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“We Won!”: University Professors Strike in Québec City

This February, thirteen-hundred faculty members walked off the job at Québec City’s Université Laval for nearly five weeks, winning a number of concessions from the university including pay raises and improvements to faculty workloads. Rhiannon Maton interviews Nat Nesvaderani about life on the picket line and the lessons learned for future struggles.

Russia in Global Competition

Against ahistorical and unscientific pseudo-explanations of Russia’s foreign policy as some consequence of “the Russian psyche,” Jase Short explains how neoliberal “reforms” in Russia have suppressed democracy domestically and driven that nation’s rise as a competitor attempting to beat U.S. capital at its own game. What’s wrong with Russia, Short argues, is that capitalism and democracy cannot coexist there—just as they cannot coexist anywhere.

Colonialism

Commemorating 75 Years of Nakba

On the 75th anniversary of the Nakba, Amanda Batarseh explores the works of Palestinian writers Mourid Barghouti and Radwa Ashour.

Anti-capitalism

The Political Social Ontology of Astrology

Astrology has regained prominence as a resistance practice that challenges capitalist modernity. Matthew Cull and Nadia Mehdi ask: How might forms of thought inherent to astrological practice render us more susceptible to capitalist control, not less?

Blue tractor trailer with Amazon Prime logo crosses a bridge over water.
Amazon

Turnover Time

Kim Moody explains how the extreme optimization of Amazon’s logistics systems, which keep goods (and therefore, capital) in constant motion, produces massive profits for the company while rendering it distinctively vulnerable to workers’ intervention. As technologically advanced as it is, Amazon still relies on human labor at every point in production; as its logistics networks become increasingly complicated, the points at which production can be slowed or stopped by organized labor continue to multiply.

Healthcare

Panem et Cirenses

Beliu García Parra reports from the front lines of the public healthcare crisis in Spain.

Dialectics

On “Being Serious About Ideas”

William Clare Roberts responds to Landon Frim’s and Harrison Fluss’s argument, printed previously in these pages, that Marxist political strategy requires theoretical grounding in dialectical monism.

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