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Happy Holidays from the Capitalists: Economic Misery and Disease in our Stockings

It is hard not to feel depressed. At what is supposed to be a time of the year when families and friends gather together to enjoy each other’s company and exchange gifts, even this small escape from the wage-laborer’s life of fast-paced monotony seems difficult to enjoy when the overbearing clouds of capitalism cover us in darkness. Whatever holiday one celebrates at this time of the year, the festivities and general atmosphere seem tainted and stained by the mess that capitalism has strewn around us, and the woes that it is brewing for our near futures.

Capitalist Negligence Killed 14 Workers in Midwestern Tornado

Tornadoes that struck Kentucky, Illinois, and other states over the past week have left almost 100 dead across the damaged areas, with around the same number unaccounted for, countless injured, and vast swathes of homes and infrastructure destroyed. As is usual with these phenomena, this is yet another ‘natural’ disaster that has fallen the hardest on our class. And as is usual, plenty of these deaths could have been prevented were it not for the profit-centered system called capitalism that we live in.

Movie Review: 'Richard Jewell' (2019)

A movie review about somebody falsely accused of terrorism.

Their Crimes, Our Punishment: Texas Department of Criminal Justice's State-Wide Deadly Use of Force Cover-Ups

Texas prisoner Jason Renard Walker writes on violence and cover-ups within the Texas prison system.

Old Left, New Left, What's Left? - Paul Mattick, Jr.

Paul Mattick Jr. takes a look at the 'New Left' and student movement at the end of the 1960s.

NB this is a longer version of the text that appeared in Root & Branch #1.

Striking Kellogg's Workers: Don't Settle for Crumbs!

Leaflet distributed by the IWG during the Kellogg's strike in Lancaster, PA.

USA: "Striketober", An Unprecedented Wave of Strikes

The United States has experienced a wave of strikes on a scale rarely seen since 1968. All over the country, workers, exhausted by the Covid-19 pandemic, are demanding improvements in their working conditions. Driven by the rise in the cost of living, these thousands of workers are putting pressure on their bosses to grant them wage increases. This encompasses every sector of the economy.

Root & Branch: The Rise of the Workers' Movements

A book by the US libertarian socialist Root & Branch collective, published in 1975.

Taken with thanks from https://www.jeremybrecher.org/root-branch/

Review: The American Working Class in Transition by Kim Moody - reviewed by Joel Stein

Joel Stein reviews Kim Moody's book on the American working class in transition for Root & Branch No. 1, 1970, dealing in particular with Moody's take on the unions.

Root & Branch # 5

Issue 5 of the libertarian socialist journal, published circa 1978.