Malcolm X: Leader of working people of all colors and creeds

Vol. 85/No. 8 - March 1, 2021
Malcolm X speaking at July 1962 New York rally called to support fight for union recognition by Local 1199. Malcolm praised Leon Davis, SEIU Local 1199 president, who spent 30 days in jail rather than comply with court order to call off 56-day strike by hospital workers.

Feb. 21 marks the 56th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X. Malcolm was “the face and the authentic voice of the forces of the coming American revolution. He spoke the truth to our generation of revolutionists,” Jack Barnes, then…


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…


US rulers’ ‘administrative state’ seeks to control workers’ lives

Vol. 85/No. 6 - February 15, 2021
The number of employees in the U.S. administrative state apparatus increased from 4 million in 1939 to 21.4 million today. Most are in administrative, regulatory, police and military departments, who maintain capitalist order and social relations of exploitation and oppression. Sharp drop in 2020 result of capitalist crisis after pandemic.

Starting out his presidency by issuing a swath of executive orders, Joe Biden, like Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump before him, is strengthening the administrative state, an intrinsic part of modern U.S. capitalist rule. Through thousands of federal…


Cuban Revolution advances food production despite US embargo

Vol. 85/No. 5 - February 8, 2021

Stepped-up measures imposed by the U.S. imperialist rulers as part of its economic war against the Cuban people and their socialist revolution are having a serious impact on the country’s agricultural production. Sanctions on Venezuelan shipments of oil to Cuba,…


Working-class fight for power is central to ‘Jewish Question’

Vol. 85/No. 4 - February 1, 2021
Above, Issues of Socialist Appeal, as the Militant was called at the time, campaigning for Jewish refugees to be admitted to the U.S. Below, Jewish refugees aboard S.S. St. Louis reach Havana in 1939. They were refused entry by the Cuban government and in Miami by the Roosevelt administration. The 900 on board were forced back to Europe and 250 perished in Nazi camps.

The Jewish Question: A Marxist Interpretation by Abram Leon, 346 pages, Pathfinder Press, fourth edition, 2020. BY MAGGIE TROWE I urge Militant readers to buy, read and study the new Pathfinder edition of The Jewish Question: A Marxist Interpretation. The…


As Arab gov’ts recognize Israel, space opens for workers

Vol. 85/No. 3 - January 25, 2021

Over the last six months the seven-decades-long boycott of the Jewish state of Israel initiated by Arab governments in the Middle East has begun to break apart. This is good for working people in Israel and the Palestinian territories, throughout…


‘Resistance by Cuba is the participation of the entire people’

Interview with Gerardo Hernández, leader of Cuba’s Committees for the Defense of the Revolution
Vol. 85/No. 2 - January 18, 2021
Committees for the Defense of the Revolution, together with other mass organizations, are organizing working people to increase food production through “From your neighborhood, plant your little plot” program. Third from right, Gerardo Hernández, CDR national coordinator.

Below are major excerpts from remarks made by Gerardo Hernández during a program sponsored by the Cuba Solidarity Campaign in the United Kingdom. It was streamed live on Dec. 14, to mark the sixth anniversary of the release of the…



Protests across Kurdistan demand unpaid wages, jobs, services

Vol. 84/No. 51 - December 28, 2020
Public sector workers protest in Sulaymaniyah, demanding unpaid wages from Kurdistan Regional Government Dec. 11. Actions expanded across the region, fueled by lack of jobs and services.

Teachers and other public employees, fed up with working for months without being paid, protested demanding back wages Dec. 2 in the city of Sulaymaniyah in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. When they tried to march again the next day,…