Features from the Freedom Socialist
April 2014
It is progress that a book entitled Imagine Living In a Socialist USA has been published by Harper, a major mainstream publisher. The brief first section, “What’s Wrong With Capitalism?” by Paul Street outlines the ruthlessness of the capitalist...
April 2014
GREAT REVIEW Antidote to immigrant bashing Thank you for reviewing NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names [Vol. 35, No. 1]. I might not have come across this novel and I now plan to read it. The far-right has made immigrants the subject of some of...
April 2014
My granny was a single mom with nine children ranging from pre-teen to their 30’s by the time I came along. Mom was also on her own, with me. They rented a house and together supported the family. Grandma, the expert cook, with her food stand in El...
February 2014
December 2013 — Fight for $15. Inspired by those who won $15 per hour wages in Sea-Tac, Wash., miserably paid fast food, hotel and airport workers across the USA took to the streets demanding real minimum wage hikes from city, state and federal...
February 2014
SOCIALIST CANDIDATES Dangers of reformism Your recent article, “Sign of the times: Kshama Sawant of Socialist Alternative unseats Seattle Democrat” [Vol. 34, No. 6], does an excellent job of connecting this local victory to the wider struggle. I...
February 2014
Sexual assault is a major issue on college campuses across the country. Roughly one in four college women will experience some form of gender violence, and about 80 percent of all assailants are acquainted with the victim. To make matters worse,...
February 2014
We Need New Names, by NoViolet Bulawayo, is much more than a coming of age story. It’s a tale of savage colonialism, of local tyrants and unremitting droughts and rains, of the shattering pain of having to leave because all things are falling apart...
February 2014
On my way to Greece in September 2013, I expected to see boarded-up shops and people sleeping on sidewalks. Greece was the first country to fall victim to vicious austerity actions when the global recession hit in 2008. But I was frankly stunned at...
December 2013
In 2010, Ranjini, a Tamil mother fleeing genocide in Sri Lanka, won refugee status in Australia and settled in Melbourne. Two years later, she and her two young boys were abruptly placed in detention by immigration authorities. The Australian...
December 2013
October 2013 — Chávez heir warns strikers. Workers partially resolve a pay dispute after a 22-day strike at state-owned Sidor, Venezuela’s largest steel producer. Chávez’ successor, President Maduro, had warned, “There will be no weakness in the...