ETOL Writers: Fred Goldstein

Fred Goldstein

Fred Goldstein
Photo: Liz Green

(1938 — 2023)

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Fred Goldstein was an internationally recognized revolutionary activist and Marxist thinker living and working in the United States. He was the author of Low-Wage Capitalism: Colossus with Feet of Clay, published in 2008. The book describes in sweeping detail the devastating effect of new technology on the multinational working class, leading to the fundamental and irreversible restructuring of global capitalism in the post-Soviet era. The result, Fred argued, was a "race to the bottom" for workers in all the capitalist countries, creating the material basis for future social upheaval. His second book, Capitalism at a Dead End: Job destruction, overproduction, and crisis in the high-tech era was published in 2012. The latter work was translated and published in Spanish and Korean.. ... [read more]

Books and pamphlets

Reviving Marx and Lenin
A summary outline limited to two main areas: first, certain aspects of imperialism in the age of the scientific-technological revolution and how they are preparing the groundwork for the next phase in the world struggle for socialism; second, an assessment of the causes of the collapse of the USSR and the importance of understanding its difficulties and achievements for both the ideological and practical struggle for socialism, 70 pages, 15 April 2006

Low-wage capitalism
Colossus with feet of clay: What the new globalized, high-tech imperialism means for the class struggle in the U.S.
, 340 pages, 1 January 2008, PDF

Capitalism at a Dead End
Job Destruction, Overproduction and Crisis in the High-Tech Era
, 138 pages, 10 September 2012, PDF

El capitalismo en un callejón sin salida
La era de la recuperación sin empleos y la crisis del sistema de ganancias
148 páginas, noviembre de 2012, PDF

Can socialism be revived in China? The suppression of Bo Xilai and the capitalist road 40 pages, 8 November 2012 - updated June 2013, PDF


The new Cold War against China, 14 August 2019
During the Cold War and the struggle that put the USSR and China on one side and imperialism, headed by Washington, on the other, revolutionaries used to characterize the conflict as a class war between two irreconcilable social systems. In light of the current sharpening economic, diplomatic, political and military conflict between U.S. imperialism and the People's Republic of China (PRC), it is time to revive the concepts that were applied during the height of the Cold War.

Marxism and the social character of China, 13 June 2013
The issue of China is one of the most important questions of the 21st century for the working class and the oppressed peoples, as well as the hostile imperialist ruling classes of the world. The progressive and revolutionary movements, especially in the U.S., have a great stake in arriving at a correct policy toward China.

Black August 1970: The Heroes of San Rafael, August 1970

A testament to socialist planning: Cuba leads world in managing disasters, 20 January 2005

Marxism and the Ideological Crisis: The Socialist Perspective and the Collapse of the USSR, April 2006

Colossus with feet of clay: Imperialist globalization, high-tech and the prospects for class struggle in the U.S.
Presented to the IV International Conference on "The Work of Karl Marx and Challenges for the 21st Century," Havana, Cuba, May 2008

Introduction to Sam Marcy's High tech low pay: a Marxist analysis of the changing character of the working class, July 2009

Marxism and long-term unemployment, 5 April 2014

IPCC: 'Climate change endangers life on planet', 14 April 2014

Capitalist electoral politics and class struggle, 17 April 2014

Automation threatens 47 percent of U.S. jobs, 17 April 2014

Ferguson, Attica, Zimmerman and the capitalist state, 9 March 2015

Bosses get $243 billion subsidy for paying low wages, 30 March 2015

Mass protests, boycott specter make anti-LGBTQ laws bad for business, 6 April 2015

Washington finally deals with Iran even as State Department reneges on terms, 9 April 2015

Prison profiteers drive detention of immigrants, 22 April 2015

Guantánamo in Chicago: Imperialist war and police torture, 19 May 2015

Stop Pentagon war moves against China!, 27 May 2015

Two sides of the Sanders campaign, 21 March 2016

What next for the Sanders campaign?, 20 July 2016

Charlotte uprising forces release of killer cop videos, 5 October 2016

Trump under siege from above and below, 6 February 2017

The people can defeat Trump's nest of vipers, 28 February 2017

Trump gang in crisis: Attacks on people spread, 8 March 2017

From health care to war in Asia: Trump attacks at home and abroad, 14 March 2017

Diversions about Russia, lies about Korea, 20 March 2017

Behind the attack on Syria; Trump and the generals, 16 April 2017

Trump & the Wall Street-Pentagon Coalition, 18 April 2017

Congress be damned! Fight for free healthcare, 10 May 2017

Behind the firing of Comey: A struggle within the U.S. ruling class, 16 May 2017

Trump: Front man for Wall St., Pentagon, 1 June 2017

Trump, the ruling class and the Paris Accords, 7 June 2017

Comey's testimony and the Big Lie: Elections, democracy and the FBI, 12 June 2017

In the Mueller vs. Trump fight, an independent, working-class struggle is needed, 4 December 2017

Trump presidency survives by paying off the ruling class, 9 January 2018

Two-party DACA cruelty: Migrants pawn in gov't shutdown, 22 January 2018

Trump and the ruling class, from Davos to DACA to Mueller, 28 January 2018

Trump, the generals and the FBI, 6 February 2018

Trump engineers right-wing takeover, 26 March 2018

Trump, Putin and Helsinki, 25 July 2018

Trump, the Pentagon and the establishment, 11 August 2018

Trump under fire - the ruling-class dilemma, 28 August 2018

The lessons of Chicago, 1968, 1 September 2018

Trump, Charlottesville, Chemnitz and the struggle, 4 September 2018

Exchange of views on: 'Is Trumpism a Temporary Phenomenon?', 4 December 2018

Trump tariffs clash with globalized capitalist production, 7 July 2019

The New Cold War Against China, parts 1 and 2, 26 July 2019

Trump, racism and capitalism, 11 August 2019

Tariffs, trade and overproduction, 25 August 2019

Washington's anti-China strategy in Hong Kong, 28 August 2019

Hong Kong: Make colonialism great again, 10 September 2019

Contradictions in the impeachment struggle, 29 September 2019

Concerns of masses shut out of impeachment hearings, 16 November 2019

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Last updated: 25 August 2023