The subject of a socialist market economy is a contentious one, with Vietnam’s recent economic history bringing questions about it into sharp relief, as the response to the “People Before Profits” columns of July 12 and 19 illustrates.
HOMESTEAD, Pa. – With post-9/11 attacks on civil liberties running amok, nearly a hundred marchers poured out of the historic Carnegie Library here recently, heading off on a “Free Speech March” where they would stop along the way to honor three women who made a difference for worker rights and civil liberties in the early 20th century.
PHOENIX: Defending labor’s rights at America West Airlines / FORT STEWART, Ga.: Soldiers rip Army health care / WASHINGTON: Hailing down racism / NEW HAVEN, Conn.: Yale Law School sues Pentagon / DETROIT: Public outcry over home health care cuts
AUSTIN, Texas – On Oct. 14, Texas Democrats filed suit in federal court to block the Republican redistricting power grab. The motion contends that the redistricting map, which the Republican-dominated Legislature approved on Oct. 12, violates the voting rights of minorities.
OAKLAND, Calif. – Youth groups and unions on the front line for youth and workers’ rights will be honored at this year’s Northern California People’s Weekly World/Nuestro Mundo banquet on Sunday, Nov. 9.
A ‘tremendous victory’ CHICAGO – Bowing to a six-year grassroots campaign, the U.S. Postal Service has announced that it will issue a stamp commemorating the life of Paul Robeson. The announcement is being greeted with joy in the ranks of those who fought for its issuance.
The World Health Organization has ranked the French health insurance system, where the labor movement is involved in its policy-making from top and bottom, as the best in the world.
In a recent column on “Socialist Market Economy,” Erwin Marquit argues for the merits of market-based economies and against the deficiencies of planned economies. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the European socialist community, this position has found a significant following among left intellectuals.
Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger hasn’t even taken office yet and already he and his Republican handlers are moving quickly to make California “business friendly.”
SOUTH BEND, Ind.: Cheney picks up checks, anger / HARRISBURG, Penn.: High court rejects Mumia Abu-Jamal’s appeal / MISSOULA, Mont.: Blue/Green coalition saves union jobs / BROOKLYN, N.Y.: Women defy racism, build safe haven for moms and kids / DICKSON COUNTY, Tenn.: Corporate greed contaminates drinking water