Marxism explains long-term jobless growth

By Fred Goldstein on March 28, 2014

unemployed-US graph

Number of people in the U.S. unemployed six months or more

Five years into the capitalist recovery, the crisis of mass, long-term unemployment will not go away.

The Labor Department defines long-term unemployment as being 27 weeks or longer without a job. The official number of long-term unemployed in February was 3.8 million workers. (Los Angeles Times, March 20)

The Origins of the “Right-to-Work” Union-Busting Law

By Fred Goldstein

December 17, 2012

The passage of the union-busting so-called “right-to-work” law in Michigan is a severe legal setback for the labor movement and for the workers, the oppressed and all the progressive masses in the state. If not turned around, it will encourage right-wing, anti-labor forces across the country.

It must be emphasized at the outset that so far this is purely a legislative setback. It has not been implemented. The working class has not been defeated in the class struggle but rather the labor leadership was politically outmaneuvered by a cabal of right-wing billionaires and their political puppets in the legislature and the governor’s mansion. These forces conspired to put this reactionary legislation on the fast track without even giving the legally required time and processes for the masses to mobilize against it.

Stop Pentagon war moves against China!

By Fred Goldstein, May 27, 2015

The Pentagon in the third week of May sent a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon surveillance plane near Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea — called the East Sea by Vietnam. The Fiery Reef is in the archipelago called the Spratly Islands by the U.S., the Nanchan Islands by China and the Truong Sa Islands by the Vietnamese.

Guantanamo in Chicago: Imperialist war and police torture

By Fred Goldstein posted on May 19, 2015

Torture in Chicago photo

It is no coincidence that both Zuley and Burge learned torture in the service of U.S. imperialism, in Vietnam and Guantanamo. Torture is a feature of imperialist war against colonial resistance.

In 1990, Lathierial Boyd, 24, was asked by police to come to a facility in Chicago to help them investigate a murder. Boyd was confused, but, as he had been at his sister’s house on the other side of town the night of the murder watching a basketball game, he was not worried. He had a real estate business and was doing well.

He went to the infamous police facility called Homan Square not knowing that an untold number of people, mostly Black and Latino/a, had been “disappeared” into that building. He met Detective Richard Zuley and soon was shackled to a wall and the floor. Zuley went through Boyd’s nice apartment. Finding nothing, Zuley returned and told Boyd, “No n_____er should live like this.”(Guardian, Feb. 19)