While the Covid-19 pandemic continues to rage around the globe and climate disaster is destroying the planet, billionaires are taking joyrides to space. Two healthcare workers who worked throughout the pandemic respond.Mike Pappas | August 2, 2021
After a half-hearted attempt to extend the eviction moratorium failed, the House of Representatives left for summer vacation.Emma Lee |
Over the past week, thousands of multi-ethnic Iranians have demonstrated in response to Iran’s water crisis and power blackouts. These protests, in conjunction with massive oil strikes and strikes in other sectors, highlight the discontent of a large swath of the Iranian population that faces a sanctions-battered economy and a repressive bourgeois regime.Maryam Alaniz | July 21, 2021
This manifesto was approved by the leaderships of the groups of the Trotskyist Fraction – Fourth International in April 2021.Trotskyist Fraction – Fourth International | April 18, 2021
Pfizer has announced record profits as a result of vaccine sales. While the world is in crisis, pharmaceutical companies are raking in billions of dollars from advance contracts and by preventing the release of patents.
The Biden administration added another repressive measure against migrants on top of Donald Trump’s already draconian Title 42. Now border patrol agents have the right to decide asylum cases.
Despite claims to reduce drone strikes, Joe Biden is bombing Somalia.
This month, on the heels of the country’s worst drought in a century, Brazil has experienced historic cold weather. The effects on agriculture could have negative consequences across the world.
Citizen’s arrest laws—a relic of colonial times—exist in all 50 states and were created to help catch slaves when Black people were considered property. Recently, private cops hired by the Seven Points Uptown shopping mall arrested activists in Uptown, Minneapolis. Laws and legality in bourgeois society function to maintain the racist-capitalist status quo. We must kick all cops, private or not, out of our communities and unions.
Target used empty antiracist gestures in reopening its East Lake Street store in Minneapolis, which was damaged during the George Floyd uprising. But featuring a woke mural and selling Black dolls will not hide its role in violent racist policing.
FROM THE MAGAZINE
Interview with Doug Greene, author of a new biography of Michael Harrington.
The political crisis in Peru has led to a renewed interest in José Carlos Mariátegui, Latin America’s greatest Marxist.
On Wednesday morning, UMWA coal miners picketed the Manhattan office of BlackRock to demand a better contract. These workers recognize that they put their lives on the line to keep society running while bosses collect the profits.
As prices for basic consumer goods rise, corporations like PepsiCo, which owns Frito-Lay, are raking in billions while paying their employees poverty wages and investing almost nothing in additional production.
Joseph Stalin committed numerous crimes against the international working class. But one of his greatest crimes was the support he gave to the foundation of the state of Israel. Trotskyists, in contrast, have always opposed Zionism.
Allende’s experience was the most radical attempt to achieve socialism through elections and gradual reforms. What went wrong?
GENDER & SEXUALITY
After a homophobic hate crime, thousands take to the streets.
This Pride weekend, we remember and celebrate the Stonewall uprising led by trans women of color. Although we have won some concessions, we have so much more to fight for. We must look past all of the trappings of rainbow capitalism — which seek to distract us from the work we still have to do — and understand that our role, like that of our elders before us, is to fight for queer liberation and the end of capitalism.
While signing an executive order to expand competition and crack down on monopolistic practices, Joe Biden said that “capitalism without competition isn’t capitalism. It’s exploitation.” His statement reflects a long-standing assumption among both classical and more left-leaning economists alike that increasing monopolization is the source of increasing exploitation under capitalism. What do they get wrong? Economist Michael Roberts explains.
Accelerating inflation may be an issue right now in the U.S. and other recovering capitalist economies. But for capitalism, profitability is the real benchmark and that can be hit by wage rises on the one hand and interest rises on the other.
The Boynton neighborhood, where activist Emma Lockridge resides, is located within Detroit 48217, known as Michigan’s most polluted zip code. For the past eight years, Emma and her community have been fighting to force Marathon Petroleum to buy out their homes.
Record-breaking temperatures were felt across the Pacific Northwest in the past week, affecting 13 million people and creating deadly wildfires and thunderstorms. The connection between extreme weather and climate change is as clear as ever, but neither Biden nor Trudeau are capable of taking meaningful action.
Left Voice is part of an international network of revolutionary online newspapers. That network is published by the Trotskyist Fraction.
In response to widespread protests of economic instability and a poorly handled pandemic response, Tunisian President Kais Saied consolidated power on Sunday by suspending parliament and dismissing the prime minister.
On Saturday, July 24, the NYPD once again brutalized community members in Brooklyn who were trying to reclaim an unused storefront.
FROM THE SOCIALIST HEALTHCARE COLLECTIVE
As a healthcare worker in New York City, I write this as a way to process and grieve, as less than 72 hours ago, another human was killed at the hands of the capitalist healthcare system. In the past, I have written about capitalism’s detrimental effects on our lives, and I have personally seen countless suffer and die at the hands of these systems in the healthcare setting. Today is different, as this death is more personal. This time the for-profit healthcare system under capitalism killed my grandfather.
The year of the coronavirus pandemic is drawing to a close. What are the trends in the economy, the political situation, and the class struggle in the year to come?