austerity / marxism / strategy / US Politics

The “White Working Class” and the Road Forward

Sam Gindin, a Canadian academic and former researcher for the Canadian Auto Workers, published an article in Jacobin called “Toward a Mass Socialist Party”. The topic is the burning question on the left, doubly so after the spectacular self-immolation of the Democratic Party in a loss to Donald J. Trump, so Gindin’s article deserves a … Continue reading

austerity / labor / US Politics

Unemployment and Poverty, Inherent Features of Capitalism

Unemployment and Poverty, Inherent Features of Capitalism originally published in July 2016 by Left Voice John Leslie Millions of workers in the U.S. and around the world struggle to survive, often working low-wage, part-time jobs with no benefits. These victims of capitalism’s drive for profits must be at the center of a working class fightback. … Continue reading

austerity / labor / US Politics

Looking at the April, 2016, unemployment numbers

Taking a look at the April 2016 unemployment numbers John Kaye The just-released unemployment figures have made the news and I thought we’d revisit the meaning of the jobs report once again. For starters, let’s acknowledge that the BLS numbers are what the government wants you to know — but they don’t necessarily reflect the … Continue reading

austerity / labor / US Politics

Christie’s Pension Onslaught Upheld by New Jersey Court

Christie’s Pension Onslaught Upheld by New Jersey Court John Leslie Determined to ride on the backs of public employees in his bid for the Presidency, Chris Christie has broken promises to public servants, demonized them and imperiled the financial future of teachers, firefighters, police and state workers. It is estimated that the fund will go … Continue reading

austerity / feminism / labor / US Politics

Christie’s budget address brings more pain

Christie’s budget address brings more pain John Leslie published at Socialist Organizer New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, in his February, 2015, budget address, revealed his intent to inflict further benefit cuts on public employees. The day before his speech, a judge ordered Christie to pay $1.57 more into the pension fund — money he withheld … Continue reading

austerity / labor / US Politics

After Its Disastrous Defeat on November 4, Which Way Now for the Labor Movement?

After Its Disastrous Defeat on November 4, Which Way Now for the Labor Movement? Labor Fightback Network There is no disagreement within the labor movement that we took a very big hit in the November 4 elections. Labor’s worst enemies among the politicians — Scott Walker in Wisconsin and John Kasich in Ohio, who led … Continue reading