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Thomas Piketty: The Making of a Socialist

Robert Kuttner New York Times
What makes this noteworthy is that it comes from an economist who gained his reputation as a researcher with vaguely left-of-center sensibilities but was far from a radical. The times are such that even honest moderates are driven to radical remedies

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The Small Business Utopia of Schitt’s Creek

Aaron Giovannone Jacobin
Schitt’s Creek offered its audience a vision of capitalism free of prejudice and exploitation. The absurdity of this fantasy was both the source of the show’s limitations and its brilliance.

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Hospitals Are Using the Nursing Shortage to Stiff Health Care Workers

Heather Rust Jacobin
Rather than materially address the underlying issues of the nursing shortage crisis, health care providers are exploiting it in order to further consolidate power at the top of industry hierarchies — and break the power of organized labor below.

The Amazon Army and the 1919-1922 Kansas Coal Strikes

Robert Ovetz Portside
Unlike most of the other struggles of this era, this strike rested on the firm backbone of the women of the mining families and communities who continued the fight when the men were beaten and jailed and the strike near defeat.

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Dark Capitalism Is the Biggest Trend in TV

Olivia Ovenden Esquire
Series like 'Squid Game', 'Succession' and 'Dopesick' show the view from the bottom and very top of the economic ladder, and remind us there's a great distance between the two

Why It’s High Time to Move on From ‘Just-in-Time’ Supply Chains

Kim Moody The Guardian
This logistical model is the engine of breakneck capitalism. But its fragility is now being exposed. Decades of deregulation, privatisation and market worship have left society vulnerable to the unbidden force of “just-in-time” supply chains.

Friday Nite Videos | October 1, 2021

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Rudy Giuliani Is Banned From Fox News, But Not From the Late Show! Congresswomen Share Personal Abortion Stories. Joe Manchin's Yacht Surrounded by West Virginian Protesters. Amazon Empire. Beethoven Xth Symphony: The AI Project.

Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos

As politicians and regulators around the world start to consider the global impact of Amazon — and how to rein in Bezos’ power — FRONTLINE investigates how he executed a plan to build one of the most influential economic and cultural forces in the world.

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