Courting Tragedy: Reflecting on the Rittenhouse & Arbery Trials

I've spent a awful lot of time watching Court TV this month with the Kyle Rittenhouse trial in Wisconsin and the Ahmaud Arbery murder trial in Georgia. I can't immediately recall two trials of this magnitude coming back to back like this, nor situations touching simultaneously on so many social, legal and political issues — … Continue reading Courting Tragedy: Reflecting on the Rittenhouse & Arbery Trials

Nightmare on Glasgow Street

Glasgow, Climate Change & Capitalism: A true Halloween horror. An article in today's New York Times drives home the depth of the climate change crisis. It's not that we can't deal with it — yet — but there's little chance we will be. Certainly not in time to avoid catastrophic consequences that will fall especially hard on … Continue reading Nightmare on Glasgow Street

Only the Working Class Can Defeat Climate Change

As I see it, there are two dimensions to the climate crisis facing humanity: conquering global warming in the long term and managing its consequences in the short term. Both are critically important. Conquer Global Warming The New York Times and other media are reporting on a document released this week by the United Nations … Continue reading Only the Working Class Can Defeat Climate Change

Speeches by Fidel Castro Responding to 9/11

Official Statement of the Cuban GovernmentIssued September 11, 2001 During a speech delivered on September 11, 2001, Cuban President Fidel Castro read an official Cuban government statement issued in response to the terrorist attacks that day against the United States: The Government of the Republic of Cuba has learned with grief and sadness of the … Continue reading Speeches by Fidel Castro Responding to 9/11

Bone of Contention: Socialists & the LGBT Community

An Epilogue updating this post appears at the end. Back in college one of the organizations on campus was the Revolutionary Student Brigade (RSB), a short-lived youth group aligned the Maoist Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP). Being a socialist and gay, I inquired about their position on gay rights. I can't recall what they said exactly, … Continue reading Bone of Contention: Socialists & the LGBT Community

The Proven Power of Labor

I recently stumbled upon some videos on YouTube so timely and important I decided to share them here. They present compelling lessons about power of labor, something that might strike some as an oxymoron. Labor? Powerful? It is not a crisis of the capacity of workers to struggle. It is a crisis of union leadership. … Continue reading The Proven Power of Labor

The Truth Must Not Only Be The Truth, It Must Also Be Told

◼︎WORKING-CLASS POLITICS An exciting new resource for working people is now available with the launch this week of a new website for Pathfinder Press. New Pathfinder Press Homepage The title to this post is a quote from Cuban Revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and is Pathfinder's motto. The publishing house distributes over 800 titles covering the … Continue reading The Truth Must Not Only Be The Truth, It Must Also Be Told

So Much Drama, So Little Change. Time for a Labor Party

◼︎WORKING-CLASS POLITICS A violent mob invades the U.S. Capitol leaving people dead and wounded. The House votes an historic second impeachment. A raucous, divisive presidency ends. Pandemic deaths reach 400,000 while vaccinations sputter. 27.5 million have no health insurance. 12.6 million are unemployed, with millions more bureaucratically excluded from this official count. Over half a … Continue reading So Much Drama, So Little Change. Time for a Labor Party

Book Review: ‘In Defense of the US Working Class’

◼︎WORKING-CLASS POLITICS The presidential debate between Trump and Biden on Tuesday night was a dumpster fire next to a train wreck. It's all the talk now on cable TV, but really more was revealed than what most commentators are focused on. To me the debate exposed vividly the total bankruptcy of the two-party system. The … Continue reading Book Review: ‘In Defense of the US Working Class’