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Unions Disagree over Biden's Labor Secretary Pick

ELEANOR MUELLER and MEGAN CASSELLA Politico
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and some of his organization’s largest affiliate unions are getting behind Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. But others are pushing Michigan Rep. Andy Levin, a former Service Employees International Union organizer.

The Left Must Hit the Streets Again—Right Now

Osita Nwanevu The New Republic
The Biden presidency must be greeted with a historic amount of organizing and agitation. Otherwise, we’re done for. Politics should never be practiced with the expectation of ideal conditions.

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Labor’s Uphill Battle

Lauren Kaori Gurley New York Review of Books
Enthusiasm for strikes, walkouts, sick-outs, and pickets has surged. A new, progressive wing of the Democratic Party, represented by young women of color like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar—has won the enthusiasm of millions of young people.

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Bernie Sanders Would Make a Very Good Secretary of Labor

Colin Gordon Jacobin
Bernie Sanders is reportedly making a bid to be the secretary of labor in a potential Biden administration. That’s good news. The labor secretary has broad latitude to raise worker standards — and Bernie could use the bully pulpit.

Why Is Socialism Becoming Less Scary?

Peter Dreier Talking Points Memo
A look at the new documentary, “The Big Scary ‘S’ Word” in which director Yael Bridge explores how socialist ideas that were once considered radical are now taken for granted by most Americans.

The Socialist Moment, and How to Extend It

Harold Meyerson The American Prospect
An analyst of socialism's return writes as an advocate for its necessity, with particularly shrewd assessments of how the new American socialism can advance, and, alternatively, how it may marginalize itself into irrelevance.
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