Editorials from the Freedom Socialist
June 2015
In the previous issue of the Freedom Socialist, we carried a story called “The Charlie Hebdo furor: when free speech collides with defense of the persecuted” (Vol. 36, No. 2). Unfortunately, in a rush to judgment, we seized the completely wrong end...
April 2015
So-called right-to-work laws have made the U.S. South a bastion of low wages and working-class misery for more than 50 years. Now reactionary forces, bankrolled by big business and armed with lies, hope to extend their reach. And they are making...
April 2015
At the rate things are going, the gender wage gap in the U.S. won’t close until 2053. And if things don’t change, the last state — Wyoming — won’t have equity until 2159. Is this a joke? Women on average make less than men, with white men making the...
April 2015
Millions of activists mobilized in the latest victory for the battle to keep the Internet accessible. In February, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) upheld net neutrality — the idea that everyone on the Internet should be treated equally....
December 2014
The November 2014 midterm elections conveyed messages about the U.S. electorate that are far more important than the pundits’ focus on “Republican sweeps.” The Grand Old Party may stride around trumpeting their supposed “mandate” as they take...
December 2014
As the FS goes to press, a grand jury has not yet returned its finding in the murder of Michael Brown by a policeman in Ferguson. That hasn’t stopped Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon from declaring a state of emergency and calling in the National Guard, or...
October 2014
President Obama reassured the nation in his special press conference on Sept. 10 that no U.S. “boots on the ground” would be used to “degrade and destroy” ISIS — just bombers. So therefore, this country is not at war. What a pack of lies. Actually...
October 2014
In August, five different locals of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) approved a heart-wrenching contract. Key was the gutting of its hiring hall — a source of union power on the docks that members won in bloody strikes long ago...
October 2014
On Sept. 16, President Obama finally announced increased, but still woefully inadequate, aid to West Africa to fight the devastating Ebola epidemic. It came only after the president of Liberia desperately appealed for U.S. help. A few days before,...
August 2014
War, drug cartels and starvation have forced unaccompanied children to flee Central America at the US/Mexico border in unprecedented numbers. Dominating the news are images of government buses filled with frightened children and mothers being...