The GM strike was a reminder of two old lessons: rank-and-file militancy is the foundation of working-class struggle. But to win, we need a broader socialist politics that can both support worker organizing and push it further.
Sam Gindin was research director of the Canadian Auto Workers from 1974–2000 and is now an adjunct professor at York University in Toronto.
Socialists have to wrestle with the tricky questions about the nuts and bolts of socialism. We need to put forward a credible vision of a future socialist society. Here’s what that society could look like.
Socialists can't wave away concerns about the feasibility of a future socialist society — we need to offer people credible answers.
What can workers and communities do when the company pulls the plug on an entire workplace? Tariffs and boycotts won’t cut it — the only answer is democratic planning.
Canadian union organizer and leader Bob White was committed to charting an independent and democratic course for workers.
The response to Bernie showed that a socialist party in the United States is possible. But there is no shortcut to building power.
Jane McAlevey's No Shortcuts provides a dynamic framework for building union power.
Canadian autoworkers are demanding control over companies' investments. Will it work?
Bringing together weak unions and weak social movements isn’t enough. We need a new kind of socialist party.
Worker ownership and cooperatives will not succeed by competing on capitalism's terms.
The struggle against overwork can unite workers and help rebuild the labor movement.
What would constructive pressure on the Syriza government look like?
There's much talk of stagnation in the American economy. But radicals shouldn't assume capitalism is on its last legs.
Naomi Klein rightly blames capitalism for climate change. But she doesn't go far enough.
Ending dues check-off will not reverse the labor movement’s bureaucratization and conservatism.
Nine things to know about organizing in the belly of the beast.
Jane McAlevey challenges the Left to stop lamenting its disappointments in the working class and address our own failures.
There was no crisis of profitability heading into the financial crisis and there is even more obviously no profitability crisis now.
Workers need a functioning, relevant Left with feet both inside and outside unions.
How should we assess the 2008 economic crash — and the political possibilities beyond it?