Subjects Archives: Class

  • Nancy Pelosi at Tokyo press conference explaining her "connection" to China (Photo: Issei Kato/Reuters)

    Nancy Pelosi, White Supremacy, and China

    White supremacist arrogance was the order of the day when Nancy Pelosi ignored a red line set by the Chinese government and visited Taiwan. The Speaker of the House showed stereotypical and racist attitudes towards that country and began a chain of events that won’t go well for the U.S.

  • Inflation and starvation

    Inflation and starvation

    Capitalism is a system that has an innate tendency to get into a cul-de-sac of crisis, and the only way it knows for coming out of crisis is by further exploitation of the working class.

  • Police officers help firefighters to extinguish a fire in Thrakomakedones, near Mount Parnitha, north of Athens

    Be moderate…we only want THE EARTH!

    We have to recognize that there is a pathway forward for humanity, but that the capitalist world system, and today’s governments that are largely subservient to corporations and the wealthy, are blocking that pathway, simply because it requires revolutionary-scale socioecological change.

  • “Nobody Wants Us”: The Alienated Civilians of Eastern Ukraine

    Class struggle inside Ukraine

    Two recent articles in Open Democracy report responses from Ukrainian trade unions to the “Lugano Declaration”, which came out of a conference between high Western and Ukrainian officials in Switzerland last week and sets out plans for economic reconstruction “after the war is over” by the Ukrainian Oligarchy* and its major imperial sponsors; the U.S., UK and EU.

  • Left opposition leader Hamdeen Sabahi's call for "national conciliation" was a friendly warning to the ruling class /Image: Hossam el Hamalawy

    Sisi says “let them eat leaves” as food crisis sharpens class lines in Egypt

    The war in Ukraine, rising oil prices and spiralling global inflation have fuelled food scarcity and surges in the price of basic goods in Egypt. Most worrying among the goods affected is bread, which makes up almost 40 percent of the average Egyptian’s diet.

  • Middle Class

    Understanding the “middle class”

    Who, or what, is the “middle class”? Most people identify themselves as middle class, but what does that mean, and what difference does it make?

  • Amazon Labor Union (ALU) members celebrate after the voting results to unionize Amazon warehouse on Staten Island, N.Y. on Friday, April 1, 2022. Image: AP

    Labor’s militant minority

    How a new class of “salts”—radicals who take jobs to help unionization—is boosting the organizing efforts of long-term workers.

  • Welcome to the rich Indians club

    Tendency towards the emergence of an “international” middle class

    The chancellor of the exchequer of Britain, whose official residence is only next door to the British prime minister’s, is Rishi Sunak, a person of Indian origin. Britain’s home secretary is Priti Patel, also of Indian origin.

  • Not War but Class War graffiti in Turin.

    Fighting inflation excuse for class warfare

    SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR. A class war is being waged in the name of fighting inflation. All too many central bankers are raising interest rates at the expense of working people’s families, supposedly to check price increases.

  • The ruling class in Australia

    The ruling class in Australia

    Who rules Australia? The politicians, the ultra-wealthy class of capitalists or the high-powered bureaucrats who run the state—the military generals, court justices, heads of government departments and so on? The answer is all three. Together, they make up the Australian ruling class.

  • Who’s middle class?

    Who’s middle class?

    Of all classes, the middle class is the one with the most people clamouring to be part of it. Many members of the ruling class prefer the label “middle” to one that makes capitalist dominance so overt. Many workers think that having a middle-income job by default puts them in the middle class. And people who want to downplay the working class’s revolutionary potential prefer to say,

  • Modern Working Class

    Australia’s modern working class

    More than 160 years ago, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, in the “Communist Manifesto,” described workers as those “who live only so long as they find work, and who find work only so long as their labour increases capital”.

  • 1974 Walter Rodney and his family returned to Guyana

    A difficult return – race, class, and politics in Rodney’s Guyana

    In 1974 Walter Rodney and his family returned to Guyana. Rodney immediately faced a country divided between the Indian and African working class, and the brutal and divisive regime of Forbes Burnham. Rodney produced an impressive body of historical work which provided a Marxist explanation for the divide of the country’s working people. Chinedu Chukwudinma continues the story of Rodney’s revolutionary life.

  • Three Steps to Black Liberation

    Three steps to Black liberation

    If history should be any teacher, it has taught us this: the state has no interest in serving the needs of the masses of Black people in this country, who are poor and working class.

  • Source: Fightback

    Amazon Labor Union and the awakening of the American working class

    The United States is the most powerful capitalist nation in the world. Socialism cannot ultimately achieve victory without the success of the American working class. The struggles we are seeing now are just the beginning of the awakening of this colossus that will change the course of history.

  • Payday Lender in Durham, North Carolina, photo by Don Nonini

    Scoring the U.S. working class: expropriation and digitalization

    Working-class people in the United States are now at a turning point–whether to compliantly return to the pre-Covid conditions capital set for them, or to shift toward a new militancy toward capitalism.

  • Capital

    The People of the Book

    By “People of the Book” it meant principally Jews and Christians. These book-based religions were an intellectual innovation. The book-basis gave Christianity and Islam an expansive power and a cultural breadth that earlier religions had not had.

  • Capitalism

    Capitalism: great for the rich, shit for the poor

    Capitalism has generated the highest level of economic inequality in human history.

  • Class Struggle and Freedom Beyond Colonial Borders

    Class struggle and freedom beyond colonial borders

    The global COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharp relief how truly interconnected our world is, how superficial colonial borders are, and thus how the struggle for freedom must link localized organizing to broader global insurgencies.

  • Global share of wealth by wealth group, Credit Suisse, 2021

    World Inequality Report: Class divide explains more than regional divisions

    The report clearly shows how the class divide has become relatively more important than the regional divide in determining global inequality. This simply tells that in today’s world where one is born and brought up has relatively less impact than in which class the person belongs to in explaining relative earnings and wealth status.