News & Letters, Vol. 58, No. 1
January – February 2013
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Slightly over two years since the beginning of Egypt’s revolution, those heady days can seem distant. The current government of Mohamed Morsi was able to push through a reactionary Constitution. It includes anti-working class Articles allowing for child labor and forced labor, in certain circumstances; limits the right to form unions; and ties wages to production. It describes women’s role as one of “caregiver” and includes no guarantees of women’s equality–a lived reality during the occupation of Tahrir Square. …The lived experience of women workers at Muhallah al-Kubra, or the youth who were inspired by their example, is not only beyond the Muslim Brotherhood’s understanding, but represents its opposite—a struggle against the dictates of capital itself.
From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation
“If Lincoln has grown,” wrote Wendell Phillips after the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation, “it is quite natural. We watered him.” At the same time, however, it was no accident that Lincoln chose Andrew Johnson as his running mate for the second term, in place of the Vice-President of the first term, Hannibal Hamlin, who was a friend of the Abolitionists. The objective compulsion of capitalist industrialization won over the freedom forces. The Civil War brought to a climax and summed up the paradox of the Jefferson-Jackson-Lincoln liberal presidential tradition.
Now off the press:
Nobody, least of all Marxists, foresaw the great historic divide which would be opened by the Arab Spring beginning in 2010. Mohammed Bouazizi and Hussein Nagi Felhi, protesting the miserable conditions of life for Tunisian youth, set off a year of revolutionary struggle that has shaken the world to its foundations. The region, where politics and everyday life had been delimited by the Cold War and the politics of oil, has been redefined by an uncompromising demand for human dignity.
A super-majority of Michigan lame-duck Republicans passed a series of oppressive bills at the end of December: an anti-union “right-to-work” law, an anti-abortion bill and a dictatorial emergency manager act. This despite a record number–over 12,500–protestors who stormed and occupied the legislative chamber and rallied around the Capitol building for two days prior to the vote.
Obamacare may be able to prevent denial of insurance based on pre-existing conditions. But HMOs have been implementing with a vengeance the denial of care to those who already have insurance.
Woman as Reason
The recent rape of a 23-year-old medical student in India was brutal…. But the fact that the woman raped and murdered was doing everything “right” doesn’t alone explain the sustained, angry militant outcry, one that is supported by women worldwide and recently spread to nearby Nepal. Rather, at least three developments are also involved in what appears to be a deep, militant, spontaneous response.
The content of this attack on public education is not simply a question of wages. It’s about shrinking the size of public schools in this society. It is about writing off a huge section of the working class. I spent my last two years as a teacher in a closing, failing high school. We watched them take the computers out of our rooms and move them to the charter school in the same building.
MORE ARTICLES … (see the pdf version)
“Nursing home greed kills children”
“Jayne Cortez, poet”
“Women World Wide”
“From South Africa: Hunger games real for unemployed”
“Walmart workers strike”
“Forced labor in China”
“Teachers and allies fight restructuring”
“Wilderness of violence”
“Pelican Bay families support prisoners”
“‘Idle No More'”
“Oscar Grant remembered”
“March against violence”
“Why ‘green on blue’ attacks?”
“Review of No Snowflake in an Avalanche”
“Raya Dunayevskaya’s Trilogy of Revolution in Spanish, all in one volume”
“Monsters of the Market”
“Hot and homeless”
“Fake Burmese reforms”
“Chalking charges dismissed!”
p. 12, World in View:
“France in Mali”
“Massacre in Quetta”
“Zapatistas’ new era”