socialism

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How is Mexico’s Fourth Transformation Progressing?

How is Mexico’s Fourth Transformation Progressing? As he nears his sixth month in office, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (popularly known as AMLO) travels around the nation holding public events to report on his social policies and asking citizens for help in removing the vices of the old regime from the State.   AMLO…

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Capitalism Has Failed—What Next?

Capitalism Has Failed—What Next? Less than two decades into the twenty-first century, it is evident that capitalism has failed as a social system. The world is mired in economic stagnation, financialisation, and the most extreme inequality in human history, accompanied by mass unemployment and underemployment, precariousness, poverty, hunger, wasted output and lives, and what at…

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The Capitalist Workday, the Socialist Workday

The Capitalist Workday, the Socialist Workday   (Transcript of a talk given in Venezuela on May Day.) On May Day, there are four things that are worth remembering: For workers, May Day does not celebrate a state holiday or gifts from the state but commemorates the struggle of workers from below. The initial focus of…

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On May Day . . .

On May Day . . . “Let’s drink a toast to all those farmers, workers, artists and intellectuals of the last 100 years who without thought of fame and profit . . . worked tirelessly in their dream of a worldwide socialist revolution, who believed and hoped that a new world was dawning and that…

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The War on Venezuela Is Built on Lies

The War on Venezuela Is Built on Lies Travelling with Hugo Chavez, I soon understood the threat of Venezuela.  At a farming co-operative in Lara state, people waited patiently and with good humour in the heat. Jugs of water and melon juice were passed around. A guitar was played; a woman, Katarina, stood and sang…

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New Wings for Socialism

New Wings for Socialism Seventeen years ago, in 1990, I began an essay with a poem of Bertolt Brecht.  It was a poem about a man in Europe in the Middle Ages who put on “things that looked like wings,” climbed to the roof of a church, and tried to fly.  He crashed, and the…

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Venezuela Defines the Future of the Region

Venezuela Defines the Future of the Region Guaidó’s self-proclamation as Venezuelan president is the most ridiculous and dangerous coup attempt in recent years. With the shameless backing of Washington, the Venezuelan rightwing intends to place a complete stranger at the helm of the state.   This time around, the starting signal was neither a terrorist…

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Everyday Life in Besieged Venezuela

Everyday Life in Besieged Venezuela Cira P. Marquina: Much has been written in a very general sense about Venezuela’s current situation. For example, we hear a great deal about the economic war, sanctions, imperialist meddling, and even communal organisation and building popular power. But very little is said about daily life: for example, about the…

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Why Socialism?

Why Socialism? This article by Albert Einstein, the world-famous physicist, was originally published in the inaugural issue of the renowned US socialist magazine, Monthly Review (May 1949).   Is it advisable for one who is not an expert on economic and social issues to express views on the subject of socialism? I believe for a…