Oppression, Class Struggle, and Other Things Jacobin Doesn’t Care About
Jacobin Magazine recently released its first issue of 2022. The issue is full of defenses for the Democratic Party, but it has no articles about either class struggle or the oppressed.
Ezra BrainFebruary 27, 2022
“Strong” January Job Numbers Mask the True Story of Employment in Capitalist America
The United States added more jobs than had been forecast in January. But these numbers mask the quality of jobs and the overall conditions for the working class, and minimize anything that might remind workers of the exploitation that is the foundation of a system that prioritizes profits over human needs.
Otto ForsFebruary 5, 2022
2022: More Wealthy People and Far More Poor People. We Need to Fight Back
After almost two years of pandemic, the inequality gap has increased: 10 percent of the global population now receives 52 percent of global income, according to the World Inequality Report.
Luigi MorrisJanuary 1, 2022
The Shorter Workweek and a Revolutionary Program for Working Hours
Shortening the workweek has become an issue in the French presidential campaign. Workers there won a 35-hour standard in 2000, but the bosses circumvent the law. Many workers are now demanding a 32-hour workweek. While the French system differs that of the United States, the Marxist argument for reducing working time spelled out here — and how to win that demand — applies to workers everywhere.
Camille MünzerDecember 6, 2021
Healthcare Workers Stand With Palestine
A group of socialist health care workers put forward a statement in solidarity with Palestine and against Israel's brutal attacks, which happens with the support of U.S. imperialism. If you are a healthcare worker, please sign this statement!
Left Voice Healthcare WorkersMay 19, 2021
Trotsky, Gramsci, and the Emergence of the Working Class as Hegemonic Subject
Employing the words of Trotsky and Gramsci, the authors analyze the development of the working class as a social and political subject in “Western” countries, with their complex socio-political structures. To argue against the idea of conquering spaces within the regime and coexisting peacefully with the bureaucracies of the mass movement, as well as against the adaptation to administering the state’s social assistance or to the current structure of unions, they draw on Trotsky’s writings on France, in which he introduces the concept of “committees of action” of the vanguard and sectors of the masses as a way to unify and coordinate their struggles.
Matías MaielloMarch 13, 2021
The Democratic Supermajority Won’t Save New Yorkers
The current state legislature in New York State is being heralded as “historically progressive,” and many unions and community organizations have high hopes for what they may be able to achieve in Albany. Organizing for direct change, using our strategic positions as workers, has the potential to be much faster and more effective than lobbying politicians.
Olivia WoodMarch 11, 2021
Workers’ Occupations and Roadblocks in Argentina Signal a Shift in the Class Struggle
In the past few days, five different sets of workers have occupied their companies or set up roadblocks and encampments against shutdowns and massive layoffs. These grassroots rebellions are leading the way forward in the fight against unemployment.
Jorge “El Loco” MedinaMarch 4, 2021
Coup in Myanmar: The Working Class, Between Resistance and the Liberal “Democratic” Trap
The coup d’état in Myanmar has catalyzed a response by a super-exploited working class whose demands now threaten to go far beyond the defense of democratic rights. The movement’s bourgeois leadership has other intentions.
Philippe AlcoyFebruary 14, 2021