Posts in: economy

Freedom Socialist editorial: Congress lets the ax fall

April 2013

Months of drama in D.C. over the national debt peaked on March 1 in “sequestration” of federal funds to scores of programs. This fancy word masks the truth — austerity. And austerity by any name still stinks. The cuts are “across-the-board,” to military as well as social programs. But military spending is so bloated that… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor

June 2013

FREE AILING LYNNE STEWART NOW! Keep pressure on The timing of your email is great. I am in Texas visiting Lynne and this news of the continued spreading of the news about her plight really lifted her spirits. She was tired from the chemo but she perked right up with this bit of news. Keep… Read more »

City College of San Francisco: What strategy will defeat the privatizers?

June 2013

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) has been attacking California community colleges since 2001. In July, 2012, it bombarded City College of San Francisco (CCSF) with austerity demands and closure threats. An interim chancellor and the Board of Trustees endorsed ACCJC’s business-oriented vision and immediately began budget slashing. But faculty, present and… Read more »

From Cyprus to the US — And now this: open theft by banks!

June 2013

What’s it called when workers deposit their hard-earned cash into their modest bank accounts only to find out that a politician has grabbed an armful of the money and handed it over to failing banks? We call it theft. The big banks are the thieves, their politicians willing accomplices. A fairy-tale? Hardly — it’s actually… Read more »

The bogus Working Families Flexibility Act: GOP takes aim at overtime pay

August 2013

The only thing that’s flexible about the Working Families Flexibility Act is the choice that private-sector businesses have to wield even more power over working people. Being sold as “family friendly,” the bill is part of the Republicans’ two-pronged larger goal to win back female voters and to erode the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act…. Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor

October 2013

ENVIRONMENT Appreciate analysis I really appreciate the articles that have been appearing of late on the environment by Mark Drummond [Extreme energy, Vol. 34, No. 2; Global warming and the seas, Vol. 34, No. 1]. I always learn from the matters I want to be informed on, and having his Marxist perspective is invaluable. Please… Read more »

Unions demand: bail out Detroit, not the banks

October 2013

Workingclass Detroit residents are continuing to combat Gov. Rick Snyder’s grab for political power and public wealth. In July, Snyder’s handpicked emergency manager Kevyn Orr directed the city to file for Chapter 9 — the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. This is Orr’s latest effort to use Detroit’s $18 billion debt as a means… Read more »

Soapbox: Your mind, privatized

December 2013

I am a practicing neurologist. To me, the brain is the most fascinating entity in the universe. A physical structure which enables us to manipulate tools and communicate using language, it also allows us to rationally probe the unknown and progress in our ability to satisfy human and planetary needs. It is the most advanced… Read more »