Fight for transit justice! Fight for socialism!

By Taryn Fivek and John Steffin Note: This story is reprinted from Workers World newspaper. Our thanks to our comrades at Workers World for allowing us to run this at The Forge. The link to the story at the original website is HERE. NEW YORK - The state of this city’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority in … Continue reading Fight for transit justice! Fight for socialism!

Marxism and the crisis in retail

By Mattie Stardust "If you want to know about American history, just page through a Sears catalog!"   These words, no doubt meticulously crafted by a multi-million-dollar marketing firm, call to mind the Sears-Roebuck of the twentieth century. Once a fledgling mail order catalog, by mid-century Sears would become the largest department store chain in … Continue reading Marxism and the crisis in retail

This Is Your Mind On Growth: The Addiction-Industrial Complex

By Matthew Kenner “We’re crazy, going crazy,” Kurt Vonnegut said in a 2006 Rolling Stone interview, “about petroleum. It’s a drug like crack cocaine.” In April 2007, I’d just recently started a stint in inpatient rehab as part of a plea agreement related to my July, 2006 arrest, at the age of 18, for cocaine … Continue reading This Is Your Mind On Growth: The Addiction-Industrial Complex

Sparks of Solidarity: News Briefs

By Mattie Stardust Immigration arrests up under Trump Jesus Lora Lopez was a 16-year resident of Willard, Ohio, where he and his spouse recently bought a home for their four children. In 2008, as a result of a routine traffic stop, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) found that Lopez had entered the country illegally. Because … Continue reading Sparks of Solidarity: News Briefs

Bernie Sanders: Not a Real Socialist

By Val Reynoso Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won the hearts of millions when running in the 2016 US presidential election on the Democrat party ticket. Sanders described himself as a “democratic socialist,” and would usher in a “political revolution,” with more left leaning politics than what the mainstream establishment candidates had to offer. Despite Sanders … Continue reading Bernie Sanders: Not a Real Socialist

ALTHUSSER APOLOGISTS TO THE GULAG, or, on fear and loathing patriarchy in 2017

By Taryn Fivek Without comment, a comrade of mine passed me an interview with Louis Althusser that was recently published on the Verso blog. My eyes fell on these lines:   And then, there was the influence of my wife who had fought in the terrible resistance and who had taught me a lot, a … Continue reading ALTHUSSER APOLOGISTS TO THE GULAG, or, on fear and loathing patriarchy in 2017

The rich work together – so should we

The ruling class has a story they like to tell the rest of us. In fact they tell it every day, in every mass media available. The story is this: Big-time Democrats and Republicans are in constant battle over their ideological beliefs, each following their differing principles to make the world better and more free. … Continue reading The rich work together – so should we

Imperialist Patriarchy and Gender Dynamics in the Dominican Republic

By Val Reynoso The Taino of Hispaniola were among the first to feel the wrath of Spanish imperialism and exploitation. With European invasion came a counterrevolution to Taino primitive communism—which came in the form of the birth of capitalism, the enforcement of private property, the development and incorporation of chattel slavery, and the construction of … Continue reading Imperialist Patriarchy and Gender Dynamics in the Dominican Republic

State Power and Evolving Afro-Cuban Subjectivity

By Kimberly Miller In the days following the death of one of the most significant and polarizing political and cultural figures of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Fidel Castro created dichotomous reactions amongst the people. The death of the controversial leader was met with jubilant cheers amongst Miami, Florida’s largely white exile community, to earth shattering heartbreak … Continue reading State Power and Evolving Afro-Cuban Subjectivity

Knoxville City Council Movement: Strides toward the future

One of the most crucial things the people must do in the fight for a better society is organization. Here in Knoxville, Tennessee, one positive development has been the creation of People's Assemblies in the city's five city council districts in an attempt to build community involvement in setting budget priorities. The City Council Movement's … Continue reading Knoxville City Council Movement: Strides toward the future