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Report: Corporate Tax Cuts Boost CEO Pay, Not Jobs

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  • The 24th annual Institute for Policy Studies ‘Executive Excess’ report offers a first-ever look at the jobs record of U.S. firms that pay taxes near the rates the Trump White House favors.
  • Related: Foxconn Comes to Wisconsin: A Bad Deal for Workers and the Environment

Sarah Anderson and Sam Pizzigati, inequality.org

http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/9-strategies-to-end-corporate-rule/images/Stencil.jpg/image_large August 30, 2017 | House Speaker Paul Ryan is proposing to cut the statutory federal corporate tax rate from 35 to 20 percent. President Trump wants to slash the rate even further, to just 15 percent. Their core argument? Lowering the tax burden will lead to more and better jobs.

To investigate this claim, we set out to analyze the job-creating performance of the 92 publicly held American corporations that reported a U.S. profit every year from 2008 through 2015 and paid less than 20 percent of these earnings in federal corporate income tax.

Sarah Anderson and Sam Pizzigati: Sarah Anderson directs the Global Economy Project and co-edits Inequality.org at the Institute for Policy Studies. Sam Pizzigati, an IPS associate fellow, also co-edits Inequality.org.

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Foxconn Comes to Wisconsin: A Bad Deal for Workers and the Environment, Willis and Jacob Druker, Socialist Alternative

In exchange for $3 billion from the state government, electronics giant Foxconn will build a massive factory in Wisconsin. What’s good for big business is good for the rest of us. Right?
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Special Project | Hurricane Harvey, Week Ending September 2, 2017

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  • Hurricane Harvey is yet another deadly reminder that Nature Bats Clean-Up and will not let homo sapiens off the hook for letting its capitalist “elite” drive global temperature to deadly extremes with excessive carbon emissions that are a direct consequence of modern capitalism’s lethal addiction to endless accumulation, commodification, and quantitative “growth.”
  • 6 New Items Including:
  1. Boomtown, Flood Town
  2. Did Overdevelopment Make Flooding in Houston Worse?
  3. For years, engineers have warned that Houston was a flood disaster in the making. Why didn't somebody do something?
  4. Harvey Is What Climate Change Looks Like
  5. We've Failed Houston Because We've Failed Our Democracy
  6. Herr Donald, Sheriff Joe, Hurricane Harvey, and the Fate of the Republic

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Week Ending September 2, 2017, 6 New Items including:

1. Boomtown, Flood Town, Neena Satija for The Texas Tribune and Reveal; Kiah Collier for The Texas Tribune; and Al Shaw for ProPublica

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  • Climate change will bring more frequent and fierce rainstorms to cities like Houston. But unchecked development remains a priority in the famously un-zoned city, creating short-term economic gains for some while increasing flood risks for everyone.
  • This is part of a series on Houston's flood risk. Read about why Texas isn't ready for the next big hurricane.

2. Did Overdevelopment Make Flooding in Houston Worse? Mary Mazzoni, AlterNet
As residents recover from Harvey, some experts wonder if the disastrous flooding could've been mitigated.

3. For years, engineers have warned that Houston was a flood disaster in the making. Why didn't somebody do something? Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles (CA) Times
“Houston is excessively developed,” (Robert Gilbert, a University of Texas at Austin civil engineer) said. “It has 6 million people with lots of concrete and lots of people in harm’s way.”

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4. Harvey Is What Climate Change Looks Like, Eric Holthaus, Politico
It’s time to open our eyes and prepare for the world that’s coming.

5. We've Failed Houston Because We've Failed Our Democracy, Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Magazine
We have given up on citizenship, and on our political commonwealth.

6. Herr Donald, Sheriff Joe, Hurricane Harvey, and the Fate of the Republic, Paul Street, Counterpunch 
Hurricane Harvey is yet another deadly reminder that Nature Bats Clean-Up and will not let homo sapiens off the hook for letting its capitalist “elite” drive global temperature to deadly extremes with excessive carbon emissions that are a direct consequence of modern capitalism’s lethal addiction to endless accumulation, commodification, and quantitative “growth.”
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Drawing Equivalencies Between Fascists and Anti-Fascists: A Pox on Both Their Houses

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  • Part 1: Antifa and Neo-Nazis: A Pox on Both their Houses
    • Both Antifa and the Neo-Nazis align themselves with ideologies that brought about the greatest human suffering the world has ever seen.
  • Part 2: Drawing Equivalencies Between Fascists and Anti-Fascists Is Not Just Wrong—It’s Dangerous
    • We must be very wary of any attempts to excuse or normalize white supremacy.

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Part 1: Antifa and Neo-Nazis: A Pox on Both their Houses

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Both Antifa and the Neo-Nazis align themselves with ideologies that brought about the greatest human suffering the world has ever seen.

Devin Foley, Intellectual Takeout

August 18, 2017 | Since the chaos at Charlottesville, media of various sorts have been hammering away at the evil of white supremacy and neo-Nazis while barely mentioning the evil of Antifa. It is as if we are to believe that we have a binary choice: Will you line up with neo-Nazis or will you line up with Antifa?

Worryingly, the whole situation is reminiscent of the street fights between the Communists and National Socialists (Nazis) that plagued the Weimar Republic during the 1920s. If you’re not familiar with the period, a weakened Germany, hollowed out by the Great War (1914-1919) and financially ruined by the Treaty of Versailles, was besieged by various totalitarian groups attempting to take over. As we know, the National Socialists eventually won, seizing power in 1933 under Adolf Hitler.

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Part 2: Drawing Equivalencies Between Fascists and Anti-Fascists Is Not Just Wrong—It’s Dangerous

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Neo-Nazis, white supremacists and fascists descended on Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12. (Photo by Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

  • The flaw in the “both sides” position is that the violent protest actions of antifa are equivalent to the violent actions of white supremacists. A brief examination of the two movements’ approaches to violence points to the fallacy of comparing the two.
  • We must be very wary of any attempts to excuse or normalize white supremacy.

Stanislav Vysotsky, In These Times

August 15, 2017 | After a fascist march in Charlottesville, Va. left one anti-Nazi protester dead and 19 others wounded, there has been widespread criticism of President Donald Trump’s failure to forcefully denounce white supremacists. However, this condemnation has rarely included a genuine understanding of the actions of antifascist protesters in Charlottesville and elsewhere, creating a continued justification for the “both sides” argument that paints antifascists, or antifa, as equivalent to the white supremacists they oppose.

As a researcher who has attended numerous political and social events with antifascist involvement, and interviewed many antifascists, it is clear to me that politicians and pundits are drawing a false equivalence between white supremacist and antifa actions—and ignoring the direct threat posed by supremacists that motivates antifascist responses. Antifascists often serve as the first line of defense when police and civil society fail to protect marginalized groups from fascist threat. Their actions must be understood in that context.

Stanislav Vysotsky is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. His research focuses on the conflict between supremacist groups in contemporary American society and their militant antifascist opposition through ethnographic and interview research with antifascist activists, in order to understand the relationship between threat, space, subculture, and social movement activism.

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Trump Is Using Old Jim Crow Tactics to Usher in a New Era of Racist Violence

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  • To defeat this administration’s racist governance-by-suggestion, we need movements—not just policy.
  • If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. —Sun Tzu
  • Related: From the Archives | The Bandwagon of Hate: America’s Cancer

Stephanie Guilloud and Emery Wright, In These Times 

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August 18, 2017 | IThe Trump administration is having a hard time governing by legislation. We can count the administration’s failures in Congress as cold comfort, but it is imperative to work harder to understand what is really happening on the political landscape. Executive orders, tweets, public speeches, briefs and memos are the signals of governance that point towards repressive state policy and brew social hostility on the ground. The Trump administration is governing by suggestion, and the impact is deadly.

Charlottesville is erupting and, similar to the social eruption in Ferguson three years ago, this is not a moment to call ourselves “protesters.” We are community members who are horrified and outraged at heightened, organized and violent white supremacy, whether it manifests as police murders or Nazi rallies.
Stephanie Guilloud and Emery Wright are Co-Directors at Project South and long-time organizers for racial and economic justice in the U.S. South.

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From the Archives | The Bandwagon of Hate: America’s Cancer, Odysseus, Angry Humanist

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  • So here I ask that each of us pull our heads out of those fluffy and, mostly white, clouds of privilege and see the world our choices have created. Stop supporting the status quo with silence and quick indictments of the disenfranchised. Stop changing the subject. Stop complaining about our hurt feelings. Stop listening to everyone except the people who are suffering. We either challenge the system and our long held perceptions of the people it harms or do nothing, and thus, contribute to the collapse.
  • Related: White America's Greatest Delusion: "They Do Not Know It and They Do Not Want to Know It"


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Democrats' "Better Deal" Is Everything Wrong With the Party and a Bum Deal for Progressives

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  • Part 1: The Democrats’ New Agenda Is Everything That’s Wrong With the Party
    • More bland messaging and populist posturing won’t save the Democrats. The party needs to take a bold stand against corporate power.
  • Part 2: Democrats’ “Better Deal” is a bum deal for progressives — and won’t win elections
    • Do Democrats really believe that chasing Trump voters while alienating people of color will win elections?

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Part 1: The Democrats’ New Agenda Is Everything That’s Wrong With the Party

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More bland messaging and populist posturing won’t save the Democrats. The party needs to take a bold stand against corporate power.

Miles Kampf-Lassin | In These Times / Moyers & Company

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Jim Fuller.

July 28, 2017 | The story of the Democratic Party in 2017 has been one of timidity and stubborn resistance to real change.

In the immediate aftermath of the party’s preferred candidate facing a humiliating defeat in last year’s presidential election, questions swirled over what direction the party would take to respond to the new political reality. With Democrats at their weakest position in decades, having lost over 1,000 seats in states and Congress over the previous eight years, it appeared that a drastic shift in how the party operated was in store.

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Part 2: Democrats’ “Better Deal” is a bum deal for progressives — and won’t win elections

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Christopher Sebastion Parker, Salon

Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 | Progressives have a problem. When it comes to their message, it’s all noise and no signal. For instance, in a recent Washington Post poll, only 37 percent of respondents said that the Democratic Party had a clear policy and stood for something. To remedy this, late last month the leaders of the Democratic Party unveiled their new platform under a new slogan, “A Better Deal.” 

On the surface this rebranding, as such, seems a good idea. It promises to (1) make it easier for the base to identify what the party represents, and (2) furnish daylight between the progressive program and the Trump-led GOP. The new message is geared to win working-class whites through a razor-sharp focus on economic policy. But this strategy will not only fail to win additional votes, it will risk alienating almost half of the party’s base by ignoring race and issues associated with racism.  

Christopher Sebastion Parker is a professor in the department of political science at the University of Washington. A graduate of UCLA and the University of Chicago, Parker also served in the United States Navy. He is the author of "Change They Can’t Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America" (Princeton University Press, 2013), and "Fighting for Democracy: Black Veterans and the Struggle Against White Supremacy in the Postwar South" (Princeton University Press, 2009). Parker also writes a column, “Race and Rage,” for The Conversation.

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