Author: Scott Cooper

COVID-19 Quarantines: “This Is What a Police State Is Like”

Confronting Covid-19 across the globe, capitalist leaders have issued quarantine orders, imposed huge fines and jail time for violations, and deployed police and soldiers to enforce the decrees. Criminalization of leaving your home, gathering with others, and shopping for things the state decides you don’t need is a laboratory for capitalist repression that will surely endure beyond the pandemic’s end.

Union-Busting in the Time of Coronavirus

In a crisis, you can count on the capitalists to make every effort to maximize the advantages of their class over the working class. This is no less the case with the coronavirus pandemic than at any other time in history.

Workers’ Control of Production is the “Emergency Measure” We Need

There’s only one way to ensure that all the different emergency measures being enacted to combat the coronavirus pandemic serve the interests of the working class and not the capitalists, whose primary motivation is to rescue their corrupt, inhumane economic system: workers’ control.

The Working Class Needs Direct Help, Not Capitalist “Stimulus”

Confronted with an impending recession, the U.S. capitalist class and the politicians who serve it are working overtime to protect their profits and wealth and keep their system intact. But none of the “rescue” measures that are coming at us from every quarter are about protecting the interests of the vast majority of workers and other people who face the greatest economic threats from the coronavirus pandemic.

The Coronavirus Lays Bare Capitalism’s Inhumanity

Crises have a nasty tendency to unmask not only the weaknesses of a system, but also the lies upon which the arguments in favor of a corrupt system are based. That’s what we’re seeing in the coronavirus crisis, as capitalism lurches forward hell-bent on saving its economic “fundamentals.”

U.S. Capitalism Confronts Coronavirus — For the Wealthy

As the spread of the coronavirus roils the stock market and upends the social and economic lives of working people in the United States, the federal government is stepping in to address the crisis. But in whose interests?

Is it a Betrayal for Podemos to Join the Spanish Government?

In the aftermath of the November 10 elections in the Spanish State, the left-wing Podemos party has agreed to join a government with Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s PSOE. It is an alliance fraught with traps for the Spanish working-class.

Chile: Frente Amplio Joins Bourgeois Parties in “Social Peace” Agreement

Faced with more than a month of challenge to his regime’s very existence, Chilean President Piñera has rolled out the latest attempt to quell the revolt in the streets that has mobilized millions: a phony process to “revise” the constitution inherited from the Pinochet dictatorship while keeping himself in office and ensuring the continuation of bourgeois rule. And he has willing partners on the left: Frente Amplio has signed on, and the Communist Party is deep into the discussions with the murderous government, although the CP hasn’t yet gone so far as to sign the agreement officially.

COVID-19 Quarantines: “This Is What a Police State Is Like”

Confronting Covid-19 across the globe, capitalist leaders have issued quarantine orders, imposed huge fines and jail time for violations, and deployed police and soldiers to enforce the decrees. Criminalization of leaving your home, gathering with others, and shopping for things the state decides you don’t need is a laboratory for capitalist repression that will surely endure beyond the pandemic’s end.

Union-Busting in the Time of Coronavirus

In a crisis, you can count on the capitalists to make every effort to maximize the advantages of their class over the working class. This is no less the case with the coronavirus pandemic than at any other time in history.

Workers’ Control of Production is the “Emergency Measure” We Need

There’s only one way to ensure that all the different emergency measures being enacted to combat the coronavirus pandemic serve the interests of the working class and not the capitalists, whose primary motivation is to rescue their corrupt, inhumane economic system: workers’ control.

The Working Class Needs Direct Help, Not Capitalist “Stimulus”

Confronted with an impending recession, the U.S. capitalist class and the politicians who serve it are working overtime to protect their profits and wealth and keep their system intact. But none of the “rescue” measures that are coming at us from every quarter are about protecting the interests of the vast majority of workers and other people who face the greatest economic threats from the coronavirus pandemic.

The Coronavirus Lays Bare Capitalism’s Inhumanity

Crises have a nasty tendency to unmask not only the weaknesses of a system, but also the lies upon which the arguments in favor of a corrupt system are based. That’s what we’re seeing in the coronavirus crisis, as capitalism lurches forward hell-bent on saving its economic “fundamentals.”

U.S. Capitalism Confronts Coronavirus — For the Wealthy

As the spread of the coronavirus roils the stock market and upends the social and economic lives of working people in the United States, the federal government is stepping in to address the crisis. But in whose interests?

Is it a Betrayal for Podemos to Join the Spanish Government?

In the aftermath of the November 10 elections in the Spanish State, the left-wing Podemos party has agreed to join a government with Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s PSOE. It is an alliance fraught with traps for the Spanish working-class.

Chile: Frente Amplio Joins Bourgeois Parties in “Social Peace” Agreement

Faced with more than a month of challenge to his regime’s very existence, Chilean President Piñera has rolled out the latest attempt to quell the revolt in the streets that has mobilized millions: a phony process to “revise” the constitution inherited from the Pinochet dictatorship while keeping himself in office and ensuring the continuation of bourgeois rule. And he has willing partners on the left: Frente Amplio has signed on, and the Communist Party is deep into the discussions with the murderous government, although the CP hasn’t yet gone so far as to sign the agreement officially.