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Lot Lizard (dir. Alexander Perlman, 2013) Screening at SF Sex Worker Film & Arts Festival - by Professor Kevin Heffernan
Inspired by his hitchhiking trip across the country, Perlman’s film looks closely at figures he first barely glimpsed in the shadows of the nighttime truck lots. Over the course of the film, we come to see them in their fully complex humanity and as participants in an equally complex and interlocking economy of which we all are a part. Lot Lizard will screen at the SF Sex Worker Film & Arts Festival, May 25, 10:30 PM at the Roxie
Posted: Thu May 16, 2013 2:22AM
Philippines: Solidarity on May Day with Venezuela's revolution - by DeLPhi
On this May 1, a day of international working class solidarity, we in the Philippine labor and progressive movement, stand with the Venezuelan working class and the people of Venezuela in their struggle to elect the government of their choice to pursue their demands and goals for Socialism of the XXI century.
Posted: Sat May 11, 2013 6:11AM
Karl Marx Birthday - by WorkersAction
May 5th was the birth date of Karl Marx, one of humanity’s most influential theorists.
Posted: Tue May 7, 2013 8:49AM
Philippines: 25,000 Workers March to Mendiola on Labor Day - by APL-Nagkaisa
Chiding President Aquino’s pronouncement that Labor Day should be celebratory with both labor and capitalists greeting each other for “doing a good job” for the past year, workers renewed the call for government to create “not just jobs” but “more regular jobs with living wage.”
Posted: Wed May 1, 2013 6:24PM
Neoliberalism as a Variety of Social Darwinism: Ten Million More Unemployed - by Christoph Butterwegge, G Horn and F Schmid
Social cuts are a danger for democracy..When fear of social descent or collapse seizes the middle class, the danger grows that exclusion-ideologies may gain acceptance like racism, nationalism or social Darwinism.. The economic future is given away on the altar of an ideology that raises location competition to the leitmotif of political-economic policy.
Posted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:14AM
The BRIC - States: World Economy on a Silk Thread - by Jorg Goldberg
The year 2013 has a good chance of making economic history. For the first time since the beginning of European industrialization, the production volumes of the so-called threshold- and developing countries will surpass the volumes of the triad, North America, Western Europe and Japan... The phenomenon of sinking real investments is true for all `developed' countries... Hardly anything happens in the real economy while the central banks flooded the financial industry with money free of charge.
Posted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:35AM
Labor by the Bay: Social Security cuts, Fast food strikes, Lettuce Wars, Safeway… - by Marc Norton
First published at Beyond Chron See also Marc Norton Online April 9, 2013
Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:36AM
Another Dismal Jobs Report - by Stephen Lendman
Posted: Sat Apr 6, 2013 11:24AM
Growth Euphoria and Distribution Reality - by Norbert Reuter
The chasm between poor and rich opens even more. The uncoupling of growth and quality of life on one side and productivity and work volumes on the other side make clear that "business-as-usual" leads to growing problems, not to a solution. Deregulation, flexibility and corporate tax evasion inflate the profits of a few.. The German GDP rose 300% between 1960 and 2005 with 20% fewer workers. Reuter pleas for reorienting economic policy with distribution justice instead of the illusion of perma...
Posted: Thu Apr 4, 2013 6:48AM
On Cesar Chavez's Birthday - by Steven Argue
Photo: Cesar Chavez speaking in front of American flag.
Posted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 7:48AM
30 Hour Work Week - by Alternative Economic Policy study group
Reduced working hours is the only logically and historically consistent answer to the annual productivity increases that are above the real growth rates of the economy and without reduced working hours lead to a decline of work volume and unemployment. Reducing working hours is only possible with full wage- and personnel adjustment; otherwise the wage rate falls again.
Posted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:36AM
Tax Evasion and the Social State - by Brigitte Unger and Hans-Joachim Schabedoth
The good social state invests in the social, in the education of children of the new lower classes... Taxes is the price we pay for a civilized society (Oliver Wendell Holmes). A state that acts to protect its citizens needs revenue to do this. The state share must increase in a developed society since ever greater demands are made on the state. While a basic principle of a fair tax system is that income should be taxed equally, labor suffers a clear disadvantage.
Posted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:21AM
When Theory and Reality Diverge - by Jens Berger
Politics forces crises and prevents their ending everyday by holding to its ideological blinders. The state is not a private household and spending cuts always strike back on other actors of the economy. Every form of austerity policy always leads to declining aggregate demand. In Spain the unemployment rate has more than tripled from around 8% to 25% today. When theory and reality diverge, the theory is wrong, not the reality.
Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 6:36AM
For Women’s Liberation through Socialist Revolution! - by Steven Argue
International Women’s Day was started in New York in 1908 when women garment workers struck and 15,000 people marched through the streets demanding “For an eight hour day!”, “For the end of child labor!” and “For equal suffrage for women!” In subsequent years, the Socialist Party of America and the Socialist International started International Women’s Day in commemoration of the strike and demanding women’s liberation. By 1913, despite heavy tsarist repression, the Bolshev...
Posted: Fri Mar 8, 2013 12:04PM
Democrats and Labor: A Tale of Abuse - by Shamus Cooke
The Democratic Party’s participation in the recent national “sequester” cuts is yet another big dent in their love affair with organized labor. But break-ups are often a protracted process. Before a relationship ends there is usually a gradual deterioration based on irreconcilable differences, until the split becomes inevitable. The decades-long marriage of labor unions and the Democratic Party is nearing such a divorce. Labor unions are becoming frustrated as the Democrats flaunt their...
Posted: Thu Mar 7, 2013 1:29AM
AFL-CIO’s Own Oil Disaster - by Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer
With less than transparency, the AFL-CIO just issued a statement endorsing “expanding the nation’s pipeline system.” Although it did not explicitly endorse the Keystone XL pipeline, the labor federation nevertheless managed to extend its blessing to the project while hiding behind vague generalities. However, the logic of its position is unambiguous: the federation is in favor of extending pipelines in general and without qualification; the Keystone XL is a pipeline. Therefore logic com...
Posted: Sun Mar 3, 2013 5:13PM
Climate change induced heat stress threat to public health and work capacity - by Takver - Climate IMC
Climate change will result in hotter and more humid environment for the tropics and mid latitudes resulting in increasing economic costs of reduced work capacity due to heat stress. The study by NOAA scientists said work capacity has already reduced by 10 percent due to extreme heat in summer months. This is likely to double to 20 per cent by 2050.
Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:44AM
The Great Tax-Cut Experiment and Corporate Taxes as % of Profits - by Gerald Friedman and Salvador Babones
Comparisons with Other Countries: Americans pay a smaller proportion of total income in taxes than do people in any other advanced capitalist economy. As recently as the late 1960s, taxes accounted for as high a share of national income in the United States as in Western European countries. After decades of tax cuts, however, the United States now stands out for its low taxes and small government sector. (See Figure 2.)
Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:20AM
One Hundred Million Workers Set to Strike in India - by Steven Argue
[Photo: Hyderbad, India: participants in India's largest-ever general strike in February 2012. The strike on Wednesday and Thursday is projected to be bigger.]
Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:38PM
Spectacle of Irrationality - by Wolfgang Hetzer
The financial crisis provokes the question about the distinction between business diligence and criminal energy. The bailout umbrella may establish a modern kind of feudal rule. The abdication of politics is one of the worst consequences of the financial crisis. Many politicians believe the market-radical nonsense that tax cuts finance themselves. Capitalism in its present construction has become a threat. Weaknesses of politics outweigh weaknesses of the market.
Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 5:33AM