Socialism: Our Alternative To The Madness Of The Market by Eric Ruder

End Capitalism

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Originally published Sept. 2, 2012

by Eric Ruder
SocialistWorker.org, August 30, 2012
June 3, 2018

THE WORLD economy is still suffering from the worst crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Around the world, the consequences have been devastating–jobs wiped out, exploitation intensified for those who remain employed, social services eliminated or privatized.

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Who Stole The 2000 Election? (Hint: Not Nader) by Eric Ruder

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by Eric Ruder
socialistworker.org
June 2, 2016

The myth that Ralph Nader “spoiled” the 2000 election and put George W. Bush in the White House is being resurrected. Eric Ruder remembers how it really happened.

WITH POLLS showing a much closer race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump than was originally expected, Clinton supporters are resorting to frantic warnings that Bernie Sanders could cause a replay of the 2000 elections–when, according to the standard narrative of what went down, Ralph Nader’s Green Party campaign put Bush in the White House.

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Socialism: Our Alternative To The Madness Of The Market by Eric Ruder

Dandelion Salad

by Eric Ruder
SocialistWorker.org
August 30, 2012

Capitalism Is Over!

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THE WORLD economy is still suffering from the worst crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Around the world, the consequences have been devastating–jobs wiped out, exploitation intensified for those who remain employed, social services eliminated or privatized.

At the same time, U.S. banks and corporations are sitting on a record $2 trillion in cash. In most sectors, profits have returned, often to record levels–and tax rates for corporations and wealthy individuals have remained at historic lows during the administration of a Democrat who promised to make the rich pay their fair share.

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Israel’s murderous violence by Eric Ruder + Trapped in Gaza

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by Eric Ruder
SocialistWorker.org
June 8, 2011

Eric Ruder reports on the latest Israeli assault on unarmed protesters as the spirit of the Arab Spring spreads through Palestine and beyond.

ISRAELI TROOPS killed 23 unarmed demonstrators and wounded 350 more on the border with Syria June 5 as the protesters marched on the fortified fence separating Syria from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Continue reading

Is Israel preparing a new war on Gaza? by Eric Ruder

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by Eric Ruder
SocialistWorker.org
April 4, 2011

Eric Ruder reports on Israel’s new attacks on Gaza–and the threat of worse.

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE marched in Gaza in a funeral procession for three Hamas members killed by Israeli air strikes while driving in a car near Khan Younis on April 1. Ten days earlier on March 22, Israeli air strikes and shelling killed four members of Islamic Jihad east of Gaza City and four civilians–including three youth aged 12, 16 and 17–in two separate attacks. The day before that, 19 Palestinians were wounded in air strikes throughout Gaza.

These are some of the casualties in a sharp escalation in Israel’s pounding of the people of Gaza–with the threat of worse to come.

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Does socialism exist in the world today? by Eric Ruder

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by Eric Ruder
SocialistWorker.org
Nov. 22, 2010

What most people call “socialism” has very little to do with workers’ control of society–or what a real socialist society would entail. Eric Ruder looks at why.

MORE THAN a third of Americans have a positive image of “socialism,” according to recent Gallup and Rasmussen polls, but I think it’s safe to say that most Americans, even those who feel socialism would make a big improvement in their lives, have only a vague idea of what socialism might look like.

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Interview with Gareth Porter: Obama’s escalating disaster by Eric Ruder

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by Eric Ruder
SocialistWorker.org
October 7, 2009

The U.S. war on Afghanistan began eight years ago, and yet today, the U.S. seems further than ever from achieving its goals. The Obama administration is now embroiled in a debate over whether to carry out a further escalation on top of the 21,000 troops Barack Obama ordered to Afghanistan earlier this year. Continue reading

Revolt is in the air by Eric Ruder

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The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression is throwing countries across Europe into turmoil–and spurring struggles unseen in years. Eric Ruder looks at what the future may hold.

SocialistWorker.org

February 13, 2009 | Issue 690

THE FINANCIAL turmoil that began in the summer of 2007 in the U.S. is spreading around the globe with frightening speed and devastating consequences for working people.

The bursting of the bubble in the U.S. housing market in the summer of 2007 was the catalyst for full-blown economic crisis in country after country in Europe.

Now, the economic disaster is sparking mass protest and revolt on a scale not seen in two decades. Britain’s Guardian newspaper described the new political reality in a January 31 article titled “Governments across Europe tremble as angry people take to the streets.” It begins:

France paralyzed by a wave of strike action, the boulevards of Paris resembling a debris-strewn battlefield. The Hungarian currency sinks to its lowest level ever against the euro, as the unemployment figure rises. Greek farmers block the road into Bulgaria in protest at low prices for their produce. New figures from the biggest bank in the Baltic show that the three post-Soviet states there face the biggest recessions in Europe.

It’s a snapshot of a single day [January 30] in a Europe sinking into the bleakest of times. But while the outlook may be dark in the big wealthy democracies of Western Europe, it is in the young, poor, vulnerable states of Central and Eastern Europe that the trauma of crash, slump and meltdown looks graver.

Exactly 20 years ago, in serial revolutionary rejoicing, they ditched communism to put their faith in a capitalism now in crisis and by which they feel betrayed. The result has been the biggest protests across the former communist bloc since the days of people power.

Europe’s time of troubles is gathering depth and scale. Governments are trembling. Revolt is in the air.

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