Capitalism was good to the 74 wealthiest Americans whose pay was five times bigger than the previous year, while most working-class people were catching hell in the Great Recession.
We need a new vision to block the reactionary juggernaut led and funded by leading sections of finance capital, energy, defense and agribusiness.
There are at least 214 million people living outside their countries of origin, either as naturalized citizens, legal noncitizens, temporary workers or undocumented. At least 100 million of these are in the labor force.
Some of my steelworkers retiree friends are a little nervous because Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, talked about "economic treason" in a speech this month in Ohio.
Last month's congress of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), in Vancouver, Canada was an eye-opener. Labor in every country to shift gears and rethink how to fight. But this congress gave a clear picture of how the crisis is bringing to life "workers of the world unite" in real time.
Stopping the spill, and beginning recovery, is beyond the capacity of a private corporation.
British Petroleum is now putting a special spin on the crisis caused by the explosion of its oil well in the Gulf of Mexico - and it's the most revolting spin yet.
A new political and economic model, a new New Deal, is urgently needed, but the tycoons of finance are not about to yield their power - it will take a series of struggles.
A Gulf Coast disaster has again shocked an entire nation. The callous corporate disregard for safety, workers' lives and environmental devastation is infuriating and mind-boggling.
The focus on "fiscal responsibility" conceals the real causes of the crisis, and if we don't address those we don't have a snowball's chance in hell of lifting workers out of the quicksand.