junio 15, 2023

The Jobs Report for May: A Mixed Bag

There was mixed news in the latest government job reports. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) household survey of workers in May brought the bad news. For one thing the official unemployment rate rose by .3 to 3.7%. That is still pretty low by conventional standards, but it is moving in the wrong direction. And…

junio 6, 2023

Kissinger Makes it to 100, Unlike His Millions of Victims

Image of Kissinger with text listing a few of his crimes. From In Context's Facebook

On June 5, 2023, the New York Public Library hosted a gala to honor the 100th birthday of Henry Kissinger. Guests included Anthony Blinken, the current U.S. Secretary of State, and other Democratic notables (e.g. economist Larry Summers.) On the Twitter thread linked to above, many linked to the words of Anthony Bourdain, who wrote…

mayo 31, 2023

Defending the University as Both Idea and Reality: Florida as Harbinger

Newsmax, the GOP's favorite news organ, celebrates DeSantis' reign on Facebook.

Under the guise of fighting “wokeness,” right-wing legislators have launched a not-so-stealth campaign to destroy liberal education as it has been known in this country. Florida leads the charge, and many states have followed, but resistance is mounting. Governor Ron DeSantis launched an attack on Florida’s higher education earlier this year through two separate bills:…

mayo 22, 2023

This Month, AAPI Workers Unite Onscreen

At DL, we’re always thrilled to share the news from the Workers Unite Film Festival, co-sponsored by the DC Labor FilmFest (Washington, D.C.) and the Labor Heritage Foundation (D.C.) as part of the Global Labor FilmFest Network (GLFF) 2023 Online Screening Series. Starting on Thursday, May 25, check out a range of portraits of Asian-descent workers from the fields of…

mayo 18, 2023

The Job Situation in April: Still Not Bad Enough for the Fed?

Source; Bureau of Labor Statistics, bls.gov

On May 4, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its job report for April. Unemployment fell a tenth of a point to 3.4%, and 235,000 jobs were added by non-farm employers. In most demographic categories, the unemployment rate fell by a tenth of a percent or more. The rate for Black workers–4.7%–was the lowest…

mayo 16, 2023

Via Socialist Forum: Vivian Gornick on Communism, Smart Talk on Ukraine

In the most recent Socialist Forum, one comrade asks «A new generation of socialist activists has discovered Vivian Gornick’s memoir of life in The Party. What are they seeing there?» Meanwhile look there for some wisdom on Ukraine: «Acknowledging our weakness on the international stage is not a call for nihilism, but a prerequisite for determining what we can actually do.

mayo 11, 2023

Rutgers Strike Ends, Solidarity Wins

The first day of the strike, April 10, 2023. (Photo: Whitney Strub)

Rutgers historian, union rep and DSA member Whitney Strub’s insider account of the first faculty strike in Rutgers’ 250-plus year history , and probably the largest public-sector strike in New Jersey history