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The National Education Association Flunks a Crucial Test

Ann Robertson

Organized labor has the resources to pursue its own political agenda where it defends the interests of all working people in the face of this current historic corporate attack. As a start, it could mobilize working people in massive demonstrations to demand that the politicians respond to the needs of the majority of Americans: full […]

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How to Defend Unions From the Corporate Attacks

Ann Robertson

The following article was the basis of remarks by Ann Robertson at a public forum devoted to addressing the significance of the recent assaults on labor unions. The forum took place in Seaside, California, on April 14, 2011. The Big Picture I want to begin by clarifying the larger context within which all of the […]

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Obama, petrolio, menzogne e denaro

Ann Robertson

Ann Robertson [This is the Italian translation of Obama, Oil, Lies, and Money.] Il disastro del petrolio della BP nella regione del Golfo, che sta distruggendo irreversibilmente degli habitat sensibili della vita selvaggia mentre mette senza lavoro migliaia di persone il cui sostentamento dipende dall’ambiente, offre ancora un altro esempio di come opera il governo, […]

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Obama, Oil, Lies and Money

Ann Robertson

Ann Robertson The BP oil disaster in the Gulf region, which is irreversibly destroying sensitive wildlife habitats while putting thousands of people out of work whose livelihood depended on the environment, offers yet one more example of how the government operates, whether Democrats or Republicans are at the helm. It should come as little surprise […]

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Il vento sta cambiando

Ann Robertson

di Ann Robertson e Bill Leumer (The Political Winds Are Changing) 10 novembre 2009 Il movimento sindacale sta cominciando a muoversi dopo decenni di arresti e sconfitte. Avendo abbracciato il concetto di una partnership con i datori di lavoro, la maggior parte dei funzionari sindacali hanno rinunciato ad ogni ricorso agli scioperi, l’unica arma efficace […]

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The California Budget and Class War

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Ann Robertson

On February 19, the California legislature, after weeks of wrangling, passed a special budget to address the historically high $42 billion deficit. It represents an unadulterated washout for working people who are attacked on almost every front by the Democratic Party, which controls a broad majority in the legislature. (more…)

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The End Of Capitalism?

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Ann Robertson

Hence, capitalism is a system that embraces greed; its defenders insist that to do otherwise would be hopelessly naive and utopian. But, they continue, by placing certain restrictions on greed, such as rules of ownership and regulations governing production, distribution and exchange of property, capitalism succeeds in harnessing greed in order to maximize its effectiveness. […]

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Obama’s Campaign Promises And The Laws Of Capitalism

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Ann Robertson

Obama’s Campaign Promises Ann Robertson Throughout his campaign, Obama made repeated overtures to working people. He talked about job creation, a tax cut for the middle class, health care, education, the rescinding of the lavish tax cuts for the rich, clean energy, facilitating unionization, and the elimination of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy for […]

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The Revolutionary Dialectic and the Liberation of Humanity

Ann Robertson

In developing this philosophical outlook, Marx based himself on great thinkers that had preceded him, but went beyond them in developing further those ideas and providing new insights. He developed his dialectics from Hegel, the great German philosopher. Here Ann Robertson in the USA provides an interesting examination of the development of dialectics from Hegel […]

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Capitalism and the Attack on Public Education

Ann Robertson

Ann Robertson During the past several decades, government funding for public education on all levels has declined and in some cases plummeted, leaving students languishing in overcrowded classrooms housed in dilapidated buildings. An examination into why this is happening offers a glimpse into the ugly mechanisms that fuel capitalism in its onward quest to plunge […]

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A Short Introduction to Marx’s Das Kapital

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Ann Robertson

Ann Robertson Marx’s analysis of capitalism, unlike bourgeois accounts, is conducted from a historical perspective. In other words, Marx was keenly aware that during the march of history, one economic system, because of internal, irreconcilable contradictions, has been replaced by another until it too falls victim to similar contradictions. Of course, when one is born […]

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Marxismo e Anarchia: Le radici filosofiche del conflitto Marx-Bakunin (Prima parte)

Ann Robertson

Ancora una volta affermo che, non essendo un fedele discepolo di Marx, non ho l’autorità per esprimere un giudizio. La mia impressione, per quello che può valere, è che il primo Marx fosse espressione del tardo Illuminismo, divenuto col tempo un’attivista piuttosto autoritario e un’analista critico del capitalismo, che aveva poco da dire rispetto ad […]

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Marxism and Anarchism: The Philosophical Roots of the Marx-Bakunin Conflict

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Ann Robertson

This article is available as a PDF.  Please see the Publications page. This the first part of this article has been translated into Greek and Italian. Introduction Again, I’m not enough of a Marx scholar to pretend to an authoritative judgment. My impression, for what it is worth, is that the early Marx was very much […]

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A Better World is Possible With Socialism

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Ann Robertson

But socialism is more than being well paid for the work one does. It truly revolutionizes how society operates. The capitalist system, in which a small number of capitalists are allowed to subordinate everyone else’s interests to their own – sometimes perverse – pleasures, is replaced with a democratic structure in which the working class […]

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Socialism: What It Is and What It Is Not

Socialism: What It Is and What It Is Not
Ann Robertson

“Socialism!” The mere uttering of the word conjures up the most horrifying nightmare for a small, extremely rich minority who, because it monopolizes the productive forces of society-the factories and businesses that make up our economy – succeed in pursuing unlimited profit and unimaginable riches by allotting to the rest of humanity an increasingly smaller […]

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Book Review: The Return of Depression Economics

Ann Robertson

Krugman’s theory appears progressively bankrupt when we discover that he is not only prepared to abandon the majority of the world’s nations, which are struggling to survive in the capitalist system, but he is equally prepared to turn his back on the majority of the inhabitants of the wealthy nations; for he concedes that in […]

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