Author Of ‘How To Be A Socialist’ Allegedly Fires Magazine Staff For Asserting That Workers Should Be In Charge
Former staff members of the socialist magazine Current Affairs say they were summarily fired after tensions with their founder, socialist commentator Nathan J. Robinson, over whether he should share authority with his employees.
In an open letter, five former staff members wrote Wednesday:
“Everyone’s stated goal, including Nathan’s, was to create a democratic workplace where all voices were equally valued. But when we finally got around to discussing organizational models during a Zoom meeting on August 7th, Nathan became agitated,” the letter continued. Robinson soon demanded removed employees’ computer credentials and made clear they no longer had jobs, the letter said.Dear comrades, We, the former full and part-time staff, write to you with deep sadness and disappointment about recent events that have occurred at Current Affairs. On August 8th, editor-in-chief Nathan J. Robinson (author of Why You Should Be A Socialist) unilaterally fired most of the workforce 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.