Tag: The destruction of the middle class

Still No Minimum Wage Bill – Not Because Of Trump Or McTurtle – Because Of Pelosi And Hoyer And Their Blue Dogs

By Howie Klein. Published at DownWithTryanny! [embedded content] The Deseret News in Utah is far more conservative than the Salt Lake Tribune. But last week, the paper’s ran an OpEd that one wouldn’t expect to see in a right-wing Republican newspaper, America Has Gone Too Long Without Raising The Minimum Wage. “June 16 marks the […]

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Book Review: Chris Arnade’s “Dignity”

“When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?’” —Matt 9:11 By Lambert Strether of Corrente Those who have followed Chris Arnade on Twitter or Flickr will be gratified that his new book, Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America has arrived. I bought it […]

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Revealed: Americans Care More About Social Needs Than Deficits

Yves here. It’s frustrating that writers treat it as news that Americans want more social spending. It’s another example of how positions presented in the media as mainstream are actually to the right of the center of gravity of political opinion. As Richard Kline wrote in a classic post, Progressively Losing: “Progressive goals are not […]

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Forget Lower Jobs Growth, The Number of People Who’ve Stopped Looking for Work Is Much More Worrisome

Yves here. This article helps debunk the idea that the low headline unemployment numbers mean the jobs market is strong. In addition to continued poor labor force participation, involuntary part time employment is also high. By Michael Klein, Professor of International Economic Affairs, Fletcher School, Tufts University. Originally published at openDemocracy The latest jobs report […]

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Charter Schools Are a Major Dividing Line for the 2020 Democratic Candidates—Education Fights in Pennsylvania Point the Way

By Jeff Bryant, a writing fellow and chief correspondent for Our Schools, a project of the Independent Media Institute. He is a communications consultant, freelance writer, advocacy journalist, and director of the Education Opportunity Network, a strategy and messaging center for progressive education policy. His award-winning commentary and reporting routinely appear in prominent online news […]

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The Poor Who Are Not With Us

America has a bad case of poverty denialism. And no wonder. Being poor is stigmatized. In neo-Calvanist America, if you aren’t doing well, it must be the result of bad choices (like choosing the wrong parents) or not working hard enough. So many people in dire straits often feel compelled to underplay how bad things […]

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Eight Reasons Why Inequality Ruins the Economy

By Chris Dillow, an economics writer at Investors Chronicle. He blogs at Stumbling and Mumbling, and is the author of New Labour and the End of Politics. Follow him on Twitter: @CJFDillow. Originally published at Stumbling and Mumbling; cross posted from Evonomics I welcome Professor Sir Angus Deaton’s report into inequality. I especially like its emphasis […]

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Consumers Are Changing But Perhaps Not How You Think

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Those of us who often write about various doomsday scenarios – e.g., plastics, climate change  – are well familiar with a standard magical thinking response: a miraculous change in the mindset of millennials will […]

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Why Democratic Presidential Candidates May Have to Choose Between Teacher Pay Raises and Charter Schools

By Jeff Bryant,  a writing fellow and chief correspondent for Our Schools, a project of the Independent Media Institute. He is a communications consultant, freelance writer, advocacy journalist, and director of the Education Opportunity Network, a strategy and messaging center for progressive education policy. His award-winning commentary and reporting routinely appear in prominent online news outlets, […]

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Consumer Contracts Restatement Delayed: Consumers Win…For Now

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Over the last several decades, US corporations have succeeded in making the legal system more business-friendly. Earlier this month, on May 21, consumers scored a small win, when the American Law Institute (ALI) […]

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Is Conservatism Running on Brand Fumes?

A provocative article in the Guardian, ‘A zombie party’: the deepening crisis of conservatism, is a must read. I am going to focus on a few key observations rather than attempt to summarize it. Among other things, it also gives some perspective on Brexit, about which I ought to be Saying Something. But we are […]

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UBI Without Quality Public Services Is a Neoliberal’s Paradise

By Rosa Pavanelli, General Secretary of Public Services International (PSI) and chair of the Council of Global Unions. Originally published at openDemocracy From tech-billionaires to Socialist leaders, Universal Basic Income has caught the imagination of many across the political spectrum. This mechanism, which would give everyone regular cash payments that are enough to live on, […]

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Beware Billionaires Bearing Gifts

By Leo W. Gerard, the international president of the United Steelworkers Union (USW). Produced by the Independent Media Institute. There’s a new Koch organization in town. Instead of trying to buy politicians to do the bidding of billionaires, as Charles and David Koch have historically done, this foundation will support community groups trying to cure […]

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