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Interpreting Jon Stewart’s Politics

Shamus Cooke

Any criticism of Jon Stewart must begin with enthusiastic praise: his Daily Show is where millions of people go for important news that is purposely ignored by the mainstream media. Consequently, both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have become icons of the political Left. During the Bush administration, their shows highlighted the lies and hypocrisies used to engage […]

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Republicans Poised for Success

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Brad Forrest

Brad Forrest The Democratic Party majorities in Congress may be a thing of the past, if campaign spending has anything to do with it. It’s the age of austerity! This is the battle cry of the ruling class as a response to the greatest slump since the Great Depression. “Bond markets” demand that the public […]

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We Must Fight! (WERC Flyer for the G20 Protest in Pittsburgh)

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WERC

Workers Emergency Recovery Campaign The Workers Emergency Recovery Campaign (WERC), a national campaign dedicated to organizing working people to fight for their own interests, strongly supports the protest demonstration organized by the Bailout People, Not Banks at the G20 meeting in Pittsburgh, PA. The G20 represents the wealthiest people from the wealthiest nations in the […]

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How Corporations Own Congress

Shamus Cooke

  With the November elections quickly approaching, the majority of Americans will be thinking one thing: “Who cares?” This apathy isn’t due to ignorance, as some accuse. Rather, working people’s disinterest in the two party system implies intelligence: millions of people understand that both the Democrats and Republicans will not represent their interests in Congress.This […]

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Jerry Brown Widens The Chasm Between Labor and the Democratic Party

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Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer

Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer With the November elections rapidly approaching, most Americans are unimpressed and uninvolved, having concluded that elections have changed little in their struggling lives, despite all the promises of politicians. But a minority of the population is intensely immersed in partisan politics, doing whatever they can to promote the politicians of […]

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All Out for October 2nd, But For Which Demands?

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Workers Action

Workers Emergency Recovery Campaign The official organizing for the October 2nd Washington, D.C. demonstration, which we hope will be massive, has allowed us to catch a glimpse of a crucial ambiguity underlying the event. Will this demonstration be aimed at demanding that the government finally address the real needs of working people, now that it […]

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The Disaster in Pakistan: Legacy of Colonialism

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Brad Forrest

Brad Forrest The humanitarian disaster that is engulfing Pakistan due to the monstrous monsoon rains is partly due to the nature of the unavoidable natural disaster, the worst rains in a generation, but it is partly also due to the baneful effects of colonial slavery in the economically backward region. The torrent of rain has […]

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Teachers and Democrats Head for Divorce

Shamus Cooke

It’s best to quickly recognize the red flags in any failing relationship. This way, ties can be severed rather than allow things to linger forever in dysfunction. For Democrats and teachers’ unions, the writing is on the wall. The two are simply going in opposite directions.  The Democrats continue on the road to corporate-inspired charter schools, using […]

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Venezuela: The Imperfect Revolution

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EvaGolinger

Workers Action Introduction We believe that the following article provides useful information about Venezuela’s current situation. However, there is one formulation which we would like to comment on. Eva Golinger states: “Venezuela — like it or not — is on an irrevocable path to revolution.” We do not believe that Venezuela has crossed the point […]

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President Barack Obama: The Balance Sheet

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Brad Forrest

Brad Forrest The George W. Bush years seem like a distant and very unhappy memory these days. But it should be remembered that it was the disastrous policies of the Republican Party and the same open and unabashed representatives of big business that figured prominently in bringing about the victory of Barack Obama. The ascendancy […]

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Nepal Maoists Force Prime Minister to Resign

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Brad Forrest

Brad Forrest Nepal is headed once again for more civil strife after what seemed to be an end to a decade-long insurgency of that country’s Maoist fighters. The latest political crisis for the Maoists is that they demanded that Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal resign, which he did on June 30, and that a new […]

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The Gulf Oil Disaster Will Not Change U.S. Energy Policy

Shamus Cooke

As is typical with U.S. politicians and media, an extremely serious topic has nearly been reduced to absurdity. Once the urgency of the Gulf oil eruption has been fully sterilized, the stage will be set for business as usual politics — with the corporations comfortably in the driver seat. But the corporate establishment cannot act […]

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The Rift Between Teachers and Democrats Widens

Shamus Cooke

The corporate media is brutally honest on rare occasions. Take for example a recent article in The New York Times Magazine, titled The Teachers’ Union’s Last Stand. The title itself is surprisingly sincere, since it admits that the nation’s teachers are being targeted for attack by the Obama Administration, through his “Race to the Top” […]

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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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Who’s Going To Pay The Tab Left Behind by Andy Stern? The Cost of Labor Civil War

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Shamus Cooke

Introduction by Workers Action Workers Action is reproducing the following article — with the author’s permission — that originally appeared in Counterpunch. The article contains important information for our readers, especially those who are following the trade union movement closely. We believe, however, that the article would have been stronger if it had adopted a […]

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Why Teachers Unions Matter

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Shamus Cooke

Nowadays a newspaper cannot be opened — or a TV turned on — without one being subjected to anti-teacher misinformation. The anti-teacher hysteria looks diverse, but underneath the surface both sides seek to dislodge teachers’ unions: the right-wing trashes teachers’ unions outright, while the “liberal” media takes a more subtle, sophisticated approach, blaming the state […]

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The Drive To Eliminate Social Security Accelerates

Shamus Cooke

In Washington each new day brings a fresh call to “reform entitlement programs” — Social Security, Medicare, etc., (in Congress, the word “reform” now means to eliminate, or drastically reduce). Tackling Social Security has been on the to-do list of the corporate elite for years, and they’re not waiting any longer. After years of promoting […]

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Socialism or Barbarism: The Choice is Ours

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Finian Cunningham

Finian Cunnigham Time is of the essence. Given the descent into barbarism that the world is witnessing as a result of the breakdown in capitalism, there is a very real danger that US-led militarism could escalate even further from its existing criminal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan/Pakistan into an all-out conflagration with any number of […]

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South Carolina AFL-CIO Resolution

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WERC

In Support of a Labor-Sponsored March on Washington and Letter from the Workers Emergency Recovery Campaign Co-Conveners Introduction by Workers Action Workers Action is pleased to publish the following resolution from the South Carolina State AFL-CIO in Support of a Labor-Sponsored March on Washington Demanding Jobs. This is the first statewide AFL-CIO to endorse this […]

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Taxing The Rich Wins In Oregon!

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Shamus Cooke

Victory! Thousands of Oregon workers fought valiantly over the past weeks to ensure that corporations and the rich will see their taxes raised, so that social services, health care, and education could be saved. Massive phone banking operations, door-to-door canvassing, and rallies were used by union and community members to educate the public about a […]

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Fighting Company Union Ideology

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Shamus Cooke

The evolution of the company union in the U.S. is a history of both labor’s progress and its missteps. It is a story that, at bottom, speaks to the battle of workers to find an independent, powerful presence on the job — and to push this clout into the community to help shape the broader […]

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The Death of American Liberalism

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Shamus Cooke

It’s no exaggeration to say that President Obama was the Democrats’ last chance to maintain some level of political legitimacy in the eyes of working class Americans. Now, after a year of solid pro-corporate policies, it’s obvious Obama has failed; and with him the Democratic Party. Well-known “liberals” are beginning to denounce Obama’s polices, but […]

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We Can Win!

Workers Action

“Let us demand real change and insist that California operate in the interests of the majority. And the majority of the people of California, who are ordinary working people, want taxes raised on the rich, for a change, not on themselves. Majority rule does not mean that Democrats should have the right to continue their […]

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Book Review: Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy

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Brad Forrest

Book Review: Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy By Adam Roose Reviewed Brad Forrest The World is divided, it must be redivided. Leon Trotsky A book about the economic history of the Nazi regime is essential for three reasons. First, the class nature of fascism is clearly revealed: fascism is […]

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Swine Flu: Who Benefits?

Tobias Michaels

Tobias Michaels According to recent reports by the World Health Organization (WHO), up to 2 billion of the world’s 6 billion human beings could contract the virus known as H1N1, more commonly known as “Swine Flu.” It is the default assumption by many people that if the World Health Organization has issued such a declaration […]

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Iraq: A War of Aggression Continues

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Brad Forrest

Brad Forrest Operation Iraqi Freedom began on March 20, 2003. The exact nature of this war is the exact opposite of its name. The Iraqis will never know anything resembling freedom coming from the direction of the United States military. The real purpose of the Iraq war was criminal in nature, the theft of the […]

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Democrats versus Public Education

Shamus Cooke

Public education in the United States is under heavy attack. And because a so-called “progressive” President is leading the charge, many education activists have been lulled to sleep while on lookout duty. Obama recently announced his “race to the top” program to “reform” education. Much like Bush’s No Child Left Behind, Obama’s plan represents progress […]

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Learning From Card Check’s Death

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Shamus Cooke

Maybe you didn’t hear the news: Card Check — the key provision of the Employee Free Choice Act — is dead. You might not have gotten the message because U.S. labor “leaders” are remarkably silent on the issue. Not a peep. The media, however, has the story right: the Democrats are now officially seeking a […]

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The Laws of Capitalism Maul an American Icon

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Brad Forrest

Brad Forrest GM has been in business since 1908, 101 years, but has just buckled under the pressure of the current economic crisis. GM filed for Chapter 11 on June 1 with the help of the federal government. The government has already thrown $50 billion of our tax dollars at the ailing automaker, but that’s […]

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Ruling Class to Voters: No Change in Terror Policy

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Brad Forrest

“President Obama was voted into office and legislative Democrats hold a commanding presence in the House and Senate, thanks to Americans who vainly hope they will straighten out the disastrous Bush era policies. But since his inauguration, Obama has tacked to the right on almost every issue you care to name.”

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With Dignity, We Will Stand Up For Our Rights!

Workers Action

Cynthia McKinney The path leads in the same direction it always has: agitation, organization, and confrontation with Power. Cynthia McKinney chose a Harlem church to announce the formation of DIGNITY, to bring the Black body politic back from its current comatose state. “Dignity is attempting to show real change is possible” – if people fight […]

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Call for a Statewide Demonstration in Sacramento: Committee to Overturn Proposition 8

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Adam Richmond

Adam Richmond We call for a massive demonstration in Sacramento to demand that the California Governor, Legislature and Supreme Court overturn Proposition 8. Based on media reports the case to overturn Proposition 8 will be heard by the Supreme Court in late March. Also toward this end, on March 25, a group of individuals organized […]

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The Big Lie Of Recession Politics: Shared Sacrifice

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Shamus Cooke

It’s everywhere you look and in every speech you listen to. Every time a politician or businessmen talks about the recession, an almost in-synch, repetitive mantra can be heard: “Shared sacrifice, equality of sacrifice, hard choices.” Oh my. There must be something to it, since EVERYBODY seems to be regurgitating the phrase in harmony. Even […]

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Union Organizing and Revolution

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Shamus Cooke

A revolution by definition is a sudden change in circumstances, applicable to nature, relationships, government, society, and the workplace. The following article attempts to contrast the “sudden changes” that occurred at our workplace during a union organizing campaign to those that take place during a social revolution. What makes such a comparison possible is that, […]

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Victory to the Workers of Guadaloupe!

Workers Action

Liyannaj Kont Pwofitasyon (LKP) Guadaloupe Third International Appeal from LKP General Strike Committee Appeal to the International Workers’ and Democratic Movements From Liyannaj Kont Pwofitasyon (LKP) Guadaloupe ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Sisters and Brothers: As we wrote in our last international appeal of February 6, 2009: “The bosses and the representatives of the French State are hoping […]

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