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Race and the Logic of Capital

Alan Wald Solidarity
Shortly before his death, James Baldwin wrote that in the U.S., “White is a metaphor for power,” an observation that is deep background for much of the discussion in the masterly book under review, where race and class are intertwined, yet surface differences are used to split the labor force and maintain capital’s hegemony. The book can usefully inform debate on race and class and aid in reconstructing a revolutionary project in the context of Trumpworld.

Two Billion Dollars in Stolen Wages Were Recovered for Workers in 2015 and 2016—and That’s Just a Drop in the Bucket

Celine McNicholas, Zane Mokhiber, and Adam Chaikof Economic Policy Institute
Given that wage theft disproportionately affects workers from low-income households—who are already struggling to make ends meet—the loss of wages can be devastating. And these recovery numbers likely dramatically underrepresent the pervasiveness of wage theft—it has been estimated that low-wage workers lose more than $50 billion annually to wage theft.

We Didn’t Start the Fire

Meagan Day Jacobin
Class conflict isn’t something we choose to engage in. It’s just how capitalism works.

The US Women’s Movement, the Left, and United Fronts

Meredith Tax Meredith Tax's Blog -- Taxonomy
Lean-in feminism and other variants of corporate feminism have failed the overwhelming majority of us, who do not have access to individual self-promotion and advancement and whose conditions of life can be improved only through policies that defend social reproduction, secure reproductive justice, and guarantee labor rights.

Friday Nite Videos | September 22, 2017

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Back in Black - Republicans Don't Know What Insurance Is. Hard Hat Stuns Audience With His Piano Skills. You Don’t Need a Brain to Sleep -- Just Ask Jellyfish. No Irish Need Apply | Documentary. Who Belongs in a City? | OluTimehin Adegbeye.

Who Belongs in a City? | OluTimehin Adegbeye

In this moving, poetic talk, OluTimehin Adegbeye details how government land grabs are destroying the lives of thousands who live in the coastal communities of Lagos, Nigeria, to make way for a "new Dubai."

Why Net Neutrality Is a Working-Class Issue

Bryan Mercer In These Times
Net neutrality is one of the defining workers’ rights and civil rights issue of our time. We all know the internet is driving changes in culture, politics and the economy. It is also one of the key spaces where workers can organize—and where mass movements for racial and economic justice blossom and build power.

Pope Francis’ Call for Dialogue In Venezuela Should Be Heeded, to Avoid Civil War

Mark Weisbrot Center for Economic and Policy Research
Venezuela does not have the religious or sectarian divisions that have fueled the civil wars, mass slaughter, and chaos of Libya, Syria, or Iraq ― all countries where the US/major media narrative about the results of successful or attempted regime change turned out to be horrifically wrong. But the political polarization in Venezuela since Chávez was elected in 1998 has been overwhelmingly along class and therefore racial lines as the two are highly correlated.
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