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Otto Fors

Otto is a college professor in the New York area.

Jacobin Is Wrong: The Midterms Were Not a Socialist Wave

The 2022 midterms were not a “red wave” of socialism — we don’t win by shoehorning capitalist politicians into a leftist mold.

Otto Fors

November 20, 2022

#AllThatsLeftPod: Midterms 2022 and Prospects for the Left

In this episode of the podcast, we talk about the 2022 midterm elections, including what the results mean for Democrats, Republicans, and President Biden, and what the tasks are for the Left going forward.

Otto Fors

November 11, 2022

Chileans Reject Proposed Constitution

On Sunday, Chileans overwhelmingly rejected a new proposed constitution. The result reflects both a rightward shift in Chile and disillusionment with President Gabriel Boric.

Otto Fors

September 6, 2022

No, Biden Still Isn’t Doing Anything to Protect Abortion

President Biden’s executive order on abortion won’t do anything to protect abortion rights — we need a mass movement.

Otto Fors

July 10, 2022

Juneteenth Is about Black Liberation — not Union Busting

Companies like Starbucks and Amazon are celebrating Juneteenth while union busting and hyper-exploiting their Black workers. We must resist these attempts to strip Juneteenth of its radical legacy and de-fang the movement for Black Lives.

Otto Fors

June 19, 2022

No ‘Jubilee’ for Workers: UK Organizes Multimillion-Dollar Celebrations for Queen Elizabeth

While the working class struggles with soaring costs of living and rising poverty, the UK is spending over $35 million on Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. It’s time to abolish the monarchy.

Otto Fors

June 3, 2022

Kentucky Enacts Near-Total Abortion Ban

Abortion is now effectively illegal in Kentucky, with the state enacting the country’s harshest restrictions so far. We need a mass movement to fight for safe, legal, and free abortion, on demand.

Otto Fors

April 16, 2022

On Transgender Day of Visibility, Fight for Trans Youth

Trans kids are under attack across the United States. This Transgender Day of Visibility, let’s vow to fight for them.

Otto Fors

March 31, 2022

California Grocery Store Workers Vote to Authorize Walkouts

Tens of thousands of workers at grocery stores in Southern California have voted to authorize walkouts if their demands for higher wages are not met.

Otto Fors

March 29, 2022

The War in Ukraine and Sanctions on Russia Are Driving Global Hunger

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine isn’t just harming the working class of both countries — it’s causing global food shortages.

Otto Fors

March 25, 2022

Oppression, Class Struggle, and Other Things Jacobin Doesn’t Care About

Jacobin Magazine recently released its first issue of 2022. The issue is full of defenses for the Democratic Party, but it has no articles about either class struggle or the oppressed.

Otto Fors

February 27, 2022

Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill Is Another Attack on Queer Youth and All Educators

Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill would make it illegal to discuss gender and sexuality in K–12 schools. We need a unified, national movement against these right-wing attacks.

Otto Fors

February 14, 2022

“Strong” January Job Numbers Mask the True Story of Employment in Capitalist America

The United States added more jobs than had been forecast in January. But these numbers mask the quality of jobs and the overall conditions for the working class, and minimize anything that might remind workers of the exploitation that is the foundation of a system that prioritizes profits over human needs.

Otto Fors

February 5, 2022

The Democrats Aren’t Bad at Politics. Their Politics Are Bad

The Biden administration has accomplished little of its “transformative” agenda in its first year. But it has been very effective when it comes to furthering the Democrats’ capitalist and imperialist interests.

Otto Fors

January 19, 2022

As Inflation Rises, Workers Have Options for Struggle

As inflation courses through the U.S. economy, the ruling class is responding with higher interest rates and other steps aimed at keeping wages lower for the workers who bear the brunt of price hikes. What demands should workers raise to fight the latest capitalist attacks on our standard of living?

Otto Fors

January 5, 2022

Capitalist Bonanza: Share Buybacks Reached Record High in 2021

Share buybacks hit a record high in 2021, enriching investors and executives at the expense of the working class.

Otto Fors

January 4, 2022

Workers at Video Game Company Activision Blizzard Lead Week-Long Work Stoppage

Workers at video gaming company Activision Blizzard entered a five-day work stoppage and are making moves to unionize. This worker action could have powerful effects for the industry.

Otto Fors

December 12, 2021

Which Side Are You On?: DSA Fails to Expel Pro-Zionist Congressman Jamaal Bowman

The DSA national leadership has decided not to expel Rep. Jamaal Bowman, the Democratic member of Congress from New York City. The decision is a betrayal of the Palestinian people and internationalism.

Otto Fors

December 4, 2021

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Jamaal Bowman and the DSA

Some DSA members are calling for Rep. Jamaal Bowman’s expulsion following his recent trip to Israel. The conflict reveals the deep contradictions in the organization’s strategy, and the illusion of “accountable Democrats.”

Otto Fors

November 24, 2021

Colin Powell Brought “Diversity” to War Crimes and Imperialism

From Vietnam to Nicaragua to Panama to Iraq, Colin Powell has played an important role in imperialist violence for decades. Don't mourn his death.

Otto Fors

October 18, 2021

Air India Falls Victim to Modi’s Privatization Spree

The sale of Air India to Tata Group sets the stage for the Modi government to privatize further public assets and infrastructure, and is yet another attack on the Indian working class.

Otto Fors

October 10, 2021

While Global North Weighs Booster Shots against Covid-19, Fewer than 2% of Africans Are Vaccinated

Wealthy countries around the world are preparing to offer a third shot of Covid-19 vaccines to their populations. Meanwhile, vaccination remains out of reach for the vast majority of Africans.

Otto Fors

August 22, 2021

Coldest Weather in Decades Hits Brazil — Climate Change Is to Blame

This month, on the heels of the country’s worst drought in a century, Brazil has experienced historic cold weather. The effects on agriculture could have negative consequences across the world.

Otto Fors

July 30, 2021

Alabama Coal Miners Protest Outside BlackRock Office in New York

On Wednesday morning, UMWA coal miners picketed the Manhattan office of BlackRock to demand a better contract. These workers recognize that they put their lives on the line to keep society running while bosses collect the profits.

Otto Fors

July 29, 2021

California Wildfires Break Records (Again)

California is on track to experience yet another record-breaking wildfire season. These are the disastrous consequences of climate change.

Otto Fors

July 15, 2021

NYC Floods Show the Future of Climate Change

Thursday’s storms and flooding in New York City show the reality of climate change — and the city’s unpreparedness for the devastating consequences of a warming planet.

Otto Fors

July 10, 2021

Ravaged by Climate Change: 400,000 On the Brink of Starvation in Madagascar

Over one million people in southern Madagascar are food insecure, while almost half a million are on the brink of starvation. Climate change is to blame, and capitalism ensures that the Global South will pay the highest price.

Otto Fors

July 2, 2021

Ethnic Cleansing: Israel Demolishes Palestinian Homes in Silwan, East Jerusalem.

The Israeli army has begun demolishing buildings in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan and repressing residents and activists. Palestinians are mounting fierce resistance against these criminal attacks.

Otto Fors

July 1, 2021

Dockworkers in South Africa Refuse to Offload Israeli Cargo Ship in Solidarity with Palestine

Dockworkers in the port city of Durban, South Africa have refused to offload an Israeli cargo ship in solidarity with Palestinians.

Otto Fors

May 21, 2021

Biden Is, and Always Has Been, a Champion of Zionism and Imperialism

The Israeli state’s aggression and impunity would not be possible without long-standing, bipartisan U.S. support, including that of President Biden. 

Otto Fors

May 13, 2021