• Tax Cuts: Its All About Capitalism

    Powerful corporations and the rich in the United States continue their winning ways. By narrow margins, both the House of Representatives and Senate have agreed on a budget proposal that calls for an increase in the federal deficit of $1.5-trillion in order to fund a major reform of the U.S. tax system that will make … Keep reading »

  • The NAFTA Consensus

    The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks started on August 16 with very little of the fire and fury Donald Trump had promised during his campaign. His pledge to abolish the deal has largely been replaced with a plan to modernize it. Some currents within the Trump administration would certainly like to get rid … Keep reading »

  • DSA Convention 2017

    Successful Convention Moves DSA to Left

    The socialist movement in the United States took a big step forward this past weekend as almost 700 delegates representing over 25,000 members of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) met at the organization’s biennial national convention in Chicago (Aug. 3-6, 2017). This convention, the first since DSA more than tripled in size following last … Keep reading »

  • GE’s Switch

    The resignation of General Electric (GE) CEO Jeff Immelt last month is the latest sign of the broad restructuring of political and economic power currently underway in the United States. His departure, and John Flannery’s arrival, reveals a lot about the new phase of financialization that has emerged from the Great Financial Crisis. As financial … Keep reading »

  • Trump Is Trying to Make NAFTA Even Worse

    Many on the Left have been deeply critical of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) since before it was fast-tracked into law by former President Bill Clinton in 1994. Now, President Donald Trump’s current plan to renegotiate NAFTA is poised to make the massive trade deal even worse. In late May, a loose coalition … Keep reading »

  • Trump’s Trade Policy Agenda: More Liberalization

    President Donald Trump has been portrayed as a protectionist. His immediate cancellation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) upon assuming the presidency, as well as his support for the border adjustment tax proposed by the Republican leadership in Congress, seems to confirm this portrayal of his foreign economic policy leanings. However, a different conclusion emerges from … Keep reading »

  • Regulation — Who Needs It?

    Surrounded by CEOs and autoworkers bused in for the event, Donald Trump made it clear during his March 14th appearance in the Detroit area that he was going to get rid of a federal regulation in order to free up the industry so it could “make thousands and thousands and thousands of additional cars.” For … Keep reading »

  • Migration and Capitalism, in the Age of Trump

    Toward the Freedom of Movement for People, Not Capital “We are people! We are not illegal!” — Kiwi Ilafonte This past May 1st, across the United States and here in Quebec, the spirit of May Day was alive and well. Immigrant workers have given International Workers’ Day a new breath of fresh air since the historic … Keep reading »

  • Trump’s Economic Policies Are No Answer To Our Problems

    President Trump has singled out unfair international trading relationships as a major cause of U.S. worker hardship. And he has promised to take decisive action to change those relationships by pressuring foreign governments to rework their trade agreements with the U.S. and change their economic policies. While international economic dynamics have indeed worked to the … Keep reading »

  • What’s the Matter with America?

    Toronto — 26 January 2017. Thomas Frank is the founder of The Baffler magazine, author of What’s the Matter With Kansas? and Listen Liberal, and past columnist for The Wall Street Journal and Harper’s Magazine. He delivered the 2017 annual Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lecture, on Donald Trump’s election and what it means for the USA. … Watch video »

  • Homecoming to Nostalgia: The Inauguration of Donald J. Trump

    “In a time of universal deceit, Telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” — George Orwell When the entire arsenal of impulsive and aggressive foreign policy is deployed in absolute desperation and without accomplishment by a declining power unaware of its imminent demise, first it resorts to self-aggrandizement and spectacle, and then suddenly and viciously … Keep reading »

  • Militant Hope in the Age of Trump

    The United States stands at the endpoint of a long series of attacks on democracy, and the choices faced by the American public today point to the divide between those who are committed to democracy and those who are not. Debates over whether Donald Trump was a fascist or Hillary Clinton was a right-wing warmonger … Keep reading »