Scott is a writer, editor, and longtime socialist activist who lives in the Boston area.
New Imperialist Sanctions on Cuba
The Biden administration announced new sanctions on the Cuban government on July 22. But these new measures do nothing for the Cuban people, including those who have been protesting in recent days. They serve only the interests of U.S. imperialism.
Scott CooperJuly 23, 2021
Cuba’s Homegrown Covid-19 Vaccines Put Human Needs Before Profits
More good news from Cuba about Covid-19 vaccines, which means that help is on the way for the world’s most impoverished people who are being left to suffer and die by imperialism.
Scott CooperJuly 7, 2021
Capitalist Urban Planning Makes the Case for Socialism
Progressive politicians talk about “community control” of housing and transportation. It is never real.
Scott CooperJune 6, 2021
Every Jew Should Be Unequivocally Anti-Zionist
As the apartheid occupier of Palestine --- known as the State of Israel --- continues its brutal assault in Jerusalem as part of yet another land grab, it’s worth reviewing what Zionism is all about. It has nothing to do with Judaism, and is actually its polar opposite.
Scott CooperMay 13, 2021
On Lenin’s Birthday, Let’s Give a Shout Out for Some of His Greatest Contributions
Among the giants whose shoulders today’s revolutionaries stand upon, few loom as large as Lenin. To commemorate his birthday, here are four of his greatest contributions to revolutionary theory and practice.
Scott CooperApril 22, 2021
The National Guard Is No Friend of Workers and the Oppressed: A Lesson from Ludlow
On this day in 1914, the National Guard slaughtered striking miners and their wives and children in Ludlow, Colorado. The National Guard has never been a friend of the working class, even if its members come from that class. No wonder unionists expelled the National Guard recently from the St. Paul Labor Center, which it was using to launch its forays into Brooklyn Center, Minnesota after the police killing of Daunte Wright.
Scott CooperApril 20, 2021
Bessemer Union Falls Short, But United Rank-and-File Workers Can and Will Win at Amazon
Unionization efforts at Amazon are not going away. To beat the capitalist behemoth, workers will need to abandon “unionism-as-usual” and empower rank-and-file workers to fight and win organizing drives without relying on the ballot box alone.
Scott CooperApril 11, 2021
This is What Imperialism Looks Like: Haiti Does Not Have a Single Vaccine
The impoverished island nation of Haiti is in political turmoil, which is contributing to its people not yet receiving a single dose of Covid-19 vaccine.
Scott CooperApril 7, 2021
Witnesses Agree: Chauvin Murdered Floyd, Ignoring their Pleas
During the first few days of the Derek Chauvin murder trial, we’ve learned that the “crime” George Floyd was accused of could have been handled with a ticket under standard policing protocol, and that the cops refused to let a trained EMT save Floyd’s life. No wonder: taking the lives of Black men is standard operating procedure for police departments across the country.
Scott CooperApril 1, 2021
When a Hedge Fund Fails in Capitalism’s Casino, Workers Take a Hit
The collapse of a little-known hedge fund is a reminder that even if workers don’t spend their own time or money directly gambling in the capitalist casino known as the “markets,” the money the wealthy use to play pretty much all comes from us.
Scott CooperMarch 31, 2021
The Giant Container Ship Stuck in the Suez Canal is a Metaphor for Capitalism in Crisis
With the giant container ship MV Ever Given blocking the passage of ships through the Suez Canal, capitalists around the world are scrambling to figure out how to deal with yet another blow to their global supply chains that have been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
Scott CooperMarch 27, 2021
Federal Reserve Gearing Up for Banks to Share Their Wealth … with the Rich
An announcement yesterday is warming the hearts of bankers and other capitalists across the United States. They’ve been waiting impatiently for the end of pandemic-related restrictions that have kept them from some of their favorite ways of further enriching themselves and their wealthiest friends.
Scott CooperMarch 26, 2021
The Legend of “Full Employment” Under Capitalism
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has been talking about the United States achieving “full employment” next year --- buttressed by this morning’s lower-than-expected new jobless claims numbers. But the very idea of every worker having a job is absolutely anathema to the capitalist system.
Scott CooperMarch 25, 2021
Amazon Workers in Italy Stage 24-Hour Strike
As Amazon workers in Alabama fight for a union, workers in Italy disrupted Amazon operations across that country in a one-day strike yesterday to call attention to their horrendous working conditions as the company rakes in greater profits than ever.
Scott CooperMarch 23, 2021
New Study: Ultra-Wealthy Are Paying Even Less Taxes than You Think
Donald Trump paid $750 in taxes for an entire year. But he is no exception. Not only does capitalism’s laws provide the super-rich with all sorts of ways to avoid paying taxes, they also are rarely audited.
Scott CooperMarch 22, 2021
This Day in 2003: Imperialist “Shock and Awe” Devastates Iraq
The United States began its war on Iraq in 2003 with a massive bombing assault on Baghdad. The entire war was based on a series of lies aimed at masking the real objective: a regime change that would spark a remaking of the Middle East to serve U.S. imperialist interests in the region.
Scott CooperMarch 19, 2021
New Unemployment Numbers Reveal the Truth about Economic Recovery
Skeptical about capitalist claims that we will soon be “flush with cash” and out boosting the economy? The latest weekly increase in claims for unemployment benefits shows the real truth about the system of exploitation the working class confronts every day.
Scott CooperMarch 18, 2021
If You Do One “Irish” Thing Today, Watch “The Wind that Shakes the Barley”
St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect occasion to watch the best film ever made about the Irish fight for freedom against British occupation in the early 20th century.
Scott CooperMarch 17, 2021
“Right-to-Work” Laws Are an Assault on Union Organizing
The closed shop is a powerful weapon of the working class. This week, legislatures in Montana and Colorado defeated efforts to turn their states into anti-union right-to-work states like Alabama, where Amazon workers in Bessemer are fighting to form a union.
Scott CooperMarch 4, 2021
A Cuban Covid Vaccine Could Help Save the World’s Most Vulnerable
Cuba’s remarkably successful state-owned biotech sector is on the cusp of completing development of a novel vaccine for Covid-19 that it will use to immunize its own population. But its plans to produce nearly 10 times what’s needed for that, and Cuba’s long history of medical internationalism, is a promising sign for those whom capitalist vaccination programs are leaving behind.
Scott CooperMarch 1, 2021
“Armed self-defense is a fact of life in black communities”: The Story of Robert F. Williams
Robert F. Williams put militant, organized self-defense on the agenda for Black people across the United States during the civil rights movement. His influence was widespread, and his legacy persists.
Scott CooperFebruary 9, 2021
The Capitalists and their Economists Are at War Over Stimulus
Bourgeois economists, like the politicians they serve, are fighting over the Biden stimulus plan. Helping those of us who might get checks is not the aim. It’s a battle over the best way to rescue capitalism from another crisis of its own making.
Scott CooperJanuary 31, 2021
People Before Profits: We Must Have More Vaccine Doses Now
The news is full of governors and mayors complaining that they don’t have enough doses of the Covid-19 vaccines to implement their distribution plans. That’s not because of a lack of manufacturing capacity. It’s all about capitalism’s priorities.
Scott CooperJanuary 26, 2021
“Bourgeois Democracy”: What Do Marxists Mean by That Term?
The inauguration of a new U.S. president is a moment to reflect on the kind of democracy Marxists fight for, and on the true character of the pseudo-democracy used to administer the United States on behalf of the capitalist class.
Scott CooperJanuary 23, 2021
How We Fight to Win: The United Front versus the Popular Front
As 2021 unfolds, the question of strategy may confront the working class in ways it has not in decades. The strength to fight back against a capitalist onslaught of austerity coupled with an insurgent right wing will hinge on whether the working class unites itself or allies with our class enemies.
Scott CooperJanuary 16, 2021