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Brother Ali at Blarney Irish Pub & Grill in Minneapolis. (Photo by: Tony Webster)

Brother Ali – Uncle Sam Goddamn

Ali raps in his verses that America is not the great place people make it out to be. He reminds us that slavery was present only two generations ago and extremely violent hate crimes occurred in the country. He also compares paying taxes to paying a homeless man for crack. Tax money is just supporting […]

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School strike for climate (FridaysForFuture) on Heldenplatz in Vienna (Austria) on March 15 2019

Austria’s ‘Unsozial’ Capitalists in a Time of Crisis

In a move seemingly reserved only for cartoonish villains, one of Austria’s best-known millionaires, Attila Doğudan, CEO of DO &CO—one of the largest culinary companies in Austria, and who employs over 11,000 people worldwide—has used the COVID-19 crisis to orchestrate a widespread layoff campaign against all restaurant employees within Austria.

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Mark Weber Illustration about COVID-19

Is capitalism a disease?

When health policy is looked at from the point of view of which issues involve a direct confrontation with ruling-class interest, which involve simply relative benefits to a class, and which are neutral, we can predict which kinds of measures are possible—highlighting the lie in the notion society is trying to improve health for all.

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Nick Dyer-Witheford

The rise of AI-Capitalism: An interview with Nick Dyer-Witheford

The political answer is not acceleration but refusal. And this is indeed what is has begun to manifest, in a variety of social rebellions. This includes the strikes of gig economy labor, the protests of Silicon Valley tech workers, anti-surveillance movements, urban protests against the smart city, defections from social media sites, algorithmic-bias busting, and […]

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An illustration of the ecology of vector-borne diseases like the 2019 ebolavirus and 2020 coronavirus (Covid-19) by the artist Olaf Hajek. 

“Capitalism is a disease hotspot”

The real danger of each new outbreak is the failure or—better put—the expedient refusal to grasp that each new Covid-19 is no isolated incident. The increased occurrence of viruses is closely linked to the proliferation of capitalist food production and distribution.

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COLA

Money on the Left for COLA

We, the hosts of the Money on the Left podcast, write to express our solidarity with the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) graduate students participating in an ongoing wildcat strike for a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA). We extend our full support to not only the 82 UCSC graduate students who the UC administration […]

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Coronavirus

Coronavirus: a disaster of capitalism’s making

What to do if confronted with an extremely contagious virus that medical experts say they have not seen before and don’t understand, and which is fast spreading and killing hundreds of people? a) Take precautionary measures to stop the virus spreading and prepare the health system for a potential shock? Or b) Ignore it, blithely […]

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