Intro to Marxist Economics II: Contradictions, Crises, & Covid

In the episode, Marxist economist Osman Keshawarz explains some of the aspects of Marxist economics including contradictions, crises and COVID-19. Osman is interviewed by our host, Alex Coy. This is the second of two episodes dealing with economy.

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The Housing Affordability Crisis In California

Activist Julia Wallace discusses the housing affordability crisis in California. Julia is a longtime movement and socialist activist, a contributor to Left Voice, has served on the South Central Neighborhood Council, and is a member of SEIU Local 721. Julia joins our host Alex Coy for this important topic. (56 minutes) brought to you by Socialist Resurgence Radio

A Failure of Vision: Michael Harrington and the Limits of Democratic Socialism

Socialist Resurgence Radio interviews Doug Greene, Marxist historian and author about his forthcoming book, A Failure of Vision: Michael Harrington and the Limits of Democratic Socialism (Zero Books, 2021). In the current period, democratic socialism seems ascendant with the rapid growth of the Democratic Socialists of America. Many on the left have embraced the notion that the Democratic Party is an arena of struggle. 

Harrington was the foremost champion of the concept of “realignment” — the notion that socialists can work inside the Democratic Party and make gains for working people. Greene joins our host Alex Coy to explode myths about Harrington, the Democratic Party, and democratic socialism. 

More of Doug’s writing can be found at The Blanquist. Doug Greene is also the author of Communist Insurgent: Blanqui’s Politics of Revolution (Haymarket)

Dan Piper Socialist Candidate for State Representative

An interview with Dan Piper, Socialist Resurgence candidate for state representative in Connecticut. Piper is a union member and school teacher who is running as an independent revolutionary socialist. 

Piper is running for office to oppose the sacrifice of working-class lives demanded by President Trump and by Governor Lamont and his fellow Democrats such as House Majority Leader Matt Ritter (the present representative in District 1). 

Dan Piper is a 37 year-old Hartford resident, public school teacher, union member, and longtime activist. Dan joins our host, Alex Coy, for a conversation on politics, class struggle and socialism.

“Our campaign will strive to expose the bosses’ parties, to show the alternatives, to show how working people can win when they unite across sectors and fight independently from their employers, to help build the fightback against the coming attacks on workers, and to show that working people should run this society.”

Planet Earth and Why We Must Protect It by Andy Barns

Andy Barns reads his Earth Day article from the Socialist Resurgence Website, Planet Earth and Why We Must Protect It. He writes: “The Earth is our only habitat and will be so for a long time. We are, like it or not, the stewards of our planet. It is our highest duty to maintain a future for the human race and all life on this amazing and special planet. We won’t have that future if capitalism destroys it.”  Andy joins our host, Alex Coy, the Red State Red. (19 minutes)

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Introduction to Marxist Economics with Marxist economist Osman Keshawarz Pt 1: Wage Labor, Commodities, Capital, and Alienation

In the episode, Marxist economist Osman Keshawarz explains some of the basics of Marxist economics. This includes concepts like Wage Labor, Commodities, Capital, and Alienation. Osman is interviewed by our host, Alex Coy. This is the first of two episodes dealing with economy.

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Latest Fundraising Push by 15 Now Philly

The Media Caucus of 15 Now Philly has launched it’s most ambitious fundraising drive to date.   Go to our Indiegogo fundraiser page and donate today.
Why should you donate to 15 Now Philly? This is a movement led by, and in the interests  of, working class people. As a working peoples’ movement, we depend on the contributions of workers. We don’t take money from foundations or corporations. In fact, you won’t see big business lining up with bags of cash for this cause.
We have expenses necessary to make a $15 minimum wage a reality – both in Philly but nationally. We have printing, media and other necessary expenses — and we also have to pay our hard-working organizer a living wage for her efforts. 
What can you do?  Donate as much as you can afford today. Ask friends, family and co-workers to donate. If you belong to a union, church or community organization, ask them to endorse and donate.
Unfortunately, just because we have a worthy cause, the money that we need to stay afloat will not just lay itself down at our feet… No… Just like with everything else – we have to fight for it!
So, please donate today. And share the link as widely as possible.

Temple University 15 Now Kick-Off Meeting a Rousing Success

Wednesday night, October 15th,  more than 40 college students gathered at the campus kickoff of ‘15 Now Temple University’, a new formation of undergraduate and graduate students who have joined the fight for a $15 minimum wage in Philadelphia and across the country. The teach-in featured several student speakers, many of whom are struggling to attend classes and pay for college, while working low wage jobs.

Jill Richards, who helped organize the meeting, said “This group is doing real work for real change, and we can’t survive on the current minimum wage. Once I heard Temple was starting its own chapter, I knew I had to do something about it.”TU1

Richards and several other organizers spent several weeks planning the meeting, inviting friends and coworkers, canvassing the community, and handing out flyers to students on campus. The high turnout mirrored the level of interest in boosting wages that citywide organizers have found in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.

During her testimony, Temple student, worker and 15 Now organizer Nadia Adam explained, “I work retail full-time at $10.50 an hour, and I am a neuroscience major part time, which is not the easiest major to have. My child is in daycare all day, but these are the choices I have to make if I hope to make it out of poverty anytime soon. Making $15 an hour would let me escape some debt later on and have some spending money for my child.”

The students also led breakout group discussions on “$15 an hour vs. $10.10,” “$15 an hour and intersectionality,” and “the history of student movements.”


At Temple and universities across the country, students are increasingly positioned to join broader working class movements fighting for better living conditions. Student Jaq Basilis said, “The history of Temple is as a working class institution. It used to be a place where people could come get an affordable education and a decent job. Now our school is becoming privatized and exponentially more expensive. Only certain types of people can afford to go here, or we leave in tens of thousands of dollars of debt.”

Students left the meeting pledging to join 15 Now Philly, help canvass surrounding North Philly neighborhoods, and lobby city officials to take on the fight for a $15 an hour minimum wage.

Basilis added “I don’t want to feel like I’m in a different community on campus and in my neighborhood at 17th and Girard. We are part of the same struggle.”