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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Culture Corner:
The Efficiency Expert; Book:

Apr 8, 2024

Film: The Efficiency Expert, 1991, streaming on Amazon

This film is a comedy/drama about time efficiency experts, speed-ups and layoffs, and workers fighting back. It stars Anthony Hopkins and Russell Crowe, but the real stars are the workers in this 1966 Australian moccasin factory. The efficiency experts recommend mass layoffs, but the workers demonstrate there’s more to life than profits. A timely film.

Book: James by Percival Everett, 2024

This book is a long-awaited retelling of Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from the point of view of Jim, Huck’s slave friend. The author allows us for the first time to see and hear the world not through the eyes of Huck Finn but rather through James’ (Jim’s) and to feel his perceptions and anger with the benefit of 150 years of hindsight. It is a horrifying sight, yet filled with the promise of a better world, a world James knows that he himself must fight for and will not be easily won.