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Wednesday, 17 June 2015 | Now that Pope Francis has come out on the side of acknowledging human-caused global warming, Republican presidential contenders are suddenly on the side of “science” not religion.  Where does this pope guy get off on mixing religion and politics, sheesh!  

Thanks to the pope, it’s becoming more difficult to cast yourself on the side of the angels and the oil companies at the same time.  Never mind that human-caused global warming is established science, political contributions from the oil and gas industry are waaaay more important than saving the world.  And it’s not just the Republican candidates, a surprising number of regular ol’ Republican people are still buying into the “hoax” line fed to them by big oil and politicians. 

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Let’s abandon the Democrats: On TPP, workers’ rights and income inequality, they are as bad as GOP

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Erik Loomis, Salon

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Monday, Jul 6, 2015 | Labor unions were angry with President Clinton for signing into law the North American Free Trade Agreement. They pressured Congress to act to revisit the law. When the House of Representatives initially rejected Clinton’s request to negotiate new trade deals in 1997, Clinton had to show he took labor’s concerns seriously. So as part of a new trade deal with Cambodia, Clinton agreed to a union proposal to provide the Cambodian government incentives to improve the conditions of apparel workers. The final compromise between the Clinton administration and labor allowed workers to unionize in return for an increased export quota. They received $50 a month for a 48-hour week, a dozen federal holidays, vacation days, sick leave and maternity leave. The Cambodian deal became the only free trade agreement with an enforceable labor provision.

The plan worked. With oversight from the International Labour Organization (ILO), Cambodian clothing exports and union density grew together. Apparel makers signed union contracts with workers. It was not a perfect system—factory owners tried to avoid the regulations and coached workers on what to say to ILO inspectors. But it led to enormous improvements and showed how government could improve workers’ lives. Like most trade agreements, this one came to an end. The U.S.-Cambodian trade pact ended with the Multifibre Agreement’s demise. Cambodia now had to compete with the rest of the world without inspections or union contracts. Within weeks of the quota ending, underground sweatshops appeared with terrible working conditions. Companies were more free than ever before to concentrate in nations with the worst workplace standards, and Cambodian labor saw its union pacts quickly scuttled and its working conditions and wages plummet to some of the lowest in the industry. Wages fell by 17 percent for Cambodian garment workers between 2001 and 2011.

Erik Loomis: Historian, economic justice, labor, environment. Author of Out of Sight, on the plague of capital mobility.

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american_oligarchy.jpgBoth Major U.S. Parties are Plagues on Humanity, Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report 

  • The two corporate parties have collaborated in knocking off countries targeted for invasion and regime change. They have both nurtured the jihadist international network that was created under presidents Carter and Reagan. And presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama are complicit in the capital crime of genocide in the Congo, where six million people have died since 1996. The presidential nominee of either party must be a ghoul, a fiend, or a banshee.
  • Chris Hedges | America's Electoral Farce

 

 

Revolution Manifesto

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  • Every action we take now must be directed at ripping down the structures of the corporate state. This means refusing to co-operate. It means joining or building radical mass movements. It means carrying out sustained acts of civil disobedience
  • Part 1: The Fourth of July and the right of revolution
  • Chris Hedges | America's Electoral Farce
  • Part 2: Book Release & Discussion – Revolution Manifesto

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Part 1: The Fourth of July and the right of revolution

But in spite of this horrifying oppression, the future, in an objective sense, belongs to us. Their system continues to function solely by virtue of our labor. Once the poor and working people of the world become aware of this fact and organize on that basis, the system of exploitation that underscores every other injustice can be eliminated.

Party for Socialism and Liberation

Champney-Bloody%20Massacre.jpgJuly 3, 2015 Every schoolchild in the United States is exposed at one point or another to this famous passage from the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It is often cited, especially around Independence Day celebrations, as proof of the supposed moral infallibility and noble commitment to democratic ideals of the United States.

But for the vast majority of people who were alive for the drafting of this founding document, this was hollow rhetoric. Women were treated as the property of their husbands and fathers, and had almost no civil or political rights. Even many white males were denied access to formal political channels due to property requirements for suffrage, and poor farmers were largely left out of the post-independence redistribution of loyalist landholdings.

Walter Smolarek is a member of the Philadelphia branch of the Party for Socialism and Liberation and a senior at Temple University studying education. He is the managing editor of Liberation newspaper.

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America's Electoral Farce, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

  • Every action we take now must be directed at ripping down the structures of the corporate state. This means refusing to co-operate. It means joining or building radical mass movements. It means carrying out sustained acts of civil disobedience
  • Only in America? The False Dichotomy Between Movement Building and Electoral Politics
  • The Sanders Trap


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Part 2: Book Release & Discussion – Revolution Manifesto

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  • 07/10/2015 - 7:00 p.m.

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imperialism-vertical-ad.pngA new book by the PSL reviews and updates Lenin's Imperialism a century after its original publication.

From the Occupy movement to the recent rebellions against racist police terror, the police, the courts and the military—the capitalist state—has repeatedly been called out for its brutality and injustice at home and around the world. What is the capitalist state exactly? What role does it play in society and whose interests does it serve? Can it be changed?

The Party for Socialism and Liberation has just published a new book, Revolution Manifesto: Understanding Marx and Lenin’s Theory of Revolution, which takes on these vital questions for organizers and revolutionaries. Join us for a book launch and political discussion along with book contributor, Gloria La Riva, one of the forum’s main speakers.

The Party for Socialism and Liberation <info@pslweb.org> is a working-class party of leaders and activists from many different struggles, founded to promote the movement for revolutionary change.

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Both Major U.S. Parties are Plagues on Humanity

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  • The two corporate parties have collaborated in knocking off countries targeted for invasion and regime change. They have both nurtured the jihadist international network that was created under presidents Carter and Reagan. And presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama are complicit in the capital crime of genocide in the Congo, where six million people have died since 1996. The presidential nominee of either party must be a ghoul, a fiend, or a banshee.
  • Chris Hedges | America's Electoral Farce

Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report

Three%20Prez.jpg?itok=8b_143QUWed, 07/01/2015 | There has never been a dime’s worth of difference between the Clintons (Bill and Hillary) and Barack Obama, and less than ten cents separates the worldviews of these Democratic political twins from the Bush wing of the Republican Party.

Each has their individual quirks. Barack destroys international order and the rule of law while dabbling at song; Bill dismantled the U.S. manufacturing base and threw record numbers of Blacks in prison as he toyed with his trumpet; George W. played the fool who would Shock and Awe the world into obedience; and Hillary is the evil crone that curses the dead while screaming “We are Woman” like a banshee. But they are all the same in their corporate soullessness.

Glen Ford is executive editor of Black Agenda Report

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  • Every action we take now must be directed at ripping down the structures of the corporate state. This means refusing to co-operate. It means joining or building radical mass movements. It means carrying out sustained acts of civil disobedience,
  • Only in America? The False Dichotomy Between Movement Building and Electoral Politics
  • The Sanders Trap

 

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