Why Chicago Charter Teachers Like Me Are Ready to Strike

Charter schools are used to undercut public school teachers’ wages. Case in point: teachers at Passages Charter School in Chicago make 25 percent less than their public counterparts. A Passages teacher explains why he is willing to strike to change that. Unionized charter school teachers rally outside on March 9, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott … Read moreWhy Chicago Charter Teachers Like Me Are Ready to Strike

The Border System Is Criminal

On October 1, the New York Times reported on some of Donald Trump’s visions for the United States-Mexico border, including “a water-filled trench, stocked with snakes or alligators” and a wall with “spikes on top that could pierce human flesh”: After publicly suggesting that soldiers shoot migrants if they threw rocks, the president backed off … Read moreThe Border System Is Criminal

Polish Liberals Embraced Austerity — and the Nationalist Right Is Benefiting

Poland’s right-wing Law and Justice Party is promising a “Polish version of the welfare state.” Liberals are promising more austerity. Guess who’s going to win today’s general election. Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of the right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) Party, speaks at a PiS election rally on the last day of campaigning on October 11, 2019 … Read morePolish Liberals Embraced Austerity — and the Nationalist Right Is Benefiting

Love Remain, Hate Jeremy Corbyn

Britain’s liberal establishment have long damned Jeremy Corbyn for failing to fight hard enough against Brexit. Their hatred for the Labour leader knows no bounds — and they’ll block him becoming prime minister even if it makes Britain crashing out of Europe inevitable. Jo Swinson, leader of the Liberal Democrats, attends a media conference outside … Read moreLove Remain, Hate Jeremy Corbyn

The Ghost of Jimmy Hoffa Won’t Go Away

Martin Scorsese’s new film The Irishman continues Hollywood’s obsession with the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa. We’re more concerned with what happened to Teamster working conditions under his son, James P. Hoffa. (Netflix) When I was working with the Teamster reform movement forty years ago, truck drivers concerned about union corruption had to proceed warily. In … Read moreThe Ghost of Jimmy Hoffa Won’t Go Away

Labour and the Fight for a United Ireland

A recent YouGov poll found that 38 percent of people in Britain reckoned they knew “a fair amount” or “a great deal” about the issues surrounding the Irish border (also known as the British border in Ireland). 49 percent reported themselves to be “not very much” or “not at all” informed. In itself, the fact that one … Read moreLabour and the Fight for a United Ireland

The “Strongest Argument Against Medicare for All” Is Very, Very Weak

The New York Times recently published “the strongest argument against Medicare for All.” We regret to inform you that the case is, in fact, not strong at all. Bernie Sanders speaks during his event at Plymouth State University on September 29, 2019 in Plymouth, New Hampshire. (Scott Eisen / Getty Images) I make a living … Read moreThe “Strongest Argument Against Medicare for All” Is Very, Very Weak

Ecological Politics for the Working Class

Solving the ecological crisis requires a mass movement to take on hugely powerful industries. Yet environmentalism’s base in the professional-managerial class and focus on consumption has little chance of attracting working-class support. The California Coastal National Monument. (Bureau of Land Management / Bob Wick / Flickr) This article is reprinted from Catalyst: A Journal of Theory and Strategy, … Read moreEcological Politics for the Working Class

Trump Loves Modi — but Obama Loved Him First

Donald Trump has been rightly condemned for his buddy-buddy relationship with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi. But it was Barack Obama who helped legitimize the far-right leader in the first place. Barack Obama talks to Indian prime minister Narendra Modi at a working dinner at the Nuclear Security Summit on March 31, 2016 in Washington, … Read moreTrump Loves Modi — but Obama Loved Him First

The Mainstream Media’s Palace Guard

In theory, punditry is supposed to offer a forum for political analysis and debate from a range of perspectives. In practice, it’s little more than an exercise in defending the self-serving orthodoxies of a privileged few. Maeve Reston, Rob Stutzman, Bill Carrick, Buffy Wicks and Bill Burton at the ‘CNN: How Democrats Can Emerge From … Read moreThe Mainstream Media’s Palace Guard

We Need More Picket Line Rap Songs Like These

Detroit autoworkers put out excellent rap videos from the GM picket lines supporting the strike. If the working-class movement is going to get stronger, we will need a lot more class-struggle culture like this. Members of the United Auto Workers outside the General Motors Arlington Assembly Plant on September 16, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. Ron … Read moreWe Need More Picket Line Rap Songs Like These

We Support Socialists — Even the Boring White Male Ones

AOC and Ilhan Omar’s inspiring victories and brave advocacy helped create a narrative about “fresh-faced insurgents.” But beware: young neoliberals will use the same rhetoric to oust veteran progressives and call them the “establishment.” US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) hug each other as other congressional Democrats look on during a … Read moreWe Support Socialists — Even the Boring White Male Ones

We’re Sick of Boris Johnson’s Lies

Boris Johnson is positioning himself for a hard-right election campaign, accusing Parliament of “betrayal” for blocking a no-deal Brexit. But his government is a mess, and people aren’t falling for his lies. British prime minister Boris Johnson at 10 Downing Street on October 8, 2019 in London, England. (Aaron Chown – WPA Pool / Getty … Read moreWe’re Sick of Boris Johnson’s Lies

Why Is GM Playing Hardball With UAW?

The United Auto Workers strike against General Motors continues to grind on, now approaching week four. The company has dug in its heels. But so have the workers. Striking United Auto Workers union members picket at the General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant on September 25, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Bill Pugliano / Getty This is … Read moreWhy Is GM Playing Hardball With UAW?

Chicago Educators Are Poised to Strike

The Chicago Teachers Union and SEIU Local 73 are on the verge of a strike. Their demands are focused on improving conditions in classrooms — and they’re willing to walk off the job to make it happen. Chicago Teachers Union president Jesse Sharkey speaks at a rally ahead of an upcoming potential strike on September … Read moreChicago Educators Are Poised to Strike

Dave Rubin Is Not a Bold Truth-Teller

Dave Rubin prides himself on challenging dogmas and slaying sacred cows. But his constant invocations of “reason and logic” can’t hide the fact that he trots out the same tired, intellectually lazy anecdotes about triggered college students — and that he refuses to actually debate living, breathing leftists. Dave Rubin at the 2018 Student Action … Read moreDave Rubin Is Not a Bold Truth-Teller

Trump’s Border Policy Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Trump’s sadistic border policy is just the most visible part of a bipartisan — and worldwide — clampdown on freedom of movement. But resistance to it is growing. US president Donald Trump speaks during an event where US-Japan trade agreements were signed at the White House on October 7, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson … Read moreTrump’s Border Policy Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Never Forget What the Fascists Did

In Bulgaria, campaigns that equate Communism with Nazism aren’t about defending democracy against “Russian meddling,” they’re about rehabilitating Bulgarian fascism and its complicity in the Holocaust. G. Dimitrov Street in Sofia, Bulgaria, August 1965. Archive Photos / Getty The seventy-fifth anniversary of the defeat of Nazism ought to have been cause for celebration. Such was … Read moreNever Forget What the Fascists Did

Why Is the American Federation of Teachers Giving Away Educators’ Rights in Puerto Rico?

Unions should fight for both their members and the entire working class. Yet in Puerto Rico, the American Federation of Teachers affiliate is doing neither, partnering with the island’s unaccountable Fiscal Control Board to impose massive cuts to teachers’ retirement funds. Members of the Federación de Maestros de Puerto Rico (FMPR) are fighting back against … Read moreWhy Is the American Federation of Teachers Giving Away Educators’ Rights in Puerto Rico?

Trump’s Assault on Labor

Donald Trump’s bait and switch with American workers is his greatest fraud of all. While uttering meaningless platitudes about fighting for workers, he is setting back the labor movement in ways that previous administrations could never do. Donald Trump speaks during an event at the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center in The Villages on … Read moreTrump’s Assault on Labor

The Woke NBA Only Cares About Profit

Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey might get fired for tweeting in solidarity with Hong Kong protesters. For all the NBA’s liberal pretenses, it’s a reminder that the league — and woke capital as a whole — really cares about profits, not principles. Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets speaks during a press conference … Read moreThe Woke NBA Only Cares About Profit

The US Economy Is a System of Plunder

Runaway inequality, regressive taxes, rampant labor exploitation. It’s often said the US economy “isn’t working,” but the truth is that capitalism is a class system that’s working exactly as intended. A man cleans a sidewalk in front of the luxury jeweler Cartier in Manhattan on September 28, 2017 in New York City. Spencer Platt / … Read moreThe US Economy Is a System of Plunder

On Foreign Policy, Bernie Stands Alone

Bernie Sanders is the only candidate who has absorbed the sobering lessons of US empire and embraced the internationalist traditions of democratic socialism. When it comes to foreign policy, there is only one candidate of the Left. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign event at Plymouth State University on September 29, 2019 … Read moreOn Foreign Policy, Bernie Stands Alone

Make GM Government Motors Again

Let’s nationalize General Motors. Why not? We could completely overhaul the company to benefit its workers, the planet, and the entire society. A vehicle is welded by robot arms as it goes through the assembly line at the General Motors Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant March 10, 2010 in Lansing, Michigan. Bill Pugliano / Getty … Read moreMake GM Government Motors Again

Putting Green Paint on the Austrian Right

Austria’s general election brought welcome setbacks for the far-right Freedom Party. But the surging Green Party looks ready to betray its founding mission and form a government with establishment conservatives. Werner Kogler of the Austrian Greens party participates a television interview following elections to the National Council on September 29, 2019 in Vienna, Austria. Michael … Read morePutting Green Paint on the Austrian Right

Fake It Before, During, and After You Make It

Last week, my seventeen-year-old daughter insisted I watch Ryan Murphy’s new Netflix series, The Politician. She wanted to educate me about the tribulations of being a high school senior in the era of Instagram, mass shootings, and college admissions scandals. The first two opening scenes of the pilot exposed a yawning chasm between the analogue … Read moreFake It Before, During, and After You Make It

Bernie Sanders Is Spoiling for a Fight With the DNC

With his new campaign finance reform plan, Sanders takes aim at Democratic Party kingmakers and their lobbyist friends. In a crowded field, this audacity sets him apart. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders waves to the crowd at a rally in support of the Chicago Teachers Union ahead of an upcoming potential strike on September … Read moreBernie Sanders Is Spoiling for a Fight With the DNC

“A Communist Doesn’t Whine — He Shows His Teeth”

Theodor Bergmann, the last surviving member of the pre–World War II German Communist movement, spoke to Jacobin. Theodor Bergmann at his home in Stuttgart, Germany. Photo: Joachim E. Röttgers. Theodor Bergmann, who passed away in 2017 at the age of 101, was the last of his kind. Born to a middle-class Jewish family in Berlin … Read more“A Communist Doesn’t Whine — He Shows His Teeth”

Why Voter Turnout Is So Low in the United States

From the very founding of the United States, elites have worked to disenfranchise and suppress voters — because they know a mobilized electorate of workers and poor people would transform the country. Voters casts their ballots at ChiArts High School on March 15, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Scott Olson / Getty In recent years, states … Read moreWhy Voter Turnout Is So Low in the United States

One Side Fought for Freedom at Stalingrad

This June brought the first English translation of Vasily Grossman’s Stalingrad. Movingly illustrating the tragedies of wartime Soviet society, Grossman’s epic novel is a nonetheless powerful rebuke to those who equate Nazism and those who fought against it. Armed with light machine guns, Soviet troops attack the German forces in the vicinity of the Red … Read moreOne Side Fought for Freedom at Stalingrad

Ecological Politics for the Working Class

Solving the ecological crisis requires a mass movement to take on hugely powerful industries. Yet environmentalism’s base in the professional-managerial class and focus on consumption has little chance of attracting working-class support. This article is reprinted from Catalyst: A Journal of Theory and Strategy, a publication from the Jacobin Foundation. Right now, you can subscribe to the print edition of Catalyst for … Read moreEcological Politics for the Working Class

Ask Labor Jane: How Can We Organize Worried Immigrant Workers?

Hi Jane,  I am an academic worker at the University of Pittsburgh organizing with the Graduate Student Organizing Committee. We met over the summer and went out to dinner for Mexican food when you came to Pittsburgh to do internal organizing with the United Steelworkers. I hope you are doing well! The university administration was … Read moreAsk Labor Jane: How Can We Organize Worried Immigrant Workers?

What the Left Should Do in Portugal

Riding a narrative of stability and economic growth, the center-left won elections in Portugal yesterday. But the country’s recovery is precarious. We need to push for a total break with austerity. Portugal’s prime minister Antonio Costa arrives ahead of a European Council meeting on Brexit at the Europa Building, European Parliament on April 10, 2019 … Read moreWhat the Left Should Do in Portugal

The Anatomy of MSNBC

More than any other media outlet, MSNBC embodies the politics and sensibility of Trump-era liberalism. But the network that many call the “liberal Fox News” wasn’t always liberal. MSNBC president Phil Griffin, Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell, and Chris Matthews speak during an MSNBC panel on August 2, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Frederick M. Brown … Read moreThe Anatomy of MSNBC

Buying the Tory Party

The recent Tory Party conference featured a perp walk of corporate ghouls — from public service privatizers to gig economy scammers and arms industry lobbyists — rubbing shoulders with government ministers. Jake Berry (left), minister of state, speaks on a panel discussion on the second day of the Conservative Party conference on September 30, 2019 … Read moreBuying the Tory Party

The Left Can Win in Portugal

Today, Portugal votes on whether to reelect a government influenced by the radical left — or else turn back toward the failed austerity policies of the neoliberal center. Portuguese prime minister António Costa speaks during a press conference on October 9, 2016 in Beijing, China. (Naohiko Hatta / Getty Images) On November 6, 1975, Portugal’s … Read moreThe Left Can Win in Portugal