For a Workers’ Olympics!
The Tokyo Olympics are an opportunity for athletes to demonstrate the pinnacles of physical accomplishment and show the best and worst of sports, but the games are controlled by a shady clique of capitalists and aristocrats. What could an alternative look like? Let’s check out the old Workers’ Olympiads.
Nathaniel FlakinJuly 22, 2021
Forget the Alamo (and the White Supremacist History You Learned in School)
School children in Texas are required to learn about the "Heroes of the Alamo." But that is a white supremacist myth that the so-called "Texas Revolution" was fought in defense of slavery.
Nathaniel FlakinJune 30, 2021
Sophie Scholl and Hans Berger: Why German Capitalism Celebrates Only One Nazi Resistance Fighter
Sophie Scholl, the best-known German resistance fighter against the Nazis, would have turned 100 today. The state-sponsored commemorations of her cover up a simple fact: most resistance fighters against the Nazis were socialists and communists.
Nathaniel FlakinMay 9, 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
Lessons of the 1934 Textile Strike: Their Relevance for Today
In the 1930s, hundreds of thousands of U.S. textile workers took advantage of new legislation and joined unions in an industry that had been facing economic hardship even before the Great Depression. Exploitative working conditions in the South led to one of the largest labor strikes in U.S. history --- one that suffered a bitter defeat. The story and its lessons deserve to be told.
Emma LeeApril 18, 2021
Lessons of the Commune
The Paris Commune, founded 150 years ago, ended in a bloody defeat. But this defeat offered lessons to revolutionaries around the world. Marx, Engels, Lenin, Trotsky, Luxemburg — all drew strategic lessons that were applied in the Russian Revolution.
Doug Enaa GreeneMarch 21, 2021