Juan Cruz Ferre
Juan is a writer and editor for Left Voice. He is a political activist and medical doctor from Argentina and is currently pursuing a PhD in Sociology at the City University of New York. Follow him on twitter: @WorkerTF
Four Strategies for Socialism
Juan Cruz FerreNovember 1, 2020
Government Burns Down Shelters in Mass Eviction of Land Occupation in Argentina
For the past three months, a large plot of empty land in Guernica, Argentina has become home to thousands of people facing homelessness as a result of the country’s worsening housing crisis. On Thursday morning, the “progressive” Kirchnerist government of the Province of Buenos Aires sent the police to violently evict the encampment, setting fire to people’s shelters and displacing thousands of families.
Juan Cruz FerreOctober 29, 2020
A Defeatist Left Won’t Save Us: A Critique of DSA Emerge
A comradely critique to DSA Emerge’s statement on the party question.
Juan Cruz FerreOctober 7, 2020
If There Is to Be Any Future for the U.S. Left, We Must Break with Sanders and the Democrats
The class struggle sparked by the pandemic and the uprising against racist police brutality are showing the limits of incrementalist politics. While millions are asking for radical change, Bernie Sanders puts forward lukewarm reforms and strives to secure electoral support for Joe Biden.
Juan Cruz FerreJune 30, 2020
The Pandemic and the Anti-Police Uprising Are Reshaping the Terrain of Class Struggle
A new period of class struggle is unfolding, marked by a shift to the left in the political situation, attempts to co-opt a disruptive anti-racist and anti-police movement, and two actors — the labor movement and the socialist left — that might come out of it much stronger if they rise to the occasion.
Juan Cruz FerreJune 16, 2020
No Pigs Allowed: Let’s Kick Cops Out of Our Unions
The call to remove police unions from labor confederations and working-class organizations is gaining renewed force as hundreds of thousands rise up against racist police brutality.
Juan Cruz FerreJune 9, 2020
We Need to Nationalize Health Care Now!
Our for-profit healthcare system was already broken before the pandemic. Now it has proved to be awfully inadequate to respond to the crisis. The only rational solution is to nationalize all hospitals and health-related industries.
Juan Cruz FerreApril 13, 2020
Second Time as Farce: 4 Theses on the Defeat of Sanders
The DSA’s strategy around the Sanders campaign has been an unmitigated failure that has only strengthened the Democratic Party. In this moment of crisis the need for a party of the working class that fights for socialism is more important than ever.
Juan Cruz FerreApril 10, 2020
The U.S. Tops the World in COVID-19 Deaths Per Day. This Is How We Got Here
The public health crisis unfolding in the U.S. as a result of the coronavirus pandemic may be unprecedented, but it was not unavoidable. Here are five measures that could have been taken to mitigate this tragedy and prevent countless deaths.
Juan Cruz FerreApril 2, 2020
Pandemic, the Left, and Workers’ Power
In the face of the economic and public health crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Left oscillates between mutual aid efforts and parliamentary impotence. We need to take part in workers’ struggles today and prepare for the coming upsurge.
Juan Cruz FerreMarch 31, 2020
Want 80,000 ventilators? Expropriate GM and Ventec Now!
The covid-19 pandemic is killing hundreds of people a day in the U.S. alone. We need drastic measures to address the scarcity of ventilators and protective gear.
Juan Cruz FerreMarch 27, 2020
This Is Why We Need a Party for Socialists in the U.S.
The recent maneuvers to give Biden’s campaign a boost show that the Democratic Party remains firmly in the grip of big U.S. capitalists. Only an independent political organization of the working class, one that fights to end capitalism, will uncompromisingly fight for workers’ interests and for the highest form of democracy.
Juan Cruz FerreMarch 5, 2020
How to Win Medicare for All? Call for a Nationwide Mobilization Now
A main talking point among moderate pundits is that Medicare for All is not politically feasible. A mass nationwide mobilization will show that a vast majority of people support it, and that the social force to win it is there.
Juan Cruz FerreFebruary 29, 2020
Sanders Has Become the Curse and the Hope of the Democratic Party
Sanders’s strong showing in Nevada worries the Democratic establishment. He represents a challenge as well as a boost to the Democratic Party.
Juan Cruz FerreFebruary 23, 2020
It’s Time for the Left to Build a Force Outside the Democratic Party
The unprecedented delay in the release of results from the Iowa caucuses is only the latest proof that the Democratic Party is bankrupt and no home for a socialist project.
Juan Cruz FerreFebruary 4, 2020
The Press and the Party
What is the role of a publication in the long-term strategy for socialism?
Juan Cruz FerreDecember 21, 2019
Revolutionary Rehearsals in Chile’s Uprising
While there have been multiple attempts to tame and repress Chile’s mobilizations, they are still underway. The outcome of this uprising could change the political situation in Latin America and beyond.
Juan Cruz FerreNovember 22, 2019
What’s Behind the Popular Uprising in Chile?
The explosive unrest in the streets of Chile is the backlash against decades of the most extreme neoliberal policies. The political regime inherited from the military dictatorship is in deep crisis.
Juan Cruz FerreOctober 21, 2019
No, ‘Medicare for All’ Won’t Take Away Anyone’s Health Insurance
A broad spectrum of conservatives–from centrist Democrats to CNN hosts–love to say that ‘Medicare for All’ will take away your insurance. It is just a lie to shield the profits of the health insurance industry.
Juan Cruz FerreAugust 14, 2019
Writing for the Revolution
This past Sunday, 35 people attended Left Voice’s Revolutionary Journalism School in New York City.
Juan Cruz FerreAugust 6, 2019
Class Politics and the Democratic Debate
This week’s Democratic debates showed increasing confrontations among the candidates. Despite some progressive proposals, a working-class perspective is still out of the conversation.
Juan Cruz FerreAugust 1, 2019
Reform or Revolution, 2019 Edition
The old debate between Luxemburg and Bernstein is back: reform or revolution? But now it is Chris Maisano from the DSA and Jacobin defending electoral politics, while Tim Horras of the Philly Socialists argues for revolution and “base building.” Here, Juan Cruz Ferre of Left Voice explains why we need a revolutionary workers’ party.
Juan Cruz FerreJuly 28, 2019
Was the New Deal Racist?
The New Deal has been historically recognized as having a built-in anti-black bias. Jacobin magazine is trying to whitewash it.
Juan Cruz FerreJuly 9, 2019
Sanders’ Speech Explains His Vision of Socialism—It Sounds a Lot like New Deal Liberalism
Bernie Sanders likened himself to FDR and pledged to take up the “unfinished business" of the New Deal. His speech was a call for national unity to fight fascism. But his description of democratic socialism sounded a lot like any other European welfare state.
Juan Cruz FerreJune 13, 2019
The U.S.-China Trade War and the Race for Global Hegemony
The escalating trade war with China has U.S capitalists trembling. Yet they simultaneously crave access to the Chinese domestic market. A battle for global hegemony looms on the horizon.
Juan Cruz FerreJune 12, 2019
How Are Radical Reforms Won? Lessons From the New Deal
The New Deal’s Wagner Act was the biggest concession ever given to U.S. labor. The dominant narrative is that we should thank FDR or Senator Robert Wagner for it. But a close examination shows that it was thanks to radical labor activists and a wave of labor unrest that workers won their rights.
Juan Cruz FerreMay 24, 2019
We Need More Leninism, Not Less
The sudden and rapid demise of the International Socialist Organization (ISO) has sparked a debate about party building, internal democracy and the kind of organization that socialists need in the fight against capitalism.
Juan Cruz FerreMay 4, 2019
What Is the Role of Socialists in the Unions?
Any organization that aims to bring about socialism needs to seriously build power in the working class. The question is how to put these efforts in the service of a strategy for socialism.
Juan Cruz FerreMarch 25, 2019
New York Nurses Announce Strike
Ten thousand nurses at four hospitals in NYC will strike on April 2 unless management improves their offer. Their main demand is safe staffing ratios.
Juan Cruz FerreMarch 18, 2019
Internationalism or State Department Socialism?
A renewed U.S. left is forging its own identity—and anti-imperialism needs to be front and center. Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders’ soft imperialism runs counter to the building of an internationalist left.
Juan Cruz FerreMarch 12, 2019