The Historic Moment of the 2016 Election

This article was originally published on Dissident Voice.

The 2016 presidential election presents the American working class with a historic moment.  No, I am not talking about the possibility of the first rich, neoliberal woman president.  Nor am I talking about the social democrat masquerading as a socialist.  Nor am I talking about the arrogant, racist, borderline fascist Donald Trump.

The historical moment is not in the outcome of the election itself. After all, the State is subservient to capitalist elites.  So long as economic power is concentrated in the hands of a privileged few, the State will always act to safeguard the private property and power of the capitalist ruling class.  Rather, the moment presents itself in the delegitimization of the political system, especially the growing hatred of the two corporate parties. Continue reading

5 Things Every Socialist Must Believe

There is some talk in the media about whether Americans can accept a socialist president.  Many young people are beginning to view socialism favorably.  Bernie Sanders self-identifies as a democratic socialist (though truthfully, he is not.  He’s a mere social democrat).  You hear a lot of talk about how “Medicare is socialist”, “public roads are socialist”, and even “military spending is socialist.”  Americans are mislead by politicians and the corporate press into believing that socialism is merely Keynesian style government expenditure.  This would come as a great shock to not just John Maynard Keynes and his followers, but to actual socialists today.  The ‘socialism’ of Bernie Sanders has very little to do with socialism as it’s understood today and historically.

Here are 5 things that every socialist must believe. Continue reading

Why Do Governments Serve The Rich?

It is widely and correctly believed that the rich and corporations, through their vast pools of wealth, influence and control the government.  This is true, but only part of the story.  If the above was the whole picture, we would expect liberal reforms like campaign finance reform, publicly funded elections, breaking up the two-party duopoly, prohibiting lobbying, and so on to truly create a government of the people, by the people, for the people.  Many countries have instituted all of the above reforms and more.  Yet, governments still pass legislation overwhelmingly in favor of their rich citizens.  How is this possible?  It’s time to take a journey through the materialist conception of history — alternatively called historical materialismContinue reading

Working Harder Makes Your Boss Richer

Recently, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush remarked that in order for the economy to grow, “people should work longer hours.” Bush’s comment was intended to describe how the sluggish growth in the U.S. economy could be fixed. If people simply worked harder, the economy would be in better shape. This is the sort of bootstrapping myth that the right-wing usually applies to poor individuals generalized to the economy as a whole. As can be expected, taking an economic myth on the individual scale and generalizing it the national economy doesn’t magically make it true. Let’s take a look at the facts.  Continue reading