Tag: working class

Inflation varies by neighborhoods

21 March, 2022 · Global situation

Inflation hits basic goods such as food and fuel.
Inflation hits basic goods such as food and fuel.

There is no truth in the claim that inflation affects everyone in the same way. Economic data show that the current inflation hides, all over the world, a real transfer of income from labor to capital and from the weakest capitals to the most concentrated ones. However, the reaction among the workers and the weakest capitals, those of the agrarian petty bourgeoisie or the hauliers, is the opposite. The workers demand universal access to basic necessities, the small landowners to be able to reduce wages and conditions of their wage earners.

Can Russian anti-militarism end the war in Ukraine?

6 March, 2022 · Russia

Police detain a Yandex rider at an anti-war rally in Petersburg
Police detain a Yandex rider at an anti-war rally in Petersburg

The anti-militarist movement in Russia is proving capable of mobilizing hundreds of thousands of people across the country. Its adherents are showing true heroism in the face of an increasingly brutal repression. But its citizenist approaches condemn Russian anti-militarism, as it is today, to political impotence. And yet…

Reinventing the working class to suit the needs of European capital

17 January, 2022 · Critique of ideology · TV

Poster of "Le temps des ouvriers", an outline of a new approach to the working class by the European bourgeoisie.
Poster of "Le temps des ouvriers", an outline of a new approach to the working class by the European bourgeoisie.

The European bourgeoisie has been testing a new discourse on the working class for some years now. The simple denial of its existence, overwhelming since the 1990s, was already becoming insufficient before the pandemic. A new message was needed. The broadcasting of “Le temps des ouvriers”, a documentary originally commissioned by the Franco-German channel Arte, throughout last year in practically the whole EU, provides us with a clue as to the shape of the new discourse we will be bombarded with in the coming years.

The changing discourse on work

29 October, 2021 · Critique of ideology

Labor shortages lead to hospitality chains in the US offering employment... but never at more than the legal minimum wage in each state.
Labor shortages lead to hospitality chains in the US offering employment... but never at more than the legal minimum wage in each state.

First it was truck drivers and cutting workers in Britain and not long after they were joined by healthcare workers. Then, alarms about the cost of “extreme turnover” and the lack of sufficient workers in hospitality and services were raised from the US. The EU, country by country, reported similar headlines. Now news of “labor shortages” is coming even from South Korea. The talking heads of capitalism and the opinion machinery, from Krugman to Fintan O’Toole, respond with a change in their discourse on labor.