• No, Criticism of the Democratic Climate Bill Isn’t About Bitter “Internet Leftists”

    Have you heard? All criticism of the Inflation Reduction Act can be boiled down to moralizing hippies and a bitter, "Internet-poisoned" left. This is absurd: deflecting from the bill's flaws does a disservice to the climate fight. Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks during a news conference about the Inflation Reduction Act outside the US Capitol on August 4, 2022. (Drew Angerer / Getty Images) The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is at once a massive...

  • Boston Starbucks Workers Have Been on Strike for 3 Weeks

    Three weeks ago, in response to what workers say has been particularly flagrant union busting at a Boston Starbucks after their unanimous vote for a union, baristas have gone on strike. That strike is still going. Starbucks workers and supporters on strike at the store at 874 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts, on August 7, 2022. (Boston Starbucks Workers United / Twitter) At about 5:15 AM on Monday, two police officers and a handful of strikebreakers...

  • Australian Unions Need to Stop Pinning Their Hopes on the Labor Party

    Since the 1980s, Australian unions have subordinated everything to getting Labor elected. It’s a failed strategy that has diminished union power, leading to declining wages and conditions for workers. Secretary of the ACTU Sally McManus visits Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, on March 18, 2021. (Sam Mooy / Getty Images) In the lead-up to the Labor government’s Jobs and Skills Summit next month, the union movement faces a dilemma. The first option is to...

  • How Striking Auto Workers Showed Italy the Way Out of Decline

    The battle against layoffs at Florence’s GKN auto parts plant may seem like a dispute from a past era. Yet the workers’ plan for the green reconversion of the factory shows how labor can point the way to the future. The Factory Collective demonstrates against closure of the GKN Driveline plant in Campi Bisenzio, Italy, on July 24, 2021. (Valentina Ceccatelli / Flickr) On July 9, 2021, the 422 employees of GKN Driveline, an axle-shaft factory in Florence, received...

  • 7 Democratic Senators Just Did Their Wall Street Donors a Huge Favor

    For a group of Democratic senators, blocking an expansion of the child tax credit wasn’t enough — they also had to do a huge favor for their big-money donors in private equity. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) on February 1, 2022 in Washington DC. (Al Drago / Bloomberg via Getty Images) In the name of preserving carefully negotiated legislation, Senate Democrats’ leaders united their caucus to vote down amendments that would have added the party’s Medicare expansion...

  • Gustavo Petro: Colombia Will Be More Fair and More Peaceful

    On Sunday, Gustavo Petro became the first left-wing president in Colombian history. Here, Petro speaks about his dream of a new Colombia founded on principles of solidarity and human dignity. Colombia’s new president, Gustavo Petro, gestures after delivering a speech during his inauguration ceremony at Bolívar Square in Bogotá, Colombia, on August 7, 2022. (Juan Barreto / AFP via Getty Images) On August 7, 2022, Progressive International Council member Gustavo Petro...

  • US Global Dominance Is Bad for Workers at Home and Abroad

    Rather than benefiting workers in the US and elsewhere, US foreign policy enriches corporate elites and the national security state. Our task is to rebuild the left institutions that bind workers together across borders and fight for a more just world order. US special operations forces raise an American flag during an International Special Operations Forces capacities exercise. (Luke Sharrett / Bloomberg via Getty Images) US global dominance is eroding, but what’s...

  • Vladimir Sorokin’s Telluria Is a Dystopian Novel for Our Dangerous Times

    Not long after the war in Ukraine broke out in February, liberal institutions began to ban Russian musicians, writers, and artists as well as other cultural symbols seen as too close to the regime. Within this fractious climate, the role of a dissident writer — part of a belligerent nation but not complicit to its […]

  • Archaeologists in Quebec Are About to Sign Their First-Ever Collective Bargaining Agreement

    Quebecois archeologists will soon ink their very first collective bargaining agreement. We don't associate archaeological workers with unions, but there's no reason archaeologists can't organize, too. Several members of Quebec's archaeologist union. (SNAQ-CSN) On June 18, 2022, union members from the Syndicat national des archéologues du Québec (SNAQ) voted for the adoption of a tentative agreement that will frame further bargaining proceedings with their employers....

  • Pablo Iglesias: There Were Illegal Moves to Stop Podemos Reaching Office

    Pablo Iglesias, cofounder of Spain’s leftist party Podemos, tells Jacobin that antidemocratic forces in the Spanish police and secret services plotted to stop his party from taking power. Pablo Iglesias speaking in Madrid, Spain, 2019. (Borja B. Hojas / Getty Images) Since Podemos’s breakthrough in the 2014 European elections, Pablo Iglesias has been a central figure on the international left, with an impact spreading far beyond Spain. After several internal crises,...

  • Chuck Schumer’s Family Is Getting Nice Work on Wall Street

    Blackstone, the world’s largest private equity fund, just hired Senator Chuck Schumer’s son-in-law as a lobbyist — at the same time the Wall Street firm is lobbying the Senate on major financial legislation. Chuck Schumer’s relatives and former staffers are now lobbying for the Blackstone Group, Amazon, Intel, and Google, among other corporate giants — all of which have been lobbying on pending Senate legislation. (Ting Shen / Bloomberg via Getty Images) The world’s...

  • Colombia’s Left Government Will Be Watched Closely by All of Latin America

    Colombia’s new leftist president, Gustavo Petro, took office Sunday. His government will face massive challenges in carrying out its promised progressive agenda — but success could help spark similar left insurgents throughout Latin America. Colombia’s new president Gustavo Petro delivers a speech after swearing in during his inauguration ceremony at Bolívar Square in Bogotá, Colombia, on August 7, 2022. (Juan Barreto / AFP via Getty Images) On August 7, 1819, the...