTS We can exchange, for example, a pen for a cup either directly through barter or indirectly through money (they are both, let us assume, worth $1), … Continue reading WAGE LABOR AND CAPITAL
The following is based on a talk the author gave during a Philly Socialists educational meeting. The talk was based on the texts The Nature of Mass Demonstrations by John Berger and Liberalism, Ultraleftism or Mass Action by Peter Camejo by John Leslie I’m a long-time labor, socialist and social movement activist. I was raised in … Continue reading The Power of Mass Action
— UPDATED March 7 — A few minutes ago my dear friend and comrade Ralph Poynter called to say that his lifelong companion, Lynne Stewart, passed away. She was 77, of Irish origin, and a born fighter who unswervingly devoted herself to humanity’s cause. BY JEFF MACKLER (Reposted with permission from Socialist Action) Just … Continue reading Civil rights attorney Lynne Stewart passes away
Just over a week before Inauguration day, in an early morning party-line vote, Senate Republicans voted to take the first steps towards the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Because the measure was attached to what is termed a “reconciliation” bill, it allows for the Senate to take a vote without the need for a … Continue reading Is Obamacare Worth Defending?
Following the anti-far-right/fascist riot at UC Berkeley, national media and President Trump exploded in a storm of criticism of the events that took place, with threats to pull UC funding and increased police repression following the successful shut down of an alt-right hate speech by Milo Yiannopoulos- a close collaborator of alt-right Steve Bannon … Continue reading A Victory against Milo’s Far-Right & Next Steps for a Mass Movement
On the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration as President, a masked antifascist punched Richard Spencer. Two weeks later, the University of California Berkeley was forced to cancel an appearance by Milo Yiannopoulos when protests caused over $100,000 of property damage. Both men are fascists, although they prefer to use the term “Alt-Right” to cover … Continue reading White Nationalism, Fascism and the Alt-Right