On November 30, 1999, activists shut down the World Trade Organization meetings in Seattle. The protests were a thrilling moment during bleak times for the socialist left. Now, years of resistance are finally paying off.
Doug Henwood edits Left Business Observer and is the host of Behind the News. His latest book is My Turn.
Is Elizabeth Warren’s Medicare-for-All phase-in plan a shrewd, realistic tactical move to win a public health system — or a bait and switch to play to M4A’s popularity without actually fighting for it? Wall Street thinks it’s the latter.
We should be clear about what it will take to fund a decent welfare state: not just soaking the rich, but raising taxes across the board — so everyone can have the basics for the good life.
A glance at the company’s recently released prospectus reveals the truth about Uber: it’s a scam.
An internationalist, anti-imperialist vision has been all but abandoned by the Left. We need to rebuild that vision.
Elizabeth Warren is no socialist — but unlike most of the candidates beating her in the polls, she’s a tough-minded liberal who makes the right kind of enemies.
The original New Deal was a bold, visionary effort that transformed the economic and political life of the country. The Green New Deal could do even more.
MMT is billed by its advocates as a radical new way to understand money and debt. But it’ll take more than a few keystrokes to change the economy.
The Los Angeles teachers strike showed that bottom-up organizing can overcome extraordinary odds. We can do the same throughout the health and education sectors — and at Amazon.
Despite a string of encouraging strikes and labor victories, the latest numbers show that union density fell to a new low last year.
“Post-work” Marxism aims to liberate us from the coercion of wage labor. But without a program for reorganizing production, it can only return us to the tyranny of the market.
The only people who won’t benefit from Medicare for All are the insurance industry CEOs profiting off people’s pain.
Getting banks under control is a matter of politics, not individual consumer decisions.
Stories about a new age of precarity are overblown. Workers have had to deal with economic insecurity since the dawn of capitalism.
Precarity isn’t the main problem with the US labor market. It’s that wages are low, benefits are eroding, and work is often dull and sometimes dangerous.
This month, Xi Jinping was effectively made president for life. What should we make of this and Xi’s long-term ambitions for China?
Strikes are labor’s most powerful weapon. But last year they fell to nearly an all-time low.
The stock market’s panicked reaction to signs of wage growth shows just how weak the economy is — and how much it caters to the wealthy.
Wages are finally rising. But it’s only bosses who are getting the pay hikes.
A Jacobin roundtable on Trump’s first year in office.