I Am Crying, You’re Crying. But Our Day Will Come.

The exit polls from the British election are a devastating blow. Allowing the Tories to pose as the defenders of Brexit ensured defeat — and has handed historic Labour areas over to the party of bosses and landlords. But with resolute socialist organizing, we will have another shot at power. Darren Staples / Getty Images If … Read moreI Am Crying, You’re Crying. But Our Day Will Come.

The Corporate Media Has No Idea What to Do With the Fact That Bernie Sanders Is Jewish

The mainstream press loves attacking Bernie Sanders for either being too Jewish or not Jewish enough. It’s a cynical ploy to undermine his unapologetically left-wing campaign. Sen. Bernie Sanders appears on television screens in the Media Center during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Otterbein University on October 15, 2019 in Westerville, Ohio. Chip Somodevilla / … Read moreThe Corporate Media Has No Idea What to Do With the Fact That Bernie Sanders Is Jewish

Anti-Zionism Is Not Antisemitism

Just days after he was warmly applauded by a Zionist group for delivering a stunningly antisemitic speech, Donald Trump issued a cynical “antisemitism” decree meant to stamp out campus criticism of Israel. It’s just the latest episode in Zionism’s long history of allying with antisemites. US president Donald Trump signed an executive order to combat … Read moreAnti-Zionism Is Not Antisemitism

Bernie’s First Political Revolution

In 1981, Bernie Sanders achieved the unthinkable — dethroning a deeply entrenched city establishment in Burlington, Vermont, with an upset victory in the city’s mayoral race that no one saw coming. His methods were familiar: a populist, working-class message, door-to-door grassroots organization, and a dogged refusal to bow to elite pressure. Photo courtesy of the … Read moreBernie’s First Political Revolution

You Can Have Means Testing or You Can Have Democracy

Political scientists are discovering something that today’s Democrats refuse to understand: social policy is about more than technocratic tinkering — it defines who counts as a full citizen. And means testing tears apart the very fabric of society. Staff sergeant Herbert Ellison explains the GI Bill of Rights to the African American members of the … Read moreYou Can Have Means Testing or You Can Have Democracy

Bernie Sanders Is a Critic of US Imperialism. Elizabeth Warren Is Not.

You can tell a lot about a candidate’s foreign policy by the way they’ve responded to the right-wing coup in Bolivia. Bernie Sanders immediately called out the coup by name. Elizabeth Warren did not. Evo Morales speaks during a press conference at Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico on November 13, 2019 in Mexico City, … Read moreBernie Sanders Is a Critic of US Imperialism. Elizabeth Warren Is Not.

Migrant-Led Movements Are Leading the Charge Against Australian Border Barbarism

Australia’s sadistic border regime doesn’t stop at its offshore detention camps in Papua New Guinea and Nauru. As those island prisons are wound down, a new asylum-seeker-led organization is campaigning for basic rights for those living in precarious situations inside Australian borders. A general view of protestors outside the federal court holding placards in support … Read moreMigrant-Led Movements Are Leading the Charge Against Australian Border Barbarism

Mayor Pete Buttigieg Is Even Worse Than He Seems

There are three things Pete Buttigieg wants you to know: He’s smarter than you. He’s allergic to any hint of a progressive agenda. And he’s smarter than you. Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg greets Iowa voters while arriving at a campaign event December 8, 2019 in Coralville, Iowa. Win McNamee / … Read moreMayor Pete Buttigieg Is Even Worse Than He Seems

The Bernie Sanders Origin Story, Part 1

In the first part of an ongoing series covering Bernie Sanders’ time as mayor of Burlington, we look at Sanders’ years in the wilderness and the circumstances that made his rise possible. Bernie Sanders waving to a room of people, circa 1970s. Photo courtesy of the Bernie Sanders campaign. A self-described socialist in the seat … Read moreThe Bernie Sanders Origin Story, Part 1

Something Frightening Is Happening in British Politics

This election campaign has marked a grim milestone in British political history: a pathological liar in Downing Street, Boris Johnson, has run a campaign in which all standards of honesty and accuracy have been tossed aside — and a ferociously partisan media has done everything it can to cover it up. Britain’s prime minister Boris … Read moreSomething Frightening Is Happening in British Politics

We Should Be Free to Say “Fuck You” to the Boss

As soon as we show up for work, our much-vaunted free speech goes out the window. But when we win full employment and don’t fear losing our jobs, we can tell the boss what we really think. Leo Panitch pointed out that full employment enabled workers to say, “Fuck you, boss,” without having to fear … Read moreWe Should Be Free to Say “Fuck You” to the Boss

Yet Another Round of Clinton Smears

Two-time presidential loser Hillary Clinton has dusted off her time-worn excuses and leveled another round of attacks on the left. Someone should remind her she’s in a glass house. Hillary Clinton speaks with Andrew Ross Sorkin of the New York Times on November 6 in New York City. (Mike Cohen / Getty Images for the … Read moreYet Another Round of Clinton Smears

100 Years of American Communism

The Communist Party USA, which turned 100 this year, has left behind a complicated legacy, filled with great victories and terrible blunders. This year marks the one hundredth anniversary of the Communist Party USA. This year marks the one hundredth anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party USA (CP). The party became, from at … Read more100 Years of American Communism

Argentina Steps into the Post-Macri Era

Argentina’s Mauricio Macri officially steps down as president today, having overseen four years of neoliberal mismanagement, inflation, and a new IMF bailout program. The election of the Peronist Alberto Fernández is good news for the Left, but it faces an uphill battle in stabilizing a deeply indebted economy. Men walk past posters advertising the winning … Read moreArgentina Steps into the Post-Macri Era

Workers of the World Can Still Unite

Jane McAlevey is everywhere these days. Recently appointed a senior fellow at Berkeley’s Labor Center, she is now also a regular columnist for both the Nation and Jacobin. Her webinar (“Organizing for Union Power”) has a global audience. She continues to be called on to address unions and run training sessions in the United States, … Read moreWorkers of the World Can Still Unite

Pete Buttigieg on Bernie Sanders

When Pete Buttigieg was a high school senior, he wrote a prizewinning essay praising Bernie Sanders. Here, we republish the essay in full. Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg arrives at a campaign event December 08, 2019 in Coralville, Iowa. Win McNamee / Getty This essay was first published in 2000 by … Read morePete Buttigieg on Bernie Sanders

Paul Volcker Was a Hero of the Ruling Class

Paul Adolph Volcker is dead at the age of ninety-two. (Most accounts of the man suppress the middle name, though it was often pointed out with bitter glee by builders and others who were undone by his high-interest-rate policies in the early 1980s.) As I wrote in Left Business Observer when he left office in … Read morePaul Volcker Was a Hero of the Ruling Class

Bernie Sanders Is the Disability Rights Candidate

It’s clear from his platform that Bernie Sanders understands that people with disabilities are confronted with daily acts of discrimination and oppression in the United States. A Sanders presidency would offer an unprecedented chance to improve the lives of disabled people across the country. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at the Teamsters Vote … Read moreBernie Sanders Is the Disability Rights Candidate

Labour Is Combatting Cynicism With Hope

While Boris Johnson’s Conservatives rely on a narrative that nothing could possibly get better, the transformative project of Corbynism rebuffs this cynicism — and isn’t afraid to speak in terms of hope. Supporters listen to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn during an election campaign event at Colwyn Bay Leisure Centre on December 08, 2019 in Llanfairfechan, … Read moreLabour Is Combatting Cynicism With Hope

No, Finland Is Not a “Capitalist Paradise”

In Finland, the government owns nearly one-third of the nation’s wealth, and 90 percent of workers are covered by a union contract. That may not be socialism, but it’s also not a “capitalist paradise,” as the New York Times ridiculously claimed over the weekend. Helsinki, Finland around midnight on June 20, 2011. Jennifer Woodard Maderazo … Read moreNo, Finland Is Not a “Capitalist Paradise”

In Marseille, the French Left is Finally Uniting

For years, divisions on France’s left have helped Emmanuel Macron and Marine le Pen dominate the political terrain. But in the country’s second city, grassroots pressure has forced them to put aside their differences — and ahead of March 2020’s elections, they’re promising to launch a “Marseille Spring.” The Marseille harbor. Andy Wright / flickr … Read moreIn Marseille, the French Left is Finally Uniting

Uber Has Always Been a Criminal Organization

Some were apparently surprised when Uber’s CEO defended the Saudi regime over its murder and dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But from the start, Uber’s business model has been based on habitual criminality and a shocking indifference to human life. A sign stands outside an Uber drivers’ registration office in Berlin, Germany. (Sean Gallup / … Read moreUber Has Always Been a Criminal Organization

Colombia’s New Awakening

With its recent general strike and continued mobilizations, Colombia has joined the global wave of unrest. If the movement can resist right-wing president Iván Duque’s attempts at co-optation, it could lay the groundwork for the transformation of a society long characterized by inequality and militarized brutality. People of indigenous communities, students, and members of different … Read moreColombia’s New Awakening

Emmanuel Macron Wants to End France’s Welfare State

France was paralyzed by strikes on Friday, as workers from train drivers to teachers revolted against Emmanuel Macron’s attack on pensions. While the liberal president fancies himself as a French “Thatcher,” his bid to tear up France’s welfare state now faces its most powerful opposition yet. A rally near Place de la République in support … Read moreEmmanuel Macron Wants to End France’s Welfare State

The New Economic Policy Was the Alternative to Stalinism

As the October Revolution’s centenary unfolded in 2017, a steady stream of celebratory essays appeared in left-wing publications like Jacobin, explaining the nature of and cause of this epochal event. All agreed that the first workers’ revolution was a popular movement, not a coup d’état. Lenin’s Bolshevik Party, a political organization with deep roots in … Read moreThe New Economic Policy Was the Alternative to Stalinism

The Fight for Peace and Justice in Colombia

In Colombia, a mass movement has emerged to challenge the government’s neoliberal policies and failure to honor its historic peace agreement with the FARC. It offers the possibility of a just future for the country. Students participate in anti-government protests on December 4, 2019 in Bogotá, Colombia. (Guillermo Legaria / Getty Images) Late last August, … Read moreThe Fight for Peace and Justice in Colombia

The NHS Shows What Life Outside the Market Could Look Like

The Tories hate the National Health Service not only because it delivers free public health care, but because it points the way toward a different society — one in which the market does not dominate our lives. (Alex Proimos / Flickr) This article is adapted from Michal Rozworski and Leigh Phillips’s book The People’s Republic of … Read moreThe NHS Shows What Life Outside the Market Could Look Like

Elizabeth Warren Isn’t Serious About Winning Medicare for All

Whatever her intentions, Elizabeth Warren’s reversal from immediately pushing for Medicare for All to first passing a public option as part of a longer-term phase-in will sideline our movement — and fail to move us closer to achieving either program. Gage Skidmore / Flickr The decommodification of health insurance was always an anomaly in Elizabeth … Read moreElizabeth Warren Isn’t Serious About Winning Medicare for All

If the Hell Scott Morrison Believes in Exists, He Would Be Destined for It

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison has repealed the Medevac Bill, a short-lived law that ensured the rapid evacuation of sick refugees for treatment. To justify his actions, Morrison relies on Christian credentials, but in his cruelty, he’s anything but Christ-like. Facilities at the Manus Island Regional Processing Facility, used for the detention of asylum seekers … Read moreIf the Hell Scott Morrison Believes in Exists, He Would Be Destined for It

Joe Biden Reminded Us That He’s Just Another Liberal Elitist

Yesterday, somebody asked Joe Biden a question about his failson Hunter. He responded by calling him fat and dumb. It’s just another reminder that “everyman” Joe Biden hates working-class people. Joe Biden had a heated exchange yesterday with a voter at a campaign stop in Iowa. He called the voter, who questioned him about his … Read moreJoe Biden Reminded Us That He’s Just Another Liberal Elitist

How Mindfulness Morphed from Ancient Spiritual Practice to Big Business

The roots of mindfulness as a spiritual practice go back thousands of years. But today, corporations like Facebook and Google are using it as a technique to extract more productivity and more profits from workers. A meditation event hosted by Ted Danson and Cigna’s Dr Stuart Lustig encouraging people to create a plan to manage … Read moreHow Mindfulness Morphed from Ancient Spiritual Practice to Big Business

Everything You Need to Know About the Protests in Iraq

The protest movement convulsing Iraq is a heroic revolt powered by unemployed, precarious, and informal workers. Their aim is to overturn the entire political system, which has produced nothing but violence and poverty for the vast majority of Iraqis. A building is set ablaze near Ahrar Bridge, where there have been recent clashes between demonstrators … Read moreEverything You Need to Know About the Protests in Iraq

This UK General Election Is a Choice Between Imperialism and Internationalism

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party is running on a platform of peace and human rights. The Tories are running on a record of weapons sales to oppressive regimes and covert wars. The choice is clear. Protesters demonstrate against the war in Yemen and the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi outside the Saudi Arabian embassy on October … Read moreThis UK General Election Is a Choice Between Imperialism and Internationalism

The Tories Are Literally Dying Off

They may win next week’s general election, but in Great Britain the Tories are struggling to win over anyone under the age of 45. And younger generations don’t seem to be going Conservative as they get older. The Conservative Party has a serious problem. UK prime minister Boris Johnson uses a sewing machine as he … Read moreThe Tories Are Literally Dying Off

Why the Early German Socialists Opposed the World’s First Modern Welfare State

Otto von Bismarck is credited with building the world’s first modern welfare state. But his intent was to kill the rising workers’ movement — so German socialists opposed him, knowing that the point isn’t just to keep starvation at bay, but to build the foundation for working-class emancipation. A statue of former prime minister of … Read moreWhy the Early German Socialists Opposed the World’s First Modern Welfare State