The Role of Capitalism in the War in Ukraine / by Richard Wolff

Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair To the motives for war in human history, capitalism added another: profit. That motive drove technological advancement and created a genuine world economy. It also built new capitalist empires such as the Spanish, Dutch, British, French, Belgian, Russian, German, Japanese, and American empires. Each of these countries built its empireContinue reading “The Role of Capitalism in the War in Ukraine / by Richard Wolff”

Cancel Culture: Consequences of Western Russophobia / by Rebeca Monsalve

An Italian university decided to postpone a course on the great Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky for “political reasons” (Photo: EPA) It is a bit strange to come across a news headline that states there has been some kind of controversy between Russian President Vladimir Putin and British author JK Rowling. Even more so considering the current globalContinue reading “Cancel Culture: Consequences of Western Russophobia / by Rebeca Monsalve”

If You Want to Understand Marxism, Read G. A. Cohen / by Ben Burgis

The late philosopher G. A. Cohen was became one of the most important pioneers of a tendency called “Analytic Marxism.” (Philosophy Overdose / YouTube) Socialist philosopher G. A. Cohen was a brilliant thinker who subjected Marxism to the same scrutiny he would any other ideology. If you want to see Marxism at its most nondogmaticContinue reading “If You Want to Understand Marxism, Read G. A. Cohen / by Ben Burgis”

On states and classes in conflict: The central dynamic of capitalism and transition to socialism / by Charles McKelvey

In my last commentary of April 1, I reviewed a March 26 Webinar, “Clarifying the Struggle for Socialism: Uses and Misuses of Marx’s Capital,” sponsored by the International Manifesto Group.  My commentary included a summary of the presentation of Radhika Desai, convener of the International Manifesto Group and Director of the Geopolitical Economy Research Group,Continue reading “On states and classes in conflict: The central dynamic of capitalism and transition to socialism / by Charles McKelvey”

Opinion: Maine Med-Anthem rift underscores why we need universal health care now / by Katrina Ray-Saulis

Photo: Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. | via Maine Medical Center Rachel King, a community college advisor from Boothbay, woke up Thursday Morning to an upsetting email from MaineHealth. The email, which went out to previous Maine Medical patients who have Anthem insurance, read: “I’m writing to let you know that MaineHealth has madeContinue reading “Opinion: Maine Med-Anthem rift underscores why we need universal health care now / by Katrina Ray-Saulis”

With historic firsts abounding, Senate OKs Jackson for High Court / by Mark Gruenberg

NAACP graphic celebrating the senate confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the High Court. | AP WASHINGTON—With historic firsts abounding, including the nation’s first-ever Black and woman Vice President in the chair, senators confirmed the nation’s first-ever Black woman Supreme Court justice, Ketanji Brown Jackson, to the High Court bench. And the 53-47 vote forContinue reading “With historic firsts abounding, Senate OKs Jackson for High Court / by Mark Gruenberg”

Book Review: The Struggles and Travail of Anti-Colonialist W. Alphaeus Hunton / by W. T. Whitney Jr.

Alphaeus Hunton, second from left in the foreground, along with Petitioners Julian Mayfield, Alice Windom, W.A. Jeanpierre, and Maya Angelou Make, deliver a petition to the U.S. Embassy in Accra, Ghana, in 1963. | New York Public Library Tony Pecinovsky, Edited by and Introduction by; The Cancer of Colonialism – “W. Alphaeus Hunton, Black Liberation,Continue reading “Book Review: The Struggles and Travail of Anti-Colonialist W. Alphaeus Hunton / by W. T. Whitney Jr.”

Black Political Distraction / by Margaret Kimberley

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Barack Obama at the White House, April 5, 2022 (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press) Having a new Black SCOTUS justice or bringing Barack Obama out of retirement for a photo opportunity won’t raise Joe Biden’s poll numbers or stave off defeat in the mid-term elections. Only fulfilling campaign promises and giving the people what they needContinue reading “Black Political Distraction / by Margaret Kimberley”

D.C. hit by mass student debt protest before payments resume in May / by Jamal Rich

‘Pick up the pen, Joe’: Debtors march on the Department of Education on April 4 to pressure the Biden administration to cancel all student debt by executive order. | Debt Collective via Twitter WASHINGTON, D.C.–On Monday, April 4 at noon, student debtors and allies from across the United States came to the Department of EducationContinue reading “D.C. hit by mass student debt protest before payments resume in May / by Jamal Rich”

Medicare for All Is Not Enough / by David U. Himmelstein, Steffie Woolhandler, Adam Gaffney, Don McCanne and John Geyman

Hospital workers, union members, and local politicians protested the imminent closure of Hahnemann University Hospital at a rally in Philadelphia on July 15, 2019. (Bastiaan Slabbers / NurPhoto via Getty Images) Communities, not corporations, should own our most vital health care assets. We have long advocated for single-payer national health insurance. By eliminating private insurers andContinue reading “Medicare for All Is Not Enough / by David U. Himmelstein, Steffie Woolhandler, Adam Gaffney, Don McCanne and John Geyman”