Both Sanders and Corbyn are widely popular in their home countries, despite being hated by the transatlantic liberal elite who said neither of them could ever catch on with the public. The liberal discourse is disproportionately a professional-class party over tapas and Chardonnay. It will never be the bellwether for socialist politics.

From Jacobin

Great article in Jacobin about those Millennials and how they’re turning away from Wall Street.

There’s nothing wrong with Seattle

When a television host on the Fox Business Network calls your city a “socialist hellhole” then you know you’re doing something right.

How “right” Seattle is exactly wasn’t realized by me until I read a list of their accomplishments in an article on CounterPunch.

From an excerpt:

This model of staking out a bold demand, building a movement independent of the city establishment, and relying on our own strength to win came pretty naturally this time around. That’s not surprising. It’s the same model our movement in Seattle has used to win the Fight for 15, defeat 400% increases on low-income tenants, replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day, defeat a $160 million police precinct proposal, win $29 million of public money for affordable housing, and divest $3 billion dollars from Wells Fargo in solidarity with no NoDAPL, all in just the last few years.

Photo by Maciek Lulko

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 the future of service labor. Amazon warehouse work is hard, often subcontracted and kept out of sight of consumers. According to a 2015 investigation by The Times, even at the corporate office, the work culture is unapologetically ruthless.

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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 suppliers, and next, drive down their prices. 

I remember a few years back the issues that SodaStream was having with concern to operating a plant within the occupied territories of Palestine. They faced a heavy backlash and since then have moved that plant to a different location. Now the company is back in the news but this time for their anti-union policies. Maybe it's time for another campaign to be launched. Someone should start an online action targeting SodaStream's management for starters. 

Chicago is going to require students to prove that they either have a job, military commitment, college acceptance or etc. in order to graduate high school. Instead of making it a requirement, why can’t they just put more effort into helping students secure their future after graduation?

Jefferson’s hypocritical views on race

So I’m reading this article in Jacobin magazine about U.S. and Native American relations during the early years of the republic when I came across this paragraph on Thomas Jefferson’s views on race-mixing between Indians and Caucasians.

Jefferson, like many national politicians between 1790 and 1820, insisted that the tensions on the frontier would ultimately be resolved through intermarriage between whites and Indians. “You will mix with us by marriage,” Jefferson told a visiting delegation of Delawares and Mohicans in 1808. “Your blood will run in our veins, and will spread with us over this great island.”

I doubt that he had the same views when it came to the African American population that was currently enslaved. Yes, he personally fathered mixed-race children with one of his slaves in Sally Hemmings but he was still a slave owner and I don’t believe he envisioned the same future between African Americans and Caucasians. 

Sy Hersh says Assad didn’t use sarin gas?

Apparently, no one in the mainstream press is picking up Seymour Hersh’s latest story.

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh, the journalist who exposed the My Lai massacre of Vietnamese women, children and old people by US troops, the Abu Ghraib prison torture scandal in Iraq, and many other critically important stories, has now obliterated the US government’s (and the US media’s) claim that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s military killed nearly 100 people with a Sarin nerve gas bombing in April, an incident which prompted President Trump to order a Tomahawk cruise missile attack on a Syrian Air Force base.

I’ve read articles by Sy Hersh before and even read one of his books which came out after the Abu Gharib scandal. I’ve always found him to be highly credible as do hundreds if not thousands of other people. Maybe a buzz on social media can get this article out there?

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 and consumer hucksters promoted aspiration rooted in accumulation and conformity. And, third, the Cold War at home, signified by Sen. Joe McCarthy, HUCA and the execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, imposed social order.