Otto is a college professor in the New York area.
‘Robin Hood’ Strikes in France: Workers Provide Free Energy for Hospitals, Schools, and Low-Income Homes
Last week, energy workers in France provided free energy for hospitals, schools, low-income households, and libraries. They show that the working class holds the keys to the economy, and can put these resources in the service of society.
Otto ForsFebruary 1, 2023
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 ForsNovember 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 ForsNovember 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 ForsSeptember 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 ForsJuly 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 ForsJune 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 ForsJune 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 ForsApril 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 ForsMarch 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 ForsMarch 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 ForsMarch 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 ForsFebruary 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 ForsFebruary 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 ForsFebruary 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 ForsJanuary 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 ForsJanuary 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 ForsJanuary 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 ForsDecember 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 ForsDecember 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 ForsNovember 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 ForsOctober 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 ForsOctober 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 ForsAugust 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 ForsJuly 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 ForsJuly 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 ForsJuly 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 ForsJuly 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 ForsJuly 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 ForsJuly 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 ForsMay 21, 2021