One of the 250,000 demonstrating against Trump in the Chicago Women's March. News & Letters photo by Terry Moon

Inauguration of neo-fascism faces widespread revolt

January 23, 2017

The lightning move by Republicans in Congress to prepare to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare—before Donald Trump even took office, with only the vaguest idea of what is to replace it, and with full knowledge that a large majority of Americans oppose the repeal of its most important provisions—gave a sign of how far the new single-party government intends to roll the clock back, with dizzying speed.

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Raya Dunayevskaya

Celebrating 60 years: Marx spoke to 1975 economic crisis

April 30, 2015

In celebrating the first 60 years of News and Letters Committees, we reprint excerpts from the Draft Perspectives for 1975-76 by Raya Dunayevskaya, the first printed in News & Letters.

THE MOVEMENT KNOWS, of course, that the class enemy is at home, within each country. It knows full well that each existing state power is weighted down with fear of revolution. And it does not fail to appreciate that, no matter how deep the intra-imperialist rivalries, capitalist class solidarity holds tightest and strongest against its own people.

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Poets protest in Athens, Greece, against austerity in 2012.

Editorial: Syriza’s many challenges

March 7, 2015

The electoral victory of Greece’s Syriza party was an important first step in resisting austerity imposed on the Greek and European working classes as capitalism’s response to its own intractable crisis. Nothing could be in greater contradiction to the movement that lifted Syriza to prominence than the parliamentary alliance with the racist, theocratic Independent Greeks party.

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European racism and economic decay

January 27, 2015

In today’s economic crisis, Europe is haunted by the specters that were supposed to be overcome by the European economic union and the single currency Eurozone: the 20th century tendency to degenerate into vile nationalism, genocidal racism and the barbarism of total war.

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Ferguson solidarity marchers walking on FDR Highway, New York City, Nov. 25, 2014. Photo by Resa Sunshine, https://www.flickr.com/photos/nomadnewyork/15261839893

From Ferguson to Staten Island: The logic of racism is genocide

December 5, 2014

Protests erupted after the cops who murdered Michael Brown and Eric Garner were let off. They mark a new moment of rebellion against a social order in which Black youth are made to live continuously suspended over an abyss of non-existence.
The passion to tear up this deeply racist society by the roots calls for the fullest development in activity and thought.

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From the Oakland People’s Climate March, Sept. 21. (See p. 11 for New York march coverage.) As inadequate as Obama’s climate measures are, Republicans vowed after the election to destroy them. Photo by Urszula Wislanka for News & Letters

Racist election deepens reactionary direction of U.S.

November 20, 2014

The U.S. government took an ominous, reactionary political turn in the 2014 midterm elections, with Republicans taking control of the Senate. Extreme pro-war Senators like Joni Ernst in Iowa and Tom Cotton in Arkansas join veterans like Senator “Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran” John McCain, who will now control the Armed Services Committee and is hell-bent for new “boots on the ground” in Syria and Iraq. The whole Republican campaign—including these pro-war, pro-fossil-fuel, pro-“fetus is a person” candidates—ran on a cynically deceptive anti-Obama mantra….

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Romanians take to the squares

April 14, 2012

From the March-April 2012 issue of News & Letters:

Romanians take to the squares

Bucharest, Romania—Romania and many European countries are living in times of an unprecedented crisis. Politics of economic austerity combined with populist and nationalistic rhetoric occurring in a constant realm of corruption have increased the growing distance between citizens and authorities throughout the continent. [=>]

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News and Letters Committees Call for Convention 2012

March 5, 2012

OFFICIAL CALL FOR CONVENTION

to Work Out Marxist-Humanist Perspectives for 2012-2013

February 26, 2012

To All Members of News and Letters Committees

 

Dear Friends:

 

Where we must begin is with the world in upheaval, from Occupy Wall Street to Arab Spring, still going after more than a year.

Nothing better shows the old order’s bloody desperation to prevent a [=>]

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January-February 2012 issue of News & Letters now available on the web

January 29, 2012

New issue is available on the web.

News & Letters, Vol. 57, No. 1
January-February 2012
You may view this issue of News & Letters in pdf form here

Lead

Widening labor and peasant revolts threaten Chinese rulers

Protests began in September in Wukan, a village of 20,000 people in Guangdong province on the South China Sea, against seizure of more than 100 [=>]

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UAW and Big 3 still fear rank and file

December 8, 2011

From the November-December 2011 issue of News & Letters:

UAW and Big 3 still fear rank and file

Detroit—The new auto industry contract just ap­proved by the autoworkers created a huge well of dis­content among the rank and file that will surely mani­fest itself in many ways during the four-year contract. Indications of this were evident during [=>]

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In solidarity with Occupy Wall Street

November 18, 2011

Below is the text of a leaflet issued by News and Letters Committees members in New York.

News & Letters Committees stands in solidarity with the Occupy movements. We denounce the 1%-orchestrated forceful actions to stop our protests, from evictions at home to state-sponsored murders of innocent Syrian youth!

To help this young movement develop to its [=>]

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Spontaneity and new beginnings

November 11, 2011

From the new November-December 2011 issue of News & Letters:

From the writings of Raya Dunayevskaya
Spontaneity and new beginnings

Editor’s note: As the world experiences a new stage of revolt–from the Arab Spring to Wall Street–and seeks ways to make it a revolutionary new beginning, we present excerpts of Raya Dunayevskaya’s Perspectives Report to the 1977 national [=>]

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Occupy Wall Street strikes deep chord, challenges rulers

November 8, 2011

From the new November-December 2011 issue of News & Letters:

Occupy Wall Street strikes deep chord, challenges rulers
by Gerry Emmett and Susan Van Gelder

The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, since beginning in New York City’s Zuccotti Park–renamed Liberty Plaza–on Sept. 17, has spread to hundreds of cities and towns across the U.S. and linked with the [=>]

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World in View: British youth revolt

September 22, 2011

From the September-October 2011 issue of News & Letters:

World in View: British youth revolt
by Gerry Emmett

The killing of 24-year-old Mark Duggan by London police on Aug. 6 set off the largest urban rebellion in Britain in decades. The situation was made worse by police lies that Duggan had pointed a gun at them, and by [=>]

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World in View: Israel: ‘Egypt is here’

September 21, 2011

From the September-October 2011 issue of News & Letters:

World in View: Israel: ‘Egypt is here’
by Gerry Emmett

Israel has seen an unprecedented protest movement grow in the wake of the Arab Spring. Around 250,000 people marched through Tel Aviv, Israel, on Aug. 6 in the biggest protest rally the country has ever experienced. Another 50,000 participated [=>]

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World in View: Malawi crackdown

September 20, 2011

From the September-October 2011 issue of News & Letters:

World in View: Malawi crackdown
by Gerry Emmett

Protests against deteriorating economic conditions, fuel shortages and government repression were met with brutal force by authorities in Malawi on June 20-21. Police fired on large crowds in a number of cities, attacking with tear gas, and forcing protest leaders into [=>]

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From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: Deep recession, rate of profit and the supreme commodity, labor power

September 12, 2011

From the new September-October 2011 issue of News & Letters:

From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya
Deep recession, rate of profit and the supreme commodity, labor power

Editor’s note: Written in the midst of the last double-dip recession in the U.S., the piece excerpted here was originally titled, “In the U.S. and globally: deep recession, military buildup and [=>]

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Political spectacles cannot hide reality of deranged capitalism

September 11, 2011

From the new September-October 2011 issue of News & Letters:

Lead
Political spectacles cannot hide reality of deranged capitalism
by Ron Kelch

At the end of a months-long political spectacle in Washington–manufactured over irrelevancies concerning what should have been a routine raising of the national debt limit before the Aug. 2 deadline–reality struck with a bombshell: the anemic “jobless” [=>]

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New September-October 2011 issue of News & Letters now available online

September 10, 2011

New September-October issue of News & Letters now available online at http://sr3.supportedns.com/~rayaduna/newsandletters/issues/2011/Sep-Oct/index.asp

News & Letters, Vol. 56, No. 5
September-October 2011
You may view this issue of News & Letters in pdf form here

Lead

Political spectacles cannot hide reality of deranged capitalism

At the end of a months-long political spectacle in Washington–manufactured over irrelevancies concerning what should have been a [=>]

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Greece, democracy and the economic crisis

July 25, 2011

From the new July-August 2011 issue of News & Letters:

Greece, democracy and the economic crisis

Since May 25, a people’s assembly has been in session in Greece’s Syntagma Square outside of parliament. (See “Greece: Tahrir Squared”.) Through an open mike, tens of thousands from all walks of life have been coming to express their total indignation with [=>]

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European revolts confront economic and political crises

February 7, 2011

The Lead article from the Jan.-Feb. 2011 issue of News & Letters:

European revolts confront economic and political crises
by Ron Kelch

In one of the biggest demonstrations in Ireland since its revolutionary birth in 1916, 100,000 marched in Dublin on Nov. 27 against the terms of an 85 billion euro loan package put together by the European [=>]

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Capital on strike

September 17, 2010

Here’s the editorial from the Sept.-Oct. 2010 issue of News & Letters:

Capital on strike

Today capital is on strike even as it wages a two-pronged war against workers: automation and forcing cuts in living standards. In the U.S., 500 of the largest non-financial firms are sitting on a cash hoard of over a trillion dollars, yet [=>]

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