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Essays by Charles Andrews

Socialism Is a Series of Communist Projects

This article was published on Sept. 26, 2021 by In Defense of Communism, an international website edited in Greece. "How can we get to communism and leave exploitation behind forever? History shows that the two big challenges are first, revolution to achieve state power, and second, traversing the entire road to communism. ..."



Media Lauds Fidelity CEO
Who Destroyed Good Pensions

This "appreciation" of the damage done to countless lives by a financial capitalist was published on April 28, 2022 by CounterPunch.


Want Democracy?
Then You Need a People's Dictatorship

This brief commentary was published on Jan. 20, 2021 by In Defense of Communism, an international website edited in Greece. "A mob was permitted, even helped, to take over the United States Capitol building on January 6, 2021. No government can allow that sort of thing and survive. ..."


Was the Soviet Union in Stalin's Time
an 'Experiment'?

This letter was sent to Jacobin magazine after it published a tirade against the Soviet Union in its socialist period. As usual with these screeds, it was cast as a study of Joseph Stalin.

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Apple’s Profits and Foxconn Workers’ Wages

Every few years someone compares Foxconn workers’ wages with the price of an iPhone. Perhaps the most recent of these studies is…

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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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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…


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..."



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.

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 ...