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Special Report | New Economic Perspectives: Universal Basic Income Needed, Not Our Charity

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  • Part 1: Universal Basic Income Needed to Break 'Addiction to Economic Growth Killing Us'
    • Anthropologist Jason Hickel presents basic income as part of strategy of "planned de-growth," which will "increase human well-being and happiness while reducing our economic footprint."
  • Part 2: The Poor Need a Guaranteed Income, Not Our Charity
    • Community gardens, cooking classes, and food banks may make us feel good, but they don’t solve the problem of food insecurity.
  • Related: Why it’s Important to Fight the Stigma Attached to Poverty: Part I

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Part 1: Universal Basic Income Needed to Break 'Addiction to Economic Growth Killing Us'

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Anthropologist Jason Hickel presents basic income as part of strategy of "planned de-growth," which will "increase human well-being and happiness while reducing our economic footprint."

Andrea Germano, Common Dreams
 
Friday, August 11, 2017 | As some tech giants throw their weight behind the idea of a universal basic income, one anthropologist says it's a key component of a strategy to break the "addiction to economic growth [that] is killing us" and the planet.

Offering his views this week on BBC's "Viewsnight," Jason Hickel, an anthropologist at the London School of Economics and author of books including The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions, says "we can't have infinite growth on a finite planet."

That argument—which others have made as well—should be clear by evidence of the "climate change, deforestation, and rapid rates of extinction" taking hold, he says.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer, Common Dreams

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Part 2: The Poor Need a Guaranteed Income, Not Our Charity

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Community gardens, cooking classes, and food banks may make us feel good, but they don’t solve the problem of food insecurity.

Colleen Kimmett, The Walrus

Jul. 6, 2017 | utritionist and food-security expert Valerie Tarasuk recalls the meeting, early on in a five-year-long research project, when she and her fellow researchers reached the point of mind-numbing exhaustion that made civil discourse nearly impossible. It had become clear to them that the way Canadians talked about the prevalence of hunger—mostly framed in terms of food bank use—was missing the point. They needed some way to communicate the severity of the problem as they saw it. But would the public pay any attention to a purely descriptive report based on data gleaned from the “bowels of Stats Canada”?

The answer, it turned out, was yes.

Colleen Kimmett is a writer based in Montreal. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, Al Jazeera America, and The Development Set.

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Why it’s Important to Fight the Stigma Attached to Poverty: Part I, Maya Lehmann, Daily Work 

  • Like me, I hope this poem will make you think more deeply about the strengths of, and challenges faced by, people experiencing poverty.
  • Fake Labor News? What the Mainstream Media Is Not Telling You About the Poor, Week Ending August 5, 2017

Why it’s Important to Fight the Stigma Attached to Poverty: Part I

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  • Like me, I hope this poem will make you think more deeply about the strengths of, and challenges faced by, people experiencing poverty.
  • Fake Labor News? What the Mainstream Media Is Not Telling You About the Poor, Week Ending August 5, 2017

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Maya Lehmann, Daily Work

July 26, 2017 | It seems like Americans are more polarized than ever before. It is very easy to dismiss and distance ourselves from people whose beliefs, education, background, or values are different from ours. This seems particularly true in the political rhetoric these days, especially when it comes to government services and public assistance. Essentially, we have created and reinforced an “us” vs. “them” mentality that is harmful to American society and impairs our ability to work together and make positive changes that can benefit us all.

This polarization and dichotomy is definitely true in the way that people experiencing poverty are viewed. It is very easy to treat “them” as if they are somehow lesser than “us.” Often we either look at someone who is experiencing poverty as lazy or incompetent, or we act as if we have all of the solutions to fix their life, but both of these perspectives are harmful to someone’s self-sufficiency. We need to actively combat this judgmental attitude because it is not productive and it is harmful towards other people. Not only that, but these negative stereotypes are simply not true. The poem below by Julia Dinsmore articulates why we should not blame people for their situations, but instead support, encourage, affirm, respect, and realize that their situations are often the result of circumstantial or systemic barriers.

Maya Lehmann, Case Management Intern, Daily Work 

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Fake Labor News? What the Mainstream Media Is Not Telling You About the Poor, Week Ending August 5, 2017, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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• The United States of Cruelty, Charles P. Pierce, Esquire
• America's Disgusting, Boundless Hatred for Poor People, Brittney Cooper, Salon
• GOP Descent into Mindless Meanness, Lawrence Davidson, ConsortiumNews.com
• The rush to humiliate the poor, Dana Milbank, Washington (DC) Post 
• Indiana Republican: ‘No One Has the Guts’ to Let the Poor ‘Wither and Die’, Allen Clifton <>, Forward Progressives 

 

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Fake Labor News? What the Mainstream Media Is Not Telling You About the Poor, Week Ending August 5, 2017

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The United States of Cruelty, Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

  • We are cheap. We are suspicious. We will shoot first. It does not have to be this way. Like Lincoln before us, it is time to do something about it.
  • Related: GOP Descent into Mindless Meanness

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America's Disgusting, Boundless Hatred for Poor People, Brittney Cooper, Salon 

  • We're now legislating away poor people's right to be happy.
  • Nixon's racial Southern Strategy applied to the economically poor.
  • Richer and Poorer: How much inequality can a democracy stand?

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GOP Descent into Mindless Meanness, Lawrence Davidson, ConsortiumNews.com

  • Since the days of Richard Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” – a crass appeal to angry pro-segregationist whites – the Republican Party has descended into a political nastiness that has corroded the foundations of American democracy.
  • Beyond the war on science: Why the right embraces ignorance as a virtue

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The rush to humiliate the poor, Dana Milbank, Washington (DC) Post 

  • Never mind that few can afford filet mignon on a less-than-$7/day food-stamp allotment; they’re more likely to be buying chuck steak or canned tuna. This is less about public policy than about demeaning public-benefit recipients.
  • 10 Government Handouts That Prove Who The Biggest ‘Takers’ Actually Are

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Indiana Republican: ‘No One Has the Guts’ to Let the Poor ‘Wither and Die’, Allen Clifton, Forward Progressives

  • John Johnston proved just how much Republicans loathe Americans who are living in poverty.
  • GOP Assault on Social Security Could be 'Death Sentence' for Nation's Disabled
  • New Budget Chair to cut Social Security! 

 

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Should lousy, low-wage “jobs” count as jobs?

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  • This selfish, self-perpetuating expansion of inequality is no “sweet spot” of solid growth – it’s the sign of a severely sick economy… and it will kill all hope of a democratic America unless We the People rise up to reject the plutocratic profiteers and politicians who’re inflicting such deadly disparity on our society.
  • Related: Sold for Parts: Can Low-Wage Industries Survive Without Immigrants and Refugees?

Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown

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July 11, 2017 | Excellent news, folks: Jobs are now plentiful!

As the Associated Press put it, “The US job market has settled into a sweet spot of steadily solid growth.” At long last then, the American dream is back for working families, right? No. The AP article later admitted that the jobs market still is missing any “broad acceleration in pay.”

"Two wrongs don't make a right, but three left turns do." --Jim Hightower

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Money%20Pie.jpgIn other words, you can find work, but don’t expect to be paid. And forget about such “luxuries” as health coverage, pension, sick leave, vacation time, and having a regular schedule. These are not jobs, they’re jobettes! Most are in service work – from fast food chains to nursing homes and car washes. Nearly all are poorly paid, temporary, and routinely exploitative.

 

Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer, and public speaker. He’s also editor of the populist newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown.

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Sold for Parts: Can Low-Wage Industries Survive Without Immigrants and Refugees? Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Sold for Parts

One of the most dangerous companies in the U.S. took advantage of immigrant workers. Then, when they got hurt or fought back, it used America’s laws against them.

  • Part 2: Can Low-Wage Industries Survive Without Immigrants and Refugees?

Case Farms’ history shows how many sectors like meatpacking depend on immigrants and refugees. Now business leaders fear President Trump’s policies will create a labor shortage.

Series | Outclassed: Part 1: Why do we think poor people are poor because of their own bad choices?

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‘ Among the wealthy, biases allow society’s winners to believe that they got where they are by hard work alone’. Illustration: Rosie Roberts

  • If an unexpected medical emergency bankrupts you, you view yourself as a victim of bad fortune – while seeing other bankruptcy court clients as spendthrifts. Why?
  • Outclassed: The Secret Life of Inequality is our new series about class. This installment is Part 1. 
  • Related: Kurt Vonnegut Ponders Why “Poor Americans Are Taught to Hate Themselves” in a Timely Passage from Slaughterhouse-Five

Maia Szalavitz, Guardian

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https://cdn.theatlantic.com/assets/media/img/mt/2016/11/ij_banner/lead_960.jpg?1480521355Wednesday, 5 July, 2017 | Cecilia Mo thought she knew all about growing up poor when she began teaching at Thomas Jefferson senior high school in south Los Angeles. As a child, she remembered standing in line, holding a free lunch ticket. But it turned out that Mo could still be shocked by poverty and violence – especially after a 13-year-old student called her in obvious panic. He had just seen his cousin get shot in his front yard.

For Mo, hard work and a good education took her to Harvard and Stanford. But when she saw just how much chaos and violence her LA students faced, she recognized how lucky she had been growing up with educated parents and a safe, if financially stretched, home.

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Kurt Vonnegut Ponders Why “Poor Americans Are Taught to Hate Themselves” in a Timely Passage from Slaughterhouse-Five, Josh Jones, Open Culture 

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  • For all his (Campbell's) outlandish presentation, he is a complicated figure---something of an amalgam of the far right’s showmen and hucksters and its cynical intellectuals, who often understand very well how the stark divisions of race and class are maintained in the U.S., and exploit that knowledge for political gain.
  • Related: From the Archives | Noam Chomsky: America Hates Its Poor

 

Pence Leads GOP's Under-the-Radar Attack on Unions

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Pence leans over an executive order in the Oval Office. Pence leads the assault on workers in the Executive Branch. | AP

  • Part 1: Pence leads under-the-radar attack on unions

Pence working hard on a strategy to make “right to work” national law.

  • Part 2: Things Are About to Get Really Ugly for the Labor Movement

Unions were finally on an upswing. Now, they’re staring down the barrel of the GOP’s gun.

  • Related: Time to Build a Resistance in More Than Name Only 

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Pence leads under-the-radar attack on unions

As of today 28 states, a majority of the states in the country, have “right to work” laws on the books. And we have Vice President Pence working hard on a strategy to make “right to work” national law.

John Wojcik, People's World

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Money%20Pie.jpg May 22, 2017 | Since he took office, Vice President Pence has been working with high-level Trump backers to develop a comprehensive strategy to weaken labor unions. The strategy he is developing revolves around so-called “right to work” laws that have already been rammed through numerous state legislative bodies. Among the GOP bright lights attending the closed-door sessions with Pence have been Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Pence’s role as architect of a new federal assault on unions is one of the topics tackled recently in an excellent article* in the March/April issue of The Voice of the ILWU, published by the union’s local 142 in Hawaii. The article, entitled “Trump backs attack on union,” delves into the history of “right to work” and how it has been used to bash workers and their unions.

http://www.peoplesworld.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/jwojcik-200x200.jpg John Wojcik is editor in chief at Peoplesworld.org. He started as labor editor of the People's World in May, 2007 after working as a union meat cutter in northern New Jersey. There he served as a shop steward, as a member of a UFCW contract negotiating committee, and as an activist in the union's campaign to win public support for Wal-Mart workers. In the 1970s and '80s he was a political action reporter for the Daily World, this newspaper's predecessor, and active in electoral politics in Brooklyn, New York.

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Part 2: Things Are About to Get Really Ugly for the Labor Movement

Unions were finally on an upswing. Now, they’re staring down the barrel of the GOP’s gun. 

Justin Miller, The American Prospect

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November 15, 2016 | The nation’s union movement is suffering from collective whiplash. As the Rust Belt states fell late last Tuesday night, so too did labor’s hopes for a Democratic president who had promised to lift up working people. Instead it was forced to confront the reality of an explosive faux-populist taking power in tandem with a pro-business GOP Congress that has been waiting for its chance to dismantle a beleaguered, but recently rising, labor movement. The promising signs of a rejuvenation for workers’ interests and rights in recent years have all come under a dark cloud of uncertainty and dread.

For starters, with Trump promising to be a regulatory “reformer,” Republicans and their business lobbyist colleagues hope to roll back every single one of President Obama’s labor initiatives that were, slowly but surely, tilting the regulatory system more in favor of worker power. “This is going to be a president who will be the biggest regulatory reformer since Ronald Reagan,” Trump economic advisor Stephen Moore, told The New York Times. “There are just so many regulations that could be eased.”

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Time to Build a Resistance in More Than Name Only, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: The So-called Resistance, by James Howard Kunstler

James Howard Kunstler asks a critical question: what would a real resistance (as opposed to the crybaby resistance currently wailing) look like?

  • Part 2: Time to Build a Real Resistance! 

The mass protests against (Trump's)  reactionary policies have been inspiring, but they will inevitably ebb and flow because ultimately, protests will not be enough to stop him and the class he represents.

 

 

 

 

 

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Kurt Vonnegut Ponders Why “Poor Americans Are Taught to Hate Themselves” in a Timely Passage from Slaughterhouse-Five

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  • For all his (Campbell's) outlandish presentation, he is a complicated figure---something of an amalgam of the far right’s showmen and hucksters and its cynical intellectuals, who often understand very well how the stark divisions of race and class are maintained in the U.S., and exploit that knowledge for political gain.
  • Related: From the Archives | Noam Chomsky: America Hates Its Poor

Josh Jones, Open Culture 

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May 25th, 2017 | Amidst what is now an ordinary day’s chaos and turmoil in the news, you may have noticed some outrage circulating over comments made by erstwhile brain surgeon, former presidential candidate, and current Secretary of HUD Ben Carson. Poverty, he said, is a “state of mind.” The idea fits squarely in the wheelhouse of Carson’s brand of magical thinking, as well as into what has always been a self-help tradition in the U.S. since Poor Richard's Almanac.

Consider, for example, the immense popularity of a book written during the Great Depression, Napoleon Hill’s 1937 Think and Grow Rich, which has increased every year since its publication. By 2015, the book had sold around 100 million copies worldwide. Hill’s prolific self-help cottage industry occupies a prominent place in a distinctly American genre, and an economy unto itself. Books, videos, seminars, and megachurches promise the faithful that they need only to change themselves to change their economic outcomes, in order not only thrive but to “grow rich.”

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From the Archives | Noam Chomsky: America Hates Its Poor, Chris Steele, AlterNet  / Zuccotti Park Press 

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  • Linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky on our country's brutal class warfare -- and why it's ultimately so one-sided.
  • This is an excerpt from the just released second edition of Noam Chomsky’s  “Occupy: Class War, Rebellion and Solidarity,” edited by Greg Ruggiero and published by Zuccotti Park Press.
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Sold for Parts: Can Low-Wage Industries Survive Without Immigrants and Refugees?

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  • Part 1: Sold for Parts
    • One of the most dangerous companies in the U.S. took advantage of immigrant workers. Then, when they got hurt or fought back, it used America’s laws against them.
  • Part 2: Can Low-Wage Industries Survive Without Immigrants and Refugees?
    • Case Farms’ history shows how many sectors like meatpacking depend on immigrants and refugees. Now business leaders fear President Trump’s policies will create a labor shortage.

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Part 1: Sold for Parts

One of the most dangerous companies in the U.S. took advantage of immigrant workers. Then, when they got hurt or fought back, it used America’s laws against them.

Michael Grabell, ProPublica

https://static.propublica.org/projects/case-farms/assets/images/generated/story-opener-A-8x10-1200*960-9a4cdc.jpgMay 1, 2017 | By late afternoon, the smell from the Case Farms chicken plant in Canton, Ohio, is like a pungent fog, drifting over a highway lined with dollar stores and auto parts shops. When the stink is at its ripest, it means that the day’s 180,000 chickens have been slaughtered, drained of blood, stripped of feathers and carved into pieces — and it’s time for workers like Osiel López Pérez to clean up. On April 7, 2015, Osiel put on bulky rubber boots and a white hard hat, and trained a pressurized hose on the plant’s stainless steel machines, blasting off the leftover grease, meat and blood.

A Guatemalan immigrant, Osiel was just weeks past his 17th birthday, too young by law to work in a factory. A year earlier, after gang members shot his mother and tried to kidnap his sisters, he left his home, in the mountainous village of Tectitán, and sought asylum in the United States. He got the job at Case Farms with a driver’s license that said his name was Francisco Sepulveda, age 28. The photograph on the ID was of his older brother, who looked nothing like him, but nobody asked any questions.

https://static.propublica.org/projects/case-farms/assets/images/michael-grabell-200x200.jpg Michael Grabell covers economic issues, labor, immigration and trade. He has reported on the ground from more than 30 states, as well as some of the remotest villages in Alaska and Guatemala. His work has appeared in The New Yorker and The New York Times and on Vice and NPR. He has won a Gerald Loeb Award for business journalism and an IRE Medal for investigative reporting and is a three-time finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists.

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Part 2: Can Low-Wage Industries Survive Without Immigrants and Refugees?

Case Farms’ history shows how many sectors like meatpacking depend on immigrants and refugees. Now business leaders fear President Trump’s policies will create a labor shortage.

Michael Grabell, ProPublica 

https://static.propublica.org/projects/case-farms/assets/images/generated/case-farms-spot-illo-02-900*549-3952a8.pngMay 5, 2017 | One afternoon this fall, I knocked on the door of a redbrick apartment building in Akron, Ohio, looking for a Bhutanese refugee who’d lost the tips of his fingers at a Case Farms chicken plant in a vacuum-pressure machine known as a “fat sucker.”

In the apartment’s tiny living room, a young man told his story in halting English. As he spoke, I realized that his name was different from the one I had, and, instead of losing his fingertips in a fat sucker at the company’s Canton plant, he’d lost his pinkie to a saw at its plant in nearby Winesburg. I had the wrong guy, but I’d stumbled on yet another Bhutanese refugee who’d sacrificed part of his body for the company.

https://static.propublica.org/projects/case-farms/assets/images/michael-grabell-200x200.jpg Michael Grabell covers economic issues, labor, immigration and trade. He has reported on the ground from more than 30 states, as well as some of the remotest villages in Alaska and Guatemala. His work has appeared in The New Yorker and The New York Times and on Vice and NPR. He has won a Gerald Loeb Award for business journalism and an IRE Medal for investigative reporting and is a three-time finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists.

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