The good news is that Canada’s far-right party was shut out of Parliament in this week’s federal election. The bad news is that the People’s Party still tripled its vote and is now in a position to exert a dangerous influence on the political mainstream. Maxime Bernier, leader of the People's Party of Canada, meets with his supporters at an election rally in Borden
Activists are fighting the construction of the Line 3 tar sands pipeline in Minnesota — a pipeline that would have devastating consequences for indigenous people in the state and for all of us around the planet. Police in riot gear arrest environmental activists at the Line 3 pipeline pumping station near the Itasca State Park, Minnesota, on June 7, 2021. (Kerem
The LuLaRoe documentary LuLaRich got one thing right: everybody wants full-time pay for part-time work. But it blames selfishness and incompetence for keeping that dream out of reach — not the market forces that produced and encouraged the company’s behavior. DeAnne and Mark Stidham, cofounders of LuLaRoe, featured in Amazon's new documentary series LuLaRich.
The postwar German left has had a lot of ups and downs — and leading Marxist political scientist Frank Deppe was there for most of them. On his 80th birthday, he spoke to Jacobin about the need to root left-wing politics in the changed realities of the modern working class. Frank Deppe (right) and Wolfgang Abendroth address a student movement meeting at the University
Canada’s federal election replaced a Liberal minority government, with nothing on offer for workers with . . . a Liberal minority government, with nothing on offer for workers. Neither establishment party offers working-class communities a brighter future. Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau makes a speech during a campaign stop on September 13, 2021,
In Norway’s recent election, the radical Red Party doubled its vote share, helping the Labour Party toss the Conservatives from power. Two of Rødt’s new MPs speak to Jacobin about socialist strategy in Norway and building a workers’ party from the ground up. Marie Sneve Martinussen (L) and Seher Aydar (R) are newly elected MPs for Norway's Red Party. (Photos:
Kyrsten Sinema has received some of the most Big Pharma money of any Democrat in the Senate — and a pharma-backed dark money group started running ads for her just before she threatened to take down Democrats’ drug pricing plan. US senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) speaking in Washington, DC, 2019. (Michael Brochstein / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images)
In what was supposed to be an easy victory, global liberalism’s would-be savior lost the popular vote for the second time in two years — and now enjoys the slimmest popular mandate of any prime minister in Canadian history. Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a Liberal Party election night event in Montreal, Quebec, in the early hours of September
Antebellum slaveholders weren't content with an economic and social system based on trafficking in human flesh in the South alone. They wanted to expand slaveholding territory outward, to the American West and even beyond the borders of the United States. President of the Confederate States Jefferson Davis sought to build, with other slaveholders, a transcontinental
In Illinois last week, a coalition of unions and environmentalists scored a major victory with a law providing for a miniature Green New Deal: billions invested in clean energy, a commitment to decarbonizing, solid labor standards, and embrace of nuclear power. Illinois’s newly passed Climate and Equitable Jobs Act invests in renewable energy and electric
Reps. Scott Peters, Kurt Schrader, and Kathleen Rice — Democrats all — give weak, incoherent responses to why they torpedoed a plan to let Medicare negotiate drug prices. Representative Kathleen Rice (NY), has completely flipped her reasoning for why she voted against a measure to reduce drug prices. (Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call via Getty Images) Conservative
Back in 2011, the media dismissed Occupy Wall Street as a mere flash in the pan. But in the long run, the movement reshaped the landscape of New York City and State politics. Then-congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stands with Zephyr Teachout after endorsing her for 2018 campaign for New York City public advocate. Teachout’s 2013 campaign for
Between the growing authoritarianism of his government and the massive popular pushback to his absurd new Bitcoin law, the honeymoon for El Salvador’s young, self-styled “disrupter” president Nayib Bukele is over. President Nayib Bukele speaking during a press conference in San Salvador, 2020. (Fred Ramos / Bloomberg via Getty Images) At forty years old,
Soviet chess grandmaster Nona Gaprindashvili has announced that she is suing Netflix for belittling her achievements in The Queen’s Gambit. Her career shows we don’t need fictional rags-to-riches stories but welfare states that allow us to realize our true potential. Soviet Georgian champion Nona Gaprindashvili, who is suing Netflix, plays chess in 1975.
Yolanda Díaz, labor minister in Spain’s first left-wing coalition since the 1930s, writes why The Communist Manifesto is still today the sharpest critique of capitalist society. A statue of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in Berlin, Germany. (Manfred Brückels) The thought of Karl Marx seems written in indelible ink on the winds of History. It always reappears
Utter the words “monetary policy” and many of us fall asleep. But that policy is crucial to how capitalists exert power. Instead of leaving it to the “experts,” socialists and the labor movement should demand a democratic say in what monetary policy looks like. The solutions to inflation need not be anti-worker. (Vladimir Solomianyi / Unsplash) Republicans
What happens when your idealism crashes into the harsh reality of life under capitalism? When your commitment to make the world a better place begins to directly conflict with your need for a stable income, health care, a home, and a family? This is a question that most radicals inevitably confront at some point. It’s […]
Socialist educator Paulo Freire was born one hundred years ago today in the Brazilian city of Recife. A longtime comrade of Freire, leading Marxist pedagogue Peter McLaren writes about how his life and work remain deeply relevant today. Paulo Freire’s celebrity has made him both a target and a prophet in his home country of Brazil. (UNICEN Argentina) Today
Trade policy has received next to no attention this election, despite the post-pandemic collapse of corporate supply chains, the unequal distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, and the climate crisis. It will be impossible to confront these problems without a progressive trade policy. Canadian Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole (left) and prime minister
The approach that delivered electoral success for the UK’s Tories over the last decade is starting to run out of road. But for now, the Conservatives are lucky to have an ineffectual Labour opposition that’s afraid to criticize their pandemic response. UK prime minister Boris Johnson in August 2020. (Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street via Flickr) Adapted
After rejecting a contract proposal from union leadership, 2,000 Washington carpenters walked off the job. Two thousand Washington carpenters went on strike on Thursday. (NW Carpenters) Two thousand Washington carpenters went on strike on Thursday, out of 6,600 who currently work under the master agreement with the Association of General Contractors
Contrary to claims about “fascist” vaccine mandates currently circulating on the Right, the Nazis actually relaxed German vaccine mandates — and hoped doing the same for people they conquered would kill them faster. Demonstrators gather outside the Massachusetts State House in Boston to protest COVID-19 vaccination and mask mandates. (JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP
Next Sunday’s German election is one of the most unpredictable in decades. But even if Olaf Scholz’s Social Democrats do pull off an upset victory, they’re promising continuity with Angela Merkel’s policies — not the change working people need. Whichever coalition replaces Angela Merkel's government in next Sunday's election, chances are it will pursue
Being able to relax, spend time with loved ones, have freedom from a boss, and do whatever the hell we want are essential parts of what it means to be human. Workers need more time off. The shorter working week is no longer a fringe campaign; instead, it is a central aspect of the renewal of socialist politics that has taken place in the past decade. (David Vives / Unsplash)
Ten years ago, I was ready to throw in the towel on this whole politics business, writes Doug Henwood — things were too bleak. Then Occupy Wall Street kicked off. Now, thank God, we’re living in the world Occupy created. Occupy Wall Street protesters march down Fifth Avenue toward Union Square during a May Day rally in New York City, 2012. (Monika Graff / Getty Images)
Joe Biden claims to believe the science on climate change. So why is his administration declaring that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report “does not present sufficient cause" to stop expanding oil drilling? US president Joe Biden participates in a conference call on climate change in Washington, DC, 2021. (Al Drago / Getty Images) President
Nia DaCosta’s Candyman reboot is a hit, but unlike the strange and haunting 1992 original, it’s a by-the-numbers horror flick. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II plays Chicago artist Anthony McCoy in the new Candyman. (Universal Pictures) The new Candyman, produced by Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us, Lovecraft Country) and directed by Nia DaCosta (Little Woods) is so popular,
When I first heard about Occupy Wall Street, I thought it was goofy, even absurd. Maybe it was. But I joined its encampments anyway. Like countless others, it was the first time radical politics ever reached me. Occupy Boston protesters in front of the Goldman Sachs office in the financial district of Boston, 2011. (Rick Friedman / Getty Images) In September
In his book The Origins of the Family, Private Property and the State, Friedrich Engels linked the “world-historical defeat of the female sex” to the rise of class exploitation. Engels helped lay the foundations for a Marxist understanding of women's oppression. German philosopher and economist Friedrich Engels in Germany, 1845. (Portfolio Mondadori
Three House Democrats working to kill legislation to control prescription drug prices raked in roughly $1.6 million from pharma donors — and the top aide for one of them is now a Big Pharma lobbyist. US Representative Kurt Schrader (D-OR) speaking at a press conference in Washington, DC, 2019. (Michael Brochstein / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images)
In a landmark ruling, Mexico’s Supreme Court declared anti-abortion laws unconstitutional. But it’ll take mass organizing and legislative victory to cement reproductive rights in the country. Activists supporting the decriminalization of abortion in Guadalajara, Mexico, 2019. (Ulises Ruiz / AFP via Getty Images) On September 7, the Mexican Supreme
Noam Chomsky talks to Jacobin about why the US withdrawal from Afghanistan won’t change US imperialism, the many war crimes of George W. Bush, and why he still believes in average people’s ability to push back against the war machine. Noam Chomsky speaking at the University of Toronto in 2011. (Andrew Rusk / Wikimedia Commons) Noam Chomsky needs no introduction
The new four-part PBS documentary Muhammad Ali, codirected by Ken Burns, examines the life of the legendary boxer and antiwar radical. Burns talks to Jacobin about how a kid from Kentucky named Cassius Clay became “the spirit of the 20th century.” Muhammad Ali in 1966. (Dutch National Archives) The new four-part documentary Muhammad Ali, codirected by four-time
Gavin Newsom came into office with “Big Hairy Audacious Goals” like universal health care — and proceeded to fulfill as few of them as he could. It’s no wonder he came dangerously close to facilitating a GOP power grab in a deep blue state. Gavin Newsom speaking at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention. (Gage Skidmore / Flickr) In 2018, Gavin Newsom
Abimael Guzmán, leader of the Shining Path, has died at the age of 86. With his passing and the rise of a new left-wing government, Peru finally has the chance to move forward. Abimael Guzmán, pictured right, is escorted to a court hearing for a deadly 1992 bombing in Lima, Peru, on September 11, 2018. (Cris Bouroncle / AFP via Getty Images) On Saturday, September
Norway’s election this Monday brought defeat for the unpopular right-wing government. Now, Labor looks set to return to power — together with an emboldened radical left. Bjørnar Moxnes, leader of Norway's radical-left Red Party, which broke the electoral threshold of 4 percent in Monday's parliamentary election. In Norway’s parliamentary election on
A strange figure appears repeatedly over decades of testimony for the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC): the “Marxism expert.” One might expect such an expert to explain concepts of Marxist theory to the Congressional committee, even to demonstrate how they inspired alleged communist organizing. But that wasn’t their
To combat extreme inequality, a housing crisis, and crumbling infrastructure, we must tax the rich. A wealth tax could raise hundreds of billions to rebuild the welfare state, but none of Canada’s major parties are proposing tax hikes that go far enough. Billionaire wealth skyrocketed in Canada during the pandemic. (ClassicStock / Getty Images) As extreme
War hawks constantly cite women’s liberation in support of the US occupation of Afghanistan. That’s transparent hypocrisy: during the Cold War, the US supported patriarchal fundamentalists against a party dedicated to advancing the cause of Afghan women. Women fighters from the People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) demonstrate in Kabul during
After pledging billions in new spending to salvage his electoral fortunes, Canada’s prime minister has decided to spend the final week of the current election campaign doing what he does best: defending the wealthy from tax hikes. Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on August 15, 2021. (David Kawai / Bloomberg via Getty
Over the past decade, sportswriter Dave Zirin has had a front-row seat to the upheavals sweeping professional sports. From Colin Kaepernick to the Milwaukee Bucks’ strike for Jacob Blake, athletes aren’t shutting up and playing anymore. Eric Reid (left, #35) and Colin Kaepernick (right, #7) of the San Francisco 49ers kneel during the anthem prior to a game
The Obama presidency gave rise to a uniquely powerful iconography that projected a sense of hope and radical possibility. But behind the president’s messianic imagery was a country unraveling at the seams — and a president who stood for nothing. Then senator Barack Obama at the Presidential Health Forum in Las Vegas, Nevada, on March 24, 2007. (Center for American
In 1972, the Soviet Union beat the US in men’s Olympic basketball. The controversial victory has overshadowed the story of Cuba’s bronze medal at the very same games, and the remarkable socialist sports infrastructure that made the island nation’s win possible. Cuba’s men’s basketball team competes against the United States to place in the 1972 Olympics.
Longtime union organizer Joel Brooks is running for city council in Jersey City on a platform of permanently affordable housing, a municipal Green New Deal, and a public safety agenda that stabilizes rather than upends people’s lives. Joel Brooks is running for city council in New Jersey. (Joel Brooks / Facebook) Joel Brooks is a longtime union organizer in
HBO has a new documentary about Barack Obama. It’s so devoid of politics that a viewer just learning about Obama would have no idea he escalated the war in Afghanistan and presided over eight years of rising economic inequality. Barack Obama poses in the office of the Harvard Law Review on February, 5, 1990, after being named its president. (Lane Turner / The Boston
The 9/11 era helped create a modern version of the Dark Ages. Today, we must finally move beyond it and forge a new sort of politics based on truth and collective emancipation. A second plane crashes into the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001. (SETH MCALLISTER/AFP via Getty Images) Twenty years ago today, I was sitting at my cramped little desk
Two decades after 9/11, the US prison at Guantánamo Bay still holds detainees who have been charged with no crime. The crimes of Gitmo must end and the base must be returned to the Cuban republic. Razor wire tops the fence of the US prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. (John Moore / Getty Images) Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn has lost many things over the course of the
For the past two decades, the psychology of 9/11 has shaped the nation’s political landscape and thrown the world into turmoil. That era must be definitively ended. Firefighters search through the rubble of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. (Todd Maisel / NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images) It’s a cliché to say it’s hard to overstate the impact
Two decades ago, the mainstream media responded to the September 11 attacks by stacking their news coverage and pundit commentary with the country’s most belligerently pro-war voices. We are still paying for their appalling misjudgment. US newspaper headlines on September 11, 2001. (AFP via Getty Images) Just shy of twenty years after hijackers with Saudi
The United States invaded Afghanistan after 9/11 because its leaders wanted revenge. The US occupation brought misery and destruction for the Afghan people, and its failure was guaranteed from the start. An Afghanistan army bomb disposal team neutralizes an improvised explosive device on November 4, 2012. (Al Jazeera English / Wikimedia Commons) The US
When Chile’s generals overthrew Salvador Allende on September 11, 1973, Britain’s Tories welcomed the coup as good news for investors. But British trade unions worked to block trade with the newly empowered Chilean fascists. A rally organized by the Chile Solidarity Campaign, addressed by the widow of Salvador Allende, in Trafalgar Square, London, September
The Bush administration was already planning to invade Iraq before 9/11, but the attacks supplied the necessary pretext. The catastrophic war that followed turned Iraq into an ungovernable wasteland. An Iraqi woman carrying her child looks on as US soldiers search her house in Ramadi in 2004. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP via Getty Images) The invasion and occupation
Political theorist Nancy Fraser tells Jacobin that we face several crises at once: in the economy, in social reproduction, in the environment, and in politics. Without dramatic intervention, we may end up with “cannibal capitalism.” The Apple Fire burns north of Beaumont, California on July 31, 2020. (Brody Hessin / Wikimedia Commons) For the last three
In British Columbia, the social democratic NDP has disappointingly dragged its feet on legislating paid sick days. With a plan in the works for next year, the New Democratic Party needs to ignore the business lobby and side with workers. During a recent COVID outbreak at Vancouver’s United Poultry facility, some workers experiencing symptoms and concerned
Israel’s leaders exploited the US reaction to 9/11 to demonize Palestinian resistance to the occupation. They have used the discourse of “counterterrorism” to entrench a system of apartheid, while exporting repressive methods and weapons around the world. A member of the Israeli Defense Forces points his gun at a Palestinian protester in the occupied West
Bernie Sanders is pushing to lower the Medicare eligibility age to 60 and add dental, vision, and hearing coverage through the budget reconciliation plan in Congress. It would be a huge win for health justice. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks to the media at the White House in Washington, DC, 2021. (Sarah Silbiger / UPI / Bloomberg via Getty Images) While often
The War on Terror projected American power abroad with devastating consequences. But it also wrought suffering and waste at home, with consequences we’re still living with today. US Army ahead of a possible military strike near the Kuwait-Iraq border, 2003. (Scott Nelson / Getty Images) According to a recently published report from the Institute for Policy
Justin Trudeau claims that he wants to build a better, fairer post-pandemic Canada. If we look past the platitudes, we can see that the Liberals just want to return to business as usual. Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party has already cut the Canada Recovery Benefit and is preparing to eliminate it. (Justin Trudeau – Prime Minister of Canada via Wikimedia Commons)
In a predawn raid on September 2, the South Korean government arrested Yang Kyung-soo, president of the country’s largest labor confederation. Yang is the thirteenth president of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions in a row to be jailed. Korean Confederation of Trade Unions president Yang Kyung-soo waves to supporters while police transfer him to a
When people think of Michael K. Williams, they almost immediately visualize Omar Little. Certainly, the mercurial actor’s role as the openly gay, shotgun-toting Robin Hood of West Baltimore is among the most iconic in television history. Even a certain ex-president agrees that Omar is the GOAT and Williams’s portrayal was masterful. Yet after binging as