Labor Day 2013

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*+-Bill Londrigan: We may very well be witnessing at this very moment in history the beginnings, the sparks of a resurgence of labor activism which has the potential to eclipse the worker uprising of the 1930s.

The Occupy Movement and Revitalizing Democracy

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*+-Randy Shaw: Graeber sees MoveOn.org, Rebuild the Dream, and other groups associated with the “left wing of the Democratic Party” as betraying the Occupy movement by not opposing police closures of Occupy camps.

Defending the Public Sector

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*+-Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer: The attacks are part of a well orchestrated, decades-long campaign initiated by the corporate sector, which is intent on ensuring that government policy be crafted in their own narrow self interests, which they disingenuously equate with the public good.

How Inequality Kills Growth

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*+-Claude Fischer: To the extent that facts matter in such a politicized debate, it is becoming increasingly clear that equality rather than inequality is a better policy for economic growth.

Downwardly Mobile Americans End Up Homeless

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*+-Charley James: First they came for the working poor. Then they came for the lower middle class. Now, they are after the middle and upper middle classes. Next, they’ll come for the … 98-percenters.

Unions: Our Last, Best, and Final Hope

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*+-Steven Mikulan: Labor’s losing streak means that unions are now locked in a spiral of existential battles for survival in which every election drains them of resources and morale.

The Small Government Fallacy

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*+-Charles Hayes: American history shows beyond a doubt that our health as a nation is dependent in large part on a vibrant middle class. Extreme inequality severely weakens our economic foundation.

Public School Reform Won’t Solve Income Inequality

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*+-Mark Naison: We can do a lot more to promote racial and economic equality through programs of progressive taxation, promotion of unionization in low wage enterprises, and efforts to uproot discrimination in the labor market.

Republicans Double Down Against Occupy Movement

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*+-Randy Shaw: In case you missed it, the Republican Party has unified behind a budget plan that provides massive new tax breaks for the wealthy while cutting student aid, Medicaid, and nearly every federally funded non-military program.

Occupy Movement at the Crossroads

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*+-Randy Shaw: Successful movements must be flexible enough to change tactics in the face of roadblocks, and activists’ camping in public spaces is not strategically necessary for the Occupy movement’s success.