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Ideas & Debates

#AllThatsLeftPod: U.S. Rail Workers Betrayed

In this episode of the podcast, we talk about the recent betrayal of U.S. rail workers. We discuss what it says about the Democratic Party, President Biden, and the role of the state.

Left Voice

December 23, 2022

The Congressional Vote to Quash the Rail Strike Shows That We Need a Party of Our Own

The congressional intervention to bust a possible railroad strike with the complicity of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party was a blow to the labor movement as a whole and a wake-up call for the socialist Left in America. Indignation and denunciation are not enough. It is fundamental to break with the Democratic Party and build a party of the working class and for the working class that genuinely fights for socialism.

Jimena Vergara

December 22, 2022

The Return of the Working Class “with Chinese Characteristics”

The recent protests in China are a symptom of the times. It puts back in play the dangerous power of the working class that the CCP has kept in the shadows through coercion and repression amidst the country’s capitalist restoration.

André Barbieri

December 19, 2022

Left Voice Magazine for December 2022

We present our December magazine, including a balance sheet of the broad party tactic, a polemic with Eric Blanc’s interpretation of U.S. labor history, an overview of the legacy of G.A. Cohen and Analytical Marxism, and a review of Sophie Lewis’s new book on family abolition.

Left Voice

December 11, 2022

The Case of the Mapuche: What Can Trotsky Teach Us about the Fight against National Oppression?

Trotsky’s reflections on the social aspect of permanent revolution have deep implications for building working-class hegemony through solidarity with oppressed peoples.

Juan Valenzuela

December 4, 2022

Sorry Jacobin, But Crushing Rail Workers’ Right to Strike Is Not Progressive

Jacobin’s Branko Marcetic is applauding progressive Democrats like AOC and Jamaal Bowman for their vote to force rail workers to accept a contract they explicitly rejected on terms that are not even close to their original demands.

James Dennis Hoff

December 1, 2022

What Will Communism Look Like in New York City?

The new novel Everything for Everyone tells the story of a global insurrection against capitalism starting in 2052. It's not only entertaining — it's a good opportunity to think about revolutionary strategy.

Nathaniel Flakin

November 23, 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

What Is the Michigan Working Class Party?

The midterm elections happen amidst an atmosphere of polarization and politicalization, where the crisis of neoliberalism is growing acute, yet lesser evilism politics remain. For those on the Left, workers and the oppressed sick of the betrayals and disappointments with the two party system, a third political party calling itself the Working Class Party is seeking to be that alternative in Michigan, Maryland, and Illinois.

Tristan Taylor

November 8, 2022