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November 27, 2018
The 2008 Financial Crisis: Where it came from, what happened after, and what it says about the need for socialism
Ten years ago the global economy was thrust into the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. In the ten years that have passed many working-class people are left asking…
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What's up in Solidarity?
Three amazing organizers from the U.S. —Robin, Gary, and Megan—are attending the International Institute for Research and Education in Amsterdam to participate in a three week international ecosocialist seminar.
Ecosocialist School Tuition and Travel Facebook Fundraiser


California Wildfire Death and Destruction – 2018 Edition
The California wildfires raging in the north and the south of the state have left such horrific devastation in their wake that biblical metaphors of disaster come easily to mind.…
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Sound, Fury and the Midterms
The much-discussed results of the U.S. midterm elections represent, in this writer’s view, a “rebalancing” rather than something “transformative.” It is of course significant that the far-right Republican stranglehold on…
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Music of the Movement!


Behind the News!
Organize Resistance and Popular Unity Against Bolsonaro
Resolution on tactics for the period 1. Many uncertainties surround the future government of Jair Bolsonaro. On one hand, he is surrounding himself with establishment names to gain the confidence…
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Germany update:
Greens and AfD Gain in Hessian Elections, the Left Faces a Shapeshifting Center
Where is the real progress in Germany? Political reporting on Germany should still be seen in the context of the Oct. 13 march of 240,00 in Berlin against attacks on…
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The Google Walkout: An International Working-Class Movement
Thousands of Google employees throughout the United States and around the world walked off their jobs yesterday, Nov. 1, “to protest sexual harassment, misconduct, lack of transparency, and a workplace…
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Hospitals Torch Safe Staffing Limits in Massachusetts
Massachusetts nurses suffered a devastating defeat at the polls yesterday as a union-led ballot initiative, Question 1, lost by more than 2 to 1. Question 1 would have improved hospital…
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Thanksgiving Quote of Note:
Dom Hélder Câmara (1909-1999) Bishop of Recife, Brazil
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hélder_Câmara
Engels on charity under capitalism

“What? The wealthy English fail to remember the poor? They who have founded philanthropic institutions, such as no other country can boast of! Philanthropic institutions forsooth! As though you rendered the proletarians a service in first sucking out their very life-blood and then practising your self-complacent, Pharisaic philanthropy upon them, placing yourselves before the world as mighty benefactors of humanity when you give back to the plundered victims the hundredth part of what belongs to them! Charity which degrades him who gives more than him who takes; charity which treads the downtrodden still deeper in the dust, which demands that the degraded, the pariah cast out by society, shall first surrender the last that remains to him, his very claim to manhood, shall first beg for mercy before your mercy deigns to press, in the shape of an alms, the brand of degradation upon his brow. But let us hear the English bourgeoisie's own words. It is not yet a year since I read in the Manchester Guardian the following letter to the editor, which was published without comment as a perfectly natural, reasonable thing...”

The Condition of the Working Class in England (1845) https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1845/condition-working-class/ch13.htm


From Against the Current
Is There a Gig Economy?
JOB SECURITY HAS never been a feature of capitalism. As competition drives accumulation from one industry or location to another in search of profits via the ups and downs of periodic crises, it necessarily alters employment patterns and the organization of work. Over the long haul, U.S. capitalism moved employment from agricultures to industry to often mislabelled service jobs...
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Europe's Political Turmoil (Part I)
OVER THE PAST two years, European politics has seemed like an old-fashioned melodrama with a cliffhanger at the end of each episode. Virtually every election has kept observers on the edge of their seats asking, “Will a far right party be the biggest this time? Will it end up in government? Might it even head the government?”
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What recent London demos say about the state of the British left

Wednesday 21 November 2018, by Phil Hearse


No one is illegal - Solidarity with the Migrant Caravans

Sunday 18 November 2018, by PRT, Mexico



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