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Understanding Ferguson

Posted in Curated Links on November 26th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Here are some more links of interest concerning Ferguson.

Articles That Caught My Eye Today

Posted in Curated Links on November 20th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

“DOWN OUTRIGHT MURDER”: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE SHOOTING OF MICHAEL BROWN BY DARREN WILSON | Ryan Devereaux, The Intercept

A State-by-State Look at TANF | The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities

A generation jeopardized by obsession with testing | Wendy Lecker, The Stamford Advocate

WALL STREET IS TAKING OVER AMERICA’S PENSION PLANS | Murtaza Hussain, The Intercept

The war on giving | Jessica Hansen-Weaver, Socialist Worker

How Police Use Military Tactics to Quash Dissent | Aaron Cantú, Alternet

Wal-Mart’s Bottomless Greed: Dodging Billions in Taxes, Scheming to Avoid Billions More | Steven Rosenfeld, Alyssa Figueroa, Alternet

1% Rake In More Than Cost of All U.S. Social Programs

Posted in Curated Links on November 5th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

According to a report highlighted on Alternet, each year since the recession, America’s richest 1% have made more than the cost of all U.S. social programs.

The numbers are nearly unfathomable. Depending on the estimate, the 1% took in anywhere from $2.3 trillion to $5.7 trillion per year.

Even the smaller estimate is more than the combined total budgets for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the entire safety net for SNAP, WIC, Child Nutrition, Earned Income Tax Credit, Supplemental Security Income, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Housing.

Read more: 5 Facts About How America Is Rigged for a Massive Wealth Transfer to the Rich | Alternet.

Jeffco Rises Up

Posted in Curated Links on October 29th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

David Long reports on the eruption of protest in Jefferson County, Colo., in response to a conservative school board’s attempt to censor the U.S. history curriculum.

Read the report: The Jeffco rebels | SocialistWorker.org.

Detroit Up For Grabs

Posted in Curated Links on October 23rd, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Jerry White of the Social Equality Party describes how Detroit is currently being carved up by the bankers in what will become a model for other American cities in decline.

Detroit, the former auto capital of the world, is in the final stages of a bankruptcy process that has from the start been a conspiracy of the banks against the city’s working class population. Closing arguments in federal bankruptcy court are scheduled to begin next week, a legal formality before the city’s brutal restructuring plan is approved by the judge.

The so-called “Plan of Adjustment” will gut the pensions and health benefits of more than 30,000 current and retired city workers, sanction the sell-off of public assets, and provide a legal fig leaf for the termination of water and other vital services to entire working class neighborhoods.

Last week, some 200 investment bankers from throughout the US gathered at the Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance at the University of Michigan to discuss the business opportunities emerging from the carve-up of Detroit.

Read more: The carve-up of Detroit – World Socialist Web Site.

Stanley Aronowitz on a Post-Political Labor Movement

Posted in Curated Links on October 16th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

In These Times has an interview with Stanley Aronowitz on how the labor movement falters and how it might recover.

Post-political means that the union movement may endorse candidates or run its own, but essentially does not rely on electoral politics and public officials—that is, the state—to fulfill its goals. Instead, unions should rely on their own resources, on their own members and on their own imaginations to create conditions to make their members’ lives better, in the way that unions, especially in the early-to-mid-20th century, once established and ran very good, moderate-cost cooperative housing.We’ve been relying for so long on politicians to solve problems that the union membership no longer really relies on its own power. The proper word is really “post-electoral” or “post-state,” and it once had a tremendous resonance among large numbers of workers.

Read the interview: A ‘Post-Political’ Labor Movement – In These Times.

That Alienation You Feel is Part of the System

Posted in Curated Links on September 13th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Some things that we take for granted as “part of life” don’t necessarily have to be that way.

The Militant has an excerpt from The Marxist Theory of Alienation by Ernest Mandel and George Novack, explaining that alienation is not a natural eternal condition of humanity, but rather a product of social relations under capitalism.

Read the excerpt: The Militant – September 22, 2014 –Capitalist system dehumanizes and alienates workers.

The Deep State

Posted in Curated Links on September 5th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Long time Congressional staffer Mike Lofgren writes about the real rulers of the United States.

Yes, there is another government concealed behind the one that is visible at either end of Pennsylvania Avenue, a hybrid entity of public and private institutions ruling the country according to consistent patterns in season and out, connected to, but only intermittently controlled by, the visible state whose leaders we choose.

Read More: Essay: Anatomy of the Deep State | Blog, Perspectives | BillMoyers.com.

Art Versus Gentrification

Posted in Curated Links, Interviews on September 2nd, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Chicago-based artist Amie Sell talks about her work, the censorship of her installation, and the relationship of art, social class and gentrification.

Read the Interview: Art (as Social Organism) vs. Gentrification – Red Wedge Magazine Red Wedge Magazine.

What’s Happening In Ferguson?

Posted in Curated Links on August 12th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Here are a couple of links which yield some perspective on the situation in Ferguson. I’ll post more as I find them.

Why Ferguson burned: Explaining St. Louis area riot to kids, outsiders : Parenting | St. Louis Post Dispatch. – Aisha Sultan

A Missouri city erupts against police murder | Socialist Worker. – Nicole Colson