Belle and Sebastian are performing If You're Feeling Sinister at today’s Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. The album seems like a soundtrack of breezy lives unencumbered by the troubles of the world. But it's a direct product of Scotland’s welfare state.
Micah Uetricht is the managing editor of Jacobin. He is the author of Strike for America: Chicago Teachers Against Austerity.
The Vast Majority is hosted by managing editor Micah Uetricht.
The Chicago Teachers Union is choosing its leadership this week. A reelection of the Caucus of Rank-and-File Educators would mean a commitment to more of the militant teacher unionism that has reshaped Chicago and inspired educators around the country.
Work in the twenty-first century sucks. But it’s not because of a new “gig economy” — it’s because work under capitalism always sucks.
Chicago has long been dominated by a powerful Democratic machine and decades of austerity and gentrification. But the city’s left won victories across the board in Tuesday's elections.
Mark Fisher died two years ago this month. He helped us see the collective depression we have all lived in for decades. If only he could have seen that depression finally start to lift.
Democrats are endorsing striking teachers. That doesn’t mean the party’s abandoning its education agenda, but it does mean that the working class is making itself harder to ignore.
Democratic leaders are outraged at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s actions in Congress and are trying to reel her in. It’s a clear sign she’s antagonizing all the right forces in the party.
Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer who shot Laquan McDonald sixteen times, has been found guilty of murder. It's a major victory for Chicago activists and the broader movement against police brutality.
Jeff Bezos raised Amazon’s starting wage to $15 because of pressure from workers and Bernie Sanders — showing how, even when workers and socialists are weak, we can win against the most powerful people in the world.
By fighting him tooth and nail for seven years, Chicagoans have established that Rahm Emanuel is garbage. No matter what he does next, that stench isn't coming off.
Even when they’re flush with cash, companies like UPS still attack workers’ standards. Workers have to force their bosses to back off.
At its best, the labor movement hasn't just fought for better wages. It's fought to bring democracy to workplaces marked by despotism.
Thirty-nine years ago today, Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was assassinated while giving mass. His killers have never been brought to justice.
On December 11, 1981, El Salvador’s US-backed soldiers carried out one of the worst massacres in the history of the Americas at El Mozote.
The implosion of Trump's campaign should give lesser-evil Clinton supporters space to criticize her policies. Why are they still silent?
Rahm Emanuel's win in the Chicago mayoral election doesn't spell the defeat of the city's grassroots movements.
The 2012 Chicago Teachers Union strike would have never come to be without the patient building of a radical formation within the union, the Caucus of Rank-and-File Educators.