Author: Juan C

Class Politics and the Democratic Debate

This week’s Democratic debates showed increasing confrontations among the candidates. Despite some progressive proposals, a working-class perspective is still out of the conversation.

Reform or Revolution, 2019 Edition

The old debate between Luxemburg and Bernstein is back: reform or revolution? But now it is Chris Maisano from the DSA and Jacobin defending electoral politics, while Tim Horras of the Philly Socialists argues for revolution and “base building.” Here, Juan Cruz Ferre of Left Voice explains why we need a revolutionary workers’ party.

Was the New Deal Racist?

The New Deal has been historically recognized as having a built-in anti-black bias. Jacobin magazine is trying to whitewash it.

How Are Radical Reforms Won? Lessons From the New Deal

The New Deal’s Wagner Act was the biggest concession ever given to U.S. labor. The dominant narrative is that we should thank FDR or Senator Robert Wagner for it. But a close examination shows that it was thanks to radical labor activists and a wave of labor unrest that workers won their rights.

We Need More Leninism, Not Less

The sudden and rapid demise of the International Socialist Organization (ISO) has sparked a debate about party building, internal democracy and the kind of organization that socialists need in the fight against capitalism.

What Is the Role of Socialists in the Unions?

Any organization that aims to bring about socialism needs to seriously build power in the working class. The question is how to put these efforts in the service of a strategy for socialism.

New York Nurses Announce Strike

Ten thousand nurses at four hospitals in NYC will strike on April 2 unless management improves their offer. Their main demand is safe staffing ratios.

Internationalism or State Department Socialism?

A renewed U.S. left is forging its own identity—and anti-imperialism needs to be front and center. Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders’ soft imperialism runs counter to the building of an internationalist left.

Class Politics and the Democratic Debate

This week’s Democratic debates showed increasing confrontations among the candidates. Despite some progressive proposals, a working-class perspective is still out of the conversation.

Reform or Revolution, 2019 Edition

The old debate between Luxemburg and Bernstein is back: reform or revolution? But now it is Chris Maisano from the DSA and Jacobin defending electoral politics, while Tim Horras of the Philly Socialists argues for revolution and “base building.” Here, Juan Cruz Ferre of Left Voice explains why we need a revolutionary workers’ party.

Was the New Deal Racist?

The New Deal has been historically recognized as having a built-in anti-black bias. Jacobin magazine is trying to whitewash it.

How Are Radical Reforms Won? Lessons From the New Deal

The New Deal’s Wagner Act was the biggest concession ever given to U.S. labor. The dominant narrative is that we should thank FDR or Senator Robert Wagner for it. But a close examination shows that it was thanks to radical labor activists and a wave of labor unrest that workers won their rights.

We Need More Leninism, Not Less

The sudden and rapid demise of the International Socialist Organization (ISO) has sparked a debate about party building, internal democracy and the kind of organization that socialists need in the fight against capitalism.

What Is the Role of Socialists in the Unions?

Any organization that aims to bring about socialism needs to seriously build power in the working class. The question is how to put these efforts in the service of a strategy for socialism.

New York Nurses Announce Strike

Ten thousand nurses at four hospitals in NYC will strike on April 2 unless management improves their offer. Their main demand is safe staffing ratios.

Internationalism or State Department Socialism?

A renewed U.S. left is forging its own identity—and anti-imperialism needs to be front and center. Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders’ soft imperialism runs counter to the building of an internationalist left.