One thing this pandemic has demonstrated in stark terms is class struggle. Those people deemed essential, though often applauded in public, have been treated as expendable. In truth, they were always treated this way. But this last year has made this struggle visible for anyone paying attention. The medical staff, grocery clerks, janitors, sanitation workers, More
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On the day after armed protestors stormed the Capitol building in Michigan to demand that the whole economy be re-opened, the news included reports that Michigan has the highest current death rates in the United States from the novel coronavirus. That is a serious problem. Voluntary good will in avoiding risks of infection during a More
To build the power to take on climate change, we can’t simply validate individual movements or assume single-issue struggles will add up to something greater than the sum of their parts. We need class politics to connect the dots of our many struggles — and to save the planet.
Source: Climate Change Is Class Struggle
Nothing is more cogent than the marxist study of class and capitalism. But unfortunately, as noted many times and in previous post, marx made that a theoretical construct when it should have remained an empirical set of studies. Continue reading “Stirring of the working class, vanguards and their ‘marx avatars’”
Editorial for Issue 17 of Socialist Revolution magazine, originally published here on 31 August. The climate is already in revolt. Now it’s up to the workers and youth of the world to rise up to bring down the entire system.
The international situation, the class struggle and the tasks of revolutionaries: A series of articles presenting the Trotskyist Fraction – Fourth International.
Source: A Marxist History of Capitalism
Source: France’s Class Wars | Portside
The left has tended to miss the sad part of this fascinating wave of strikes: the damage done by Macron to the climate activism movement by pitting ecological action against working class perspectives. The reaction was the complete rejection of the climate change aspect toward traditional working class protest.
The left needs to scramble to counterbalance their thinking and to include explicit analysis of the elite exploitation of climate change for austerity economics, and offer their own proposals (they in fact have already) to meet wage demnands in context of demanding equal measure against elites. To put working class activism in collision with climate activism would be a colossal tragedy…