The liberal center has collapsed: Appeasement by public sector unions in Oregon and California

The liberal center has folded.  Anyone who had any illusions about Democrats and a politics of resistance, you can forget it.  The issue that faced both Governor Jerry Brown of California and Governor Kitzhaber of Oregon was the same: whether to tax the rich of both states to offset the state deficits caused by the […]

UK government has plans to privatize police

The West Midlands and Surrey police departments, among others, are facing budget cuts, so the UK government is planning on privatizing parts of the police force to private contractors. Several UK cities, such as Lincolnshire, have already opted for privatization, while the West Midlands and Surrey have opened up bidding to do the same. As […]

Texas Miracle or Kabuki Theater?

Anytime I hear the word “miracle” I become suspicious. I know the word appeals to highly religious folks. However, as far as I can tell, behind every so called “miracle” there is a con man. Now that Texas Governor Rick Perry is the GOP frontrunner for the presidency, the media is flooding the airwaves with […]

How You Can Fight For Academic Freedom

In 1983, professor William Cronon made his career with Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England, a seminal study of how European settlers transformed the ecosystem of early America.   Nearly thirty years later, the now distinguished Cronon, President of American Historical Association, finds his career in the middle of another […]

I am the Enemy: A Unionized Public Employee Speaks Back

I Am The Enemy By Michael I. Niman ArtVoice (etc.) 2/24/11 If you listen to any Wall Street banker, right-wing talk radio host, or Republican politician, I am the enemy. I am a public employee. Along with snow plow operators in Wisconsin, meat inspectors in Iowa, welfare fraud investigators in California, transit workers in Chicago, […]

I am the enemy

by Geoff Kelly If you listen to any Wall Street banker, right-wing talk radio host, or Republican politician, I am the enemy. I am a public employee. Along with snow plow operators in Wisconsin, meat inspectors in Iowa, welfare fraud investigators in California, transit workers in Chicago, life guards in Florida, air traffic controllers in […]

Greece: General strike turns ugly as corporatists force austerity on the backs of workers

Today, Wednesday the 23rd of February, Greece was paralyzed by a nationwide general strike as hundreds of thousands of workers, shop keepers and civil servants walked off the job in a 24-hour protest over the so-called ‘Socialist’ government’s ongoing ‘austerity’ program.  Sound familiar?  Wisconsin is considering a general strike as well, now that Governor Walker […]

Koch Brothers: Clear Right-wing Strategy to go After Labor Unions in the United States

The billionaire brothers whose political action committee gave Gov. Scott Walker $43,000 and helped fund a multi-million dollar attack ad campaign against his opponent during the 2010 gubernatorial election have quietly opened a lobbying office in Madison just off the Capitol Square. Charles and David Koch, who co-own Koch Industries Inc. and whose combined worth […]

Open Class Struggle in Wisconsin

While less than 10% of the private sector work force is in unions in the United States, these unions still represent a potentially massive force in US society, capable of mobilizing millions of workers and youth. This is in the process of being proven in Wisconsin, where the class struggle has broken out into the […]

Reactionary Governor Walker of Wisconsin declares war on working people and kids

‘Austerity’ is the word used by those in power to make it sound like we are all in this ‘budget crisis’ together, when in fact it is the ruling oligarchs of this nation, the banksters and their coin-operated politicians, that created the crisis that now threatens to bring working people to their knees. However tens […]