Take your protein pills and put your helmet on. In this #ACFM Microdose to accompany the gang’s recent Trip into space, Keir is joined by Fred Scharmen, author of Space Forces: A Critical History of Life in Outer Space. Drawing on his background in architecture and spatial design, Scharmen unpacks the desire to go into space and create new worlds from scratch.
The overwhelming takeaway from this year’s Labour party conference was one simple sentence: “Now is not the moment”. This phrase was uttered by shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves as she poured cold water on her own members’ demands for a publicly-run energy network. Pledging to take a “pragmatic” approach, Reeves refused to back a policy that the vast majority
Democrats in Congress may be on the verge of imposing a monumental wealth tax on billionaires, which could cost some of America’s richest people billions of dollars each. Yet with the exception of Elon Musk, few billionaires have weighed in publicly on the idea. We found one who would. Leon Cooperman is a legendary investor and hedge fund manager with a net worth
Samuel Moyn’s Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War follows the historical ascendance of the idea that war should be fought “humanely.” The book is an important extension of themes he has been developing since his critical account of “human rights” in 2010’s The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History. Over the […]
The infrastructure and budget reconciliation bills moving through Congress are a mixed bag when it comes to health care, income support programs, and the care economy. On climate and environmental issues, however, they are not just inadequate but disastrous. They represent, at best, a huge lost opportunity to tackle the climate crisis at the required scale
#TyskySour returns this evening with Michael Walker, James Meadway and Dalia Gebrial.
With less than a month until Chile’s presidential election, hopes are high that leftist Gabriel Boric will win. But the collapse of the center right has unexpectedly allowed far-right nominee José Antonio Kast to surge. Left-wing Chilean presidential candidate Gabriel Boric speaks to the press after a radio debate in Santiago, Chile, on October 15, 2021.
Activist and journalist Julian Brave NoiseCat explains the importance of land rights and sovereignty in the fight against climate breakdown in an extended interview from Planet B: Everything Must Change. Speaking to Harpreet Kaur Paul, NoiseCat explores the long history of Indigenous resistance to land colonialism and argues that the Indigenous experience
In 1975, Congressman Thomas Rees (D-Calif.) summarized the phone calls he was getting from constituents about the war refugees housed on a Marine base in his district: “They think of the Vietnamese as nothing but diseased job-seekers.” In a Florida military town, kids joked about organizing a “Gook Klux Klan.” California Gov. Jerry Brown demanded Congress
In Russia’s general election, the Communist Party surged to a strong second place. But the party’s rise has also made it a target for Vladimir Putin’s government — including through Putin's massive interference in the electoral process. Supporters of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF) protest the Central Election Commission's decision
There’s no reason why the Dems’ paid parental leave program can’t cover everyone. The idea that parental leave programs should cover all parents is normal across the developed world. (Priscilla du Preez / Unsplash) Paid leave advocates claim that the Democrats’ current paid leave proposal is universal, but it isn’t really. In order to be eligible for benefits,
One of the most striking statistics in grasping the speed at which we are transforming the planet is how China consumes more concrete every three years than the United States did in the whole of the 20th century. Alongside the acceleration of how we use resources, this fact highlights the unique role China now plays in climate change. The world’s largest country,
The reconciliation bill has been so watered down, progressives should no longer feel pressure — moral or political — to support it. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, DC, 2021. (Tom Brenner / Bloomberg via Getty Images) The perennial dilemma for congressional progressives has always been that
The UK now has one of the highest per capita infection rates in the world: 4 times higher than Germany, 9 times higher than France, and 25 times higher than Spain. Last Thursday the UK recorded more than 50,000 infections in a single day, a higher number than the figure for Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Portugal combined. More The post Broken Britannia Sleepwalks
Jessica Reznicek was sentenced to eight years in federal prison, ordered to pay millions in fines and labeled a terrorist by the government for her actions of civil disobedience that damaged the equipment of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is owned by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) a $54 billion dollar corporation that also co-owns
Rama Adellu Gandewad feels anxious and disturbed all the time, and he knows why. Even though the dreadful second wave of Covid-19 has receded, he can’t seem to blot out its memories. “The crematorium has not been busy for a while,” he says. “But what if a third wave comes? I can’t think of going through the devastation all over again.” More The post The Possibility
In dominant capitalist-imperialist media, America’s imperial crimes are airbrushed out of historical memory, like they never took place. Thus it is that CNN can without the slightest hint of irony show a clip of the late Colin Powell saying this last year: “the one word I have to use with respect to what [Donald Trump] has been doing for the last several; years
It turns out $3.5 trillion over 10 years was too much for congressional Democrats to agree to spend on America’s future. Too pricey to stop catastrophic climate change. Too much to cut childhood poverty in half. Too much to help working class families struggling to raise their children. It is not too much to spend More The post Has the US Given Up on Dramatic Climate
When the news circulated that Morocco’s leading political group, the Development and Justice Party (PJD), has been trounced in the latest elections, held in September, official media mouthpieces in Egypt celebrated the news as if the PJD’s defeat was, in itself, a blow to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood movement. Regionally, political commentators
A hundred years ago, Communist Parties were founded all over the world, including Italy. On November 9, 1921, also the Fascist Party was founded in Italy. Filippo Marinetti, the poet who wrote the Futurist manifesto in 1909, co-authored the 1919 Fascist manifesto. Manifestoes, as a genre and a form of communication to spell out party More The post A Mini Manifesto
This week marks the 38th anniversary of 7,300 U.S. troops—accompanied by U.S.-trained Caribbean Community (CARICOM) soldiers calling themselves, “The Caribbean Peace Force”—invading the tiny island of Grenada. What lessons can we learn from the 4-and-a-half-year revolution launched in the land of Julio Fedon, Jacqueline Creft, Maurice Bishop and
“Nothing will come of nothing.” – William Shakespeare, King Lear When I was a little boy, an uncle gifted me with a Lionel electric train with blue and gray passenger cars and tracks that ran in a circle. As much as I loved it, I got tired of watching it go around and around and More The post Biden Agenda Weakening, Voting Endangered appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
Although critics of the Biden administration’s Build Back Better plan to increase funding for U.S. education, healthcare, and action against climate catastrophe say the United States can’t afford it, there are no such qualms about ramping up funding for the U.S. military. This May, the Pentagon asked Congress to fund a $715 billion budget for More The post
Facebook “whistleblower” Frances Haugen, the Washington Post reports, has “repeatedly accused [Facebook CEO Mark] Zuckerberg of choosing growth over the public good.” The Post’s headline puts it a slightly different way: “Growth over safety.” The meaning of “growth” in this context is pretty
Montanans would be fully justified to seriously question what’s going on with the Republicans elected to our state’s top positions. Their actions are outside the boundaries of any attorney general or governor in recent memory, regardless of political affiliation. They range from potentially illegal abuse of power and law enforcement personnel by Attorney
In a new interview, Noam Chomsky argues that a livable future free of catastrophic climate change is possible — we just have to take on the billionaires standing in the way. Linguist and social critic Noam Chomsky delivers a speech at the Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany, 2014. (Uli Deck/ Picture Alliance via Getty Images) This month will mark a critical
“Why is Haiti the poorest country in the Americas?” - IV561 - October 2021 / Haiti
NEW YORK —Afrah Raisa, a 19-year-old student at Hunter College, was introduced to Shahana Hanif’s city council primary campaign in February 2021 by her high school teacher. By June, Raisa had knocked on over 1,000 doors in Brooklyn’s largely immigrant Bangladeshi neighborhood of Kensington, where she’s lived since she immigrated at age 9, on behalf of the
Jesse Brown’s Canadaland has stepped into the breach left by Canada’s ailing legacy media. The podcast has been a strong shot in the arm for the country’s investigative journalism. Jesse Brown, the founder and prinicipal host of Canadaland. Canadaland is one of the most successful, prolific, and high-profile podcast companies in the country. The podcast
In Washington, good things happen only rarely. But even when they do, they must happen for the dumbest reasons. In a nation like America where the middle 60% of earners hold less combined wealth than the top 1%, a wealth tax on the rich is a very good idea. And, against all odds, we are now on the precipice of maybe, just maybe, getting a wealth tax on billionaires signed
In the 1970s and ’80s, internationalism was central to black politics. And few better personified that commitment than Texas congressman Mickey Leland, who fought tooth and nail to end US support for South African apartheid. Rep. Mickey Leland (D-TX) in 1989. (Andrea Mohin / CQ Roll Call via Getty Images) When a plane carrying African American congressman
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India’s right-wing government has been criminally negligent in its management of the pandemic, with deadly results. But communists and their allies have stepped in to provide relief to tens of thousands of suffering people. Red Volunteers distribute supplies to the public. (Red Volunteers / Facebook) India’s experience of the COVID-19 pandemic has been
A weekly show focusing on the economic dimensions of everyday life and alternative ways to organize our economy and politics, with Prof. Richard D. Wolff.
Wall Street private equity firms are gaining control of retirement systems like California’s public pensions and fast-tracking the corporatization of the public sector. The California Public Employees' Retirement System building in Sacramento, California. (Max Whittaker / Getty Images) According to David Soares, a retired prosecutor and one of 732,000
From Tucker Carlson to Larry Summers, free market devotees are blaming inflation on Joe Biden’s "big government" economic policies. In reality, the administration has done far too little to insulate Americans from the economic effects of the pandemic. President Joe Biden speaks in Kearny, New Jersey, 2021. (Stephanie Keith / Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Harvard is the world’s richest university — and Harvard’s student workers say they are being paid sub-living wages. A Harvard Graduate Student Union leader tells Jacobin about the union’s struggle with the university and why they’re prepared to strike. Harvard Management Company recently announced that the university’s endowment returned 33.6 percent
For nearly two decades, former secretary of state Colin Powell lived with the deceitful role he played in helping the Bush administration make its dishonest case for war against Iraq. Powell ignored the warnings from his chief of staff and the director of his Bureau of Intelligence and Research, not to allow the CIA to prepare his speech for the United Nations
This month will mark a critical juncture in the struggle to avoid climate catastrophe. At the COP26 global climate summit kicking off next week in Glasgow, Scotland, negotiators will be faced with the urgent need to get the world economy off the business-as-usual track that will take the Earth up to and beyond 3 degrees Celsius of More The post Will We Take the
Great wealth can do great damage. Grand personal fortunes, we’ve come to understand, can menace our democracy and distort our economic life. But these fortunes can also wreak a much more hidden havoc: They can mess up the minds of people who hold them. Great fortunes can leave their owners feeling supremely sure they themselves More The post Can Billionaires
Typically, the US is not considered a ‘hotbed’ of labor unrest. Yet, this is precisely what we are seeing, as during the month of October, over 100,000 workers have either threatened to strike or actually have walked off the job to demand wage increases, improvements to their work conditions, and basic human dignity. Dubbed ‘striketober’ by activists and pundits
We’re coming up on five years since the most traumatic day for the United States in recent memory, 11/9/2016. This was the election of Donald Trump and it has done far more damage to this country than 9/11/2001 could have dreamed of. Michael Moore made a documentary about this fateful day called Fahrenheit 11/9, a More The post Shifts Since Fahrenheit 11/9 appeared
An argument can be made that in an environment where almost everyone’s personal information is known, in the world of the Internet and government surveillance, that it is almost beyond foolish to believe that there is some information about individuals and groups that remains beyond the purview of government observation and collection. When considering
On Monday, October 18, the fearless Robert Kuttner at the American Prospect, broke the news that Fed Chairman Jerome Powell had sold between $1 million and $5 million of the Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund on October 1, 2020, the same day that Powell had been on four phone calls with Treasury Secretary Steve More The post A Forensic Look at Jerome Powell’s
I remember hearing it all the time, it was half joking and half serious, my father was a pediatrician and he’d say: take two pills and call me in the morning. People respected him so they’d ask about the pain or discomfort they were experiencing or seeing in their children or babies. My father loved More The post Confronting Ignorance and Ignorant Confrontations
Todd Haynes’s excellent new documentary on legendary rock band the Velvet Underground reminds us of just how daring both music and film once was not that long ago. Members of the Velvet Underground with Andy Warhol. (thatspep / Flickr) There’s a lot of critical oohing and aahing over the fact that, for his first documentary, director Todd Haynes (Dark Waters,
The object of terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me? – George Orwell, 1984 They say that truth is stranger than fiction, but in these relativistic days of More The post Invasions of Empire and the Masquerade
Where’s Kamala Harris’s tie-breaking vote power? Celebrated as the first U.S. woman vice president, Harris would also head the U.S. Senate, Congress’s more powerful wing. Endowed with casting a critical senate vote, Harris was thereby placed to push through the democratic agenda promised with the Party’s victory last November. It wouldn’t matter if all
As a city, Melbourne previously prided itself with the air of a prim and proper heiress, one without peer in Australia: a gastronomic wonder, a sporting goddess, and a place of orderly public transport. The Economist Intelligence Unit glowed with praise, designating the city the world’s “most liveable” for seven years running. There were few More The post
Bob Lord has been an Institute for Policy Studies associate fellow since 2013, based with our Program on Inequality and the Common Good. A veteran attorney, based in Phoenix, Bob has brought a special expertise to our IPS inequality team. Bob understands trust and estate law first hand — and the tax avoidance and reduction strategies More The post Phil Knight’s
Everyone wants to be heard, even me. Nobody wants to listen, even me. Everyone wants change, even me. Nobody wants to change, even me, but I will as needed to go on just to see how it all plays out though I already know. I am redundant except to pay, my audience gone, my knowledge More The post The E Terminal Return appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
Éric Zemmour's rise on the French political scene may seem dazzling — but it certainly didn't fall from the sky. The likely transfer of the main far-right media heavyweight into the party-political arena is a symptom that encapsulates the deeper trends of the current period. - IV561 - October 2021 / France, Far Right
The British government’s long-awaited Net Zero Strategy has finally been published alongside a raft of other documents detailing its various plans for decarbonising domestic heating and, significantly, its review of the “costs” of reaching ‘net zero’. To reach net zero, the amount of greenhouse gases we put into the atmosphere
Halyna Hutchins’s death during the filming of Rust is a tragic consequence of studios prioritizing profit and speed over crew members’ lives. Alec Baldwin’s culpability isn’t about him pulling the trigger on a prop gun — it’s about his and his fellow producers’ cost-cutting decisions. Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who died after being shot by Alec Baldwin
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#TyskySour returns this evening with Michael Walker, Ash Sarkar and John McDonnell.
A venerable theory about people’s political values is making a comeback: the theory of “postmaterialism.” But despite what you may have heard, the theory doesn’t say class politics is doomed in rich countries — and neither did the scholar who created it. If the Democrats’ very existence as a governing party depends on reversing at least some share of their losses
At a time when people around the world are suffering from shortages due to supply chain bottlenecks, megalomanic capitalists are organizing space flights with B-list celebrities — further proof of the urgency of separating the billionaires from their billions. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezo's Blue Origin crew in Van Horn, Texas after its successful flight into space.
Adeptly exploring the compound effects of low-wage work, unsupported parenthood, and our broken social support system, Maid rings true for millions of working-class women. In Maid, Margaret Qualley plays Alex, a single mother working as a house cleaner. (Ricardo Hubbs / Netflix) In the United States, more than two million people, mostly women, clean and
Democratic leaders are moving to gut the parts of the budget reconciliation bill that would aid workers and fight climate change. House progressives like Pramila Jayapal shouldn’t vote for an empty husk of a bill. Representative Pramila Jayapal, Congressional Progressive Caucus chair, speaks during a House Progressive Caucus news conference in Washington,
Landis Spencer is a socialist running for the civilian board that oversees the Detroit Police Department. His goal: to curb police power and shift public money to poor and working-class residents. Landis Spencer is running for Board of Police Commissioners in Detroit, Michigan. (@landis4bopc / Twitter) Landis Spencer is running for a seat on Detroit’s Board
It’s not easy to be further shocked these days when we are confronted with newspaper reports on: How up to 17 Christian missionaries, including five children, were kidnapped in the capital of Haiti while visiting an orphanage; the contents of a report estimating that 300,000 children in France were sexually abused within France’s Catholic church More The
Call the Congo, Che's "Heart of Darkness," the place where he confronted his own inner demons and was undone by them. Too embarrassed to return to Cuba immediately after the military defeat of the guerrilla army he had assembled, he spent six months living clandestinely at the Cuban Embassy in Dar es Salaam and at a "safe house" in Prague, evading would-be assassins.
I still remember sitting at home with my parents and watching the news clips of Colonel Colin Powell presented the U.S. case for war against Iraq. I still remember all of us silently watching, as I (a teenager then), was feeling some level of connection to him, given he was the first black man I’d More The post Colin Powell and The Limited Dream of Progress appeared
In a Bloomberg expose, “The Hidden Ways the Ultrarich Pass Wealth to Their Heirs Tax Free,” we learn about Nike founder and billionaire Phil Knight’s strategies to avoid estate tax and maximize transfers to his heirs and charitable foundations. IPS associate fellow and attorney Bob Lord provided an analysis to Bloomberg, effectively “reverse engineering”
In the first decade and a half of this century, there was considerable concern about the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) program. Many politicians and policy types argued that people were abusing the program, which was being manipulated by many healthy people to fake disability to get DI rather than work. This reduced the size More The post The Social
In what appears to be a tragic accident, actor Alec Baldwin shot dead a cinematographer on Oct 21, 2021, while discharging a prop gun on set in New Mexico. It is too early to speculate what went wrong during the filming of the Western movie “Rust.” But the incident, in which the film’s director was More The post Hollywood’s Love of Guns Increases the Risk of Shootings
When my mother went to England two decades ago, she came back with a framed illustration of the Prayer of Saint Francis, which still hangs in her kitchen. It’s a beautiful painting by the Scottish artist Alison Merry. I hadn’t put much thought into the words until recently, when I began my own spiritual journey. More The post Cultivated Meat and the Prayer of Saint
Apple CEO Tim Cook claimed in 2019 that his company’s greatest achievement will be “about health.” But the pandemic has shown that Big Tech’s involvement in health care is all about data collection. Convenient tech services and devices can also function as administrative and surveillance tools. (Solen Feyissa / Unsplash) Big Tech sees the world as a readable
Overpaid breakfast hosts on an Australian network sniggered, wondered and pondered. Why is that top throbbed Blue Origin capsule heading to space shaped that way? Is Jeff Bezos’s effort nothing more than a phallic spurt into the heavens? The implications are flowing: Can he hold it? Will he come in the appropriate atmospheric strata? Giggles More The
All successful environmental campaigns resemble one another. All unsuccessful ones fail in their own unique way. From company personnel officers to politicians, those who attend to official “complaints” say that people who present grievances and complaints almost never state the exact relief they seek. But agencies, legislators, and the entire American
As Senator Sinema gets Biden to drop his proposed tax increases on corporations and wealthy investors earning more than $400K income a year, no consideration is being given at all within Democrat party circles about introducing a financial transactions tax to pay for the Infrastructure bill ($.55T) or the Build Back Better Bill ($1.9T). 5 More The post Why
“It is the defence of this sovereignty and its development, under new conditions, that the hirak has now introduced into society, with terms and objectives less reductive than those of the government.” - IV561 - October 2021 / France, Algeria
Cover of A/Traverso, September 1977 Steve Wright has the laudable, if unenviable, position of being best known as the author of a definitive history of a subject immune to definitive treatment – Italian operaismo and its legacies. Originally published in 2002, Wright’s Storming Heaven: Class Composition and Struggle in Italian Autonomist Marxism, presented
Director Lucrecia Martel is famous for her subtle portrayals of class and race relations in Latin America. In Chocobar, she’s turning her lens on how 500 years of colonial history is connected to the contemporary murder of indigenous activist Javier Chocobar. Lucrecia Martel's next production promises to be her most politically charged. (VINCENZO PINTO/AFP
Washington’s push to rebuild Japan’s military, disbanded after World War II, is incredibly dangerous. Not only would remilitarization stoke conflict in the region, it would also embolden the growing Japanese far right. Infantry units of the Japan Self-Defense Forces march during a review at Camp Asaka in 2016. (Katsumi Kasahara / Gamma-Rapho via Getty
This spring, Belarus announced that it would retaliate against European sanctions by loosening its border controls. Neighboring EU countries have responded with a brutal crackdown on asylum seekers — with deadly consequences. Migrants, who are mostly from Iraq, in a camp near the border town of Kapčiamiestis, Lithuania, July 18, 2021. (PETRAS MALUKAS/AFP
Noam Chomsky warns against a Green New Deal that would save capitalism instead of dismantling it in an extended interview from Planet B: Everything Must Change. The eminent activist and political writer talks to Dalia Gebrial about his vision of a Green New Deal and the lessons we can take from Franklin D. Roosevelt’s original political project. Chomsky
To its credit, the new Monica Lewinsky–produced documentary about cancel culture takes the issue seriously without turning it into a cultural war bludgeon. But it can’t imagine a solution that isn’t dangerous, like tech censorship. Hand sanitizer reseller Matt Colvin’s notoriety came directly from the way the New York Times misreported his story. (HBO)
Image by Ezreal Zhang. There is perhaps no bigger controversy among partisans of the Left than the nature of China and its economy. Is it socialist? Capitalist? State capitalist? A hybrid? That so much debate swirls around this issue is its own proof that the question doesn’t have a definitive answer, at least not yet. What can be agreed upon is that China has experienced
In 2019, a right-wing coup deposed Bolivia’s elected government. But the people fought back — and now the socialist government they elected in its place is more popular than ever. Bolivian president Luis Arce (L) and MAS party leader Evo Morales (R) honor the wiphala, a flag representing the indigenous Andean peoples, during an event in Cochabamba, Bolivia,
Image by Colin Lloyd. Next December readers will be able to purchase my next book This Happened Here: Amerikaners, Neoliberalism, and the Trumping of America, 2017-2021. Completed in June of this year, the volume ends on a somber note, quoting the centrist Atlantic editor Jeffrey Golbderg’s June 14th reflection (ominously titled “The Capitol Riot was Prologue”)
Photo: US Forest Service. Fire is everywhere, nowadays. In the Arctic, Siberia, Australia, Canada, the American West, even in some rain forests. Terms like “fire tornado” have entered the vernacular, along with “heat dome,” which often, along with drought, set the stage for uncontrollable fires. Of course, everyone connects these blazes with climate change.
“History is not neutral, and it can be used and diverted as a support by all governments for their own interests. It is up to all the oppressed and the victims of colonialism and imperialism on both sides of the Mediterranean to write their own history.” - IV561 - October 2021 / France, Algeria, Historical events and figures
The implosion of neoliberal globalization is not just a moment of regression, but potentially a phase of re-internalization, which the left should exploit.
Almost a century ago, Canadian socialists advanced a vision for cities built in the interest of people, not profit, that included gorgeous public housing. We should look to their ideas to learn how we can revitalize public life. Toronto, Canada, photographed in 2017. (VV Nincic / Flickr) It is impossible to walk through Toronto in 2021 without being overwhelmed
Things may not be trending in the right direction for workers in the United States. Despite rising employment, US households are finding it harder to pay their bills. (Getty Images) Since April 2020, the Census Bureau, in collaboration with several other official statistical agencies, has been conducting a biweekly survey of people’s material well-being
Pyramid schemes aren’t a corruption of capitalism — they’re a microcosm of how the class system arbitrarily creates winners and losers while falsely promising opportunity for all. Mark and DeAnne Stidham, founders of multilevel marketing company LuLaRoe. (Amazon) Back in high school, a friend of mine somehow got looped into attending a seminar concerned
Journalism is in crisis. The past two decades have seen tens of thousands of newspaper jobs vanish and hundreds of communities become news deserts. Run-amok commercialism continues to hollow out and distort our news media in increasingly dangerous ways. Yet, despite such worrying signs, the precise contours of these structural transformations often escape
From his early days honing his craft at comedy clubs in Canada to his later Saturday Night Live fame, Norm Macdonald was one of the most brilliant stand-up comedians of his generation. Norm Macdonald performs at the Stress Factory in New Brunswick, New Jersey, 2009. (Bobby Bank / WireImage via Getty Images) When Norm Macdonald passed away last month at the age
A decade since the 15-M protests rocked Spain, the country has its first left-wing coalition government since the 1930s. But as Íñigo Errejón tells Jacobin, today it’s the nationalist right, not the heirs to 15-M, who are dominating the political agenda. Íñigo Errejón, cofounder of Podemos and now leader of Más País, speaks to the press at Madrid-Barajas Airport
Within just a few days, the United States will once again make its case in a UK court that it has a right to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be tried under the Espionage Act, in what remains this century’s most dangerous attack on global press freedom. These hearings, taking place on October 27 More The post Fate of Anti-War Journalism Lies in Upcoming
“For now, workers are quitting because they want to be happier at work. Perhaps nothing is more radical, if that desire can be transformed into more conscious, more collective mass action.” - IV561 - October 2021 / USA, Trade unions/workplace organizing
Trials have shown booster shots to be incredibly effective at preventing symptomatic Covid-19. Will they be enough to get the country through winter without new restrictions? With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani.
Since late 2020, the Australian government has indefinitely held 43 refugees in the Park Hotel in Carlton, Melbourne. This week, 19 tested positive for COVID-19. According to the detainees, the source could be any of the 20 security guards who refused vaccination. A rally held on January 9, 2021, calling for the release of the refugees being detained at the
The military’s elite units have long stoked some of the country’s most reactionary politics. But the Right has recently worked hard to defend and normalize the barbarity of special operators — even those accused of major war crimes, like former Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher. Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher celebrates after being acquitted of premeditated murder
Tensions over the Conservative party’s economic policy have erupted just weeks before chancellor Rishi Sunak’s spending review, which will be released on 27 October. This set-piece occasion is meant to outline the government’s spending plans for the next three years, up to the general election in late 2024. But whilst Sunak has positioned himself
In the midst of accelerating crises, the past can offer a comforting retreat. Over the last year, we’ve not only been living through a global pandemic unlike any we’ve seen in generations, but the effects of climate change have become even clearer, and the economy once again threw people into turmoil as industries were disrupted […]
In the final few days before COP26 starts, there’s been a rush of policies and pronouncements from governments setting out how they aim to ‘close the gap’ between current carbon emissions and reaching net zero emissions by 2050. For the most part, campaigners and journalists alike have focused on pointing out how big this gap is. Even if new commitments and pledges
Few know his name, but Robert Mujica is one of New York State’s most powerful people: a neoliberal super-technocrat who long served as Andrew Cuomo’s right-hand man. Despite initially promising a clean break, Cuomo’s successor, Kathy Hochul, is signaling that Mujica will stay. Andrew Cuomo's budget director, Robert Mujica (left), with Cuomo on February