- Employees of the pro-Socialist magazine Current Affairs have claimed that they got fired for starting a worker cooperative.
- Employees at the magazine wrote in an open letter that they were fired by the editor-in-chief “to avoid an organizational restructuring that would limit his personal power.”
- “Yes, we were fired by the editor-in-chief of a socialist magazine for trying to start a worker co-op,” wrote the signers of the open letter.
Jackson Richman from Mediaite writes:
“Employees of the pro-Socialist magazine Current Affairs claimed they were fired for starting a worker cooperative.
Most of the employees at the magazine wrote in an open letter that they were fired on Aug. 8 by editor-in-chief Nathan Robinson “to avoid an organizational restructuring that would limit his personal power.”
Current Affairs was founded in 2015 and advocates Marxist and Socialist ideas featuring articles such as “Can Florida’s Sunshine Socialist Bring Working Class Politics to St. Pete?,” “Meet The Democratic Socialist Holding Barack Obama’s Old State Senate Seat” and “Life in Revolutionary Times: Lessons From the 1960s.”
“Yes, we were fired by the editor-in-chief of a socialist magazine for trying to start a worker co-op,” wrote the letter’s signees – former business manager Allegra Silcox, former managing & amusements editor Lyta Gold, former administrative assistant Kate Christian Gauthreaux, former podcast producer Aisling McCrea and former poet at large Cate Root.
The letter stated that the issue of organizational restructuring “has been a topic for most of 2020 and 2021.”
“We discussed it informally, we tried piecemeal reforms, we did a full-organization survey and one-on-one interviews with editors and staff to try to find consensus on a collective vision,” continued the letter. “Everyone’s stated goal, including Nathan’s, was to create a democratic workplace where all voices were equally valued.”
However, come a ZOOM meeting on Aug. 7, Robinson “became agitated” and “insisted that in our attempt to set shared internal values, we were disregarding his vision for Current Affairs as published in the first issue,” according to the letter…”
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