The Afghanistan war, the longest war in U.S. history, is finally over. And the outcome is clear: America lost. Our 20-year military campaign of regime change in Afghanistan effectively replaced the Taliban with … the Taliban. Even the ruling-class cannot proclaim, with a straight face, “Mission Accomplished,” this time.
But then, this war — like all U.S. imperialist wars — was never fought to promote “democracy,” or to “liberate” Afghan women. It was fought for the same reason wars are always fought under capitalism: To enrich corporate weapons manufacturers, to shore up U.S. …
The U.S. war in Afghanistan — the longest-running war in United States’ history — has finally come to an end. And the outcome is indisputably clear: America lost. No sooner had U.S. military forces begun their formal withdrawal from Afghanistan, than the Taliban swiftly took over most of the region.
The outcome represents a stunning failure for U.S. imperialism and hegemony — something socialists should cheer, frankly. Not since its loss in Vietnam has America’s ruling class suffered such a humiliating defeat and loss of imperialist “credibility.”
“The Graveyard of Empires”
The recent heat waves in the Pacific Northwest, Pakistan, and British Columbia are yet further evidence that climate change is no longer some abstract, far-off future threat. Catastrophic climate change is unfolding right now. It is no longer a matter of “if” or “when” the climate crisis will wreak havoc upon human civilization and the natural world. The only question that remains is how bad things will get.
Climate Change is the Symptom, Capitalism is the Disease
Yet liberalism offers no meaningful solutions to the climate crisis. Liberals and the bourgeoisie have merely foisted the climate crisis on to individuals…
Among the political and business elite there are, to my mind, fewer phrases more offensive than “labor shortage.”
For months now employers have been bemoaning such an alleged “labor shortage,” throughout the nation. This shortage of workers, business owners large and small insist, is due to the federal government’s “extravagant,” “overly generous” COVID-19 stimulus checks and unemployment compensation. “Nobody wants to work, anymore,” the business community sneers. It is a smug, right-wing phrase straight out of the Ronald Reagan “welfare-queen”-script. It has led to the proliferation of snarky signs posted at drive-thrus, such as this one.
The situation is so…
Friday marked the conclusion of Israel’s latest round of violent aggression against Palestine. The eleven-day bombardment of Gaza saw Israel destroy 40 schools, four hospitals, an Associated Press and Al-Jazeera newsroom, and at least 19 medical facilities including the city’s only COVID-19 testing site. In the end, 248 Palestinians were killed, including 66 children, compared to 12 Israelis. Yet the narrative we constantly hear from the corporate media is that “both sides” are to blame for the decades-long Israel-Palestine conflict.
Not a Symmetrical War
Let us be perfectly clear: Israel provoked the latest round of violence with its assault on…
The state of Florida has just outlawed peaceful protesting. The state’s “anti-rioting” bill, recently signed into law by Republican Gov. Ron “Who Needs Masks?” DeSantis, essentially criminalizes free speech and the right of citizens to assemble peaceably.
The new law classifies any public group of three or more people as a “riot.” And, most shocking of all, it grants legal immunity to any right-wing driver who intentionally rams their car into a group of peaceful protesters who happen to be blocking traffic. Under the new law, the driver is immune from criminal penalties even he or she kills a protester.
Don’t be fooled by the latest media propaganda. U.S. troops will not be withdrawing from Afghanistan in September — or anytime soon, for that matter. The longest-running war in U.S. history remains a quagmire with no end in sight. President Joe Biden is unlikely to alter that reality.
Biden is Actually Delaying Troop Withdrawals
First, let’s get the facts straight. Contrary to the corporate media narrative, Biden has not negotiated a new timeline for U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan. Troops are already scheduled to leave the country by May 1, per a deal with the Taliban agreed to by Biden’s…
The retail behemoth Amazon has successfully crushed the unionization effort in Bessemer, Alabama. After a nearly two-week delay, preliminary results reported by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Friday found employees at the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer voted 1,798 to 738 against unionization. That is a margin of two to one. The results have yet to be certified and could still be challenged by the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU) given the illegal union-busting tactics Amazon employed.
The loss represents a major blow for the labor movement. Amazon is the nation’s second largest employer — right behind…
One of the most frequent arguments people make against socialism is that it goes against “human nature.” People are “naturally greedy” and “competitive,” these detractors insist. As such, they argue, capitalism is best suited for human society as it “rewards greed.” Socialism, they lecture us, “sounds good in theory,” but would “never work” because of “human nature.”
War…? Humans are “naturally violent,” the right-wing detractors insist. Racism…? It is human nature to fear “outsiders.” Women’s oppression…? Men and women are “naturally different.” Indeed, if we are to accept these rigid, unchanging views of human nature, then any sort of endeavor…
As Joe Biden’s presidency passes the 50 day mark he has already made good on his central campaign promise: “Nothing will fundamentally change.” Sure, Biden is taking COVID-19 more seriously than his predecessor (which is to say, he is taking the pandemic seriously at all). But beyond that, “Middle Class Joe” has been as underwhelming and uninspiring as his anemic campaign portended.
Let’s briefly review the Biden/Harris administration’s actions (or, really, lack of actions) thus far:
· Migrant children are still being separated from their parents and thrown into concentration camps, err, I mean “family detention facilities.”