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Why Wealth Gap has Grown Despite Record-long Economic Growth

Christopher Rugaber ABCNews (Associated Press)
As the wealth gap has widened, income gains have remained anemic for Americans at all levels for the past decade. Many economists argue that what's needed is simply higher incomes so more Americans can save and build wealth.

Media Bits and Bytes - June 18, 2019

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Byron Allen v. Comcast goes to SCOTUS; Rightist Media Power; T-Mobile-Sprint Merger; Tech Economy Brings Inequality; Media Workers Unionize; "When They See Us"; Readers Call Out NYT Warmongering

To Save Democracy, We Need Class Struggle

Adaner Usmani Jacobin
The historical record is clear: democracy was only won when poor people waged disruptive class struggle against the rich. We'll need more of it to save democracy today.

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What the Strike Ahead of Uber's IPO Exposes About American Inequality

Alana Semuels Time
One group who won’t benefit much from Uber’s IPO: its drivers, who numbered 3.9 million at the end of last year. They are likely to see their pay worsen as the company strives to become more profitable while facing public shareholder pressure.

About that April 2019 Jobs Report

Dean Baker, Sarah Karp Center for Economic and Policy Research, WBEZ
Aspects of the report are disturbing. Over the last year, the black unemployment rate has risen 0.2 percentage points to 6.7 percent and the white unemployment rate has dropped 0.4 percentage point to 3.1 percent. The rise is all among black men.

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Henry Louis Gates Jr. on the ‘Stony Road’ for Black Americans

David Luhrssen Shepherd Express (Milwaukee)
The highly regarded scholar's latest work tackles the deep roots of white nationalism as it emerged from conflicts surrounding Reconstruction and the failure of post-Civil War governments to stamp down racism and secure genuine emancipation.

Assessing 40 Years of Labor Notes

Nelson Lichtenstein International Viewpoint
Labor Notes is one of the most successful socialist projects in the labor movement in US history. It has trained and connected tens of thousands of union militants throughout the world.

Segregated by Design

Mark Lopez, Richard Rothstein, YouTooCanWoo Segregated by Design
Examine the forgotten history of how our federal, state and local governments unconstitutionally segregated every major metropolitan area in America through law and policy.
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