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Jason Baldinger: time is dead

time died three weeks ago it went quietly no friends or family by the bedside no obituary no news no soundbyte   I heard a reputable source say it had … Continue reading

July 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Florina Rodov: Barbara Ehrenreich’s Powerful Lessons for a Stronger Post-Coronavirus America

The political activist and author imagines a country where all people, not just the wealthy, can live with dignity.

April 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Hands

Every man who works with his hands
Has seen that look. Maybe we showed up
To patch the roof, service the furnace,
Or unclog the sewer…

September 22, 2019 · 9 Comments

George Monbiot: Revolt of the Robots

How we can find meaning, purpose and pride when the workplace no longer offers them?  Why bother designing robots when you can reduce human beings to machines? Last week, Amazon … Continue reading

February 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Dawn Potter: Company Town

2011 E. B. Leisenring Jr., the scion of a powerful Pennsylvania coal family who led industry negotiators during a long and bitter mine workers’ strike in 1978, ignoring pleas by … Continue reading

January 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mel Packer: Expendable Workers

The number of people seen as “expendable” by those in charge of our world is growing dramatically. Once, in an industrial era, the wealthy needed two-legged mules (read human laborers) … Continue reading

January 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dawn Potter: As a Thief in the Night

1891 It was about nine o’clock that the explosion occurred, and soon a black vapor poured out of the top of the shaft.  . Horrible Explosion of Mine Gas! The … Continue reading

January 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

Robert Borosage: A Broad Middle Class Requires Empowering Workers

On Labor Day, families gather, politicians pay tribute to values of hard work, and some workers even get an extra day off. But this Labor Day arrives with working families … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Joseph E. Stiglitz: People Who Break the Rules Have Raked in Huge Profits, Sickening Our Politics

The following is taken from a transcript of Joseph Stiglitz’s remarks to the AFL-CIO convention in Los Angeles on September 8, 2013. I’m an economist — I study how economies … Continue reading

August 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

Mel Packer: Is It Time To Be Outlaws Again?

Only large-scale civil disobedience will make our leaders address economic injustice. In 1989, Bob Dylan recorded a song titled “Everything Is Broken”. That song seemed to go largely ignored, perhaps … Continue reading

August 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

Noam Chomsky: How to Ruin an Economy

Chomsky spoke at The Third Boston Symposium on Economics on February 10th 2014. In this video, he discusses the structural problems that prevent “willing hands” from finding a productive place … Continue reading

July 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

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