January 25, 2021
President Biden’s $1.9-trillion relief plan proposes a doubling of the US federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. Bipartisan, union, and liberal groups are quick to claim that the demand will at least reduce income inequality, raise many out of poverty, and help a lot of women workers. The “left-leaning” Economic Policy Institute estimated that a $15 minimum wage phased in by 2024 would directly lift the wages of 28.1 million workers. National Employment Law Project deemed minimum-wage increases as “needed now more than ever,” as these demands were enacted in 52 cities, counties, and states on New Year's Day, 2021.
But is raising the minimum wage the solution to workers’ hardships and economic inequality in this country?
January 15, 2021
The right-wing insurrection of Trump supporters in the DC Capitol shook the nation. Both liberal and conservative politicians in the US were quick to call it “barbarism” and “an assault on democracy.” Democrats, speaking from the long-bankrupted moral high grounds of democracy, conveniently pushed to impeach Trump and cast the violent “mobs” as monstrous forces that “do not represent true America.”
January 8, 2021
After a summer of nationwide protests and various demands for criminal justice reform, Defund the Police emerged as the most popular slogan, attracting the support of many liberal mayors. NYC shifted $1 billion from NYPD budget to other budgets. More recently, Seattle announced an 18% cut to their police budget. Socialist Kshama Sawant cast the lone dissenting vote urging a cut of 50% instead.
Every socialist should be asking the question: would a 50% cut to the police budget be a socialist demand? (Should we be fixated on the percentage, and debate over which magical number will stop the police killings?)
December 20, 2020
After winning the most contentious presidential election in U.S. history, Biden has pledged to unite our country. But what does that mean when the elite two-party system continues to exist and serve the ruling class? The Biden administration will rely on empty representational politics to prove unity, and will most likely fail to enact any laws or policies that will end the historic criminalization of Black and immigrant workers. This should come as no surprise since maintaining divisions between working people ensures the stability of the power structure that robs working people of their time and lives. We as working people can wait and see, or we can take up Biden’s pledge as an opening to organize for real unity of the working class to put forth our interests.
November 14, 2020
Just as Joe Biden declared victory in the recent presidential race, the GOP suddenly claimed itself to be the real party of the working class. Right-wingers—from the White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere to Breitbart News—highlighted Donald Trump's success in winning not just 48% of the popular vote but also the largest share of non-white voters of any Republican since 1960.
October 30, 2020
One does not have to be a leftist to know that neither Donald Trump nor Joe Biden stand with the interests of the working people. When we ask workers who they prefer, the reply is often “Both are bad.” It is exactly with this sentiment that we call for participation in the coming election in order to break it. Our call is not to bolster one party over another—but rather to act and lay groundwork for the organizing necessary to win back all that has been dispossessed from working people.
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