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Universal Basic Income Is Our Best Weapon Against The Rising Far Right

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Without basic economic security, people often behave selfishly and vote irresponsibly.

Guy Standing, Huffington Post

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01/06/2017 | A groundbreaking pilot project launched this week in Finland. The government is going to give a randomly selected group of 2,000 unemployed citizens a monthly income of $587 with no strings attached and no need to report how they spend it. The project aims to test the feasibility of a program ― called basic income ― that’s worked in earlier pilot projects elsewhere in the world.

Basic income ― also known as universal basic income and basic minimum income ― is a modest amount paid individually and equally to citizens, without behavioral conditions. It has proven to reduce inequality and enhance economic and social freedom. And its time has come.

Guy Standing: Professor of Development, University of London; author, “The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class”

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The Basic Income Movement, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The important thing is to create a floor on which people can start building some security.
  • Part 1: A Universal Basic Income Is The Bipartisan Solution To Poverty We've Been Waiting For
  • Part 2: Catalyst | Basic Income movement in the Twin Cities

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The Enemy Is At Home by John Catalinotto

Not just the Trump forces but Democratic Party leaders are also the foes of the workers and oppressed peoples in the U.S. and in the world. The enemy is at home.

John Catalinotto, Workers World / dandelionsalad

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January 11, 2017 | As the inauguration of the president-elect approaches, the popular movement that has arisen to oppose his reactionary program is facing a vital political decision.

The most important first step for this movement is to reject the attempt to focus the criticism of the new president on the alleged “outside intervention” in the U.S. election.

The question facing anti-racist and anti-war activists who side with the working class is how to work with this new movement to keep it from being diverted by powerful forces within the capitalist system in a pro-militarist direction.

John Catalinotto teaches mathematics at City University in New York City. He was a civilian organizer for the anti-war, anti-racist American Servicemen's Union during the U.S. war in Vietnam, since 1982 managing editor of Workers World weekly newspaper.

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Can New CEO Tim Sloan Fix Scandal-Plagued Wells Fargo’s Corporate Culture?

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  • Tim Sloan has replaced John Stumpf as Wells Fargo’s New CEO, but some wonder whether such a longtime insider can really change the bank’s culture of customers and employee abuse.
  • Related: Special Report | Amazon & Wal-mart: Big Box Retailers Behaving Criminally

Peter Dreier, American Prospect

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October 28, 2016 | candal-plagued Wells Fargo’s recent selection of long-time bank insider Tim Sloan to replace John Stumpf as its CEO has done little to mollify critics, given Sloan’s central management role during more than a decade of consumer and community complaints.

Sloan has largely escaped scrutiny during the thumping Wells Fargo has taken from Congress, the media, and bank reform activists for boosting its own stock price by secretly creating more than two million unauthorized checking and credit-card accounts. As lawmakers and state and federal regulators line up to investigate the bank following Stumpf’s resignation, Sloan now replaces him on the hot seat. Sloan’s role as a member of the bank’s inner circle at a time when Wells Fargo stood accused of reckless and discriminatory practices is sure to interest investigators.

Peter Dreier teaches politics and chairs the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College. His latest book is The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame (Nation Books, 2012).

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Special Report | Amazon & Wal-mart: Big Box Retailers Behaving Criminally, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

Part 1: Report: How Amazon's Tightening Grip on the Economy Is Stifling Competition, Eroding Jobs, and Threatening Communities

Amazon is far more than a big, aggressive retailer. 

Part 2: Who should pay: You or Walmart?

Who do you think should pay the price of providing security for property and other minor crimes in Walmart stores?

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We know how to end poverty, so why don't we?

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  • The video above details the the history behind basic income proposals, why policymakers moved away from the idea, and why it might be worth taking another look.
  • Related: Reframing the Minimum-Wage Debate

Dylan Matthews, Vox 

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Money%20Pie.jpg November 14, 2016 | In theory, ending poverty is simple: the government could just give everyone enough money such that no one's poor anymore. That may sound too clever by half, but the idea — known as a "basic income" — has a long intellectual pedigree, and the case for it is better than you might expect. A limited version of it even passed the House of Representatives in 1970.

The video above details the the history behind basic income proposals, why policymakers moved away from the idea, and why it might be worth taking another look.

To learn more, check out our basic income explainer.

Dylan Matthews: Minister without portfolio. Forget it, Jake, it's the ARPAnet. Here is a novel about me.

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Reframing the Minimum-Wage Debate, David Howell, the American Prospect

Why “no job loss” is the wrong standard for setting the right wage floor.

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A third of the homeless people in America are over 50. I’m one of them.

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  • I never thought I’d be living in my car at age 66.
  • Related: 10 things everyone should know about what it’s really like to live on the street.

CeliaSue Hecht, Vox 

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Sep 29, 2016 | Nobody ever tells you about the sleep deprivation.

At around 4:30 am, while the rest of the world is still asleep, I wake up and get moving under cover of darkness. Quiet spots with some degree of tree cover, or the occasional hospital or church parking lot, are typically where I sleep for the night. Still, there’s always the risk that someone will spot me and I’ll wake up with police blaring a flashlight into my eyes.

CeliaSue Hech’s writing work has been featured in more than 40 local and national newspapers and magazines, on her dog travel blog, in newsletters, and in five romantic travel guides. She has traveled around the world and has written and led seminars and workshops in the US and Europe. Her travels have included about 245 cities.

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  • Since the recession, San Francisco's wealth gap has become a yawning chasm. The city's homeless tell their stories. 
  • Related: America Keeps People Poor On Purpose

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Class: Social Dynamite for Trump's Gang

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  • Part 1: Trump era confronts organized labor with gravest crisis in decades
  • The crisis for unions is a combination of direct threats from Trump's agenda and the knowledge that many rank-and-file workers are sympathetic to his populist message.
  • Part 2: Western PA Labor Leader Offended By Trump Attack On Steelworkers
  • "I don't have a Twitter account but, if I did, I'd give him my number and address," (Tony) Tepsic (president of the United Steelworkers Local 1212 in Midland, PA) said. "If he wants to boast about saving jobs, I got a plant in Midland we can talk about."

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: Trump era confronts organized labor with gravest crisis in decades

The crisis for unions is a combination of direct threats from Trump's agenda and the knowledge that many rank-and-file workers are sympathetic to his populist message.

Steven Mufson, Washington (DC) PostLeftLinks

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Dec 8, 2016 - President-elect Donald Trump's Twitter attack this week on a union official, followed by his choice of a labor secretary who has criticized new worker protections, has rattled leaders of the American labor movement, who fear unions may be facing their gravest crisis in decades.

On Thursday, Trump announced that he would nominate as his labor secretary Andrew Puzder, a fast-food executive who has opposed additional overtime pay for workers and expressed skepticism about increasing the minimum wage. That followed a pair of Twitter messages Wednesday evening in which Trump attacked an Indiana union leader who had criticized him, saying the official had done a "terrible job representing workers."

Steven Mufson covers energy and other financial matters for the Washington (DC) Post. Since joining the Post, he has covered the White House, China, economic policy and diplomacy. 

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Part 2: Western PA Labor Leader Offended By Trump Attack On Steelworkers

"I don't have a Twitter account but, if I did, I'd give him my number and address," (Tony) Tepsic (president of the United Steelworkers Local 1212 in Midland, PA) said. "If he wants to boast about saving jobs, I got a plant in Midland we can talk about."

Jared Stonesifer, Beaver County (PA) Times / LeftLinks

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Dec 9, 2016 - MIDLAND, PA -- Tony Tepsic doesn't have a Twitter account but, if he did, he would tell Donald Trump just when and where to find him.

Tepsic, president of the United Steelworkers Local 1212 in Midland, PA, took offense to the fact that the president-elect earlier this week attacked a fellow United Steelworkers local president in Indiana.

The feud started when Trump claimed he helped save 1,100 jobs from leaving Indiana. Chuck Jones, president of United Steelworkers Local 1999 based in Indianapolis, called Trump a liar and said the real number of jobs saved was around 800.

Jared Stonesifer: Energy, business and transportation reporter for the Beaver County (PA) Times.

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The Meaning Americans Find in Their Jobs

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  • "Work is “a search, too, for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.” --Studs Terkel book, Working
  • Conversations with 100 people about their work and how it shapes who they are.
  • Related: The Spiritual Crisis of the Modern Economy

Bourlee Lam and Adrienne Green, the Atlantic 

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http://cloudfront.mediamatters.org/static/images/sidecar/workers-275.png Nov 30, 2016 | Every month the Labor Department issues its jobs report, providing a snapshot of the American economy—how many people are employed, how many are looking for work, whether wages are improving or declining. Behind all those numbers are people. What motivates them to go to their jobs every day? What are their hopes for themselves and their families? How does their work affect how they see themselves?

Over the course of several months, we spoke with more than 100 American workers of diverse backgrounds, occupations, and regions about what their work. The project was loosely-based on the 1974 Studs Terkel book Working, in which he describes work as, “a search, too, for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.”

Bourlee Lam is an associate editor at the Atlantic. She was previously the editor of Freakonomics.com

Adrienne Green, is an assistant editor at the Atlantic .

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The Spiritual Crisis of the Modern EconomyVictor Tan Chen, the Atlantic 

 

 

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The modern economy privileges the well-educated and highly-skilled, while giving them an excuse to denigrate the people at the bottom (both white and nonwhite) as lazy, untalented, uneducated, and unsophisticated.

Related: The Meaning Americans Find in Their Jobs

 

 

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