Editors' Blog

In Celebration of the Beginning of the Cuban Revolution by Norman Markowitz

Today is July 26, the sixty second anniversary of   the attack on the Moncada barracks by revolutionaries seeking to overthrow the brutal Batista dictatorship in Cuba.  The attack failed but it was a beginning.  At his tria, Fidel Castro, leader of the attack, acted with such courage and strength that...

The New York Times Gives A Voice to Socialism in America? by Norman Markowitz

I am by Gar Alperovitz and Thomas Hanna, which appeared as a OP-Ed in the New York Times.  Gar Alperovitz  wrote a truly courageous and  classic study, Atomic Diplomacy, Hiroshima and Potsdam, which I was still a student at City College in the 1960s, a work that not only disputed what everyone was taught--that is, that the Atom Bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were necessary to end the war, but also connected those attacks directly to the Truman administration's desire to intimidate the Soviets and get them to accept U.S. foreign policy plans even before the war was over.  Alperovitz has spent the last half centuy as a teacher and a writer and an activist, educating and organizing around the question of a new economy as an alternative to capitalism as it exists today.

Dejavu All Over Again. The Struggle to Defend and Enforce Overtime Pay Labor Law by Norman Markowitz

In 1938, as the great upsurge of industrial union organizing and  victories was beginning to ebb, Congress passed and Franklin Roosevelt signed the last great piece of comprehensive pro working people labor legislation, the Fair Labor Standards Act, which established minimum wages, the eight hour day, time and half rules...

July's Marxist IQ by Norman Markowitz-0

July is a very contradictory month in the history of socialism and of revolutionary and peoples movements.  July 4 marks the  U.S  Declaration of Independence, a turning point in the American Revolution and  one of the transforming revolutionary documents in modern history.

Free lBree Newsome and Free Us All from the Confederate Flage by Norman Markowitz

Brittany Bree Newsome, a courageous African-American woman, pulled down the Confederate flag after it was raised again following the memorial to the victims of the racist murders in Charleston, South Carolina.  President Obama spoke at the memorial and eloquently called for the removal of the confederate flag.  I doubt they...

Adding Insult to Injury in the Struggle to Save Worker Education by Norman Markowitz

You couldn't make this up.  The embattled campaign to save the Worker Education program at Brooklyn Collete, which has widespread support among students, faculty and all City University alumni(of which i am one) now faces  the housing of a Hedge Fund in its building.  That reads like a scene our...

Adding Insult to Injury in the Struggle to Save Worker Education by Norman Markowitz

You couldn't make this up.  The embattled campaign to save the Worker Education program at Brooklyn Collete, which has widespread support among students, faculty and all City University alumni(of which i am one) now faces  the housing of a Hedge Fund in its building.  That reads like a scene our...

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