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@DrJillStein @ the Oxford Union Society – Full Talk

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If the median household’s income is heading upward, the economy is in good shape. If it’s heading downward, as it’s been for this entire recovery, we’re all in deep trouble. Advocacy groups who sought a moratorium on shutoffs testified last week that the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s policies of mass shutoffs — 19,000 in recent months — are leaving low-income households with seniors and children without water service. INTERVIEWER: Do you think of yourself as a feminist? SONTAG: That’s one of the few labels I’m content with. But even so…is it a noun? I doubt it. In the current recovery, at least through 2012, the bottom 90 percent actually lost ground, with all of the income gains being grabbed by the wealthiest 10 percent of American households.


Web Reading List #10 [10-03-2013]

Enron billionaire’s diabolical plot to loot worker pensions
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The global upper class makes 32 times as much as the global lower class
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Rising wealth-to-income ratios, inequality, and growth
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The American dream has become a burden for most
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America’s Jobless Generation
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Crumbling American Dreams
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U.S. Textile Plants Return, With Floors Largely Empty of People
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In Mississippi, America’€™s most revolutionary mayor


Web Reading List #9 [9-21-2013]

University of Oregon to Faculty: You Belong to Me!
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Margaret Mary Vojtko, an adjunct professor of French for 25 years, died underpaid and underappreciated at age 83
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Faculty to University of Oregon: Oh No We Don’t!
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Ralph Ellison’s race classic “Invisible Man” banned in North Carolina
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Uncertain Times in India, but Not for a Deity
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Most of us will have to work until we drop
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San Francisco split by Silicon Valley’s wealth
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I’m Gen Y, and I’m Not a Special Snowflake. I’m Broke


Trailer for Robert Reich’s new film Inequality for All


Reich consistently has a solid analysis of economic problems. His only problem is that he is still a liberal democrat. Over the years he has been moving left, but he has to keep going. Left-leaning liberal democrats are in a bit of a catch-22. If they tell the whole truth and say we need some kind of socialism, they alienate huge swaths of people and endanger their careers. Of course, by definition they aren’t socialists, but if you listen, they always couch their arguments in safe terms: “we can be great again, etc…” If they toe the party line (though there is no such thing as a liberal democratic party), they are seen as essentially supporting the dominant power structure. The flaw in their thinking is underestimating the viciousness of our corporate masters and the institutions they control. In other words, everyone with a critique and voice should have the same sense of urgency as someone like Chris Hedges. There is a horrific new brand of neo-liberal (look it up) techno-fascism gripping all of our necks like a hungry vampire (and many fangs are well sunk and the blood is flowing). We should be afraid, then we should organize- and not just to vote. While voting for “the right” (correct) people is nice and we should do it when possible, we are far beyond that at this point. The system cannot simply be tweaked to set it (back?) on the right course. This is the biggest problem with liberal thought. Yes, organizing and actually putting forward candidates for office at every level is good too, but even that will not stop the vampires. To generalize in an extreme manner to make the point: about half the country thinks they’re doing fine – even if they happen to be a few paychecks from the street. The other half thinks they are fucked and nobody give a shit about them. And they seem to be almost totally correct. In the meantime the super rich continue to steal our wealth and figure out new ways to control every aspect of our lives. Well, as always, we’ve got a long way to go.


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