Sports for the People or For the Owner?

Rams playersIn St. Louis it is impossible to read the sports section or listen to sports radio without hearing about the potential move of the St. Louis Rams to Los Angeles. Stan Kroenke, owner of the Rams, has purchased 60 acres in Inglewood, CA, a suburb of Los Angeles, as he makes moves toward building a stadium to house the Rams. This is a bitter pill for the million-plus people living in the St. Louis area who have a lot of money, time, and energy invested in their team.

The HIV Outbreak in Austin, Indiana

Indiana NeedleAustin, Indiana, once a hub of manufacturing jobs and small businesses, is today the site of the worst HIV outbreak in the state of Indiana, and possibly the entire nation. This outbreak is happening amongst the backdrop of the social and economic decline of a rural Indiana town. This epidemic is symptomatic of the destructive tendencies of the capitalist system in general, as it stumbles along through continual economic crises whose effects are felt hardest by workers and the poor.

The Circus of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Anger TranslatorEvery year, the White House holds its correspondents’ dinner. This farce, suitable only for those with iron stomachs and Herculean gag reflexes, is a clear demonstration of the major media’s “objectivity.” Even the New York Times was forced to deride it as “a crystallization of the press’s failures . . . [as it] illustrates how easily a propaganda-driven White House can enlist the Washington news media in its shows.”

What's Behind the UNC Killings?

unckillingsOvershadowed by Obama's request to Congress for formal authorization to use military force against ISIS, comes news of the grisly murders of three young Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Throughout Tuesday evening and into Wednesday morning, coverage of the murders was notably absent from the major news outlets—CNN's top story was an op-ed piece about whether or not another Spiderman movie reboot was necessary. Late into the night, the valley of the news giants was filled with the sounds of peaceful snoozing. Trying to find additional information about what had happened proved fruitless and frustrating for the thousands on social media demanding—through tweets, status updates, and tags—that some major outlet pick up the story.

More Money for the Rich, More Cuts for the Workers

budget2015Just before the Christmas holiday break, Congress passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that continued the usual pattern: more money for the wealthy, austerity for the working class, and about half of the cash to the military. This reflects the present situation of American and world capitalism—a crisis-ridden system that must take back past progressive reforms and build up its military to battle the growth of revolutionary movements and the general upheaval in the ex-colonial world.  We must remember that right now, the US economy is growing, but not in a manner to make up for the decline of the 2008 slump. There are dark clouds on the horizon.  China is slowing down and Europe and Japan seem to be in a second slump or “double dip.”