Mass unemployment has been a feature of capitalism since it emerged as the dominant social system in 17th century England and spread throughout the world.
A tiny minority can, by sticking to its principles, get the vast majority to come around to its way of thinking.
David Brooks, the New York Times columnist, recently opined, "The current welfare state is simply unsustainable and anybody who is serious, on left or right, has to have a new vision of the social contract."
Even if a deal is struck at the last minute, or if President Obama raises the debt ceiling on his own, this controversy reveals a system in serious need of repair.
There are signs that the Italian economy is running off the rails, but the signs are subtle. Lots of locked houses and long grass, for instance.
Major sections of capital believe the debt crisis gives them a golden opportunity to completely shift the costs of the "reproduction of labor power" to working people and break their fighting spirit.
On June 8, people in zombie attire showed up at a Special Olympics event in Madison, Wis. in order to protest an appearance by Gov. Scott Walker, said the Zombie Rights Campaign. They held a calm and silent protest against Walker's anti-worker stance.
Hopefully, if asked about the road to socialism, people of socialist inclinations can give a better answer than two Mainers did to a lost traveler.
I am often asked thought-provoking questions about U.S. socialism and what it would look like. My reply is something like this.
Specific themes and topics of the book include the anti-nuclear movement and the needed unification of environmentalists and unions.