A new study finds that manufacturers of cancer-causing “forever chemicals” knew about the dangers they posed 40 years before the public. Taking a cue from Big Tobacco, companies like 3M and DuPont successfully suppressed research and regulation for decades.
Oliver Stone Goes Nuclear
We talk to legendary director Oliver Stone about his new film Nuclear Now, what he thinks about his critics, and why he sees nuclear energy as a key solution to climate change.
How Hollywood’s Anti-Communist Crackdown Made TV and Movies Bland and Boring
The mindless conformity of 1950s film and television was the result of the successful McCarthyist purge of leftists — and the genres of storytelling they wrote — from the entertainment industry.
Walt Rostow’s Development Theory Shows That Capitalism Relies on Brutal Violence
Economist Walt Rostow advanced an influential development theory while working as an adviser to the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Rostow’s advocacy of murderous violence in Vietnam flowed directly from his theory of how to promote capitalist growth.
UPS Teamsters Are Ready to Strike
With UPS making astronomical profits and public support for unions holding strong, a Teamsters strike at UPS this August could be a watershed moment for the American working class. Two UPS drivers explain what’s at stake in the potential strike.
Robert Putnam’s Bowling Alone chronicled the growing loneliness and isolation of wealthy societies. Twenty years later, the problem is far worse than he could have imagined.
The Caucus of Rank-and-File Educators Changed American Teachers Unionism
Today is the 15th anniversary of the founding of the Caucus of Rank-and-File Educators, the Chicago Teachers Union caucus that transformed the union into the powerful force it is today. CTU vice president Jackson Potter reflects on the caucus’s legacy.
How a Small Left-Wing Union Is Helping Drive the Unionization Wave in Higher Ed
The past two years have seen a wave of graduate worker strikes, new organizing drives, and big union election victories. The independent, left-wing United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America has played an outsize role in this upsurge.
Automation Could Set Us Free — If We Didn’t Live Under Capitalism
Under capitalism, automation destroys jobs. Under socialism, it would be an instrument of liberation.
Hollywood Is Facing the Prospect of Actors Joining Writers on Strike
The actors’ union SAG-AFTRA enters negotiations with studios today over a new contract. Members just returned a 97.91 percent vote in favor of authorizing a strike — meaning striking film and TV writers could soon be joined on the picket line by actors.
Critics say Marxism can’t account for the popular appeal of nationalism. But the Marxist tradition contains some vital insights into the origins and future of national communities.
For Proof That Corporate Greed Is Driving the Inflation Crisis, Look to the Car Industry
Cars have been the poster child of the current inflation crisis. Dealership executives have made clear in earnings calls why: not because they’re passing on higher costs to consumers, but because they want to net record profits.
Ron DeSantis and His Allies Could Render Campaign Finance Laws Completely Meaningless
Accompanied by his allies and super PAC Never Back Down, Florida governor and Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis is testing the boundaries of campaign finance laws further than ever before.
The US Left Must Rebuild Broken Links to Soldiers and Veterans
While the armed forces carry out the mission of US imperialism, millions of working people sit at the heart of that machine, drawn to become soldiers by the promise of economic stability. A Left looking to rebuild links with the working class can’t avoid them.
Narendra Modi Is Developing a New Template for Authoritarian Control of the Internet
Narendra Modi’s government has launched a relentless clampdown in a bid to suppress its critics. As part of this drive, it is developing new tools to stifle free expression on the internet while extending the reach of online surveillance over India’s citizens.