Kaepernick’s Stand Against Police Brutality

kaepernick kneelColin Kaepernick, a second-string NFL quarterback of former Super Bowl fame, provoked an eruption of vitriol and solidarity when he refused to stand during the national anthem.

Childhood, Family, and the Decline of Capitalism

workingclassmotherandchildrenChildhood is supposed to be a simple, happy time, the ascendant years of a human’s life when, according to the traditional bourgeois world view, the possibilities for the future are wide open. This heartfelt desire for a better future for your children has been reduced to dust by the crisis of capitalism.

Can Abortion Rights be Entrusted to the Supreme Court?

On Monday, June 27, the US Supreme Court voted 5–3 to strike down a Texas law aimed at restricting access to abortion facilities. The following day, similar laws in Mississippi and Wisconsin were rejected and Alabama abandoned its defense of similar legislation. These “TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws” were cynically presented by their proponents as being motivated by concern for women’s health and safety. The laws arbitrarily required abortion doctors to obtain “admitting privileges” at a hospital within 30 miles of the providing clinic and to have hospital-grade facilities. TRAP laws in Texas have reduced the number of abortion clinics in the Lone Star state from 41 to 19 and threatened to shutter the only abortion-providing clinic in the State of Mississippi.

 

The October Revolution and LGBTQ+ Struggle

Once upon a time, same-sex marriage was legalized, transgender people were allowed to serve in the army, an openly gay man was minister of foreign affairs, discrimination was removed from the law, and it was a simple administrative matter to have one’s gender changed on official documents. Where was this wondrous place? When was it that such laws—which went further than those of any modern country in terms of LGBTQ+ rights—were enacted? Most importantly, why aren’t such laws in place everywhere today? Not surprisingly for Marxists, the country in question was the Soviet Union, and the laws in question were passed during the ascendant phase of the revolution, from 1917 until 1926, under Lenin and Trotsky’s leadership. Also not surprisingly, these laws were subsequently repealed by the Stalinist counterrevolution, which crushed all the social and political gains of Bolshevism underfoot.

Crisis of Capitalism Hit Women Workers Hardest: Whatever Happened to Women’s Wage Equality?

feminismWorking women have been struggling for complete equality in the workplace for over a century. In fact, a common thread running through many countries throughout the 20th century was the struggle for “equal pay for work of equal value,” which meant a worker should receive the same wage for the same kind of work irrespective of gender. We are still not there, and with the onset of the crisis in 2008 things have begun to get worse.