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Ideas & Debates

The Democratic Party and Capitalism’s Economic Contradictions

The Democratic Party is promising that its spending packages will rejuvenate the economy. And that has helped the party bewitch the Left and dampen mass struggle in the United States. But the economic situation today — riven by fundamental, explosive contradictions — shows that those promises are built on sand, and that we need to reject the Democrats and organize for an independent, revolutionary struggle.

Jason Koslowski

November 27, 2021

Five Indigenous Struggles You Should Support on Thanksgiving

While Thanksgiving is an opportunity to spend time with family and community, it also represents the whitewashing of the country’s genocide of Native Americans. Here we present five Indigenous struggles that you can support today.

Sam Carliner

November 25, 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

The Hypocritical Oath: Medical Residency Trains Physicians to Be Tools for Capitalism

Residency training often claims to focus on training effective physicians. In reality, it’s an intricately designed conditioning process to train physicians to be tools for profit maximization. In order to be truly "effective" physicians, residents, in solidarity with other healthcare workers, must organize to challenge the systems that lead to suffering and illness both in health care and around the globe.

Mike Pappas

November 21, 2021

We Are the Only Ones Who Will Liberate Us

With every victory won as a result of Black struggle, the ruling class has left no stone unturned to curtail social progress. Empty promises of incremental change or a seat at the oppressor’s table will not liberate us. To be truly free, we must overthrow the racist-capitalist system that profits off our lives.

Adnan Ahmed

November 18, 2021

COP26 Pledges Reveal Capitalism’s Refusal to Solve the Climate Crisis

The unenforceable “pledges” by the world’s leaders to meet a temperature increase that exceeds what climate scientists say is sustainable reveals that, under capitalism, profit and exploitation will always come before human life.

Sam Carliner

November 7, 2021

Empty, Toothless Pledges to End Deforestation by 2030 at COP26

At the COP26 meeting in Glasgow, more than 110 countries pledged to halt deforestation by 2030. The agreement, though, is non-binding, and as capitalism and extractivism both go unchallenged, it is virtually guaranteed to fail.

Axomalli Villanueva

November 6, 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 Cooper

November 6, 2021

Capitalism and Patriarchy: As of Wednesday Morning, French Women Are Working for Free Due to Gender Pay Gap

Women in France are now working for free until the end of the year — because of wage inequalities between men and women. The increasing wage gap stems from the growing number of women in precarious jobs.

Cléo Rivierre

November 4, 2021