|by Dan La Botz||Summer 2014|
The American political system, so highly polarized between conservative Republicans and moderate Democrats, has experienced in the last year some interesting changes on the left-hand margin of the national political scene.
|by Dan La Botz, Stephen R. Shalom, and Julia Wrigley||Summer 2014|
In this issue, we shift our focus toward domestic concerns, though we also look abroad with anxiety and trepidation.
|Dan La Botz June 24, 2014|
|by Bob Turansky June 23, 2014|
Göran Therborn. The Killing Fields of Inequality. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 2013. Hardback: $40.00 Paperback: $19.95 Kindle: $9.99
|by Bennett Muraskin June 22, 2014|
Like many of my generation, I was active in the left. From the mid to late 1960s to the late 1970s, I was affiliated with Trotskyist organizations. We considered ourselves revolutionaries and foresaw the day when the working class would rise up against capitalist oppression, overthrow the government, and establish a proletarian dictatorship. There was no doubt in our minds that this could not be accomplished without violence. When the revolutionary situation was ripe, we would need weapons.
|June 18, 2014|
Angela Walker, an independent socialist, is running for the office of Sheriff in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this coming November. Her campaign is part of a small trend of independent labor, Green Party, and socialist campaigns around the country that are discussed in a survey article by Dan La Botz in the forthcoming Summer issue of New Politics. Here La Botz interviews Walker to learn why she is running and what she hopes to accomplish.
|by Scott Jay June 16, 2014|
|Dan La Botz June 13, 2014|
Review of: Bryan D. Palmer. Revolutionary Teamsters: The Minneapolis Truckers’ Strike of 1934. Historical Materialism Book Series. Chicago: Haymarket, 2013. Appendix. Bibliography. Index. Photos. 308 pp.
|Lois Weiner June 13, 2014|
Tenure and teacher unions suffered a defeat this week when a California court ruled in the Vergara case that the state's law giving teachers tenure violated California's constitution. I've blogged about why the claims in Vergara were manufactured to pit students against teachers.
|by Martin Oppenheimer May 30, 2014|
What is the “Middle Class”?
|Lois Weiner May 21, 2014|
This brief story about the Philly TAG (Teacher Activist Group) conference suggests what was special about the occasion but it misses what was the most salient political feature of the conclave. Philly teachers who are committed to social justice have formed a caucus in their union, an AFT l
A distinctive strain within the New Left, both passionate and reasoned
|by Jesse Lemisch May 17, 2014|
Steve Kindred, my friend, brilliant Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) leader, organizer with Teamsters for a Democratic Union, activist in the struggle to keep the Stella d’Oro plant in the Bronx open, campaigner against a lockout of workers by Sotheby’s auction house—all this, and a thousand other causes. Steve is, for lack of a better word, “gone,” in a New York hospital, suffering from abdominal cancer, which has spread. Having been close to Steve and having admired and loved him now for 50 years, I am very sad.
|by Eric Schuster|
The salad days. Too cold or hot or wet for much of anything this time of year, and rereading E. P.
|Lois Weiner May 7, 2014|
This is “Teacher Appreciation Week.” Should we mark the occasion? How? Why?