Post Occupy Analysis

By: Sunday March 2, 2014 7:09 pm

Occupy Wall Street did come up with an official statement from its onset, a litany of valid complaints – with the disclaimer that the complaints were not all-inclusive.

What it did not do, is offer any solutions, any demands, any formula for what to prioritize and how to change it.

Late Night: Strange Days Indeed

By: Wednesday February 5, 2014 8:00 pm

For decades now, the rich and their bought-and-paid-for-politicians have been waging class warfare against the middle class and the poor. They won’t call it that, they never will call it that, but that’s what it is. Class warfare. It has been decreed from on high, by Wall Street bankers, by corporate CEO’s, by the billionaires of the Forbes 500. There was no resistance in the 1980′s, so they escalated it. There was no resistance in the 1990′s, so they escalated it again.

They’re still escalating it.

C. Wright Mills Explains the End of Liberalism

By: Sunday May 12, 2013 10:15 am

The liberals disappeared long ago, but before they went, they hammered the left into crumbles, and justified the sell-out of the knowledge class. That way, there would be no one to create new ideas that challenged the oligarchy.

Colleges Pushing Poor Students Into Debt to Give Aid to Rich Ones

By: Thursday May 9, 2013 10:55 am

A report by the New America Foundation details the systematic undermining of the financial aid system by colleges and universities who are using financial aid to attract wealthy students rather than open doors for poorer ones, forcing poorer students to either not attend or take on high debt burdens.

Pitting the Old Against the Young: A “Class War” Act

By: Thursday April 18, 2013 7:02 pm

Recent efforts by “class war” opinion-shapers Brownstein and Ezra Klein, to pit the generations against each other,— give the impression that the elderly are the beneficiary of Federal governmental largesse to the detriment of children. Further study shows that local governments and State governments provide nine times more benefits for children than to the ‘olds’. So claims of unequal treatment are pointless.

Working Class Self-Activity III: Walmart Workers Rising & the Prospects for Radical Politics

By: Sunday December 2, 2012 5:00 pm

The ongoing grassroots labor activism at Walmart in the U.S. reminds us that while the election is over the class struggle is not, and that class politics moves now from the voting booth to the workplace and the streets. For any Progressive whose political imagination extends beyond the narrow ideological confines of today’s two-party discourse, that is good news indeed. For those of us who consider ourselves socialists or radicals, it is essential, because those confines have rendered electoral politics basically irrelevant to advancing working class interests, as opposed merely to defending them.

The Gasman Came, Achieving the Damage He Was Sent to Do

By: Saturday July 2, 2011 3:45 pm

One might consider the slashing and burning of Pennsylvania’s budget a necessary condition for spurring job growth — new jobs — in the Keystone State. Taxes on capital and profits allegedly deter investment. Investment in plant includes jobs as an unavoidable consequence. One might consider these things if one were a Republican! Now that I have reiterated the orthodox take on this matter, I wish to point out that the Keystone Research Center reports that the Marcellus Shale jobs premium has been modest so far.

The People Who Run Our Political Economy: Utterly Incoherent

By: Sunday March 20, 2011 10:30 am

When you subordinate everything to the interests of the rich, you get incoherent policies that hurt the rest of us.

Calling the Founding Members of the FDL Membership Program

By: Thursday March 10, 2011 9:39 am

I’ve been calling a lot of the people who have joined the FDL Membership Program over the past couple of days, and it’s been one of the most fun things I’ve ever done in the five (yikes!) years since we opened the doors. Much to my surprise, many were people who have never even commented here before, and it was the first time I’d ever had the opportunity to interact with many of them.

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Sunday Late Night: Distractions in Class

By: Sunday March 6, 2011 8:01 pm

Just, please, please, please! Don’t take any lessons from those laid-off Indian factory workers. That would be so, um, un-American. You’re not un-American! Are you?

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