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The Truth About the Trump Economy

Joseph E. Stiglitz Project Syndicate
It is becoming conventional wisdom that US President Donald Trump will be tough to beat in November, because, whatever reservations about him voters may have, he has been good for the American economy. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The Limits of Capitalism

Laurie E. Adkin The Socialist Project
We are at a crossroads where either global apartheid and authoritarian, nativist regimes will prevail, or a radical democratization from below motivated by humanist and universal values as well as love of biodiversity.

Marx’s Concept of Socialism

Peter Hudis Economic and Political Weekly
While Marx never devoted a specific work to a discussion of life after capitalism, his distinctive critique of the central realities of capitalism is far more liberatory than has generally been appreciated.

How America’s Elites Lost Their Grip

Anand Giridharadas TIME MAgazine
Warren, is a beneficiary of the opening Sanders helped carve for capitalist–critical aspirants to America’s top office. She and Sanders, both enemies of Big Business, are among the top candidates shows how much the politics of capitalism has changed

Dollar Meals and Diabetes

Elizabeth Oram Alliance for Sustainable Communities
The world’s healthiest societies are those with the lowest inequality—societies where leftwing forces are strong.

Jobs, Jobs Everywhere, But Most of Them Kind of Suck

Eric Levitz New York Magazine
Gallup asked 6,600 U.S. workers what they saw as the defining characteristics of a “good” job, then used their answers to construct a “job-quality index.” As measured by the index only 40 percent of Americans currently have “good” jobs.

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Why is the Workplace a Dictatorship?

Eric Dirnbach Organizing Work
A deep dive into why our workplaces are authoritarian private governments—and why we can't see it.
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