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Working Class

“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 Fors

February 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 Morris

January 1, 2022

The Christmas Truce of 1914

On Christmas Day 107 years ago, surrounded by the bombs, blood, mud, bullets, and terror of World War I, a tiny spark of light emerged amidst the death.

Óscar Fernández

December 25, 2021

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 Münzer

December 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!

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 Maiello

March 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 Wood

March 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.

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 Alcoy

February 14, 2021