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The Movement-Building Potential of Socialist Electoral Victories
On June 26th, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated, against all odds, the incumbent Congressman from New York’s 14th district, a safe Democratic seat, in the party’s primary. Spectacular as it was to…
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August 15, 2018
Report on our Midwest Day School
There is a joint Solidarity & Philadelphia DSA Day School happening this weekend on August 18th in Philadelphia. Find out more! The Solidarity Midwest Day School was held at People’s…
July 26, 2018
American Active in French Revolt in '68 Returns to Fight in the Belly of the Monster
This is the first of occasional memoirs relating to the 50th anniversary of 1968.   At the beginning of 1968, I was a sophomore at the University of Southern California…
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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
Science for the People, the organization and its eponymous magazine, had a distinguished history of bringing radical scientists together and providing social and political context to the practice of science…
Rebuilding Power in Open-Shop America: A Labor Notes Guide
Labor Notes devoted its July 2018 issue to the Janus U.S. Supreme Court decision and its implications. Many readers of the Solidarity website will already be familiar with the the…
Her Majesty, Aretha
Aretha Franklin performs, November 7, 2017Photograph: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images You can find Aretha Franklin’s teenage church recordings online. She was a star if not the main attraction at her father’s…
Open Letter to the NAACP on Puerto Rico
The 109th annual convention of the NAACP recently approved a resolution supporting statehood for Puerto Rico. The text refers to a similar statement adopted by its previous annual convention a…
Quote of Note
“Marx says that revolutions are the locomotives of world history. But the situation may be quite different. Perhaps revolutions are not the train ride, but the human race grabbing for the emergency brake.”
—Walter Benjamin, fragment from The Arcades
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Labor Day
In 1894, in an effort to conciliate organized labor after the strike, President Grover Cleveland and Congress designated Labor Day as a federal holiday. Legislation for the holiday was pushed through Congress six days after the strike ended. Samuel Gompers, who had sided with the federal government in its effort to end the strike by the American Railway Union, spoke out in favor of the holiday.
Enjoy your Labor Day and toast the Pullman Strikers who won it for you! →

From Against the Current

Marx, Our Contemporary

NO ONE SHOULD underestimate the changes in the social world occurring since Marx’s day, or overestimate to what extent we find ready-made answers to contemporary issues in his writings. Nonetheless, Marx’s analysis uncovers essential features and defining tendencies of capitalism far better than alternative frameworks.

So long as capitalism remains in place, Marx will remain our contemporary. Five examples will be sketched here:

Marx and Organization

KARL MARX JOINED and helped to lead various organizations, although he never chose to be an “organizer.” He emerged with an academic degree to a terribly tight job market further crimped by the political restrictions imposed by the authorities.

In 1842, he took up a pen at Cologne for a frustrating attempt to sustain a severely censored radical newspaper Rheinische Zeitung.

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Heatwave: A very serious warning!

Tuesday 31 July 2018, by Daniel Tanuro

Construct an internationalist anti-capitalist project

Sunday 5 August 2018, by Franco Turigliatto

International Viewpoint is the  monthly English-language magazine of the Fourth International.  Solidarity is a sympathizing organization of the Fourth International.

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