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"A Kick In The Ass" For Labor: A Union Leader Considers The Age Of Trump

Hamilton Nolan
The Concourse
"If the American labor movement thinks that we can just go out there and start and control the organizing that takes place, we’re not going to be successful," says Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. "I think what we can do is create an environment in which organizing takes place... We have to think of ourselves less as an institution, and more as a movement."

Time Is Already Running Out on Our Democracy

Kali Holloway
Alternet
“I think things have tightened up very fast; we have at most a year to defend the republic, perhaps less,” Snyder stated in an interview with German outlet Süddeutsche Zeitung. “What happens in the next few weeks is very important.” Snyder, whose multiple books include On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, points out that Americans must dispense with wishful thinking about institutions helping to curb Trump’s power.

NAFTA has Harmed Mexico Much More Than a Wall Will Ever Do

Mark Weisbrot
Counterpunch
About that wall: if the Mexican economy had just continued to grow post-1980, as it did for the two decades prior, Mexicans would have an average income at European levels today. Extremely few Mexicans would take big risks to live or work in the US.

A Political Opening for Universal Health Care?

Vann R. Newkirk II
The Atlantic
The winner in the fight between keeping Obamacare and rolling it back might be something else entirely. In the turmoil over the fate of Obamacare, the idea of universal health care has emerged as a third way among voters in both parties.

Iowa’s New Union-Busting Bill is Worse than Wisconsin

Peter Knowlton, Andrew Dinkelaker, and Gene Elk
Labor Notes
A bill proposed in the Republican controlled state legislature in Iowa will make it illegal for all public employees except “public safety employees” (police and fire) to negotiate over health care, transfers, job evaluations, procedures for workforce reductions, subcontracting, or anything related to seniority.

Japanese Internment and its Implications for Today

Linda Gordon
The Asia-Pacific Journal
Until 2006, almost no one knew of Dorothea Lange's photographs of the Japanese internment. These were also commissioned by the federal government, but had never been published as a collection, and approximately 97 percent of them have never been published at all.1 Their neglect resulted from US Army censorship: once the brass saw the photographs, they quickly impounded them for the duration of the war, and afterward placed them in the National Archives.2

No Plans to Abandon Our Freedom Dreams

Linda Burnham
Portside
In this roiling environment, it may seem that debate over “identity politics” is of relatively little consequence. But it is, in fact, central to how the Democratic Party and progressives approach 2018 and 2020, and to whether and how the party regroups to become an effective shield against the far-right onslaught. It is of enormous importance to a left that must focus its influence on shaping the political frameworks and strategies most capable of defeating Trumpism.

Is meat manly? How society pressures us to make gendered food choices.

Christy Brissette
Washington Post
Gendered beliefs about food choices affect men and women’s health habits, including the types of foods they actually eat. Socially influenced eating patterns could in part help explain why men are at a higher risk of heart disease and some cancers. Are our ideas about masculinity and femininity negatively affecting our health?

Dividing the Right and Conquering Trump

John Feffer
Foreign Policy in Focus
Trump's extremely effective at dividing and conquering his opponents. What would it take for progressives to divide his supporters?

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