Starbucks workers are unionizing at a breakneck pace. We ran the numbers and found that more than 2,000 Starbucks workers are now unionized — and that number will likely triple in the coming months. Projecting based on current NLRB filings alone, the Starbucks union is likely to have 6,047 workers at 227 locations in the next few months. (Elliot Stoler / Wikimedia
Workers at World of Warcraft–maker Activision Blizzard have voted to unionize. Fourteen-hour workdays and alleged rampant sexual harassment were among the issues that prompted them to organize the first recognized labor union at a publicly traded video game producer. Several hundred Activision Blizzard employees staged a walkout at company headquarters
Joe Manchin stalled and killed the Build Back Better bill under pressure from big business. He could now support a compromise budget with drug pricing reforms, but the pharmaceutical industry is doing everything it can to make sure he doesn’t. An ad from the Alliance for Patient Access warning that drug pricing reforms would “hurt innovation” and prevent companies
Chileans have long known about Colonia Dignidad, a German colony in Chile depicted in the Netflix series A Sinister Sect whose settlers committed countless acts of pedophilia, murder, and torture. Less discussed: the Chilean right’s complicity in those crimes. Historical footage from A Sinister Sect (Netflix). The Netflix miniseries A Sinister Sect is
A billionaire-backed network of free-market fundamentalists is ginning up controversy over “wokeness” in American schools with an ulterior motive: to demolish public education. Texas governor Greg Abbott has announced his intention to challenge a Supreme Court ruling that guarantees free public education for all kids. (Brandon Bell / Getty Images)
According to Gallup polls, the number of Americans who self-identify as below middle-class, including those who identify as working-class, is on the rise — a rise especially pronounced among those age 18–34. More Republicans are likely to identify as working-class than Democrats. (Alberto Casetta / Unsplash) The United States is the country where everyone
The Australian election saw historic defeats for the Right and its backers in the Murdoch media. But the Labor Party can't change the country without fighting for a robust, progressive economic agenda. Labor leader Anthony Albanese during the Labor Party election night event on May 21, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (James D. Morgan / Getty Images) If the 2019
Market ideologues paint Amazon as a model of a flexible, networked platform capitalism. Yet Amazon’s growth has revitalized parts of the Fordism that Silicon Valley claimed to have overcome — including the rise of an organized blue-collar workforce. Workers sort out parcels in the outbound dock at the Amazon fulfillment center in Eastvale, California,
When he was alive, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s iconic art leveled a powerful opposition to inequality and racism. Since his death, his work has been co-opted, emptied of all political content, and commodified to be sold as an image of New York’s vanishing cool. Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Rainbow Roof on September 19, 1985. (Patrick McMullan / Getty Images) In
The world’s second-richest man is using social media to push back against any hint that corporate greed is stoking inflation — and to send a message about his news preferences in the Washington Post, the paper he owns. Jeff Bezos attends the Baby2Baby 10-Year Gala presented by Paul Mitchell at Pacific Design Center on November 13, 2021, in West Hollywood, California.
Ric Prado fled Cuba after the 1959 revolution when he was ten years old. He went on to work for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for twenty-four years — an experience he recounts in his recent memoir, Black Ops: The Life of a CIA Shadow Warrior — and then to work in private military operations, […]
The United States is excluding Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua from the forthcoming Summit of the Americas. Washington probably wasn’t expecting that much of Latin America, led by Mexico’s Andrés Manuel López Obrador, would publicly push back in response. US president Joe Biden listens as Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador speaks during the
Thanks to its stubborn inaction on climate change, the conservative coalition was trounced in this weekend’s election in Australia. With Greens and independents set to hold the balance of power, it’s time for the climate movement to step up its demands. Climate activists march through Sydney during the "Strike 4 Climate" actions of May 6, 2022. (Lisa Maree
Hot dog fingers, a talking raccoon, butt plug karate, Michelle Yeoh in dominatrix gear: Everything Everywhere All at Once has something for everyone. Past the absurdity is a deeply (and sometimes overly) sentimental tale about a family struggling to make it. It’s a waste of time to write about Everything Everywhere All at Once’s plot, because you just need
For a brief period after World War II, Third World nations played an active role in shaping the world economic order and fostering development. For all its promises and a few success stories, neoliberalism hasn’t done the same. British economist John Maynard Keynes addresses the Bretton Woods conference, where the International Monetary Fund and precursor
Reading and cruising, Jeffrey Escoffier once wrote, “are not such dissimilar techniques.” Both require sustained and dialectical interpretive practices, and he enjoyed them both greatly. He forged this connection while doing both in the mid-1960s: devouring the entire corpus of sexual sociology while pursuing the pleasures of the flesh in New York City’s
The Squad and other progressives voted this week to ramp up the “war on terror” here at home. Right now, they might find it politically convenient to prop up draconian national security measures — but at some point, they're going to have to take a stand. Federal officers attempt to disperse racial justice protesters in Portland, Oregon, July 30, 2020. (Nathan
Die Linke’s Stefan Liebich recently met with members of Québec solidaire to talk politics. Bringing together vantage points from both sides of the Atlantic, the discussion covered political strategy, regional differences, and tactics for future left victories. Three hundred thousand march in the streets of Quebec, 2012. (Brian Lapuz / Flickr) In the middle
Despite setbacks, from Pennsylvania to Kentucky, socialist candidates eked out victories in this week’s primaries. Centrist challengers, backed by super PAC and corporate money, massively underperformed. Democratic socialists aren't going away anytime soon. DSA member Summer Lee, who won her congressional primary in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, will
Alex Garland’s Men is a horror movie about how awful it is to be a woman. But he’s so intent on driving this point home that all the terror drains out of the film by the end, and only annoyance at the didactic exercise remains. Jessie Buckley stars in Alex Garland's new horror flick. (A24) The new A24 folk-horror film Men, currently playing in theaters, is creepy as
If George W. Bush is not going to stand trial for war crimes, he should at the very least stop appearing in public to weigh in on unjustified wars, as he did this week when he accidentally referred to the “wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq.” George W. Bush accidentally invoked his own war crimes this week. (TIM SLOAN/AFP via Getty Images) On January
With recent legislation, the Tories have restricted immigration, disenfranchised voters, and enhanced police powers. The Labour Party leadership needs to do something to stop this turn in British politics. British prime minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the weekly Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, May 18, 2022.
Lula is free and polling ahead for this year’s presidential election in Brazil. Is the far right losing its stronghold in Brazilian politics? Lula da Silva speaking to his supporters in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, 2018. (Victor Moriyama / Getty Images) Former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is finally free from prison, and he is beating President
One hundred years ago, Sinclair Lewis’s satirical novel Babbitt skewered 20th-century America’s booming midsize city and the complacency and conformity of its middle-class inhabitants. The American writer and playwright Sinclair Lewis, 1930. (Library of Congress / Corbis / VCG via Getty Images) One hundred years ago this September, the American suburban
Tony Blair and New Labour consolidated the economic policies of Thatcherism and fostered a deep cynicism about politics through their lies about Iraq. The crisis of the last decade and its potentially ruinous consequences are their legacy to modern Britain. Former British Labour prime minister Tony Blair, photographed in 2012. (Chatham House / Flickr)
In Canada, the Left is still searching for the wins it needs and is exasperated with the New Democratic Party. However justified these frustrations may be, abandoning the ballot would be a disaster. Electoral politics are a vital part of class struggle. Voters arrive to cast their ballots at a polling station in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Mert Alper Dervis
Meghan McCain is tough. Very tough. Also, has she mentioned that she has perspective? Lots of perspective. She knows how much privilege she has, and she understands that media is a tough environment, and she gets that lots of people have it worse than her, so no, you don’t need to point any of that […]
Across the country, millions of parents are desperately searching for baby formula. Why are we letting the private sector alone handle such a vital good? The moral case for establishing at least a public option in baby formula production mirrors the moral case for Medicare for All. (Lucy Wolski / Unsplash) Supply chain issues and a recent recall of a defective
With inflation on the rise, Australian unions are calling for a modest pay increase for minimum-wage workers. The government, backed by bosses and bankers, says such a move will increase inflation, but the truth is they just don’t want to pay. A substantial wage rise would provide a much-needed solution to increasingly pressing economic problems. (Michael
After the mass shooting in Buffalo, don’t expect conservative leaders to stop promoting the “great replacement theory” that inspired the gunman. It’s too useful for the Right’s antidemocratic agenda. Fox News host Tucker Carlson has constantly brought the “great replacement theory” into the homes of millions of nightly viewers. (Gage Skidmore / Flickr)
Left-wing candidate Gustavo Petro is still leading the polls ahead of this month’s Colombian presidential election. If he succeeds, Petro will have to overcome the dark legacy of Colombia’s hard-right oligarchy and a shameful history of US intervention. Left-wing Colombian presidential candidate Gustavo Petro gives a thumbs up during a campaign rally
Stephen King’s original Firestarter novel was a product of post-Watergate rage toward the CIA. But horror production company Blumhouse’s second adaptation can’t keep the flame alive. Still from Blumhouse’s second adaptation of Stephen King’s Firestarter. (Universal Pictures) It seems as if somebody ought to be able to make a decent horror movie based
Inspired by the recent wave of union campaigns at Starbucks and Amazon, retail workers at major chains like Target are launching new organizing drives across the United States. Workers at about a half-dozen Target stores across the country are reported to have “active but early stage campaigns” to unionize. (TaarusEmerald / Wikimedia Commons) “Because
Pennsylvania and Oregon election results from last night offer cause for hope for progressives: voters rejected the demands of oligarchs and Democratic elites. Pennsylvania state representative Summer Lee and Pennsylvania lieutenant governor John Fetterman. (Jeff Swensen / Tom Williams / CQ-Roll Call, Inc / Getty Images) If politics lately has seemed
As usual with the tech industry, cryptocurrencies weren’t just sold as a risky investment — they were framed as a social good. Now that the crash has ruined lives, those who promised societal transformation through crypto should be held accountable. As of May 9, 40 percent of Bitcoin holders were already estimated to have lost money on their holdings. (aprott
Aran Mylvaganam, a Tamil refugee from Sri Lanka, came to Australia unaccompanied in 1997, at the age of 13. Having spent much of the last two decades as a community and union organizer, he is now standing as a Senate candidate for the Victorian Socialists. Aran Mylvaganam is a former refugee — and his campaign has made a point of focusing on the city’s refugee population.
Homelessness is one of the most grotesque horrors of US capitalism. And even worse, according to new reporting by Jacobin, the rate of murders of homeless people has spiked to appalling new highs. Contrary to the common perception, unhoused people are far more likely to be victims of homicides than perpetrators. (Matthew Woitunski / Wikimedia Commons) The
Starbucks workers in Buffalo, New York, were the first in the country to vote to form a union. But an underfunded Labor Board meant that labor law went unenforced in Buffalo during their elections. The NLRB filed a sweeping complaint against Starbucks earlier this month, six months after Buffalo workers filed their first charge against the company. (John J.
India and Pakistan recently experienced a heat wave so devastating that birds fell dead from the sky. If we can’t break capitalism’s fossil-fueled death spiral, more such apocalyptic scenes are in store for us very soon. This April was India’s hottest in 122 years. (Sanchit Khanna / Hindustan Times via Getty Images) Living through the climate crisis, news
In its last season, Ozark goes beyond family drama. It critiques the insidious ways that capitalism and political power work in America and the self-interested choices elites make to keep climbing the ladder. Jason Bateman and Laura Linney as Marty and Wendy Byrde in Ozark. (Netflix) Yes, this post contains spoilers. Netflix’s Ozark was pulpy fun in its first
Progressive candidates have established a few tenuous footholds in recent years. Democratic leadership and their corporate donors are now doing everything they can to destroy those progressives. Then vice president Joe Biden and then president Barack Obama look at an app on an iPhone in the Outer Oval Office, on July 16, 2011, in Washington, DC. (Pete Souza
In June 2020, as Black Lives Matter protests swept across the United States, campaigners in Bristol tore down a statue of the infamous British slave trader Edward Colston and dispatched it into the dark green waters of the city’s harbor. Eighteen months later, in January 2022, a Bristol court acquitted four of those activists of […]
Immigration and Customs Enforcement has become known for both mass deportations and unmarked-van snatchings of peaceful protesters. ICE also turns out to be operating a vast intelligence system that tracks the movements of hundreds of millions of Americans. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers in Canton, Mississippi, in July 2019. (National
Millions of Filipino workers travel abroad each year to labor in dangerous, exhausting, and unregulated conditions. Scattered throughout the world, these hyperexploited workers have been delivered by the Philippine state to serve the needs of foreign powers. A United Nations International Organization for Migration staff member interviews returning
The US spends around $48 billion on the war on drugs each year. The massive spending doesn’t do much to stop drug use, but it has been a major boon for arms and security contractors and human rights abusers around the world. The United States spends around $48 billion on the war on drugs each year, with a fraction of the money invested in public health measures to support
Progressives write off Republican-leaning counties across America to their own detriment. With working-class candidates, populist messaging, and effective organization, we can make major inroads in “Trump country” that will pay dividends for years to come. Bernie Sanders at a rally for congressional candidate Jess King on May 5, 2018. (Jess King for
Technological progress under capitalism always benefits the rich first and the rest of us much later. Technology can address the major problems of our time — if workers are empowered to shape that technology. Increasing the collective power of workers is the key driver of technological progress. (Getty Images) The UK economy suffers from low economic growth
A group of independent candidates purporting to break with Australia’s broken political system is contesting several conservative seats in next week’s federal election. Their claims to independence are mooted by backing from the PAC Climate 200. Independent candidate Monique Ryan is one of twenty-two backed by Climate 200 in the federal elections. (WILLIAM
For decades, Georgian neoliberals have justified obedience to Washington, relentless pro-market reforms, and soaring inequality in the name of Westernization. But Russia's war has only revived claims that Georgia needs to bind itself tighter to the West. George W. Bush and Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili walk to a press conference in Georgian
Bolivian foreign minister Rogelio Mayta says that anywhere people are fighting against imperialism and neoliberalism can’t be considered part of the “periphery.” They’re at the center of the world. Demonstrators gather in La Paz during a demonstration headed by Bolivian president Luis Arce and former president Evo Morales, November 29, 2021. (Martín
Starbucks and Amazon are running parallel union-busting campaigns across the country, willfully violating labor law in a desperate attempt to defeat nascent worker organizing in their companies. People march during the "Fight Starbucks' Union Busting" rally and march in Seattle, Washington on April 23, 2022. (Jason Redmond / AFP via Getty Images) The
Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin took nosedives this week. Unfortunately, we aren’t living through the end of these currencies. But hopefully the talk of crypto being the currency of the future to make us all rich have been shown to be lies. Bitcoin, the oldest and most widely held cryptocurrency, has dropped in value by over 16 percent in one week and more than
True crime has come a long way from the cheap, lurid days of America’s Most Wanted. The new HBO Max series The Staircase, starring Colin Firth and Toni Collette, has the posh cast and opulent production values that showcase the genre's evolution. Colin Firth stars as Michael Peterson in The Staircase on HBO Max. (HBO Max) There’s a boom in true-crime narratives
Today is Jen Psaki's last day as Joe Biden's press secretary before becoming an MSNBC pundit. She's the latest in a long line of Democratic presidential flacks who have become corporate lackeys and mouthpieces. White House press secretary Jen Psaki will join the ranks of MSNBC punditry. (Drew Angerer / Getty Images) Today is Jen Psaki’s last day on the job as
In 2022, Netflix will release over 120 seasons of television. Churning out half-baked shows for niche audiences seems to be yielding diminishing financial returns — but the model’s corrosive effect on film and television may be impossible to reverse. Netflix is beholden to its algorithm the same way networks are to ratings. (Glenn Carstens-Peters / Unsplash)
Despite majority support for abortion rights, we failed to build a majority coalition to defend reproductive freedom. We should honestly assess our failures — and then build a movement that ties together labor, feminists, and health care organizing. A crowd gathers outside the Supreme Court to protest against the overturning of Roe v. Wade. (Kent Nishimura
Sri Lanka’s economic crisis has produced an explosion of violence on the island. That violence won’t end until the country ends its war on Tamils and Muslims and drastically scales back its military budget. Soldiers check documents of a driver at a road checkpoint in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on May 11, 2022. (Ishara S. Kodikara / AFP via Getty Images) Sri Lanka is in
Spreading knowledge and awareness of the climate crisis isn’t enough. There’s no hope for the planet without climate policies that address the material interests of workers. Over 200,000 people took to the streets of Washington, DC for the climate march, 2017. (Zach D. Roberts / NurPhoto via Getty Images) Excerpted from Climate Change as Class War: Building
In a speech to the Progressive International, former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn says now is not a time for retreat. We must build a powerful alternative to capitalist destruction. Former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks as he attends a People’s Assembly event on October 4, 2021, in Manchester, England. (Ian Forsyth / Getty Images) These talks
Protesters are peacefully demonstrating outside the homes of Supreme Court justices who are about to overturn Roe v. Wade — and conservatives are demanding the government arrest them. Abortion rights advocates stage a protest outside the home of US associate Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh on May 11, 2022 in Chevy Chase, Maryland. (Kevin Dietsch /
News coverage of the antiabortion movement tends to omit its history of violence. So we're here to remind you: the antiabortion right has a violent track record, from attacking clinics and patients to assassinating abortion providers. Antiabortion demonstrators hold a protest outside the Planned Parenthood Reproductive Health Services Center in St Louis,
The Biden administration recently expanded on Donald Trump’s efforts to privatize Medicare. Now patients are being assigned to new private plans without their consent, and private equity firms and major health care companies are the ones profiting. President Joe Biden delivers remarks to Department of Defense personnel at the Pentagon in Washington,
Earlier today, Israeli forces killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in cold blood. Tragically, it’s nothing new for Israel, which has made a regular practice of killing reporters. Palestinians hold posters displaying veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was shot dead as she covered an Israeli raid on the Jenin refugee camp on May
For the last two years, the US and its allies have engaged in a frenzy of infrastructure projects in the Middle East, seeking to consolidate influence in the region. This bid for hegemony is coming up against a new force: Chinese capital. Chinese company Huawei’s building in Dubai’s Jumeirah district. (Karim SAHIB / AFP via Getty Images) On April 1, Israel and
We’ve been conditioned to believe that scientific advances come from individual geniuses making breakthrough discoveries. That’s wrong. Contrary to widespread belief, the mechanism of scientific discovery is not primarily determined by genius but largely by chance. (Lucas Vasques / Unsplash) On February 2, the Joe Biden administration announced the
A new super PAC run by top Democratic consultants just put a quarter of a million dollars behind Texas representative Henry Cuellar, who opposes abortion rights. With Roe v. Wade on the brink of being overturned, it’s unconscionable. Democratic leaders have come under fire for continuing to support conservative representative Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) in
Joe Biden may have dropped Trump’s racist justifications for a border wall, but the “border-industrial complex” is still alive and well — and still monstrously profitable. US Border Patrol agents at the US-Mexico border in Calexico, California. (Eric Thayer / Bloomberg via Getty Images) First, it was the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) vehicles speeding
Early Pentecostal preachers railed against elites and uplifted the oppressed — a far cry from their recent efforts to elect right-wing populists like Donald Trump. There are deep contradictions at the heart of Pentecostalism, and they aren’t resolved yet. Because Pentecostalism is a decentralized, grassroots form of evangelical Christianity, both structurally
Fearing the Left will sweep up the youth vote, conservatives have long opposed lowering the voting age — the worst possible rationale for refusing to expand the franchise. Research indicates that 16-year-olds are up to the task of democratic engagement. (Getty Images) In Canada, the House of Commons is debating a private member’s bill by a New Democratic Party