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2020 Roundup: Ten of Our Most Popular Articles

As we head into a new year, we look back on 2020 and share ten of our most popular articles.

Left Voice

December 30, 2020
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As we head into the new year, we look back on 2020 at Left Voice. In a year of mass upheaval and capitalist crisis, highlighting class struggle and socialist theory and strategy has become more important than ever. Here are ten of our most popular articles of the past year.

It’s Time for the Left to Build a Force Outside the Democratic Party
A revolutionary break with the institutions of the capitalist regime will be inevitable if we want to build a new society, one without classes, that is no longer based on the exploitation of the majority by a wealthy few. The Democratic Party is bankrupt, dominated by capital, and will never be home for a socialist project.

Capitalism Always Produces Racism
Last summer, a new wave of anti-racist activists took to the streets to protest and stand against police violence. This highlights the importance of theoretical perspectives that understand racism as integral to capitalism. These perspectives must go beyond an identity politics that fails to acknowledge the role of class distinctions in perpetuating racism.

The Biggest General Strike in the World: Over 200 Million Workers and Farmers Paralyze India
A few weeks ago, we wrote about the massive coordinated action in India which showed the great potential for unity in action of the working class and farmers. It serves as an inspiration for workers all over the world to use one of our greatest tools against the capitalists: the strike.

For the Planet, There Is No “Lesser Evil”
Throughout his presidency, Donald Trump — like the rest of the Republican Party — has denied the basic science of climate change. Many people hope that Joe Biden will save the planet. But the Democrats’ record on the environment shows they offer nothing to stave off a climate catastrophe. For the planet, there is no “lesser evil.”

The Fight to Abolish the Police Is the Fight to Abolish Capitalism
With this year’s uprisings against police terror, it is imperative that we understand how to rid ourselves of state repression and achieve real abolition. The struggle requires an understanding of police violence as well as of capitalism.

Their Democracy and Ours
The “greatest democracy in the world” is in crisis. The U.S. Constitution, once treated as a kind of holy text, is now seen as it is: a document written by enslavers and large landowners to protect their privileges. Communists are often accused of being anti-democratic. But the opposite is the case: we call for a much more profound form of democracy than the United States or any capitalist country can possibly offer.

No Return to Normal for the Capitalist Economy
The capitalists are celebrating their booming stock market and dreaming of a return to normal. But that’s a fantasy. We’re living through another fundamental breakdown of the capitalist economy. The question is, who will have to pay for it?

Joe Biden Is a Racist Who Loves Police Brutality
This year, liberals wanted us to believe that voting for Joe Biden would be a the solution to all the ills of the racist capitalist system. But the fact remains that Biden is a dedicated, lifelong racist. He won’t save any of us, least of all the victims of police brutality.

Capitalism Is an Incubator for Pandemics. Socialism Is the Solution.
Coronavirus has wreaked havoc across the world, and we’ve seen that capitalism cannot adequately respond to a global health crisis. In fact, capitalism is an incubator for pandemics — socialism is the solution.

Class Struggle, Not Court Struggle: The Folly of “Voting for Supreme Court Justices”
Everything we have won has been the result of hard-earned victories by the working class, not gifts from the Supreme Court. So the next time liberals try to shame you into voting for their candidates, tell them that we don’t want scraps from the master’s table at the price of disempowerment. We have a world to win, and we are not interested in the preservation of their status quo.

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Sanctions on Russia: The Collateral Damage and Strategic Risks of the West’s ‘Economic Weapon’

In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the United States and European Union have imposed unprecedented sanctions on the Putin regime. These measures are severely damaging the Russian economy. They are also disrupting international markets in energy and other commodities. Such large-scale use of the “economic weapon” risks further fragmenting the world economy.

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Angry About High Fuel and Food Prices? Blame Imperialism

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Sam Carliner

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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg looks on as Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (left) and Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde (right) bump fists after holding a joint press conference after their meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Jan. 24

The War in Ukraine Is Strengthening NATO and U.S. Imperialism

As Germany increases its military budget and Sweden and Finland ponder joining NATO, it’s clear that the war in Ukraine has been a boon for European and U.S. imperialism.

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Biden Is Expanding U.S. Military Intervention in Somalia

President Biden recently approved an order to send hundreds of troops to Somalia. This move serves the interests of U.S. imperialism by taking advantage of the very political instability it helped create.

Sam Carliner

May 20, 2022
Semi-empty store shelf with a few cans of baby formula.

The Baby Formula Shortage Is a Capitalist Crisis of Social Reproduction

The baby formula shortage is a consequence of capitalism and a crisis of social reproduction. Formula should not be commodified and sold — it should be free and a basic right for all parents.

People protest in support of the unionizing efforts of the Alabama Amazon workers, in Los Angeles, California, March 22, 2021.

Amazon Won’t Stop Union Busting and Firing Organizers

Amazon hasn't recognized the Amazon Labor Union and, like Starbucks, is continuing to union bust and fire organizers.

Luigi Morris

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A protester waves a sign that read "unionize" near the Country Club Plaza Starbucks store where dozens of Starbucks employees and union supporters protested alleged anti-union tactics by the company Thursday, March 3, 2022.

El Paso Starbucks Workers Are Organizing in the Face of Relentless Union Busting

Starbucks’s preemptive union-busting tactics in El Paso, Texas, have backfired and inspired workers at the Fountains to unionize.

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