by Jay Monaco It's not always fun to be right. It was Monday, the big explosive opening night for the week-long televised self-congratulatory festival of tepid liberalness - the Rave for Real Realistic Realism - that is the DNC. Bernie Sanders, self-described independent democratic socialist senator from Vermont and erstwhile candidate for President slash commandante … Continue reading Being right about Bernie doesn’t make it any better
by Jay Monaco Rita Mercier, noted Donald Trump supporter, city council member who received the most overall votes across the city of Lowell in the last several elections, says that panhandlers are like ducks and we should stop feeding them. While it may not be uncommon, in the year 2016, for the disadvantaged to be stripped … Continue reading Only bad people hate panhandlers
by Jay Monaco Among the few things the entire left - and even some liberals - should and usually do agree on are the need for a drastically increased minimum wage and the need for strong unions. The day of action and solidarity last Thursday centered around both of those things, so we all got to … Continue reading This shouldn’t be an argument: Reflections on $15 and a Union
by Jay Monaco Tragedy struck home in Lowell last Saturday night as Jose Perez, 39-year-old father of three, recently engaged to be married, was killed from multiple gunshot wounds inflicted by two Lowell police officers. According to the Lowell Sun, the victim was holding both a large meat cleaver and a knife at the time … Continue reading Loving father of 3 shot dead by Lowell police: Why?
I used to love elections. More than almost anything in the world. Make fun of me all you want to, but for almost a decade, that wondrous msnbc RESULTS! theme would send surges of dopamine to my politically-addled brain. I loved the constant conflict, the ups and downs of the horserace, the rush of belonging … Continue reading Socialist Punditry: What’s up with the 2016 elections and where do we fit in?
So according to an editor's note in the blog linked below, it turns out Paul Goodspeed may not actually be the only member of DSA in New Hampshire, after all - but regardless, he certainly represents them well. In a previous guest post for CNE, Goodspeed described his experiences attending the DSA's youth conference held this … Continue reading A Young Socialist Against Sectarianism
Saw this on Facebook today and I'm only just now realizing it's actually from October of last year. Nevertheless, it's great. In These Times interviews Stanley Aronowitz, lifelong labor activist, author, and CUNY graduate sociology professor, on the state of today's labor movement and the way ahead. Some highlights: "...[A]gitation for an anti-capitalist politics can’t wait … Continue reading Direct Action > The Grievance Process
Editor’s Note: A couple of weeks ago, I reached out to Socialist Alternative, the ISO, and the Green Partywith a “memo” regarding intelligent, practical cooperation – or at least dialogue – on The Sanders Question. Despite the piece being read and shared much more widely than I would have expected – thank you, good readers … Continue reading Argument and Analysis: Pro-Sanders Guest Post, Part II
Editor's Note: A couple of weeks ago, I reached out to Socialist Alternative, the ISO, and the Green Party with a "memo" regarding intelligent, practical cooperation - or at least dialogue - on The Sanders Question. Despite the piece being read and shared much more widely than I would have expected - thank you, good … Continue reading Special Guest Post: A Pro-Sanders Dissenter Speaks
Socialist Kshama Sawant is in the fight of her political life against an angry corporate-backed Democrat determined to spend whatever it takes to defeat the only socialist councilmember of a major city in the US in decades. Since she doesn't accept corporate cash, she needs YOUR MONEY. Since ballots are due on August 4, there's no … Continue reading 12 Reasons to Donate to Kshama Sawant RIGHT NOW