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The Coronavirus Strikes and their Significance, So Far

[PDF][Print]Across the United States we are seeing workers walk off the job in wildcat strikes in response to the employers’ failure either to shut down the workplace or to make it safe. The strikes are too . . .

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Biden Should Drop Out Amid Credible Assault Allegation

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I just listened to former Senate aide Tara Reade vividly, calmly, and tearfully recount how the presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden nonconsensually penetrated her with his fingers. Reade was a . . .

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The Storm Is Now Upon Us

[PDF][Print]This article was written for L’Anticapitaliste, the biweekly newspaper of the New Anticapitalist Party (NPA) of France.
Like the front edge of a furious storm, the coronavirus pandemic has reached and begun to ravage the United States, . . .

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An Ideological War

[PDF][Print]I believe that there is an ideological war going on right now and that the left needs to be prepared to do battle. In the very first days of this crisis, we saw moratoriums on evictions, . . .

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Puerto Rican Educators: Fighting for Health and Safety in the Face of Covid-19

[PDF][Print]Barricades block the entrance to the Governor’s mansion known as La Fortaleza in San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 18, 2020. – On Sunday March 15, Puerto Rico’s Governor Wanda Vazquez imposed a curfew and ordered . . .

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America Faces the Deluge

[PDF][Print]This article was written for L’Anticapitaliste, the biweekly newspaper of the New Anticapitalist Party (NPA) of France.
The United States stands before the deluge. Coronavirus is spreading, the economy is collapsing, anxiety is everywhere. Federal and state government . . .

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A Medical, Economic and Social Crisis

[PDF][Print]The global coronavirus outbreak is not (fortunately) the end of civilization, nor is it (unfortunately) the end of capitalism. It is, however, a very deep systemic crisis with interlocking public health, environmental and economic dimensions — . . .

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The Agony of Academic Labor

A Response to Curtis Rumrill

[PDF][Print]When I first considered writing a retort to Curtis Rumrill’s piece, “Why These Wildcats Will Weaken Us,” I thought it best to refute his argument on the grounds of its . . .

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Fifteen Years of Urban Entrepreneurialism: Lessons from New Orleans

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It has been fifteen years since Hurricane Katrina descended on the Gulf Coast, leaving mass destruction in its wake. New Orleans, one of the places most severely hit, was . . .

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The American Working Class, Coronavirus, and the Recession

This article was originally written for Viento Sur, a political magazine published in the Spanish state.

Will Omar’s PEACE Plan Bring Peace?

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Rep. Ilhan Omar put forward the Pathway to PEACE (Progressive, Equitable, and Constructive Engagement), a package of seven bills to move U.S. foreign policy in a progressive direction on . . .

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Human Rights Violations in New York City and the Urgency to Alleviate Suffering

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On January 31, 2019 Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio conducted a rushed press conference where they signed an agreement between Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the New . . .

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Revolution in Permanence in Syria, After the Uprisings

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Joseph Daher, Syria After the Uprisings: The Political Economy of State Resilience. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2019.
The Swiss-Syrian Marxist academic Joseph Daher’s sweeping study, Syria After the Uprisings, represents an important contribution to our political and historical . . .

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France: Covid-19: A Very Political Virus

[PDF][Print]I’ll begin by telling you a story. In August 1940, when the Luftwaffe was crushing London with its bombs, British bourgeois politicians were very reluctant to open the subway system so that people could take refuge . . .

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Coronavirus Pandemic Exposes Inhumanity of Capitalism. What Can Socialists Do?

We need to change the dominant discourse from one focused on fear of “the other” to one that challenges the capitalist system’s failure to put humanity and nature at the center of our concerns. There are structural reasons that prevent capitalism from prioritizing public health.

Uyghur Self-Determination in the Great Game

[PDF][Print]Wang Ke, tr. Carissa Fletcher. The East Turkestan Independence Movement, 1930s to 1940s. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 2019. 384 pp.
The horrific oppressive order in China’s far-western Xinjiang region—with perhaps a million or more ethnic Uyghurs . . .

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Demands from Grassroots Organizers Concerning COVID-19

[PDF][Print]Greetings friends, I spent about 48 hours working on this resource because I believe it is needed. I hope that you will find it useful in your work and advocacy.  – Kelly
The Trump administration has botched its . . .

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East Bay DSA: Solidarity with the UC Wildcat Strike Open Letter

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Our hope was that this could be an official letter officially supported by the East Bay DSA, but that has not come together. Instead, we are issuing this open letter as individual members of the East . . .

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Instead, They Awoke a Nation: Environmental Justice in Kahuku

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New Politics editor’s note: This interview, originally published in Earth First! Journal‘s winter 2019-20 issue and posted here with permission, outlines Hawaii’s Ku Kia’i Kahuku environmental justice struggle against a large wind energy installation, the island’s . . .

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Why is Biden Winning?

[PDF][Print]Joe Biden turned out to be the big winner on Super Tuesday. While not all of the votes have been counted, Biden seems likely to end up with a majority. He is now positioned to do . . .

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Can Bernie Sanders Make the Democratic Party a Democratic Party?

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The Democratic Party has been a perennial subject of hope, betrayal and befuddlement for so many on the left, in part because it’s so hard to define. It . . .

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