Arthur Miller, 1915-2005: Giant of American theater had giftedness and guts

Arthur Miller, the man who wrote “Death of a Salesman,” died Feb. 10. And as Linda Loman told the sons of Willy Loman, that sad and epic American dreamer: “Attention must be paid.”

A neglected chapter in West Virginia labor history

BOOK REVIEW The Battle of Blair Mountain: The Story of America’s Greatest Labor Uprising By Robert Shogan Westview Press, 2004 Hardcover, 271 pp., $25.95

Ask the Communists Q&A

Q: Exactly how would socialism happen in the U.S.? What exactly would a socialist government do? Would there be freedom in the political system for a party that advocated capitalism?

Black liberation and working-class unity

OPINION This article, by the editor of our predecessor, The Worker, was written in 1956, and later published in “Revolutionary Tracings, Selected Writings” (International Publishers, 1974). We reprint it, in conjunction with African American History Month, because of its continuing relevance today.

Challenging the Christian right in rural America

OPINION Polls from the recent presidential election showed that many working-class voters support Bush’s Christian right “values agenda.” Why?

China defends Wal-Mart workers

OPINION Just as George W. Bush and the Republicans — who worship at the altar of corporate greed, gleeful at deepening poverty for working families — were basking in the glow of Bush’s re-election, the Chinese government and the All China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) announced that laws protecting workers’ rights to organize would be enforced at Wal-Mart operations in their country.


Who killed Rafik Hariri? / Make ’em responsible

Black Political Struggles in the Rural South

Book Review A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration By Stephen Hahn Belknap Press/Harvard University Press, 2003 Hardcover, 624 pp., $35 (Soon to be released in softcover)

Law to restrain Peeping Tom bosses

WASHINGTON (PAI) — It’s no secret employers spy on workers during organizing drives, and often set up cameras in bathrooms, changing rooms and locker rooms to ferret out pro-union activity.

Pentagon says veterans benefits hurtful to national security

Funding for programs like veterans’ education and job training, health care, pensions, VA housing and the like are “hurtful” to national security, Pentagon official David Chu said. Chu was defending a new round of cuts during a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal.

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