Solidarity http://www.solidarity-us.org/site Solidarity RSS feed en U.S. Labor: What's New, What's Not?http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4660http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4660Lead ArticleWe all know that there’s something different about today’s working class. One obvious difference is that today’s working class produces fewer things “you can drop on your toe,” as The Economist famously put it, and more that you can’t. What’s actually changing in capitalist production in the United States?<br />While Marx mostly spoke of industrial workers who extracted or made goods, he did not, in fact, define the proletariat by what commodities it produced. As he wrote in Capital,...by Kim MoodySun, 01 May 2016 11:49:11 +0000 What is to be Done with the Banks? Radical Proposals for Radical Changeshttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4636http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4636Lead ArticleNine years after the outbreak of the financial crisis that continues to produce damaging social effects through the austerity policies imposed on victim populations, it’s time to take another look at the commitments that were made at that time by bankers, financiers, politicians, and regulatory bodies. Those four players have failed fundamentally in the promises they made in the wake of the crisis: to moralise the banking system, separate commercial banks from investment banks, end exorbitant...from the Committee for the Abolition of Third World DebtSun, 17 Apr 2016 16:32:21 +0000 The New Free Trade Agreements (TPP, TTIP AND TISA), Aren't A Solution: They're Another Problemhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4634http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4634Lead ArticleSurreptitiously--like bandits who prey on their victim--and undemocratically, the elite which owns finance and the multinationals is driving the implementation of new “Free Trade Agreements”: the Trans-Pacific Partnership, (TPP); the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP); and the Trade in Services Agreement (TSA).<br />As on previous occasions--when the treaties that gave birth to the European Union or the North American Free Trade Agreement were imposed--the dominant classes...from the Fourth InternationalWed, 06 Apr 2016 15:05:09 +0000 The Murder of Berta Cácereshttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4645http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4645Against the Current ArticleBERTA C&Aacute;CERES, CO-FOUNDER of the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), an internationally acclaimed environmental activist and among that country&rsquo;s leading opposition figures, was assassinated in her home shortly before midnight on Thursday, March 3.<br />Less than two weeks later, a fellow leading activist Nelson Garcia was similarly gunned down.<br />COPINH reported that in recent weeks &ldquo;violence and repression toward Berta Caceres, COPINH and...Mon, 25 Apr 2016 22:00:11 +0000 Why Blacks Vote for "Pragmatism"http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4639http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4639Against the Current ArticleMANY AFRICAN-AMERICAN progressives &#8212; and liberal whites &#8212; wonder why the Black population voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Party primaries, particularly in the Southern states. Although the numbers were lower in the North and West, they were still a majority for Clinton. Why?<br />It is easy to assert that the reason was strong support for Clinton by the establishment Black leadership, from the Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee to the...Malik MiahMon, 25 Apr 2016 21:33:39 +0000 American Literature and the First World Warhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4653http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4653Against the Current ArticleGIVEN THAT THE United States entered the First World War much later than any other major belligerent, declaring war on Germany in April, 1917 &#8212; over two and a half years after the war began &#8212; one might expect that the war had less impact here than on other countries. American literature, however, argues otherwise.<br />Not only did the war spawn an enormous literature during and after the war, it also led to a reaction against the war and the culture that supported it. This response to...Tim DaytonMon, 25 Apr 2016 23:02:14 +0000 Destroying Detroit Schoolshttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4661http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4661Webzine ArticleThe Detroit Public School system (DPS) has been under state control for 15 years, the last decade under the direction of a series of Emergency Managers. The result has been a staggering debt, now more than half a billion dollars, with a 50% decline in the number of students served. More students attend charter schools than the public system, but as there is no oversight over charters, poorly run schools continue year after year.<br />Over the past decade 160 Detroit schools of various types have...by Dianne Feeley and David FinkelTue, 03 May 2016 15:12:51 +0000 U.S. Labor: What's New, What's Not?http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4660http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4660Webzine ArticleWe all know that there’s something different about today’s working class. One obvious difference is that today’s working class produces fewer things “you can drop on your toe,” as The Economist famously put it, and more that you can’t. What’s actually changing in capitalist production in the United States?<br />While Marx mostly spoke of industrial workers who extracted or made goods, he did not, in fact, define the proletariat by what commodities it produced. As he wrote in Capital,...by Kim MoodySun, 01 May 2016 11:49:11 +0000 Disasters in Syria and Yemenhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4659http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4659Webzine ArticleAgainst the Current: What does the recently announced “cease fire” in Syria mean, and what are the chances it will hold?<br />Gilbert Achcar: Please note, first of all, that it is not officially called a cease-fire but rather a “cessation of hostilities.” The main difference is that Russia and the Syrian regime, and the US-led coalition, will continue to fire on so-called terrorist forces, supposedly meaning ISIS and the Nusra Front.<br />For Russia and the Assad regime, this can be seized as a...Gilbert Achcar interviewed by Against the CurrentFri, 29 Apr 2016 17:32:58 +0000 Demand that President Obama Free Leonard Peltier!http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4637http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4637Webzine ArticleAmerican Indian activist Leonard Peltier has been imprisoned for 40 years for a crime he did not commit. Now is the time to redouble our efforts to free him! Demand that President Obama take action to grant executive clemency!<br />Designated a political prisoner by Amnesty International, Peltier is the highest profile American Indian prisoner incarcerated in the United States. He has always maintained his innocence and has emphatically maintained that his continued persecution by the U.S. government...by TushkahommaTue, 19 Apr 2016 19:17:31 +0000 What is to be Done with the Banks? Radical Proposals for Radical Changeshttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4636http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4636Webzine ArticleNine years after the outbreak of the financial crisis that continues to produce damaging social effects through the austerity policies imposed on victim populations, it’s time to take another look at the commitments that were made at that time by bankers, financiers, politicians, and regulatory bodies. Those four players have failed fundamentally in the promises they made in the wake of the crisis: to moralise the banking system, separate commercial banks from investment banks, end exorbitant...from the Committee for the Abolition of Third World DebtSun, 17 Apr 2016 16:32:21 +0000 When the Plan B is the Plan Ahttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4635http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4635Webzine ArticleThe conference for a plan B, which was held in Madrid from 19 to 21 February 2016, is the most important international policy initiative in the Europe of austerity, following on other meetings of this type, whose profile and audience were more restricted. It aimed to articulate political and social alternatives and to project strategic debates on a European scale. As necessary as it is difficult, the international arena has been a space for struggle, exchanges and reflection in the chiaroscuro...by Josep María AntentasMon, 11 Apr 2016 15:59:55 +0000