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Interview: Alexander Riccio

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  Alexander Riccio is a labor organizer based in Corvallis, Oregon. He co-hosts the podcast LabourWave Revolution Radio and is currently collaborating with the Common Space Collective on a project to revive the commons in the Willamette Valley.   What are the sorts of experiences that led you to become a union organizer? I am asked this question, or a variation…
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On a National Suicide Path

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By Mark Naison (February 16, 2018) The way I see it, this country is on a suicide path. First of all, the people shaping education policy in this country, during the last twenty years, have done everything possible to create more wounded children like Nikolaus Cruz; They have deluged schools with standardized tests that squeeze every ounce of joy out…
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Black Panther is Popular, but Black People Still Marginalized

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By S. (February 15, 2018) I’m looking forward to the new Black Panther movie too, but first, let’s have a little talk about race. Since being kidnapped from Africa, black people have been marginalized. Marginalized means we have been placed at the margins, we are never centered. Our rights, our voices, our experiences, our lives, our needs, our everything, are…
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The Alt Right is Not Just Nazis

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By Alexander Reid Ross (February 15, 2018) Here’s why I call them the “Alt Right” instead of just “Nazis.” The Alt Right is a composite of a number of far-right tendencies including anarcho-capitalists, silicon valley neo-reactionaries, MRAs, Klansmen, and other forms of fascists. Broadly, it’s a fascist movement, but it’s a fascist movement of a certain character. Calling them the…
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On the Unfinished Work of Extending Rights to All Americans

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By Irami Osei-Frimpong (February 13, 2018) The basic problem is that our rights were conceived with property owning white men in mind. These rights presupposed economic security and independence. Security and independence came in the form of property. And that’s why the Constitution is primarily concerned with securing property rights. Also the exercise of rights relies on the collegiate fraternity…
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On the Spousal Abusers in the White House

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By Mark Naison (February 13, 2018) Sexual and physical abuse is something which crosses lines of class and race and ideology- it is not something that can be placed at the feet of any one occupational group or political party. Nevertheless, it is telling that two high level figures in the Trump White House who were close to the President,…
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OK Maybe The Markets Are in a Downturn

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By Arun Gupta (February 10, 2018) If you care about what’s happening in the financial markets, now is the time to panic. But then again, if you care, you are probably in the top 10% in terms of wealth in America as they own 84% of the stock. On Monday, I shrugged at the 4% drop in the markets in…
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Why Do Poor Americans Eat So Unhealthy?

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By Teka Lark (February 9, 2018) The LA Times asks:  Why Do Poor Americans Eat So Unhealthy?  I will tell you one of the reasons. Poor people (economically oppressed, they are poor for a specific reason) live near arterial roads. Arterial roads gets you to highways quickly. And if you need a place do put a fast road where people…
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The Price of Upward Mobility

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By Mark Naison (February 8, 2018) The people I grew up among in Crown Heights Brooklyn, second generation Italian Americans and Jews, were just getting a little breathing space in 1950’s America after being beaten down most of their lives by poverty and discrimination. Many were convinced that the country would never really accept or respect people like them, but…
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Capitalism Isn’t Collapsing…Yet

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By Arun Gupta (February 6, 2018) If you are hoping capitalism is going to implode because the markets tanked today, don’t hold your breath. The drop on Monday, February 5, in percentage terms was far from historic. If you look at the first picture, a six-month chart of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, it looks like it fell off a…
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Without Jobs, Our Freedom is Hollow

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By Irami Osei-Frimpong (February 5, 2018) You have to understand that when you have access to property and an independent, above subsistence income, your conception of rights is markedly different from someone without property and depends on a non-contract employer for an income. The Founders conceived of rights for people like themselves. In order to exercise any of the rights…
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