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From Yellow Vests to the Green New Deal

Joseph E. Stiglitz Project Syndicate
The grassroots movement behind the Green New Deal offers a ray of hope to the badly battered establishment: they should embrace it - make it part of the progressive agenda. We need something positive to save us from ugly wave of populism, nativism...

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Trying Again for Full Employment

Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg Dollars and Sense
As prominent progressives talk up a federal job guarantee, what can we learn from earlier attempts to legislate full employment?

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Class Consciousness Comes to America

Karen Nussbaum The American Prospect
Even in Trump country, pro-union sentiment is rising. But can labor and its allies turn that sentiment into power?

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Racial Wealth Gap Much Smaller Among Union Members

Christian Weller Forbes
Persistently large wealth inequality leaves many African-Americans--as well as Latinos and some parts of the Asian-American communities--in a very precarious economic situation and poorly prepared for retirement.

Does the United States Have a ‘Strong’ Economy?

Sam Pizzigati Inequality.org
To most Americans, the best marker of a healthy economy will always be a decent-paying, full-time job. An economy only deserves celebrating when people with full-time jobs have rising paychecks. In America today, they don’t.

Imagining a World With No Bullshit Jobs

David Graeber, Chris Brooks Roar Magazine
In this interview about his latest book, David Graeber discusses the role of unions, the challenges posed by automation and “the revolt of the caring classes.”

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Minimum Wage, Maximum Fearmongering

David Bush RankandFile.CA
Prior to the introduction of an increased minimum wage in Ontario, the business community spread fear that unemployment would rise. Instead the rate has hit an 18-year low. Next time business cries wolf, workers should just pushback harder.

Trump, the Republican Party, and Westmoreland County

Margaret Power Political Research Associates
Trump got 63.5 percent of the vote to Clinton’s 32.5 percent in Westmoreland County. The county is now solidly red, but it hasn’t always been. I grew up in Westmoreland County in the 1960s and ‘70s, and the county was solidly blue. Can it change back
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