042017_Forge Online Here is the free PDF file of the first issue of The Forge! Print it out, distribute it as you like, especially for May Day!
By Erin In 1866, the Geneva Congress of the First International adopted the eight-hour day stating "As this limitation represents the general demand of the workers of the North-American United States, the Congress transforms this demand into the general platform of the workers of the whole world." Cities all over the world began planning for … Continue reading The history of May Day
By Muhsin Yorulmaz On May 2nd, the people of Jackson, Mississippi will vote in the primaries for the mayoral candidate for their city. Thanks to the duopoly system - to which people in the US are so accustomed as to often forget it is there - it is already expected that whoever wins the Democratic … Continue reading Lumumba’s campaign an opportunity for the left in the South
The richest 8 men in the world have as much wealth as the bottom 3.6 billion people on Earth. That means 8 individuals have more power in terms of access to resources and power than half of humanity. Supporters of capitalism will tell you these 8 men deserve what they have. They will tell you … Continue reading Why should 8 men rule the world?
By A.Nicole Alarcón For many years to come, the 2016 election cycle will likely be remembered as one of the most defining events in contemporary American history. Not only did the election result in the nomination and confirmation of one of the most violent capitalists in our society as president, it brought to the forefront … Continue reading What Neoliberalism Cannot Give Us
By Matthew Kenner Van Jones was impressed! “That was one of the most extraordinary moments you have ever seen in American politics,” Jones said on CNN, deciding to speak for us all. This was an extension of his now famous assertion, following Trump’s address to Congress on Tuesday, February 28th, that “[Trump] became the President … Continue reading The Twilight of the Presidency
Editor’s note: From time to time, we will run book reviews about topics relating to the struggle for liberation. We are very pleased to print this review by scholar Kimberly Miller of Cheryl Higashida’s book, ‘Black Internationalist Feminism: Women Writers of the Black Left’. By Kimberly Miller What is Black Internationalist Feminism? Black internationalist feminism … Continue reading Black Internationalist Feminism – A Review
By Emma Caterine While I talk about my legal work in this piece, the opinions expressed here are mine alone and do not reflect those of any of the organizations I work with. One of the great ideas of socialism is that it is labor that creates value. This is a strange idea to the … Continue reading Finance is Eating Itself
We are told over and over again in our schools and in our mass media that capitalism is the only system that can adequately and efficiently allocate resources. We are told that socialist systems are not efficient and don't work. But how do the lackeys of the rich explain that one third of families in … Continue reading We won’t crowdfund our way out
Less than 3 months in, Trump's regime has gone to war. The United States launched missiles on Syrian government targets on Thursday night. It is the United States' first direct attack against the Syrian government since rebels (including al-Qaeda and ISIS, both aided and abetted by the US government) began their attacks six years ago. … Continue reading Trump goes to war – HANDS OFF SYRIA