Press Coverage of Declining US Life Expectancy Evades the Truth / by W.T. Whitney Jr.

Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair Reporting by the U.S. news services frequently takes China to task for its strict preventative measures imposed to prevent Covid-19 infection. Reports point to economic instability and people’s distress supposedly generated by this uncompromising attitude. The slant of New York Times reporting, which skirts over Chinese lives saved, earned aContinue reading “Press Coverage of Declining US Life Expectancy Evades the Truth / by W.T. Whitney Jr.”

Cuba and China Exceed US in Life Expectancy, Send Message to the World – Socialism is the Difference / by W.T. Whitney Jr.

Children born in socialist Cuba and China can expect to live longer than children born in the capitalist United States. | AP photos To extend a population’s life expectancy at birth (LEB) requires capabilities that are scarce in the United States. The U.S. LEB has fallen in the recent period, quite abruptly. Meanwhile, life expectancyContinue reading “Cuba and China Exceed US in Life Expectancy, Send Message to the World – Socialism is the Difference / by W.T. Whitney Jr.”

How the ruling class does it: 7 strategies to stay in power / by Anita Waters

The following is adapted from a talk given at the Marxist School in New York City in 2022. As we see the erosion of the rights that working people have won by a Supreme Court that wants to roll people’s rights back to 1787 and that cavalierly disregards the will of the majority, it isContinue reading “How the ruling class does it: 7 strategies to stay in power / by Anita Waters”

The Indian economy since Independence / by Prabhat Patnaik

Indian Farmers – Bacbone of Economy | Photo credit: IJR The post-colonial state in India had two primary tasks before it: one was to overcome the hegemony of metropolitan capital, so that a development strategy in relative autonomy from imperialism could be pursued; the second was to attack landlordism both to free the agrarian populationContinue reading “The Indian economy since Independence / by Prabhat Patnaik”

Imperialism and socialism will not mix / by John Case

The popularity of socialism has skyrocketed since Bernie Sanders’ historic campaigns for president gave voice to the outrage, desolation, and pain caused by the dramatic and unrelieved rise in U.S. inequality over the past half century. This trend now spans three generations. It has been accompanied, with few exceptions, by rising political dysfunction, volatility, andContinue reading “Imperialism and socialism will not mix / by John Case”

US gun violence: Capitalism is the culprit / by Belén Fernández

Semiautomatic rifles fill a wall at a gun shop in Lynnwood, Washington, the United States [File: AP Photo/Elaine Thompson] Originally published in Aljazeera on July 31, 2022 To fix gun violence in America, we need an assault on capitalism. On July 27, two top executives from prominent US gun companies – Marty Daniel of DanielContinue reading “US gun violence: Capitalism is the culprit / by Belén Fernández”

150 Years Ago, Friedrich Engels Correctly Assessed What’s Wrong With Housing Under Capitalism / by Glyn Robbins

The statue of Friedrich Engels in Manchester, England, photographed on May 8, 2019. (Alan Denney / Flickr) In 1872, Friedrich Engels wrote The Housing Question, tying the working class’s perpetual housing crisis to the free market in Victorian England. The century and a half of housing crises since have proved Engels correct. Friedrich Engels’s pamphlet, The HousingContinue reading “150 Years Ago, Friedrich Engels Correctly Assessed What’s Wrong With Housing Under Capitalism / by Glyn Robbins”

Commentary: On the suffering of the masses for capitalist and imperialist gains / by Raina Overskride

Photo credit: Courtesy CPUSA “Standing up for our values is not without cost” The last couple of months have brought clarity to many within the masses, when it comes to the oppressive nature of capitalism and the lengths the ruling class will go to achieve its goals regardless of the suffering that is created inContinue reading “Commentary: On the suffering of the masses for capitalist and imperialist gains / by Raina Overskride”

The capitalist solution to ‘save’ the planet: make it an asset class & sell it / by Lynn Fries

John Bellamy Foster explains the ‘solution’ master-minded by global finance to resolve the imminent environmental crisis: create a multi-quadrillion dollars’ worth of assets on the back of everything nature does and expropriate it from the global commons to make a profit. Worse still: it is already happening. LYNN FRIES: Hello and welcome. I’m Lynn FriesContinue reading “The capitalist solution to ‘save’ the planet: make it an asset class & sell it / by Lynn Fries”

Meet the Maine corporate interests funding anti-choice candidates / by Dan Neumann

In their latest campaign finance filing the Maine Association of Realtors reports giving the maximum individual donation of $425 each to 16 state lawmakers seeking re-election. All are Republicans and all 16 have been endorsed by the Christian Civic League of Maine, the state’s leading opponent of abortion rights which recently celebrated the overturning of Roe v. Wade. The realtors aren’t alone.Continue reading “Meet the Maine corporate interests funding anti-choice candidates / by Dan Neumann”