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El Salvador’s Historic Metal Mining Ban Is in Danger

Following its failed crypto scheme, authoritarian president Nayib Bukele’s cash-strapped government is making moves to reverse El Salvador’s metal mining ban. Its reintroduction would be a disaster for the nation’s already contaminated water supply. Salvadorans participate in a protest against mining outside the Legislative Assembly...

The Labor Movement’s “Business Unionism” Has Transformed Into “Finance Unionism”

American unions’ members are down, but their finances are through the roof. The labor movement can’t rebuild its dismally low membership unless unions start spending their resources on aggressive new organizing campaigns. Rory Gamble, former president of United Auto Workers, speaks during the Ford Motor Co. centennial celebration of...

Three New Books by Former Soldiers That the US Military Doesn’t Want You to Read

One frequent casualty of war is the confident belief shared by new soldiers that their cause is just and worthy of great personal sacrifice. After Al-Qaeda downed four civilian airliners and caused nearly three thousand deaths on September 11, 2001, US military recruiters were flooded with eager volunteers. Patriotic fervor, coupled with an urge for...

We Can’t Ignore Class Dealignment

Matt Karp on class dealignment and why the Left’s weakening connection to blue-collar workers isn’t a problem we can wish away. Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at North Coast Air aeronautical services at Erie International Airport on October 20, 2020 in Erie, Pennsylvania. (Jeff Swensen / Getty Images) ...

Emmanuel Macron’s Plan to Raise the Pension Age Is Class War

French president Emmanuel Macron plans to hike the retirement age to 64, sparking massive protests. The government claims the current retirement age is unsustainable: but what French workers really can’t afford is to work till they drop. Placards with the face of Emmanuel Macron being held during the march against pension reform in...

Nikki Haley Is an Out-of-Touch Politician Who Thinks Life Is Too Hard for the Rich

Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, is expected to announce her bid for president this month. As a South Carolinian, I can tell you that having her in the White House would be a disaster for workers and their families. Nikki Haley speaks during a campaign for Georgia Republican senate candidate Herschel Walker on December...

Striking Food Delivery Workers in Russia Take on Tech Giant Yandex

In Russia, mounting authoritarianism and the wartime crackdown on dissent have hobbled trade unions. A five-day strike by food couriers showed that at least some workers are refusing to be muzzled. Yandex.Eats food delivery couriers push their scooters along a pedestrian bridge in Moscow on April 30, 2021. (Natalia Kolesnikova / AFP...

Democratic Leaders Join House Republican Attack on “Socialism”

House Republicans have wasted no time in red-baiting the Left, and the centrist leadership of the Democratic Party has apparently been happy to join them. Representative Nancy Pelosi during an event to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on February...

Democratic Leaders’ Craven “Socialism” Vote Is a Symptom of Political Cluelessness

Some Democrats apparently thought voting for the GOP’s ludicrous anti-socialism resolution would keep them safe from Republican attacks. They’ll find out soon enough how wrong they were. House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries speaks during his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill on February 2, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer...

Rosa Parks Was a Radical

Rosa Parks was born on this day in 1913. Far from being a face of respectability politics, she was a defiant and seasoned working-class organizer who despised the cringing submission that Jim Crow induced and who doggedly fought oppression in all its forms. Rosa Parks speaking at the conclusion of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery civil...

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