The Drought In California and the Need For Socialism

obamagolfWhile harsh cold and extreme weather conditions hit the rest of the country, California is heating up and has just recorded its driest year on record. Early in February, Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency and called on Californians to reduce water usage by 20%. But the solution must go beyond individual conservation efforts, and strike at the heart of the issue.

 

Education in Crisis in California

berkleyprotest460The state of education in California has been in constant decline. In the past few years, the Democrats have been scrambling for some kind of solution, but they have nothing to offer students and working people. Ultimately, there can be no real solution to the problems of education within the narrow confines of the capitalist system.

 

Obamacare: Fact and Fiction

healthcareusaThe Affordable Care Act (ACA), colloquially known as “Obamacare,” is now rolling out across the country. The embarrassing technical difficulties faced by the program’s website dominated headlines for weeks—serving to obscure the real facts about the program. Many Americans had high hopes for Obama’s signature program, in particular young workers without any medical coverage. Surely, they thought, any change must be better than the status quo. But what is the reality?

Why ALEC is An Outrage

alec-logosIn August 2013, the city of Chicago was filled with workers and students protesting the 40th anniversary celebration of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Despite the mass outrage and anger that ALEC has created among many layers, there are still many people who have either never heard of ALEC, or do not know what the organization is.

The 1% and the Simmering Discontent

congresssa79Editorial for Socialist Appeal 79 - For the first time in history, a majority of members of Congress are bona fide millionaires. If anyone still has any illusions that the Democrats are somehow a party that fights in the interests of the workers, think again. Democratic members of the congressional delegation are actually even richer, on average, than their Republican counterparts. And if doing the bidding of the 1% while in office isn’t reward enough, there is a highly lucrative “revolving door” between government “service” and the private sector.