Posts in: history

What radicals today can learn from the Russian Revolution

October 2017

A century ago, millions of working people were dying so that the richest capitalist countries could carve up the globe among them. In Russia, the people were suffering wartime deaths and starvation on top of suffocating repression by an all-powerful monarchy. On International Women’s Day 1917 (in February by the old Russian calendar), women textile… Read more »

Who benefits from a new Cold War with Russia?

October 2017

Not a day goes by that U.S. politicians, media pundits and career spies don’t warn of chilling dangers from Russia. Why did Russia again become so despised? Political obfuscation and distraction at home are motivators. So are geopolitical jockeying for power and the economic need to keep the military-industrial complex fully charged up. Democrats, a… Read more »

Marx’s Capital in the 21st century

August 2017

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Volume I of Marx’s Capital, a book with the most profound impact on human society of any political work in history.

1916 Everett Massacre: deadly attack on Wobblies in the Pacific Northwest

October 2016

Nov. 5 of this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Everett Massacre in Washington state, where members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW or “Wobblies”) were shot by vigilantes. Though a tragic day in local labor history, it was one of many milestones in the growth of labor militancy in response to… Read more »

Electoral College is a legacy of slavery

December 2016

Clinton actually beat Trump by about a million votes. Yet, absurdly, he is the next prez. Twice in the last five presidential elections the popular vote winner lost. Why? Because the Electoral College was written into the U.S. Constitution to undermine democracy and uphold slave-owners power. When the Constitution was drafted most states granted voting… Read more »

Only an independent labor party can speak for the working class

December 2016

The steep price that U.S. workers pay for having no independent political voice is hitting home with Donald Trump’s upset victory. Many voters, squeezed between shrinking paychecks and inflation, saw this election as a referendum on the beltway insiders they associate with neoliberalism. With no working class option to choose, many white working class voters… Read more »

Taking on the big lie of “Right to Work”

April 2017

The Feb. 15 vote by workers at Boeing’s South Carolina Dreamliner plant against being represented by the Machinists union was portrayed in the press as another case of workers saying, “Union, No!” That’s not the whole story. Before the vote, Boeing saturated the airwaves with hype designed to scare their employees into rejecting unionization. Workers… Read more »

BOOK REVIEW — Eleanor Marx: spotlight on a socialist feminist pioneer

April 2017

Read Rachel Holmes’ sensitive and absorbing biography of Eleanor Marx and you’ll fall in love with a radical heroine. In Eleanor Marx: A Life (Bloomsbury Press, 2015), the Karl Marx family and the 19th century socialist movement are vividly portrayed. Eleanor Marx is revealed as an important political leader, whom Holmes credits with being the… Read more »