Before it was brought to a halt, largely because of unpaid workers calling out sick, the government shutdown left hundreds of thousands of people missing paychecks (even those still forced to work), and took a serious toll on the economy as well as specifically people who depend on social services. That is only one of the signs of economic weakness and of how the capitalist economy and politics have prevented many people from recovering even to where they were in 2007 before the crash. At the same time, factories continue to close, throwing more people out of work. This is taken up in Buddy Bell’s Lead article in the new January-February issue of News & Letters.
The new issue was mailed out last week. It can be viewed online now as a pdf, available on the web at http://newsandletters.org/PDF–
Marking the 100th anniversary of the martyrdom of the revolutionaries Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, Raya Dunayevskaya’s piece in this issue is about Luxemburg’s life and legacy. The editorial takes up the dangerous rise of the fascist Bolsonaro in Brazil. In “Voices from the Inside Out,” Robert Taliaferro discusses Wisconsin’s changing politics and the not-so-changed criminal injustice system. Also on the front page is “The Green not-so-great New Deal.” Featured articles on the inside pages include “Anti-Semitism mars WL march,” “Unity in L.A. teachers’ strike,” the Essay on the living history of the Syrian revolution and how dead thought failed it, and “Sudan rises against Bashir.”
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