Democrats Against Single Payer
Single-payer health care has always been a goal of the Left. But Democrats have turned it into a punching bag.
The ethical failings of the socially conscious company THINX point to the inherent pitfalls of “benevolent” capitalism.
Amazon and UPS are behemoths. Socialists can shake the foundations of the US economy by agitating and organizing at both.
Martin McGuinness (1950–2017)
Former IRA hunger striker Tommy McKearney on the legacy of late Sinn Féin leader Martin McGuinness.
Being Anti-Trump Isn’t Enough
Silvio Berlusconi’s tenure reminds us that the Left needs to attack the neoliberal center, not just the populist right.
The “alt-right” and Israeli settlers have a shared fervor for ethno-nationalism, Islamophobia, and racism.
The Value of Capital
Capital doesn’t merely show how capitalist production works. It shows us why capitalism is an affront to freedom.
Chelsea Clinton might run for office. Rethink this.
106 years after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, the struggle of Jewish-American workers offers a stirring radical vision for Jews and non-Jews alike.
We need left-wing media outlets to build socialism. And the late German communist Willi Munzenberg shows us how it can be done.
Thirty-seven years ago today, Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was assassinated while giving mass. His killers have never been brought to justice.
Expanding the Fight for Education
The movement to reclaim classrooms from corporate education reformers is spreading beyond cities and into the suburbs.
Despite the threat of automation and the weakness of organized labor, workers still hold the key to winning social change.
Trump’s laptop ban is racist and paranoid. It’s also a huge giveaway to American airline monopolies.
The Basement Dweller
The closer you examine Donald Trump’s approval ratings, the more abysmal they look.
The Brown Eyed Handsome Man
Chuck Berry perfected simple but sophisticated working-class art.
A Warm Welcome to Behind the News
Doug Henwood’s Behind the News is one of the best leftist radio shows out there. You can now listen to it on Jacobin Radio.
Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say - The Washington Post
PropOrNot’s monitoring report (…) identifies more than 200 websites as routine peddlers of Russian propaganda during the election season, with combined audiences of at least 15 million Americans. On Facebook, PropOrNot estimates that stories planted or promoted by the disinformation campaign were viewed more than 213 million times.
Some players in this online echo chamber were knowingly part of the propaganda campaign, the researchers concluded, while others were “useful idiots”
(…) Some of these stories originated with RT and Sputnik, state-funded Russian information services that mimic the style and tone of independent news organizations yet sometimes include false and misleading stories (…)
The speed and coordination of these efforts allowed Russian-backed phony news to outcompete traditional news organizations for audience. Some of the first and most alarming tweets after Clinton fell ill at a Sept. 11 memorial event in New York, for example, came from Russian botnets and trolls, researchers found.
(…) a variety of other false stories — fake reports of a coup launched at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey and stories about how the United States was going to conduct a military attack and blame it on Russia — to Russian propaganda efforts.
(…) supposed election irregularities, allegations of vote-rigging and the potential for Election Day violence should Clinton win, researchers said.
(…) the U.S. government has few tools for detecting or combating foreign propaganda. They expressed hope that their research detailing the power of Russian propaganda would spur official action.
A former U.S. ambassador to Russia, Michael A. McFaul, said he was struck by the overt support that RT and Sputnik expressed for Trump during the campaign, even using the
#CrookedHillaryhashtag pushed by the candidate.