Scott is a writer, editor, and longtime socialist activist who lives in the Boston area.
Trotskyists in France Are Reconstituting a Fighting Revolutionary Left. There Are Important Lessons for the United States
The Far Left in France, which has grown complacent at best and has crossed the class line at worst, is being resuscitated with revolutionary politics thanks to the efforts of Révolution Permanente — which include launching a new organization. There are lessons for the United States in what has happened in France and in the opportunities to come.
Scott CooperJune 23, 2022
Angry About High Fuel and Food Prices? Blame Imperialism
Biden is attempting to paint Putin as the sole reason for inflation, while Republicans try to blame Biden. In truth, the entire global economic system that all of these politicians represent is why workers keep being strained.
Scott CooperApril 22, 2022
Rising Gas Prices Slam Workers Across the United States: Is There a Solution?
The working class is bearing the brunt of rising oil prices — and not only at the gas pump. All signs point to gasoline continuing to cost more and more. It’s not just about Russian oil and the invasion of Ukraine. It’s how capitalism works to enrich the few at the expense of the world’s masses.
Scott CooperMarch 12, 2022
Protesters Across the Globe Demand “No War in Ukraine!” But Not All Demonstrations are the Same
Cities around the world have seen protests against the war in Ukraine since the Russian invasion early Thursday morning. More are scheduled for today. But some demonstrations focus on demanding more “help” from the West for Ukraine — a path that will not solve the crisis.
Scott CooperFebruary 26, 2022
On the Anniversary of Its Publication, The Communist Manifesto’s Relevance Continues to Grow
As a revolutionary wave swept across Europe in 1848, led by reformers who wanted to overturn monarchies and secure their bourgeois property rights, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published The Communist Manifesto as a call to arms for a different kind of uprising: proletarian revolution, aimed at freeing humanity from wage slavery. Today is the anniversary of that publication.
Scott CooperFebruary 21, 2022
Media Blackout of Anasse Kazib Candidacy in France Reveals the Myth of Capitalist “Democracy”
Anasse Kazib, the Trotskyist rail worker running for president of France, faces obstacles to winning ballot access. Now, he is being blacked out by the French media, which is doing the bidding of a capitalist state that wants to keep people from hearing a revolutionary program that challenges its rule.
Scott CooperFebruary 18, 2022
Biden Plans on Stealing $7 Billion from Afghanistan
With a new executive order, the Biden administration has begun the process of seizing assets from Afghanistan to set up a toothless “humanitarian assistance” trust fund and give the rest to the families of 9/11 victims. Afghans, whose money this is, had nothing to do with those attacks.
Scott CooperFebruary 17, 2022
Starbucks Launches its Anti-Union Website: Here’s a Look
As Starbucks faces a growing drive across the country to unionize its stores, the bosses have launched an anti-union website aimed at misinforming workers about what’s at stake. This is part and parcel of the retaliation the corporation has been unleashing in city after city.
Scott CooperFebruary 15, 2022
Racist Offensive Tries to Silence Revolutionary Presidential Candidate Anasse Kazib
An invitation to revolutionary presidential candidate Anasse Kazib to speak at France’s most prestigious university tonight has provoked an extreme right-wing group to unleash a new series of racist, xenophobic attacks against the railway worker of Moroccan descent.
Scott CooperFebruary 9, 2022
Missouri Senate Moves to Make Murder Legal — Especially Murdering Black People
A self-defense bill under consideration by the Missouri state Senate would make it easy to get away with murder, especially if there are no witnesses. In a state with a history like that of Missouri, it’s hard to see how it’s not inviting an open season for racist killings.
Scott CooperFebruary 6, 2022
Students and Teachers Protest Oakland, California, School Closures with Walkouts and Hunger Strikes
In the midst of the ongoing pandemic, the school board in Oakland, California, has announced they will shutter or merge a long list of schools. It’s another blow against a majority minority city battered under capitalism by gentrification, wealth inequality, and growing homelessness.
Scott CooperFebruary 5, 2022
Poland Is Building a Border Wall — With EU Complicity
Poland’s murderous attacks on migrants at its border with Belarus haven’t been enough. Now it’s building a “steel curtain” to keep out the victims of a humanitarian crisis created by imperialism. The European Union is on board.
Scott CooperFebruary 3, 2022
Amnesty International Gets It Right: Israel Is an Apartheid State. But NGO Reports Won’t Free Palestine
A report issued yesterday by Amnesty International spells out how Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory amounts to “apartheid,” and calls on the world to “bring perpetrators of apartheid crimes to justice.”
Scott CooperFebruary 2, 2022
South Africa’s Striking Clover Workers: Defending Jobs and Wages, Fighting Israeli Capital, Building Solidarity with Palestine
Thousands of workers at the Clover dairy company in South Africa have been on strike for more than two months, battling an Israeli company that is slashing jobs and wages. Clover aims to destroy a vital source of people’s basic needs in the country — all in the interest of capitalist profits. The South African government is colluding with this assault.
Scott CooperFebruary 1, 2022
Biden Wants Us to Celebrate “Good” Economic Numbers, But They’re Only Good for the Rich
President Biden is touting U.S. economic numbers released yesterday as proof of the greatness of his first year. He wants us all to celebrate with him. The next numbers aren’t going to be so good.
Scott CooperJanuary 28, 2022
The Fed Will Raise Interest Rates “Soon.” The Capitalists — and Democrats — Are Very Nervous
The Federal Reserve announced today that it would “soon” be raising interest rates — probably in March — in an effort to stem inflation, which has hit its highest levels in the United States since 1982. The Democrats are desperate to keep inflation from becoming an issue in the midterm elections.
Scott CooperJanuary 26, 2022
No to Imperialist War: Ukrainians Gain Nothing from U.S., NATO, or Russian Troops
The situation on the Ukraine-Russia border is growing hotter and hotter, with the possibility of war becoming greater with each passing day — especially as U.S. imperialism and NATO have now decided to up the ante and mobilize their own forces. The reactionary objectives of both sides are coming into much sharper focus.
Scott CooperJanuary 25, 2022
The Right to Vote Is a Conquest of the Working Class. That’s Why We Defend It
The United States is undergoing the most concerted effort to undermine voting rights than at any time since the end of Reconstruction after the Civil War. The Left has a responsibility to mount just as strong an effort to defend these rights, which workers and people of color have shed blood to win.
Scott CooperJanuary 22, 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?
Scott CooperJanuary 5, 2022
Israel Will Now Officially Shoot to Kill Palestinian Rock Throwers
It has recently come to light that the Israeli Defense Forces, the military branch of the repressive Zionist state, has changed its Rules of Engagement to allow soldiers to kill unarmed Palestinians with abandon. In Israel, the war crimes just keep racking up.
Scott CooperDecember 30, 2021
34 Years After the First Intifada, Israel Continues its Brutal Occupation of Palestine
The First Intifada, a massive and radical uprising of Palestinian youth against the racist, colonialist state of Israel, began on this day in 1987.
Scott CooperDecember 9, 2021
It’s Time to Keep the Scabs Out of the Kellogg Plants
The rejection by Kellogg workers of a tentative agreement, which means they’ll continue the strike they began in early October, demands a response by the entire working class. It’s time to show what solidarity really means.
Scott CooperDecember 8, 2021
Kellogg Workers Reject Tentative Agreement, Continue Strike
After nine weeks on strike, workers at four Kellogg plants have rejected a temporary agreement that doesn’t meet their demands. They’ll continue to fight the bosses — and need the entire U.S. labor movement to join their struggle.
Scott CooperDecember 7, 2021
France’s Openly Racist Presidential Candidate Makes It Official
Éric Zemmour officially declared his candidacy in next spring’s French presidential elections, in an online video replete with open racism and xenophobia aimed at “saving France.”
Scott CooperNovember 30, 2021
No Justice in a Racist System: Kyle Rittenhouse Walks Free
In a monstrous display of systemic racism, Kyle Rittenhouse, the white supremacist vigilante who was caught on camera murdering two unarmed protesters and injuring a third, has been absolved of all charges brought against him. The ruling follows a blatantly biased trial and proves once again that there are separate “justice” systems for white people and people of color.
Scott CooperNovember 19, 2021
Tariffs to Fight Climate Change? It’s a Capitalist Ruse
At COP26, the leading capitalist countries are pushing the idea of tariffs on certain exports as a way to reduce emissions. But these proposals are really about shoring up Western capitalism’s ability to compete with China.
Scott CooperNovember 6, 2021
Why the Capitalists Hate — and Fear — Strikes
At the root of all the mainstream media hype about “Striketober” lies the capitalists’ tenacious drive to keep their profit-making machine churning each and every day, and their fear that every strike has the potential to spark something much more threatening than monetary losses.
Scott CooperOctober 20, 2021
Reno Transit Workers Holding Firm in Second Strike Since August: Interview with a Union Leader
Members of Teamsters Local 533 in Reno, Nevada, are on strike against a notorious union-hating company that is trying to undo a remarkable gain the workers won nearly 40 years ago.
Scott CooperOctober 18, 2021
Job Growth or Job Decline, It’s All About Capitalist Exploitation
A recent Wall Street Journal editorial affords a look into the argument the capitalists are having within their class about the most recent Labor Department jobs numbers.
Scott CooperOctober 11, 2021