Labor

Working for Amazon sounds brutal

Once again I’m starting to wonder about who is worse Amazon or Walmart. Amazon’s grand proclamations, on the other hand, tend to focus on domi­nation, not on providing any sort of abstract benefit to society outside the lowering of prices and the delivery of goods. The company has never put forth a rosy vision of

Corporatism

Who is worse Amazon or Walmart?

Both are giant retailers with questionable practices when it comes to labor and their supply chains. While I order products from Amazon I can’t help but wonder how becoming a monopoly helps anyone.  This sentence makes them sound just like Walmart: It’s well known that the outsized scale of Amazon’s operations tends to first capture

Economy

Why we should say working class instead of middle class

David Rosen writing in Counterpunch makes a good point.  In the postwar era of the great recovery, the working-class became the middle-class and lost its progressive meaning. Three factors shaped this development. First, the consumer revolution and suburbia fostered the celebrated middle-class prosperity. Second the new social sciences turned social relations into hollow income categories

Poverty

In Silicon Valley the poor ride a bus all night

In the movie Snowpiercer, what’s left of humanity is resigned to ride on a train with a perpetual motion engine. The world around them is inhospitable to human life so their existence is carried out on this train. To draw a comparison to something that happens in the real world, we bare witness to the

Healthcare

Obamacare still not affordable for working poor

This doesn’t apply to people who qualify for Medicaid. This is about Americans who fall into the category of the working poor. They earn to much for Medicaid but not enough to afford quality healthcare. Why are we penalizing the working poor for not being able to afford Obamacare? Furthermore, the mandate is not pushing

Working Families Party

So you lost a midterm election

As bad as things may seem remember a few things. A lot of the seats that were up for grabs were in conservative states. I can’t fathom why Maryland would elect a Republican governor but oh well. The truth is that both political parties are miserable failures. Progressives work hard to elect Democrats because the

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