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Revolt and retrogression at home

Draft for Marxist-Humanist Perspectives, 2014-2015: From the U.S. to Ukraine, crises and revolts call for philosophy. II. Revolt and retrogression at home. A. Women under attack. B. Many dimensions of revolt Continue reading

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Capitalist economy is failing

Ongoing national strikes and demonstrations by fast food workers demanding a $15 an hour living wage show that workers’ reality is not the media-touted economic “recovery” enjoyed by the super-wealthy finance capitalists. In real life the 2008 depression drags on. In a punitive move, Congressional Republicans wouldn’t even allow a vote for long-term unemployment benefits to continue, in spite of the record 1.7 million, or 37% of the officially unemployed, who have been out of work for six months or longer. Previously, a rate anywhere near this was called an emergency, compelling an automatic extension of benefits. Continue reading

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Call for News and Letters Committees Convention, 2014

News and Letters Committees has posted its OFFICIAL CALL FOR CONVENTION to Work Out Marxist-Humanist Perspectives for 2014-2015   February 23, 2014 To All Members of News and Letters Committees   Dear Friends:   The sharpness of revolution and counter-revolution … Continue reading

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Cambodian massacre

Cambodian police attacked workers on general strike, whose nationwide demand was for the minimum wage to be doubled to $160 a month. Continue reading

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McDonald’s walkout

McDonald’s walkout in Oakland. Photos by David M’Oto. Continue reading

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Prison privatization is a crime

On Dec. 1, Aramark Correctional Services will begin running Food Service for the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), creating another sector of low-wage workers in Michigan. In a state struggling with a high unemployment rate and flooded with low-wage dead-end jobs, 60,000 in the fast-food sector in the metro Detroit area alone, why would the state government choose to add to these statistics? Continue reading

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Con Ed lockout ends

From the September-October 2012 issue of News & Letters: Con Ed lockout ends New York—On July 24 at historic Union Square, 8,500 workers with Local 1-2 Utility Workers Union of America, UWUA, who had been locked out by Consolidated Edison, … Continue reading

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