Features from the Freedom Socialist
April 2017
HERE WE ARE Analysis accessible “Where we are and how we got here” [Vol. 38, No. 1] is concise and accessible and it offers an analysis of the last hundred years that you could expect from scholars studying, with the clarity of distant hindsight and...
April 2017
Read Rachel Holmes’ sensitive and absorbing biography of Eleanor Marx and you’ll fall in love with a radical heroine. In Eleanor Marx: A Life (Bloomsbury Press, 2015), the Karl Marx family and the 19th century socialist movement are vividly...
April 2017
So, did you hear the one about the eight richest men in the world? Unfortunately, it was no joke. Obscene and surreal as it is, they own more than half of what the global population does. That’s over 3.6 billion people. This from a report that...
April 2017
February 2017 — Strike vote — 81 percent! For the first time ever AFSCME Council 31, representing 38,000 Illinois state workers, authorized a strike. Since their contract ran out in July 2015, the union has fought against Gov. Rauner’s demand for a...
February 2017
Climate change, the warming of the earth’s atmosphere, oceans and landmasses, is the pre-eminent issue facing humanity. 2016 was the hottest worldwide since record keeping began in 1880. The previous record year was 2015, and before that, 2014. The...
February 2017
Three thousand immigrants and their many supporters rallied and marched in Los Angeles on Dec. 18 to defy Trump’s threats of massive deportations. Students, families, Latinos, Jews and Muslims, LGBTQ folks, unions, feminists, church groups and...
February 2017
January 2017 — Statewide UC strike. Teamsters Local 2010, which represents 14,000 University of California workers, staged a one-day strike at all 10 UC campuses and medical centers on Jan. 10. Union members picketed to demand a fair contract and...
February 2017
ELECTION ANALYSIS Succinct and accurate As usual the Freedom Socialist hits the nail on the head with Andrea Bauer’s lead article in the December issue [Don’t mourn, organize! Donald J. Trump and the year of voting dangerously, Vol. 37, No. 6]....
February 2017
Southern trees bear strange fruit, / Blood on the leaves and blood at the root. Using these lyrics from a poem by Abel Meeropol, immortalized in Billie Holliday’s song about lynching, author Patrick Phillips opens his tale of terror, theft and...
February 2017
Most people don’t know where Rohwer, Ark. or Tule Lake, Calif. are located. I do. My parents’ families were interned in both those concentration camps during World War II. The U.S. government rounded up and jailed 120,000 Japanese and Japanese...