Sections of the environmental movement bemoaned the birth of the world’s eight-billionth person, but the Left should have no part in this cynical misanthropy. The cause of food insecurity and climate change is the irrationality of capitalism — not rising populations.
Opal Lee is a writer.
For a century, the official labor movement in Mexico has been a racket of company unions and protection contracts for bosses. Now that there’s a genuine push to grow independent unionism, President Andrés Manuel Lopéz Obrador must get behind it.
Months into the Federal Reserve’s quest to engineer a recession, ordinary Americans are feeling the pinch. Meanwhile, without the balm of rock-bottom interest rates, we’re getting a glimpse of how much of the American business world has been built on fraud.
Everyone’s talking about the horrible political message of the new Call of Duty. Fair enough. But there’s no proof that video games generate real-world violence. There is proof, however, that gaming is sedating, addicting, and isolating.
In Late Victorian Holocausts, Mike Davis showed how late 19th-century state violence and neglect created colonial markets and infrastructures, which, combined with shifting weather patterns, led to astonishingly brutal famines across the Global South.
The massive walkout at California’s flagship public university system is the largest strike in the US in recent years, and it’s now in its second week. Jacobin spoke with striking grad student workers at UC Riverside and UC Irvine.
Qatar’s World Cup is the culmination of decades of football capitalism — a victory for big corporations and repressive governments, and a tragedy for the fans and workers who make the game.
Written by Weird Al himself and starring Daniel Radcliffe, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story is a biopic parody that mocks the prestige form at every turn. It may very well save you from the worst interludes of family togetherness this weekend.
In other countries, workers and unions have been walking off the job to demand higher wages to keep up with the cost of living. But in the US, where unions are weak and strikes are rare, the cost-of-living issue has been ceded to the Right.
From the United States to Bangladesh, from Germany to South Africa, Amazon will face coordinated strikes and protests today demanding that the company raises wages above inflation for all its workers and stops its union busting.
Casualized workers at Australian universities have long endured wage theft and job insecurity. Faced with multiplying court cases and industrial action, university managers are desperately trying to avoid taking responsibility.
For all its problems, Twitter served as a public town square — and now, Elon Musk seems determined to drive it into the ground. It’s past time to build a democratic, noncommodified alternative.
The recent announcement that Jeff Bezos is donating the bulk of his vast fortune to charity should be recognizable to everyone at this point: it’s a tried-and-true scheme to rehabilitate his public image while avoiding paying taxes.
The UN is being urged to adopt a misleading, partisan redefinition of antisemitism that is intended to protect Israel from critical scrutiny. We should oppose this cynical attempt to silence advocacy on behalf of the Palestinians in the name of anti-racism.
Historians have often depicted late 19th-century American business elites as agents of progress at a time of rapid economic and social change. Through their work organizing groups like the Ku Klux Klan, many of them could also be called “terrorists.”
It’s an incredibly difficult time to be a public school teacher. Collective action can help teachers realize that their problems are caused by systemic issues, not individual failings, and that the solutions require acting together.
Victoria’s election rules encourage minor parties to make deals trading voters’ preferences. It’s an undemocratic system that means progressives could find their votes end up clinching seats for far-right candidates.
Annie Ernaux’s recently translated book, Getting Lost, chronicles her passionate love affair with a married man. What makes Ernaux’s reflections so refreshing is her rejection of the idea that literature’s job is to provide readers with moral instruction.
We’ve seen this movie before, and there’s every reason to believe it’s going to have the same ending: the GOP base rallying around the “antiestablishment” Donald Trump.
Part-time faculty at the New School and Parsons School of Design in New York City went on strike last week. Jacobin spoke with striking workers about their demands for job security and wage increases to keep up with the cost of living.