Features from the Freedom Socialist
August 2017
“A time full of hope has been replaced by a time of fear. The era has turned around and headed back in time. The time we live in now is second-hand. ...” So did Svetlana Alexievich, in her lecture after winning the 2015 Nobel Prize for literature,...
August 2017
“It’s chicken,” he said. “It’s just chicken!” He looked at me mutely, asking for confirmation that he wasn’t losing his mind. “As if they’re doing us a favor. That we’re too dumb to know we’re being robbed,” I replied, trying but failing to comfort...
August 2017
In April 2017, Puerto Rican officials declared the Zika epidemic over. Furthermore, they claim of the 3,678 pregnant women infected with the virus, only 35 babies have been reported with Zika-related birth defects, or about 1 percent. It appears, at...
June 2017
Every trade unionist has been lectured by some union official that they can’t strike because “It’s illegal.” They must have been cheering when Sally McManus, newly elected head of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), announced on national...
June 2017
Hydraulic fracturing in Maryland is gone for good. Members of the Don’t Frack Maryland coalition led a tireless and uncompromising campaign for a total ban rather than settle for the so-called safe-fracking measures first supported by the governor...
June 2017
W.E.B. Du Bois once stated that “the cure [for ignorance] wasn’t simply telling people the truth, it was inducing them to act on it.” This could certainly be said of the millions of people who marched for science across the globe on April 22....
June 2017
May 2017 — Autoworkers fight for contract. Seventy percent of Volkswagen-Chattanooga workers in Tennessee voted to join United Auto Workers over a year ago. Yet the automaker still defies U.S. government orders to negotiate a contract. Unionists...
June 2017
AUTOMATION Question on the future I read with great interest Muffy Sunde’s succinct and informative piece “Rise of the robots: Disappearing jobs” [Vol. 38, No. 2]. I’m glad to see the Freedom Socialist tackling the subject of automation, as it’s...
June 2017
One hundred years ago Russian insurrectionist Leon Trotsky landed in New York with his wife and two sons. A political refugee for over a decade, Trotsky had been forced out of Germany, France, Switzerland and Spain. The Allied powers in World War I...
June 2017
Since retiring as FSP National Secretary, I’ve been auditing classes at nearby University of Washington in order to learn what science has uncovered in the half-century since my student days. I especially want to satisfy an itch to understand the...