25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 85/No. 8 - March 1, 2021

March 4, 1996 The grim consequences of the rail bosses’ drive to increase productivity and profits through “cost cutting” measures have been driven home with deadly force this month. Eighteen people have been killed in rail accidents in 21 days.…


Coles warehouse workers in Australia fight 3-month lockout

Vol. 85/No. 8 - March 1, 2021
Rally in Sydney Dec. 12 protests lockout by Coles warehouse bosses of 350 members of United Workers Union. They’re fighting for better severance pay and end to bosses’ threats.

SYDNEY — Some 350 warehouse workers at Coles distribution center in Smeaton Grange in southwest Sydney have been picketing since the bosses locked them out Nov. 19. Coles announced they decided to extend the three-month lockout indefinitely Feb. 9 after…


‘Stimulus’ fund for ‘Militant’ goes over $71,000!

Vol. 85/No. 7 - February 22, 2021

The Militant’s special “stimulus” appeal has brought in $71,742 in contributions from 155 readers! There is nothing else like the Militant today. No other paper presents and explains the class truth about politics — the interests of the tens of…


Socialist Workers Party files for ballot in Dallas

Vol. 85/No. 7 - February 22, 2021
Socialist Workers Party files for ballot in Dallas

DALLAS — Gerardo Sánchez, left, Socialist Workers Party candidate for City Council here, submits petitions signed by 222 people — seven times more than the 30 signatures required — to city election manager Parris Long Feb. 10 to be on…


‘The ‘Militant’ lets me know what workers are doing’

Vol. 85/No. 7 - February 22, 2021

CINCINNATI — “I want to keep getting the Militant. I generally don’t read newspapers, but the Militant is different — the articles let me know what workers are doing all over,” Rubeisha Gaines, a nursing student, told this worker-correspondent as…


As bosses go after workers, gov’t attacks political rights

Vol. 85/No. 7 - February 22, 2021
Thirty-five Teamster members went on strike Feb. 5 in South Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania, demanding bosses back off raise in their health insurance costs that would cut their wages.

The key political question in the U.S. today is the ongoing social and economic crisis facing working people, as bosses and their government shore up their profits by attacking workers’ jobs, wages, working conditions and political rights. At the same…


India farmers broaden fight against Modi gov’t attacks

Vol. 85/No. 7 - February 22, 2021
Farmers block Jalandhar-New Delhi National Highway during “chakka jam” protest Feb. 6 against new government laws ending state-backed minimum prices guaranteed to farmers.

“There were farmers from different communities — Haryanis, Punjabis, other states,” Jagtar Singh, a working farmer from Mandiani, a village of 2,000 in Punjab, India, told the Militant by phone Feb. 6. He was describing the encampments set up by…


Why Lenin declared war on ‘Great Russian chauvinism’

Vol. 85/No. 7 - February 22, 2021
V.I. Lenin, leader of 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, front left, during Second Congress of Communist International, July 19, 1920, led fight for right of oppressed nationalities to self-determination.

The Spanish edition of Lenin’s Final Fight: Speeches and Writings 1922-23 is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for February. In the final months of his active life, Vladimir Lenin, the central leader of the world’s first socialist revolution,…


25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 85/No. 7 - February 22, 2021

February 26, 1996 LOS ANGELES — José Luis Ponce, one of Cuba’s principal diplomatic spokespeople in the United States, conducted a speaking tour of southern California in early February. Ponce sketched the social gains of the Cuban revolution — in…


GameStop, stock market frenzy shows crisis of capitalism

Vol. 85/No. 7 - February 22, 2021

The rapid rise, steep fall and continuing oscillation of the stock price of GameStop, a chain of video-game stores, is motivated by the same greed-driven speculative mania that has gripped the stock market periodically over decades. Initially some smaller-scale capitalist…