Wendy Davis and the Race for Texas Governor

wendydavisOn November 4, Texans will go to the polls as part of the nationwide midterm elections. The headline race is for governor, chiefly between Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis. Davis has risen to national prominence in recent months and is seen by many as a “progressive” politician to be supported and emulated. In reality, however, she is another classic example of a “lesser evil” Democrat, the “left boot” of the capitalists’ political set up. In her own words, she “proudly worked across the aisle” with her Republican “foes.”

Notes From Ferguson

dontshootAs the protests in Ferguson, MO, enter their 12th day, following the shooting of Michael Brown by local police, the Workers International League (US section of the IMT) continues to intervene in this spontaneous upsurge, in Ferguson itself, and on the campuses in the area. These events mark a qualitative turning point in the class struggle in the United States. It is already being recognized as an event for which there will be a “before” and an “after,” even by the talking heads in the media and the representatives of the capitalist political establishment.

The Disgrace of Donald Sterling

donaldsterlingDonald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, brought upon himself a frenzy of news coverage and celebrity condemnations for his racist remarks. In response, the league is moving to push him out. The NBA Commissioner has announced a “lifetime ban” for Sterling from league events and facilities, fined him $2.5 million, and is exploring avenues to force him to sell the team. Sterling, incidentally, would stand to gain $575 million dollars in such a sale—an easy way to recover the spare change lost to the fine.

Food and the Socialist Revolution

sa81coverfeaturedEditorial for Socialist Appeal 81 - Americans’ dysfunctional relationship with food is regularly lamented or mocked in the media and in academia. What is never explained is the root cause of this dysfunction. Marxism explains that conditions determine consciousness. Your physical and social environment heavily influences the choices you make by limiting the very choices that are available to you. For most Americans, decisions about food are based on budget, time, availability, marketing, and the societal norms of their peers and community. These social and cultural norms are as conditioned by material conditions and possibilities as individual choices are. If cheap, convenient food—scientifically engineered to appeal to our biological cravings for fat, salt, and carbs—are all that most people have access to, know about, and can afford, guess what they’re going to “choose”? But the dysfunction goes far beyond that.