US: GOP’s tax plan is igniting a movement for a moral economy

by SARAH ANDERSON

People’s World | December 08, 2017

GOP’s tax plan is igniting a movement for a moral economy

Rev. William Barber II, with the “Poor People’s Campaign,” speaks to the group after they prayed inside of the Capitol Rotunda in protest of the GOP tax overhaul, Dec. 4, in Washington. | Jacquelyn Martin / AP

If you’re expecting a gift card from your boss as an end-of-year bonus, enjoy it this year because you probably won’t get one in 2018.

The Senate tax bill would ban such rewards. Why? Because Republican lawmakers are determined to prevent ordinary workers from pocketing a $25 or $50 gift card without reporting it as taxable income.Read More »

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Why Making American Corporations More Competitive Doesn’t Help Most Americans

by ROBERT B. REICH

Robert Reich | December 07, 2017

Trump and congressional Republicans are engineering the largest corporate tax cut in history in order “to restore our competitive edge,” as Trump says.

Our competitive edge? Who’s us?

Most American corporations – especially big ones that would get most of the planned corporate tax cuts – have no particular allegiance to America. Their only allegiance is to their shareholders. Read More »

US: Livestock Antibiotic Sales Finally Start Declining After Years on Rise

Decrease Follows Progress in the Chicken Industry, But Little Improvement Seen for Beef and Pork.

National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) | December 07, 2017

WASHINGTON – For the first time in many years, sales of antibiotics important to human medicine for use in the livestock industry have dropped — down 14 percent from 2015 to 2016, according to new data released today by the FDA.

This news follows a series of food industry commitments to reduce antibiotic use in chicken production in recent years. NRDC estimates that approximately 50 percent of the chicken industry has now made some level of commitment to curb unnecessary antibiotics used in their production.

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Let Us Be Rid Of US Hegemony

A  Morning Star Editorial | December 04, 2017

GATHERING to debate, celebrate, criticise, fundraise for and show solidarity with progressive movements across the world has long been a feature of labour movement life in Britain.

But, as several speakers noted from the platform at the weekend’s fantastic Latin America Conference 2017, it’s a newer experience as we salute the achievements of international socialism to feel it may be within reach in our country as well.

To have in Britain “a government that will fight to uphold the principles of solidarity and justice around the world,” as Unite’s Andrew Murray put it on Saturday, would mean a serious upset to the US-led global order.Read More »

This week in history: Americans United for Separation of Church and State founded

People’s World | November 20, 2017

This week in history: Americans United for Separation of Church and State founded

Stonewall protest in New York City, February 4, 2017 / Jeffrey Bary

Americans United for Separation of Church and State was established 70 years ago by a broad coalition of religious, educational and civic leaders. Its Manifesto was issued on November 20, 1947, which is considered the official founding date. President Harry S Truman was in the White House, and the Cold War and anti-Communist blacklist were revving up.Read More »

Political Economy of Labour Repression in the United States: An Interview with Andrew Kolin

Radical Notes | November 15, 2017

Labour Repression

Andrew Kolin’s Political Economy of Labor Repression in the United States (Lexington Books, 2016) successfully demonstrates how labour repression is organic to capitalism; something that is central to the very constitution of the capitalist economy and its state. Traversing the history of the United States, the book is a survey of the evolving relationship between capital and labour and how repression has been (re)produced in and through that evolution – something that is structurally manifest in the institutional exclusion of labour. However, by presenting it as an expression of class struggle, the book refuses to deprive labour of its agency. It does not view labour as passive or even merely reactive. It suggests that insofar as the political economy of repression is composed through capital-labour interactions, it is contradictory and provides moments of escape or liberation from repression.

Pratyush Chandra and Pothik Ghosh talk to Andrew Kolin. Professor Kolin teaches Political Science at Hilbert College. His books include The Ethical Foundations of Hume’s Theory of PoliticsOne Family: Before and During the HolocaustState Structure and Genocide and State Power and Democracy: Before and During the Presidency of G.W. Bush.Read More »

US: The democratic aspirations of October 1917 continue to inspire today

BY PW EDITORIAL BOARD

People’s World | November 06, 2017

The democratic aspirations of October 1917 continue to inspire today

Occupy Los Angeles protesters march in the Protest Against Corporate Greed on their International Day of Action in Los Angeles, California, on October 15, 2011. | Occupy Wall Street

John Reed, the great American labor journalist and a founder of the Communist Party USA, was the first to bring this country the news of what had happened in Russia on November 7, 1917. In his widely-hailed account, Ten Days that Shook the World, Reed wrote that a coalition of Russia’s working class and peasants, carrying the banner of “peace, bread, and brotherhood,” had seized power. The “Great October Revolution” (in the old Russian calendar, November 7 was October 25) set itself the task of transforming an oppressive empire into a socialist society.Read More »

U.S: Lawmakers give big gift to big banks, credit card companies

by MARK GRUENBERG

People’s World | October 31, 2017

Lawmakers give big gift to big banks, credit card companies

AP

WASHINGTON—The Republican-run Congress, by the narrowest of margins, has given a big multi-billion-dollar legislative gift to big banks and credit card companies, while shafting consumers at the same time. The labor movement, combat veteran who’s also a U.S. senator and veterans’ groups are urging Republican President Donald Trump to veto it.Read More »

FACE OF AN ECONOMY: Food Stamps and hunger in the United States

A Journal of People report

Food stamps in the United States stand as an indicator of poverty in the old, resourceful, capitalist economy. The mainstream media cannot ignore the burning issue.

On 10/7/17, a Newsweek report said:

“The budget resolution passed by the House on Thursday will push millions of already struggling people off food stamps, leaving the neediest Americans — children and the elderly among them — without food.”

The report said:

“One in six people in America faces hunger, more than almost any other country in the developed world. If this budget goes through, and important programs like SNAP are axed, that number will be on the rise.”Read More »

A new Bill of Rights for American workers is born

by ERIC A. GORDON

People’s World | October 26, 2017

A new Bill of Rights for American workers is born

Workers’ rights were a central focus at the AFL-CIO convention in St. Louis. | Milwaukee Area Labor Council

ST. LOUIS—In a country of “the too rich and the rest of us,” says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, we need a new Workers’ Bill of Rights. Fittingly, that was Resolution 1 at the federation’s recently concluded national convention, “a tool,” as Cecil Roberts of the United Mine Workers put it, “to support our organizing and our political work.”

The Bill of Rights, which passed unanimously on the last day of convention, Oct. 25, calls for the right to join a union, fair wages, flexible schedules, secure retirement, quality health care, and more.Read More »