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Marx and the Dutch East India Company

Pepijn Brandon Historical Materialism
The example of Dutch colonialism in Indonesia helped Marx to show that the kind of processes that he outlined as “original accumulation”, though playing out in a particular way in Britain, were fundamentally transnational.

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Why the Working Class Matters

Steve Early LA Progressive
With the rise of popular interest in socialism, this book goes beyond promoting efforts boosting needed protective legislation and improved social welfare for working people to look globally at struggles against capital and strategies for winning.

Problems of the Super-Rich

Lawrence Wittner Huffington Post
Based on recent economic developments, the super-rich don’t have much to complain about. Yet, the super-rich face the problem of how long people are going to tolerate a situation in which just eight men possess the same wealth as half the world’s population.

Dirty Laundry: An Investigation

Annie Hylton Dissent
Thousands of laundry workers—largely African-American or immigrant women—labor in hot, crowded, and often dangerous or toxic conditions to clean the linens used by millions. And it is these workers who endure the consequences of an industry plagued by poor working conditions, exploitation, and abuse.

Into the Meat Grinder of Humanity with `Beyond Caring'

HedyWeiss Chicago Sun-Times
Three women, all clearly desperate for jobs, arrive for "orientation" at the work room of a meat processing plant. They have been sent by an employment agency as "temporary workers" - a euphemism for low wages, no benefits, short-term contracts with uncertain payroll dates and the most appalling work conditions. So begins Alexander Zeldin's remarkable "immersive" soul-stripping production of "Beyond Caring."
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