A Class-Struggle Budget

American Dream is OverFor several decades after World War II, if you worked hard, you had a pretty good chance at “getting ahead.” The system could afford a few concessions, wage increases, retirement and health care benefits for a significant portion of society. But capitalism has hit a brick wall. The American Dream, which had a material, economic base, is over. We were told that a 1929-style crisis couldn’t happen again. We saw what happened in the last few years.

Editorial for Socialist Appeal 60

From Cairo to Madison - Workers Unite!

Madison, WI rallyThe last few weeks have been a whirlwind of revolution and mass mobilizations. After a period of relative lull in the class struggle, during which it seemed to many that nothing would ever change, millions of people can now see with their own eyes that revolutions can and do happen. They can see that fundamental change is only possible when ordinary men and women, who normally have nothing to do with politics, act collectively to bring about a political earthquake on the streets, in the factories, workplaces, schools, and halls of power.

Editorial For Socialist Appeal 59

Public Sector Workers Under Attack: Labor Must Organize and Fight Back

Public Sector WorkersBillionaire investor Warren Buffett once said: “There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” As we have explained many times in the pages of Socialist Appeal, the foreign policy of the capitalists is only an extension of their domestic policy, and vice versa...that [class] war is coming forcefully home to roost, with the public sector and its heavily unionized workforce squarely on the chopping block.

Editorial for Socialist Appeal 58

Independent Labor Candidates the Way Forward for U.S. Workers

ObamaWell over a year since Obama came to power, virtually nothing has been done for the labor movement. No Employee Free Choice Act, no universal health care, no universal living wage, no equal rights for immigrant workers, no repealing of anti-labor laws like Taft-Hartley. The mines are as unsafe as ever and workers continue to die for the profits of the shareholders. This all highlights yet again what Socialist Appeal has explained since our founding issue: we need a mass party of labor to fight for and represent the interests of working class majority of this country. As representatives of the bosses the Democrats simply cannot and will not do this.

Editorial for Socialist Appeal Issue 54

Capitalism is the Problem - A Review of Capitalism: a Love Story

It is against a volatile background that Michael Moore premieres his latest film, Capitalism: A Love Story. The fact that a film with such broad distribution even openly calls out the system by name is a tremendous step forward, a reflection of how far Americans’ consciousness has come since the dark days of September 2001.

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