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“Ukraine on the Verge of Civil War” Who Is Responsible? (Le Monde)

[Note: The following article is reprinted from Issue No. 297 -- April 16, 2014 -- of Informations Ouvrières [Labor News], the weekly newspaper of the Independent Workers Party of France (POI).] “Ukraine on the Verge of Civil War” reads the headline of the French daily Le Monde (April 15). In statements by U.S. and European […]

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Just Say No to Obama’s and the Democrats’ Trade Deals

In reference to the ongoing debate over the plusses and minuses of the so-called “Free Trade Deals” that the Obama administration seems intent on expanding, one cannot help but think of a rather trenchant observation frequently attributed to Mark Twain who allegedly noted that: “There are lies, ‘damned lies,’ and statistics.” Clearly, that seemed to […]

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Obama’s State of the Union Address: What Were the Reactions and What Did Labor Say?

On Jan. 28, President Barack Obama presented his annual State of the Union address. What were some of his main points and how were his proposals received by the Democratic and Republican parties and by the leadership of the AFL-CIO? Deepening rifts in Democratic Party over “free trade” and “fast tracking” In his speech, Obama […]

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Absolute vs. Relative Surplus Value

We have discussed how the capitalist system seeks to extract the social surplus labor, and therefore the social surplus product, in the form of surplus value. Surplus value is the difference between the value paid to the worker in the form of a wage and the value of the product that is created by their […]

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Surplus Value

All human societies are characterized by a social surplus product. Under capitalism, that social surplus product takes the form of surplus value. Put another way, surplus value is the social surplus in the form of money. Surplus Value is the source of all capitalist profits. For profit to exist, there must exist some sort of […]

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The 2013 National Convention of the AFL-CIO: LABOR AT A CROSSROADS PART 2

PART II Two Choices Before the U.S. Labor Movement: Either the Devastation of Detroit or the Class-Struggle Perspective of the Chicago Teachers On July 18, 2013, the city of Detroit — at one time the fourth-largest city in the country and the center of the automobile industry for decades — filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy. […]

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Teachers Mobilize Across Mexico to Oppose Privatization “Reforms”

MEXICO CITY — The human tidal wave that swept the nation’s capital on September 4 put forward its clear demands and aspirations, which are: Defend teachers’ jobs! Leaders of the CNTE: Assume your responsibility and convene a National Congress of elected delegates from all the schools! For free State schools! For a Union independent of […]

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Surplus Product

The history of human civilization is the history of surpluses. For thousands of years, humans were hunter-gatherers, spending their entire existence hunting and collecting their means of subsistence. All that they had was enough to survive on, and they had to spend most or all of their time to basic survival. After the Neolithic Revolution […]

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The Fourth International Newsletter N° 18 (new series – n° 289)

The Fourth International Newsletter N° 18 (new series – n° 289) September 16, 2013 International – secretariat@laverite.org Spain: the working class and the sovereignty of peoples International media were recently ringing with the huge demonstration staged in Catalonia (1), last September 11th, the national day of the Catalan people. A human chain was formed all […]

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DEMAND JOBS AND FREEDOM FOR ALL! MARCH ON WASHINGTON AUGUST 24!

JOIN THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON AUGUST 24, 2013 TO DEMAND JOBS AND FREEDOM FOR ALL; DEFEND AND EXPAND SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE AND MEDICAID; RESPECT AND PROTECT WORKERS’ RIGHTS; AND RESTORE AND EXPAND VOTING RIGHTS Fifty years ago, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. led a great March for JOBS and FREEDOM on Washington that demanded: […]

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