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Perspectives for 2021: Interview with Michael Roberts and Claudia Cinatti

The year of the coronavirus pandemic is drawing to a close. What are the trends in the economy, the political situation, and the class struggle in the year to come?

Claudia Cinatti

December 15, 2020
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We speak with Michael Roberts, renowned Marxist economist and author of several books, including Marx 200 and The Long Depression, and Claudia Cinatti, geopolitics reporter for La Izquierda Diario.

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Claudia Cinatti

Claudia is an editor of our sister site La Izquierda Diario and a leading member of the Party of Socialist Workers (PTS) in Argentina.

Ideas & Debates

Image of person in a white medical coat holding a stethoscope in their left hand and crossing their arms.

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
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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
Person with dark brown hair holds up a sign that says "COP 26 WE NEED ACTION NOT PROMISES"

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

MOST RECENT

The Far Right and the Reformist Left Will Face Off in Chile’s Presidential Elections

In the first round of presidential elections in Chile, the far-right politician José Antonio Kast won 28 percent. The 35-year-old former student leader Gabriel Boric reached 25 percent. The two main traditional parties did not reach a runoff. Trotskyists got 50,000 votes.

Nathaniel Flakin

November 22, 2021
IATSE members marching, carrying a banner that reads "The Union Behind Entertainment"

“We Feel Angry, We Feel Unheard”: IATSE Workers Speak Out on the Betrayal of Their Leadership

Left Voice reached out to IATSE workers and asked for their thoughts on the newly ratified contract. Despite an overwhelming vote to strike and a majority “no” vote, union bureaucracy and undemocratic voting rules betrayed the rank-and-file worker’s demands for better working conditions.

Left Voice

November 22, 2021

Let This Radicalize You

The Rittenhouse Verdict was outrageous, but we can’t allow ourselves to fall into despair. We need to take radical conclusions from what happened.

Tatiana Cozzarelli

November 21, 2021
Three white men — Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael, and their friend William “Roddie” Bryan — wearing suits at their trial for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery.

Acquittal of Ahmaud Arbery’s Killers Could Further Embolden Far-Right Vigilantes

The trial of Ahmaud Arbery’s killers comes right on the heels of the Rittenhouse trial. A not guilty verdict would be an injustice and could further embolden far-right vigilante violence.

Sam Carliner

November 21, 2021