Opinion

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Wall Street doesn’t hurt when Main Street bleeds

The main sections of capital, like right-wing extremism that does its bidding, are comfortable with a slow-growth economy - but they can be beat.

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Salt, health, and socialism

An Australian research team found that when the state imposes mandatory limits to the amount of salt private industry adds to processed foods, people are healthier.

Capitalism sucks, unless you are very very rich

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.

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Status quo is unsustainable, and dangerous

We need a new vision to block the reactionary juggernaut led and funded by leading sections of finance capital, energy, defense and agribusiness.

Undocumented immigration in international perspective

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.

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Lions and tigers and "economic treason:" Oh my!

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.

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World labor today

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.

Why BP’s U.S. operations should be nationalized - now

Stopping the spill, and beginning recovery, is beyond the capacity of a private corporation.

Unwinding the BP spin

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.

An idea whose time has come

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.

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