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Freedom Socialist Party political resolution — Amid recession, reaction and rebellion: A world to win, a planet to save

October 2014

This political resolution, written on behalf of the Freedom Socialist Party National Committee and incorporating changes by the FSP membership, was adopted at the party’s May 2014 convention. It is an inspiring call to arms for ecosocialism as the solution for capitalist injuries to workers and the planet. Contents I. Overview II. Capitalism: a twin-headed… Read more »

Soldiers are Uncle Sam’s most disposable workers

December 2014

Clearly war is still hell, since every day 22 U.S. veterans take their lives, and the suicide rate for active duty soldiers is more than 50 percent higher than for civilians. But politicians and military commanders just slap a “hero” label on those returning from battle or leaving the service. Then these same soldiers are… Read more »

The US role in the world: myth and reality

December 2014

The term “American Century” comes from Henry Luce, publisher of Time, Life, Sports Illustrated, and Fortune. In 1941, Luce wrote a lengthy editorial to whip up public support for World War II. “Throughout the 17th Century and the 18th Century and the 19th Century,” he wrote, “this continent teemed with manifold projects and magnificent purposes…. Read more »

The ISIS crisis, made by imperialism

December 2014

The barbarism of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has repulsed workers everywhere, especially in the Middle East. For every “jihadist” recruit, more fighters are taking up arms against it. Among the bravest are Kurdish women from Iraq and Syria. Washington screams “evil” at ISIS’ ruthless beheadings, but remains silent at the dozens… Read more »

The “American Centuries” and what they have wrought

December 2014

Shortly before the U.S. started bombing Iraq again, President Obama made a speech at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida to build support for the new war. He heaped praise on the leaders of this major command center, which oversees U.S. warfare in the Middle East. He gave prominent salutes to MacDill’s Special Operations… Read more »

No hay justicia sin cambio radical

febrero de 2015

Si no hay justicia, no hay paz!” Este resonante lema está cerca de los corazones de los manifestantes que marchan contra el abuso policial en las comunidades negras y latinas de los EEUU. Y hoy ese lema expresa el creciente desafío global contra la represión estatal, ya sea en el Medio Oriente, África, Asia, Europa… Read more »

No justice without radical change

February 2015

“No Justice, No Peace!” This ringing slogan is close to the hearts of protesters marching against police abuse in Black and Latino communities in the USA. And today the chant expresses mounting global defiance against state repression, whether in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, or Latin America. But Presidents Obama and Peña Nieto of… Read more »

Oil and the struggle for world domination

April 2015

Oil and oil prices — they are on the minds of everyone. When the price of oil plummets, it’s a relief for beleaguered workers around the world. With wages falling or jobs gone, and services and education cut, paying 30 or 40 percent less for gas and heating fuel is huge. But the decrease is… Read more »

Noam Chomsky: the Left’s Debbie Downer?

April 2015

Like so many people appalled by the cruelty of capitalism, I have sought some measure of explanation from the voluminous writings of Noam Chomsky. But despite a gripping anti-authoritarian message, and mountains of facts, Chomsky’s fundamental vision is gloomy, pessimistic — and dangerous. A recent essay reveals this in no uncertain terms. In “Owl of… Read more »

Freedom Socialist book reviews: A fascinating range of titles from our contributors

April 2015

Most Freedom Socialist writers are volunteers whose “day jobs” range from lawyer to social worker and restaurant server. Many are published authors of poetry, novels, professional literature, or political works — a sampling is reviewed below. • • • Lila, the Revolutionary, by William T. Hathaway. Nascent Books, 2014. Reviewed by Andrea Bauer Can one… Read more »