In search of a Leninist position on the trans military ban

By Mattie Stardust In a series of tweets Jul. 26, US President Donald Trump announced a total ban on transgender military service, due to the ostensibly “tremendous medical costs” of providing transgender soldiers medical care. The proposed ban, which as of this writing has not yet been followed up with an executive order, would overturn … Continue reading In search of a Leninist position on the trans military ban

Empire in Crisis? CIA to stop supporting ‘Syrian rebels’

By Ava Lipatti On July 19th, United States officials told the Washington Post and Reuters that President Donald Trump has decided to put an end to the CIA’s plan to arm and train anti-government “moderate rebels” in Syria, which had been the official policy since 2013 (although the CIA has operated in Syria for decades). … Continue reading Empire in Crisis? CIA to stop supporting ‘Syrian rebels’

Capitalism takes our time from us. Let’s take it back!

When we talk about capitalism, most of the time the talk is about money. This focus is important because under capitalism, money is a measure of who has the most resources and power. Endless oceans of ink have been spilled on arguments by socialists and capitalist lackeys about wages and re-distribution and the economic fairness … Continue reading Capitalism takes our time from us. Let’s take it back!

A People’s History of the Democratic Party

By Christopher C. Many on the broad left argue that the Democratic Party is, at least in a general sense, “on our side.” When compared to the GOP, which actively works to deny minorities their right to vote and puts forward reactionary agendas on a host of other issues, it is easy to see why … Continue reading A People’s History of the Democratic Party

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