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The Measure of a Revolutionary: Remembering Eugene V. Debs

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Originally published by CounterPunch on September 7, 2015 The Measure of a Revolutionary: Remembering Eugene V. Debs By Mark Harris In the annals of American socialism, the name of Eugene V. Debs stands out as the most prominent personality in the movement’s history. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the self-described independent socialist now campaigning for the […]

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Syriza Inside the “Iron Cage”?

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A reply from Stathis Kouvelakis, a central figure in Syriza’s Left Platform. Both translated by David Broder. Source: Verso Books Originally published by ZNET on June 4, 2015 By Stathis Kouvelakis This column by Alexis Tsipras is important in a number of regards. It shows a qualitative change in the Greek situation, for many different reasons. […]

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Questions about Chuy

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This article was originally published by Jacobin on March 23, 2015 By Tyler Zimmer There’s no question: it would feel great to dump Rahm Emanuel in Chicago’s mayoral runoff on April 7. Unless you’re an investment banker or real-estate developer, the image of Emanuel being ejected from City Hall by angry voters ought to bring […]

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Why Syriza Hasn’t Threatened to Leave the European Union—Yet

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Greece’s newly elected radical left coalition is playing the long game. Reprinted from In These Times. By Alexandros Orphanides These are desperate times for the people of Greece. Heading into a frenzy of meetings with Eurogroup finance ministers and heads of state this week, the Syriza government is preparing for all scenarios and developments. On […]

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Syriza Holds Its Ground

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Syriza has been able to stand up to eurozone finance ministers because of the popular movement behind the party. Reprinted from Jacobin. By Stathis Kouvelakis As the media and the Athens stock market (down 4 percent yesterday) had widely expected, yesterday’s finance ministers’ meeting ended in failure, perhaps even a momentous one. The tone of […]

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A Historic Opportunity

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This article is reposted from Jacobin, which published it on January 20, 2015. Alexis Tsipras ___________________________________________________________ With victory in sight, Alexis Tsipras discusses Europe’s political landscape and the formation of a left government in Greece. On Sunday, Greece will hold a pivotal election. Opinion polls still have Syriza ahead of New Democracy by 3 percent and the old […]

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Syriza’s Magic Equation

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Reposted from Jacobin.  Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s inaugural policy speech before parliament was followed particularly attentively within Greece, as much as in the European chancelleries — and no doubt in the White House too. Within Greece, after the European Central Bank’s blackmail and the continual attacks by the European leaders, there is a spreading […]

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Greece: Is SYRIZA radical enough?

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Ed Rooksby

Reposted from Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal January 22, 2015 — New Left Project, posted at Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal — It would have been unthinkable just a few years ago, but a party of the radical left is on the cusp of power in an EU country. The latest opinion polls indicate that SYRIZA will triumph in the Greek […]

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Time for a Socialist Vision in 2015

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Mark Harris

Reposted from Planet Occupy. Do you want to know how the economy works these days? Consider the rewards of Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who likes to think of his company as a paragon of the socially engaged corporation. In fiscal year 2013 Schultz personally gobbled up $149.8 million in realized compensation for his efforts, thanks no doubt […]

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John Riddell reviews ‘This Changes Everything’

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Republished from Climate and Capitalism. John Riddell reviews ‘This Changes Everything’ — a rich resource of fact and argument that every climate justice activist should read, use and share. Despite endless conferences, treaties and solemn promises, greenhouse gas emissions have risen 61% since 1990, and the rate of increase is accelerating. As Naomi Klein tells […]

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Karen Lewis and the Long Arm of Lesser Evilism

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Scott Jay

Reposted from New Politics. As the president of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and the leader of the Chicago teachers’ strike of 2012, Karen Lewis has become one of the most popular opponents of the city’s Democratic Party machine. However, it currently appears likely that she will run for mayor of Chicago as a Democrat. […]

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Oakland’s fight for less-than-15?

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Scott Jay

Reposted from  The Outsider. California’s minimum wage of $8/hour is not enough to survive on in the Bay Area, certainly not in San Francisco – which already has its own higher minimum wage or in Oakland – which does not. A full-time worker making $8 an hour earns about $1280 a month before taxes, barely […]

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Missing in Action, AFL-CIO Should Be in Ferguson

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Carl Finamore

This article is reposted from Common Dreams.  The weakness of organized labor is often attributed to its low numbers and they are low for sure. For example, AFL-CIO membership remained stagnant this year at 12.5 million even with the whopping addition last year of 1.3 million UFCW food and commercial workers. Nonetheless, I believe the […]

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Healthcare in Canada and the U.S. In an ‘Age of Permanent Austerity’

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In an ‘Age of Permanent Austerity’ An interview with Robert Chernomas by Robin Chang
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Reprinted from The Bullet. An interview with Robert Chernomas by Robin Chang In North American debates over healthcare, Canada’s universal public ‘single-payer’ system of health insurance is often celebrated compared to the private employer-delivered system for being lower cost, more accessible, and producing superior health outcomes. But recently, the Canada Health Accord has ended, and ‘Obamacare’ has […]

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‘Yes he can!’

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Ashifa Kassam The Observer, 5 July 2014  ‘Yes he can!’ How Spanish indignado Pablo Iglesias aims to use a wave of protest to build ‘a decent country’ Podemos came out of nowhere to win 1.2 million votes. Pablo Iglesias talks of his hopes for the leftwing fledgling party Across Spain, everyone has an opinion about Pablo Iglesias. […]

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What the Corporate Media Is Not Telling the American Public About the VA Crisis

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Labor Fightback Network

The American public is being bombarded these days with corporate media’s accounts of the VA health care system’s problems. But none of the commentaries goes to the heart of what is basically wrong. To be sure, many media voices do make reference to the need for more funding. However, none of the references specify where […]

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Dreamers of the World, Unite

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Mark Harris

Reposted from Planet Occupy. To imagine a socialist United States is what many people might consider a utopian vision. In that particularly pragmatic strain of American thought, utopian has an almost pejorative association to it, too. As in, get real, that’ll never happen.In fact, so thoroughly have the intellectual traditions of socialism been marginalized in […]

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In These Times

The article was reposted from In These Times. In Upset, Reform Candidate Wins Massachusetts Teachers Association Presidency BY SARAH JAFFE On Friday, May 9, Barbara Madeloni stood onstage at the Massachusetts Teachers Association convention in Boston and made her case to some 1,450 assembled delegates as to why they should elect her president of the union. […]

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The Dirty Hand of the National Endowment for Democracy in Venezuela

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Reposted from Counterpunch Anti-government protests in Venezuela that seek regime change have been led by several individuals and organizations with close ties to the US government. Leopoldo Lopez and Maria Corina Machado- two of the public leaders behind the violent protests that started in February – have long histories as collaborators, grantees and agents of Washington. The […]

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SEIU Files S.F. Ballot Plan For $15-An-Hour Minimum Wage

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John Coté

Reposted from SFGate.com So much for Mayor Ed Lee‘s consensus approach. Preempting the mayor, a group of labor activists led by Service Employees International Union Local 1021 filed documents with city’s Department of Elections on Monday to place a proposal on the November ballot to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour – the […]

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The Red Line and the Rat Line

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Seymour M. Hersh

Reposted from the London Review of Books. Seymour M. Hersh on Obama, Erdoğan and the Syrian rebels In 2011 Barack Obama led an allied military intervention in Libya without consulting the US Congress. Last August, after the sarin attack on the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, he was ready to launch an allied air strike, this time […]

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How to Fan the Flames

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Alexandra Bradbury and Jane Slaughter

Reposted from Labor Notes. We troublemakers keep hoping for the spark that will set a wildfire of workers in motion. The worse our situation gets—economically, politically, ecologically—the more we yearn for a vast movement to erupt and transform the landscape. It’s not impossible. Look at 1937, when workplace occupations spread everywhere, from auto factories to Woolworth’s. […]

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The Truth about Venezuela: A Revolt of the Well-off, Not a ‘Terror Campaign’

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Mark Weisbrot

Images forge reality, granting a power to television and video and even still photographs that can burrow deep into people’s consciousness without them even knowing it. I thought that I, too, was immune to the repetitious portrayals of Venezuela as a failed state in the throes of a popular rebellion. But I wasn’t prepared for […]

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As Healthcare Costs Go Viral, San Francisco Labor Declares Emergency

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Carl Finamore

Reposted from Beyond Chron It’s a national epidemic finally getting some long overdue attention. To put rising costs in perspective, a dozen oranges today would cost $134 if adjusted at the same rate of price inflation that we’ve seen in healthcare since 1945.And, it’s only getting worse. California health insurance premiums soared 185%since 2002. But we’ve heard these […]

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The UAW at Volkswagen: Workers, Unions and the Left

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Sam Gindin

This article was originally published in The Bullet. For a number of reasons, U.S. unions are on the defensive – from concerted attacks by employers, the political and cultural effects of 30 years of neoliberalism as well as their inability to build resistance in workplaces and communities. The unionization rate in the private sector is […]

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Outrage at Boeing Spurs Reformers’ Bid for Top Spots in Machinists Union

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Reprinted from Labor Notes. For the first time in more than 50 years, the Machinists union (IAM) will hold a contested election for top officers. The vote was ordered by the Department of Labor after member Karen Asuncion protested violations in the union’s 2013 uncontested election. An opposition slate, IAM Reform, is headed by former Transportation Coordinator Jay […]

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Missing from Presidents’ Day: The People They Enslaved

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Workers Action

Published on Friday, February 14, 2014 by Zinn Education Project Missing from Presidents’ Day: The People They Enslaved by Clarence Lusane Schools across the country are adorned with posters of the 44 U.S. presidents and the years they served in office. U.S. history textbooks describe the accomplishments and challenges of the major presidential administrations—George Washington had the […]

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IAM Members Campaign to Nullify January 3 Vote

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Labor Fightback Network

IAM Union Members Call on Labor and Its Allies to Mount a Campaign to Nullify January 3 Vote and to Hold a New Vote On November 13, the 31,000 members of District 751 of the International Association of Machinists in Washington state, rejected by a 2-1 margin the concessionary contract put forward by Boeing Corp. […]

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Book Review—Russia: From Revolution to Counterrevolution

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Brad Forrest

Russia: From Revolution to Counterrevolution By Ted Grant It has now been more than twenty years of unfettered capitalism around the globe since the downfall of Stalinism in Russia and Eastern Europe. The working class of the world has put up with unprecedented exploitation and oppression at the hand of global capital and we now […]

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Venezuela Speaks Out Against “Colonialism” at CELAC Summit

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Ryan Mallett-Outtrim

Reposted from Venezuelanalysis.com Merida, 30th January 2014 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has called for an “eradication” of “colonialism” in Latin America at the annual summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). During the summit held in Havana, Cuba over 28 and 29 January, Maduro called for Puerto Rican independence and an […]

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American State of the Union: A Festival of Lies

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Glen Ford

This article reposted from Black Agenda Report. Before the nation and the world, President Obama pledges to take “action” against “economic inequality,” while simultaneously holding secret negotiations on a Trans Pacific Partnership trade scheme that will quicken the pace of the global Race to the Bottom, deepening economic inequalities. “Lies of omission are even more […]

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Solidarity with Boeing Workers!

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Labor Fightback Network

On November 13, more than 31,000 Machinists, all members of District 751 of the International Association of Machinists (IAM), rejected by a 2-1 margin the concessionary contract put forward by Boeing Corp. Six weeks earlier, the company had demanded a re-opener of the contract — which expires in 2016 — and new contract language as a […]

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A Win for 15

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Adam Richmond

This article was published by In These Times.  Could SeaTac prove a bellwether for the low-wage worker movement? Labor groups hope that SeaTac’s initiative will prove a harbinger of bigger victories ahead for low-wage workers. The tiny town of SeaTac, Wash., could soon become home to the nation’s highest municipal minimum wage. Citizens of the […]

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Socialism, Then and Now

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Mark Harris

Originally published on Counterpunch. When William F. Buckley, Jr. Debated the Marxists Socialism, Then and Now Not long ago I watched an online video segment from conservative writer William F. Buckley, Jr.’s old TV public affairs program, Firing Line. The year was 1968 and Buckley’s guests were two socialists, Fred Halstead and Paul Boutelle, who were […]

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“Left Reformism” and Socialist Strategy

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Ed Rooksby

This article originally appeared in International Socialism There has been a significant revival of interest among the radical left in “big picture” questions of socialist strategy that, as Mark L Thomas has pointed out, represents a return to “important debates of the left largely absent over the last three decades”.1 It is not difficult to identify […]

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