What's New: U.S. Workers in the Late Neoliberal Era: The Pressures, the Changes, the Potential
Capitalism in the United States and across the world has gone through a series of mind-bending crises, spatial 'fixes,' and continuous restructurings that have disoriented organized labor in most of the developed economies since the beginning of the neoliberal era in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Since then, however, continued problems of profitability and competition have altered the structure of U.S. capitalism and the working class in ways that could lay the basis for renewed class struggle.
What's New: Coverage of Winnipeg’s Rooster Town Blockade Reveals Media’s Anti-Indigenous Biases
Winnipeg’s Rooster Town Blockade has been standing for almost a month now, with Indigenous land defenders and allies successfully blocking a large aspen forest from clearcutting. Local reporters have covered almost every major occurrence on site, including the original seizure of the mulching machine by land defenders, the developer's request for an urgent court injunction against lead organizers, and the recent installation of massive floodlights and 24-hour surveillance.
In The News Today
The Rise of Market Power and the Decline of Labor's Share
A new paper argues that the decline of both the labor and capital shares, as well as the decline in low-skilled wages and other economic trends, have been aided by a significant increase in markups and market power.
promarket.org | 17 Aug 2017, 6:00pm
Nazis in Virginia: 'Fulfilling the promises of Donald Trump'
Usually when David Duke opens his mouth, you can count on the words that come out to be a lie. The former KKK imperial wizard, Holocaust denier, and white nationalist typically peddles trash about supposed white genocide or the benefits of racial segregation. But this weekend in Charlottesville, Duke did something unexpected: He told the truth. Or, at least he told one little piece of truth.
www.peoplesworld.org | 17 Aug 2017, 5:00pm
Fighting the Far Right – Socialist Strategy and Tactics
As Trump has launched attack after attack on working people and the oppressed, he has fomented racist, sexist, and xenophobic hysteria to boost support for those attacks. Many have accused Trump of fascism.
www.socialistalternative.org | 17 Aug 2017, 4:00pm
Ohio Teachers Win Back Regular Raises
In 2014, members of the Maysville Education Association voted to accept a deal that would end our pay freeze, which dated back to 2011, in exchange for replacing our traditional pay scale with a new merit-pay system.
labornotes.org | 17 Aug 2017, 3:00pm
What Happened in Charlottesville Is All Too American
'These people are not from here,' Rep. Thomas Garrett affirmed in the wake of an American Nazi and Klan rally that descended into smoke and violence in his Virginia congressional district on Saturday. 'It blows my mind that this many racist bigots actually exist in this country.' White supremacists, he continued, do not reflect 'who we are as Americans.'
www.politico.com | 17 Aug 2017, 2:30pm
Charlottesville and the Effort to Downplay Racism in America
Charlottesville, Virginia, feels enough like Eden that it's always been easy to hide a certain amount of blood. The town is small--fifty thousand residents, without the college population factored in--and green and idyllic, a hideout of academic and historical reverence nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
www.newyorker.com | 17 Aug 2017, 1:00pm
Yes, Mr. Weston, you can afford a living wage
Loblaw Companies Ltd. chair and CEO Galen G. Weston recently joined the chorus of business leaders to come out against the Liberal's proposal to increase Ontario's minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2019. Weston -- whose family's sprawling business empire includes Loblaw stores, No Frills, Shoppers Drug Mart and high-end fashion retailer Holt Renfrew -- fretted about the proposal's effect on his bottom line in a call with analysts recently.
www.thespec.com | 17 Aug 2017, 12:00pm
Some Background on Those Violent, White Supremacist 'Unite the Right' Actions in Charlottesville
While 'Unite the Right' was permited by the city, a related action on Friday night was not. At that action, hundreds of White men and women carrying lit tiki-torches marched on the campus of the University of Virginia.
www.colorlines.com | 17 Aug 2017, 11:00am
Trump has no credibility when calling for racial calm, rights leaders charge
President Donald Trump's response to Saturday's fatal racial clash in Charlottesville, Va., drew widespread criticism on Saturday from civil rights groups and lawmakers of both parties who said the president did not go far enough to condemn the white supremacists who provoked the violent mayhem.
www.rawstory.com | 17 Aug 2017, 10:00am
The Wall of Insanity
Israel has opted for another wall, this time around Gaza. Israel will pay for it.
www.haaretz.com | 17 Aug 2017, 4:00am
The Canadian State celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. It’s the only territory of the Americas that didn’t fight for its independence or reinvent itself to resemble a republic. Yet Canada has had a distinct and ongoing history of conquests and plunder, including the stealing of 98 % of the First Nation’s lands.
This is not our State and we have nothing to celebrate. However, this year represents an opportunity to better understand the long-lasting capitalist, colonial and patriarchal power system that has oppressed and violated people across the land, at the hands of a benefitting small elite.
Time and again, this power has been shaken by uprisings. This history of resistance is our history. And it’s from here that we can map out our movements and our struggles.
Join us at the NCS People's University next August as we retake our history, invent new tools for liberation and imagine another world, a post-capitalist, post-patriarchal and post-colonial society.
www.cahiersdusocialisme.org | Program | PDF poster
August 17 to August 19
UQAM , Montreal.