Black Friday Strikes and Protests Target Amazon in 20 Countries

On Black Friday, workers around the world are targeting Amazon under the banner of Make Amazon Pay. The actions span the supply chain and traverse borders — just like Amazon itself. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Chomsky: Ending Climate Change “Has to Come from Mass Popular Action,” Not Pols

Noam Chomsky talks about US hypocrisy in stoking needless conflict with China, the unnecessarily bloody and grinding war in Afghanistan, and why the United States could easily solve climate change. | Continue reading | 9 days ago

Mass Layoffs at the Huffington Post Signal Doom for Journalism

A massive round of layoffs at the Huffington Post confirms that the media industry stands at the edge of a precipice. The only way it can shield itself from the whims of sadistic media baron owners who care nothing for journalism is by looking beyond capitalist ownership. | Continue reading | 10 days ago

Facebook’s “Metaverse” Must Be Stopped

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's metaverse is no utopian vision — it's another opportunity for Big Tech to colonize our lives in the name of profit. | Continue reading | 11 days ago

Commonsense Solidarity: How a Working-Class Coalition Can Be Built

An experimental study, the first of its kind, from Jacobin, YouGov, and the Center for Working-Class Politics offers a new and powerful perspective on working-class political views. | Continue reading | 19 days ago

Dungeons and Dragons Is a Case Study in How Capitalism Kills Art

The story of Dungeons & Dragons isn’t just about nerds creating a wildly popular game and then losing control of it. It’s also about how the dictates of the free market inevitably end up stripping even our leisure activities of joy. | Continue reading | 24 days ago

Daniel Hale Went to Prison for Telling the Truth About US Drone Warfare

Daniel Hale’s revelations about the brutalities of US drone warfare didn’t harm any Americans or make them less safe. But his prosecution for whistleblowing and recent sentencing to nearly four years in prison was a blow against democracy. | Continue reading | 24 days ago

Cryptocurrency Is Bunk

Cryptocurrency promises to liberate the monetary system from the clutches of the powerful. Instead, it mostly functions to make wealthy speculators even wealthier. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Facebook Harms Its Users Because That’s Where Its Profits Are

Facebook has been the target of an unprecedented flood of criticism in recent months — and rightly so. But too many critics seem to forget that the company is driven to do bad things by its thirst for profit, not by a handful of mistaken ideas. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Will the Media Finally Learn Something from Its Fake “Havana Syndrome” Debacle?

Yet more evidence emerges that the so-called Havana Syndrome caused by a “microwave weapon” in US diplomats and intelligence personnel was a psychosomatic illness. Maybe it's time for national security reporters to stop letting anonymous officials make wild claims to stoke confli … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Mark Zuckerberg’s “Metaverse” Is a Dystopian Nightmare

The Facebook founder intends to usher in a new era of the internet where there’s no distinction between the virtual and the real — and no logging off. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Netflix Created a Fictional Female Grandmaster. USSR Created Dozens Real Ones

Soviet chess grandmaster Nona Gaprindashvili has announced that she is suing Netflix for belittling her achievements in The Queen’s Gambit. Her career shows we don’t need fictional rags-to-riches stories but welfare states that allow us to realize our true potential. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

The Rise of the UniverCity

As they come to resemble corporations, universities increasingly wield the kind of power and influence that were hallmarks of ruthless employers in isolated company towns. Historian Davarian Baldwin calls this ominous trend the “rise of the UniverCity.” | Continue reading | 2 months ago

No Surprise, Uber and Lyft Lied About Helping Workers

Uber and Lyft said that California's Proposition 22 would help their drivers. We now have proof they were lying. | Continue reading | 3 months ago

The Federal Writers’ Project fueled the cultural ferment of the New Deal era

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It’s No “Mistake” That Bill Gates Was Palling Around with Jeffrey Epstein

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Tech Workers at the New York Times Want a Union

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Amazon Is Creating Company Towns Across the United States

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What Orbán Knows and His Enemies Don’t

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The Olympics Is a Racket

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The Woodcraft Folk Are the Socialist Boy Scouts

Unlike scouting groups like the Boy Scouts who promote jingoistic patriotism, Britain’s Woodcraft Folk are left-wing, coeducational, anti-militarist, and egalitarian. It’s the type of democratic, cooperative institution kids need. | Continue reading | 4 months ago

Wall Street Takes Workers’ Retirement Money and Uses It Against Them

Workers’ retirement savings aren’t usually thought of as a stimulating topic. But we should pay closer attention, because public pensions are a key way for Wall Street to steal wealth from workers and hoard it for themselves. | Continue reading | 4 months ago

Apple Is Not Your Friend

Major corporations like Apple want us to believe they care about the planet and are addressing their unsustainable practices. Surprise, surprise — they don’t and they aren’t. | Continue reading | 5 months ago

China's Downwardly Mobile Millennials Are Throwing in the Towel

Exhausted and alienated Chinese students and white-collar workers are “lying flat” to register discontent with the status quo. For their protest to produce change, they’ll need to transform individual passivity into collective activity. | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Why Jordan Peterson Is Always Wrong

Jordan Peterson is one of the most famous public intellectuals in the world. But his pronouncements in favor of capitalism and hierarchy collapse at the slightest bit of scrutiny. | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Service Workers Aren’t Lazy, They Just Don’t Want to Risk Dying for Minimum Wage

Restaurant and bar owners whining about the difficulty of finding workers to toil for low wages and no benefits never seem to consider the possibility of raising those wages and benefits to try to attract such workers. But they’re also ignoring something more basic: the coronavir … | Continue reading | 6 months ago

No, Left-Wing Activists Aren’t the Same as Fascist Thugs

Spain’s far-right Vox party began its Madrid election campaign with a rally in the multiracial working-class suburb of Vallecas, prompting clashes with locals. Media responded with a condemnation of the “twin extremisms” — showing how those who defend the poor and marginalized ar … | Continue reading | 7 months ago

1-year digital subscription to Jacobin for $1 to celebrate May Day

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Moderna’s Pledge Not to Enforce Patents on Their Covid-19 Vaccine Is Worthless

The media cheered Moderna’s pledge not to enforce the patents on its COVID-19 vaccine. But vaccines like theirs are still protected by intellectual property laws designed to keep medical knowledge out of the public’s hands. | Continue reading | 7 months ago

An Interview with Fredrick Brennan

Fredrick Brennan founded the 8chan image board that became home to QAnon conspiracists. Now he’s horrified by the site — and wants it offline. Brennan talks to Bhaskar Sunkara about free speech in the digital age, how 8chan became such a reactionary cesspool, and what we need to … | Continue reading | 7 months ago

Finland Had a Patent-Free Covid-19 Vaccine 9 Months Ago, but Went Big Pharma

A team of leading Finnish researchers had a patent-free COVID-19 vaccine ready last May, which could have allowed countries all over the world to inoculate their populations without paying top dollar. Yet rather than help the initiative, Finland's government sided with Big Pharma … | Continue reading | 8 months ago

Italy's Masses of Unemployed Can't Live Off Startups Alone

Italy's new premier, Mario Draghi, has pointed to | Continue reading | 8 months ago

David Graeber: After the Pandemic, We Can’t Go Back to Sleep

In an essay penned shortly before his death, David Graeber argued that post-pandemic, we can’t slip back into a reality where the way our society is organized — to serve every whim of a small handful of rich people while debasing and degrading the vast majority of us — is seen as … | Continue reading | 8 months ago

The Utopian Promise of Automation

Under capitalism, automation destroys jobs. In a socialist society, it could free us from work and offer untold leisure to all. | Continue reading | 9 months ago

Finland Had a Patent-Free Covid-19 Vaccine Nine Months Ago

A team of leading Finnish researchers had a patent-free COVID-19 vaccine ready last May, which could have allowed countries all over the world to inoculate their populations without paying top dollar. Yet rather than help the initiative, Finland's government sided with Big Pharma … | Continue reading | 9 months ago

Australian Facebook News Ban Isn’t About Democracy

On Thursday, Australians woke to find Facebook had banned all news on the platform. Liberal PM Scott Morrison has refused to back down over the laws that triggered the move. Beneath the rhetoric, Morrison’s stand is about serving the interests of News Corp, not saving democracy. | Continue reading | 9 months ago

The Lost History of Socialism’s DIY Computer

The Galaksija computer was a craze in 1980s socialist Yugoslavia, inspiring thousands of people to build versions in their own homes. The idea behind them was simple — to make technology available to everyone. | Continue reading | 9 months ago

Discussing the Class Structure of the Tech Industry

Tech workers occupy a contradictory location in the American class structure. On the one hand, many are well paid and identify both as professionals and with management. On the other, the proletarianized aspects of their work can offer opportunities to seize for organizing as wor … | Continue reading | 9 months ago

How a Russian Nationalist Named Alexei Navalny Became a Liberal Hero

The arrest of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has sparked mass protests against Vladimir Putin's authoritarianism. Navalny's journalism has highlighted the cronyism of Russia's elites — but his chameleon-like shifts between liberalism and anti-immigrant nationalism show … | Continue reading | 10 months ago

Against Happiness

Self-help gurus and positive psychologists tell us that we should be coaching ourselves to happiness. The painted-on smiles they want to sell us are a pathetic substitute for actually improving our societies. | Continue reading | 10 months ago

The GameStop Bubble Is a Lesson in Absurdity

The online pranksters behind the great GameStop bubble of 2021 are probably going to lose a lot of money. But they’ve done the world a service by reminding us of the utter uselessness of the stock market, an institution that serves no purpose besides making a small number of unde … | Continue reading | 10 months ago

Bill Gates's Foundation Is Leading a Green Counterrevolution in Africa

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation promised Africa a “Green Revolution” to fight hunger and poverty. It hasn't worked — but it has upped corporate agriculture’s profits. Local farmers are being left empty-handed, and hunger is rising. | Continue reading | 11 months ago

Neoliberalism and Liberal Nihilism

We can’t talk about the rise of right-wing populists like Donald Trump, reactionary and bizarre conspiracy theories like QAnon, and the increasingly pervasive sense of nihilism across global politics without talking about neoliberalism. | Continue reading | 12 months ago

For Video Game Companies, “Crunch” Working Conditions Are Increasingly the Norm

Video games like CD Projekt Red’s forthcoming Cyberpunk 2077 are increasingly made under grueling working conditions — a particular irony for a game adopting the cyberpunk genre which, at its best, critiques the dystopian power abuses that so starkly characterize our world. | Continue reading | 1 year ago

We Need a Shark Tank Without the Sharks

The entrepreneurial reality show Shark Tank is saturated with the absurdity of twenty-first-century capitalism. But watching it, you can’t help but think about how its basic premise — helping ordinary people with extraordinary ideas implement them on a wide scale — could be carri … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

With Prop 22’s Passage, Tech Companies Are Just Writing Their Own Laws Now

After a $200 million propaganda blitz, California voters passed the Uber- and Lyft-backed Proposition 22 on Tuesday, permanently excluding online “platform” workers from labor protections. Unsurprisingly, the companies are now talking about extending such legislation nationally. | Continue reading | 1 year ago

The True Story of Mkultra and the CIA Mad Scientist

In its search for the perfect mind-control technique, the CIA carried out horrifying tests on unwitting humans. The story of programs like MK-Ultra is a chilling look at how the US government turned its own citizens into guinea pigs — and destroyed lives in the process. | Continue reading | 1 year ago

No, Social Media Isn’t Destroying Civilization

Netflix’s The Social Dilemma tells a horror story about how social media is creating political extremism and driving children into depression and addiction. But it never even hints that these ills have causes outside of our use of Facebook and Snapchat — and the possibility that … | Continue reading | 1 year ago