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’

Black Lives Matter, Violence & Marxism

◼︎WORKING-CLASS POLITICS◼︎BLACK LIVES MATTER George Floyd's murder in Milwaukee under a policeman's knee on May 25, 2020, sparked massive and mostly peaceful anti-racism protests worldwide by millions under the banner of Black Lives Matter. Millions poured into the the streets. Across the United States, there were more than 550 marches, rallies and vigils (photos). There … Continue reading Black Lives Matter, Violence & Marxism

Malcolm X Still Resonates

◼︎WORKING-CLASS POLITICS◼︎BLACK LIVES MATTER We are living in a powerful political moment. This seems a good time to go back and listen to the insights and perspectives of Malcolm X. Although it's been 55 years since his death, we're still facing the same issues he spoke about. His words resonate as much now as then. … Continue reading Malcolm X Still Resonates

The Strength & Impact of Peaceful Mass Action

◼︎WORKING-CLASS POLITICS◼︎BLACK LIVES MATTER Ten days ago, on May 25, George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis Police officers. This has been a watershed event, rocking the country to its core and even the world. Peaceful protests here and intentionally continue to this day. There has been considerable rioting as well in cities big and small. … Continue reading The Strength & Impact of Peaceful Mass Action

Riots Invite Future George Floyds

◼︎WORKING-CLASS POLITICS◼︎BLACK LIVES MATTER The press and social media are abuzz today as protests and riots break out across the country following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. We have them here in Cleveland, and even in sleepy Ft. Wayne where my husband grew up. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson has declared an unprecedented … Continue reading Riots Invite Future George Floyds

Socialists Have It Right

◼︎WORKING-CLASS POLITICS◼︎GUEST AUTHOR: ◻︎DAVID ROWLANDS Introduction Today I welcome back guest author David Rowlands. We've been friends since college. (Yes, that long ago!) I write about politics here sometimes, but David's commentaries are better. Just don't tell him I said so. His first article I posted here presented a working-class perspective on politics. Five Examples … Continue reading Socialists Have It Right

Cuba’s Odd ‘Dictatorship’

◼︎WORKING-CLASS POLITICS◼︎CUBAN REVOLUTION I hadn't planned another post on Cuba after marking the revolution's 60th anniversary on Friday. Then today I came upon a column in the New York Times that begged for comment. Jon Lee Anderson writes in "Cuba's Next Transformation" about a nationwide referendum to be held next month in Cuba to adopt a … Continue reading Cuba’s Odd ‘Dictatorship’