Black and Latino workers in the US are more favorable to unions because they “are most like workers in the Global South,” where workers are super-exploited, argues Michael Yates, labor educator and author, whose latest book is titled Can Workers Change the World?
By Nancy Folbre. From Verso: In this groundbreaking new work, Nancy Folbre builds on a critique and reformulation of Marxian political economy, drawing on a larger body of scientific research, including neoclassical economics, sociology, psychology, and evolutionary biology, to answer the defining question of feminist political economy: why is gender inequality so pervasive? In part, … More New Book: The Rise and Decline of Patriarchal Systems
By Thierry Drapeau, In his film The Young Karl Marx, director Raoul Peck features a scene where an anonymous Frenchman of African descent makes a heartfelt intervention during one of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon’s outdoor speeches in Paris. Contrasting with the crowd of laborers gathered around him, the elegantly dressed, top-hatted black gentleman briefly interrupts the famous … More The Roots of Marx’s Anti-Colonialism
By Michael D. Yates, [Author’s note: This essay is based upon arguments made in Chapter 2 (“Some Theoretical Considerations”) of my book, Can the Working Class Change the World? Unless otherwise noted, the quotes are from this chapter and are either my words or those of someone I am quoting] There is much discussion on the … More Exploitation and Expropriation, or Why Capitalism Must be Attacked with Equal Force on Every Front
From Haymarket Books. Edited by Greg Albo, Leo Panitch, and Alan Zuege An expertly selected collection of articles on class, party, and revolution from one of the world’s most important socialist journals Since beginning publication in 1964, The Socialist Register has been one of the most important sources of engaged, critical, and influential theoretical interventions on … More New Book: Class, Party, Revolution – A Socialist Register Reader
By Michael D. Yates. From Monthly Review Press: One of the horrors of the capitalist system is that slave labor, which was central to the formation and growth of capitalism itself, is still fully able to coexist alongside wage labor. But, as Karl Marx pointed out, it is the fact of being paid for one’s … More New book: Can the Working Class Change the World?
The questions of understanding and fighting racism are central ones for socialists in the US. At the moment, there is a set of conversations on the left about how socialists understand white privilege, and they are related to the question of where the fight against racism fits in the class struggle.