No matter who wins today, please remember this: the rich are your enemy. This fact is built into the structure of our nation. The power of the rich must be arrested if any of the political reforms you hope for are ever to come about.
In today’s political climate, it is easy to focus on each day’s new flood of awfulness and lose sight of The Big Problems. But rest assured, the biggest problem of all—inequality—is still getting worse. And now it’s getting worse in a more malignant way.
This is actually, without exaggeration, without sloganeering, how fascism happens.
There are those who believe that with great power comes great responsibility. Then there is the ruling political party of the United States.
In much of the US, the mere mention of tax increases will prompt cries of “Socialism! Venezuela!” Meanwhile, in the UK: they are planning to just seize parts of companies for the workers.
Trinket magnate Jeff Bezos, America’s richest man, has made a very public charity donation of a $2 billion. The number sounds big, doesn’t it? In fact, it is a disgrace. Let us demonstrate:
Exactly one year ago on Friday, Equifax announced they had done a big whoopsie that allowed hackers to steal the personal data of 143 million Americans, a figure later revised to 148 million. This raised many questions, including: Why does a single private company hold sensitive, personal information for 147 million…
A new study by the Urban Institute published Tuesday found that 40 percent of Americans can’t meet at least one basic need—food, healthcare, housing, or utilities—even as the economy approaches nearly full employment with only a 4.4 percent unemployment rate. Remember this as the president boasts about the stock market
The New York Times has a blood-boiling story revealing how corporations like Walmart pursue people accused of shoplifting for payment for the stolen goods—even in cases where those people are eventually cleared in court—and threaten them with lawsuits if they don’t pay up. The law allows them to do this:
The Department of Labor announced its latest employment figures today: More jobs were added and unemployment is lower, but wages only increased by 0.2%, or a 2.7% increase over last year. That’s lower than the 3.5% wage growth economists say should be expected from such strong growth, according to NPR. CNBC described…
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The Republican Party, acting on behalf of business interests, wants to smash the institution of organized labor in America, because doing so will allow rich people to make more money. We are living in dark, dark times for unions. A brief survey of the threats:
The United States of America—known everywhere as The Greatest Country in the World—ranks near the bottom of developed nations on measures of income inequality and government support for working people. Fortunately there is a solution that everyone knows will work.
Have you ever thought to yourself, “Boy, I’d love to have a kid and fulfill my sole biological purpose on this planet, I just don’t have literally hundreds of thousands of dollars to spend raising and caring for a child?” You’re far from alone! The New York Times’ Upshot on Thursday released the results of a poll,…
Do you think that being asked to leave a restaurant, or having your meal interrupted, or being called by the public is bad? My fascism-enabling friends, this is only the beginning.
The next time you go shopping in the big orange hardware store, take a moment to consider what these employees have to say about what life is really like working for Home Depot.
The Chamber of Commerce has such a quaint and welcoming name. Yet it is one of the foremost forces in the country seeking to make your life at work more miserable. Example One Million: crushing worker centers.
A rule of thumb that is pretty useful: Any political figure who says that they want to help the “white working class” is much more interested in helping white people than in helping the working class.
It feels like America’s working class has been losing the class war for as long as we can remember. But it has one wildly powerful, often forgotten tool: trillions of dollars sitting in pension funds. Might this enormous pool of capital be labor’s greatest weapon in its fight against the power of capital itself?