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Recent Essays by Charles Andrews

Not Populism, Not Socialism, but Communism Will Get It Done

This essay was published on May 31, 2020 by In Defense of Communism, an international website edited in Greece. "The ruling classes of developed countries get a lot of pushback these days from the masses they hold in contempt..."

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Trump, You Lost. Now Go!

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Barack Wrote Me a Letter

Barack Obama wrote a letter in support of Joe Biden for president. The letter and brief comments on it were published Aug. 19, 2020 by Marxism Leninism Today.


COVID-19, Capitalism, and Socialism
— Two Brief Observations

The public health response to this virus around the world did not break down as capitalism versus socialism...

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There Is No Socialism Without a Communist Party

This essay was published by Marxism Leninism Today. "More people in the U.S. have a favorable attitude to socialism today than two, five, or ten years ago. However, communism – the organized movement that will overthrow capitalism and create a socialist order – has not kept up with the turn to socialism..."

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A Note on Carlos Ghosn and Global Capitalism

The Ghosn-Nissan-Renault affair is a clash over the profits sweated from hundreds of thousands of workers. With globalization, the battle of capitalist interests becomes global, too. Published Jan. 7, 2020 by Dissident Voice.


Corporate and “Progressive” Democrats Threaten Medicare Itself

Bernie Sanders and Pramila Jayapal toss out the model Congressional bill for Improved Medicare for All (H.R. 676) and sneak a deadly "buy-in" into their legislation. Published March 1, 2019 by Dissident Voice.


The Government Shutdown Makes You Think About Socialism

Published Jan. 13, 2019 by Dissident Voice.


Trade, Trump, and Us

An exposé of Trump's international trade position. The left should not support globalization, and it has a working-class answer to it. Published March 31, 2017 by Marxism Leninism Today.


The Disintegration of Bourgeois Democracy

A long view of the developments leading to the U.S. presidential campaign of 2015-16, this essay explains a great deal about the Donald Trump presidency. Published Sept. 3, 2016 by Marxism Leninism Today.    PDF

"A must read piece putting the decline of democracy into context." – Connolly Youth Movement


The Leninist Moment of the Sanders
Presidential Campaign

An examination of the clash between the Sanders campaign and the Democratic National Committee over database access, published Dec. 25, 2015 by MRZine. National media soon buried the revealing incident.


The Doctor Will See You Now. First, Your Copay.

This analysis of the erosion of health security under the Affordable Care Act and its effect on the struggle for improved Medicare for All was published April 29, 2015 by MRZine.


Senator Sanders and the Impossibility
of Reviving Democratic Party Liberalism

Published Dec. 9, 2014 by MRZine.


It Was a Good War – But Whose Good War?

This brief class analysis of World War Two, triggered by a book by Jacques Pauwels, was published Nov. 16, 2015 by Marxism Leninism Today.


Professor Piketty Fights Orthodoxy
and Attacks Inequality

(This was the first Marxist review of the popular book by Thomas Piketty. It was published March 19, 2014 on the website Marxism Leninism Today.)

Thomas Piketty. Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Cambridge: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2014. $39.95.

Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty has caused a stir, which it deserves. Capital 21, as we will abbreviate the title, grapples with a prominent current issue: outrageously unequal incomes and wealth. It is a data-rich, wide-ranging investigation over 570 pages of text written in the smooth, often ironic, and occasionally elevated French manner. It breaks with ...

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