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Worker Co-Ops Have a Role to Play in Socialist Strategy

Published: May 20, 2024 17:27

Copenhagen, 1910. Here, at the beginnings of social democracy’s ascent in Europe, the Second International passed a resolution supporting cooperatives. While acknowledging that cooperation alone was “incapable of realizing the aim of socialism,” the…

The Indigenous Growers Reviving Hemp’s Deep Roots

Published: May 20, 2024 17:21

Cannabis can transform our materials economy and textiles industry, return carbon to the soil, provide sustainable housing material, nurture health and well-being and set us on a path to restorative justice. That’s why we call it the New Green Revolution.…

Yet More Boondoggles: Extracting Carbon Dioxide from the Air, Mining Asteroids

Published: May 20, 2024 17:10

The dictionary doesn’t quite do justice to the word “boondoggle” according to author Dmitri Orlov, best known for his book Reinventing Collapse. A contemporary boondoggle must not only be wasteful, it should, if possible, also create additional problems…

Auto Workers’ Loss at Mercedes-Benz Slows the UAW Organizing Drive, but Won’t Stop It

Published: May 20, 2024 16:33

Mercedes-Benz succeeded in defeating the United Auto Workers (UAW) in an election held in the company’s plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, but UAW President Shawn Fain sees the defeat as a temporary setback in the union’s plan to organize the auto industry in…

The World’s Forgotten War

Published: May 16, 2024 17:51

“Don’t worry, Séra, the entire world is watching them, they won’t be able to do anything.” “You think so?” “Of course.” In my heart of hearts, I knew I was wrong. The World Cup was about to begin in the United States. The planet was interested in nothing…

Capitalism Attacks Argentine Workers and You May Be Next

Published: May 16, 2024 17:27

As always when a representative of the right wing tells you he or she is campaigning to bring “freedom,” be afraid. Very afraid. For “freedom” in these cases means freedom for the richest financiers and industrialists to do whatever they want. For them,…

The Toughest Job Today’s Richest Ever Face?

Published: May 16, 2024 17:01

Once upon a time, back in the middle of the 20th century, the smallest theater on Broadway could have comfortably accommodated a get-together of all the New Yorkers worth at least $100 million. Not anymore. Broadway’s landmark Helen Hayes Theater holds a…

The Race to End Fossil Fuel Production

Published: May 16, 2024 16:14

Everyone complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. This quip by the American essayist Charles Dudley Warner applies to fossil fuels as well. Everyone talks about ending fossil fuel production, but almost no one is doing anything about…

Non-Alignment Today

Published: May 16, 2024 15:15

The original non-alignment movement occured in 1961 following the Bandung Conference (Indonesia) held in 1955, which was attended by 29 countries, almost all of which had recently been liberated from European colonialism. They accounted for 54% of the…

Ireland Is Full… Of Berts

Published: May 15, 2024 16:32

What is a bert? I have no clue. But recently I saw it written on a wall in Derry City where I live. To be exact, this is what was on the wall: IRELAND IS FULL OF BERTS!” It was obvious that this graffiti was actually in two separate pieces because the…