18 Articles by: Todd Chretien

Todd Chretien is an organizer, author, translator, and high school Spanish teacher. He has contributed to several books, including Socialist Strategy and Electoral Politics, and is editor of Eyewitnesses to the Russian Revolution.

“Our Task Is to Defeat Bolsonarism and Put an End to His Authoritarian Project”

Housing organizer and socialist Guilherme Boulos recently shocked Brazil by forcing a runoff for mayor in the largest city in the Western Hemisphere, São Paolo. In an interview, he lays out his vision for the position, how to embed the Brazilian left in the country’s working class, and how to “place the periphery in the center.”

Portland, Maine Voters Delivered a Series of Huge Working-Class Victories on Election Day

Democrats performed poorly on Election Day, but many working-class ballot measures won across the country — like in Portland, Maine, where a coalition of the Democratic Socialists of America, racial justice activists, labor, and others won victories on a $15 minimum wage, local Green New Deal measures, banning police use of facial recognition software, and rent control.

Over 4,000 Shipbuilding Workers Are on Strike in Maine

The Bath Iron Works strike of over 4,300 shipbuilding workers in Bath, Maine — by far the largest strike in the United States right now — is approaching its third week. Management has cut off health insurance, laid off over 200 members of a sister union local, ramped up subcontracting, and called in strikebreakers.

Who’s Afraid of Karl Marx?

Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro stokes his base’s fears by warning of the “communist threat” posed by “cultural Marxism.” But if you don’t make a living off exploiting workers, there’s no reason to be afraid of Karl Marx and his friends.

We Must Call a Coup a Coup

In November, the Bolivian military forced Evo Morales to step down: the classic definition of a coup. Despite the evidence, some commentators — even on the Left — have failed to identify it for what it was: an elite plot to oust a progressive president whose program of reforms had transformed the lives of many of the country’s most excluded people.