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“Growth, Thy Name Is Suffering”

Chinese workers, the migrants from the country’s interior, call themselves the generation without a future or the generation without hope. They are young and leave the countryside to seek a better life in the city. But very quickly they become disillusioned by the living hell of the factory, of solitude. It is all hell. Working for Foxconn or any of the other industrial giants leaves them little or nothing. Words dance in their heads. They have a few sheets of paper on which to write them down. Their poems give us raw insight into the life of a Chinese worker.

Leonava Whale

August 1, 2020

Why Hamilton Is the Most Right-Wing Musical on Broadway

In the midst of a movement against systemic racism, Disney has released a filmed version of the musical Hamilton. But when one looks past its diverse cast and enjoyable score, it becomes clear that Hamilton glamorizes slave owners.

Ezra Brain

July 7, 2020

A Poem To Leftists Who Object to Violence

As uprisings sweep the United States, there is a small minority of socialists who object to "violence," "looting," etc. We have published a number of articles about this — but really, this poem sums it up better than any article. It is about a revolutionary who wants to avoid damaging street lights at all costs.

Left Voice

June 8, 2020

Cuts to Public Arts Got you Down? We Need a Free and Public Netflix

Working people deserve good entertainment. We can do better than Netflix.

Kimberly Ann

April 25, 2020

We Want Bread, But Roses Too: 5 Movies on the Picket Line

During times of intense class struggle, workers of the world find power and strength in their solidarity. Here are some of the best films based on the historical and militant organization of the working class.

Kimberly Ann

April 21, 2020

Now That’s What I Call Protest Music: 10 Songs from the Picket Line

There is no way of getting through the toughest times of the class struggle without music. These are songs that give striking comrades they need to continue the fight.

Kimberly Ann

April 20, 2020

4 (More) Socialist Movies to Watch During Quarantine

Since millions of workers around the world are currently under quarantine, now is the perfect time for socialists to catch up on the classics of leftwing cinema. Here are four more movies for the lockdown that focus on themes of antifascism, labor, capitalism, and imperialism. 

Shalon van Tine

April 12, 2020

4 Socialist Movies to Watch During Quarantine

Many throughout the U.S. and the world have been forced into varying levels of social distancing and isolation. Here are some socialist films to ease the boredom and loneliness and inspire you with depictions of comrades fighting for revolution!

Kimberly Ann

March 29, 2020

Woke Cop-aganda? HBO’s Watchmen’s Hits and Misses

The HBO series Watchmen makes some accurate observations about American racism going back a century, but it ultimately fails to reflect the central nature of the relationship between class, race, and the role of police in present-day America. Despite this weakness, the series inadvertently warns against the idea that individual heroism can replace the strength of organized fightback. Warning: spoilers abound!

Francesca Gomes

March 5, 2020