Opinion

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Want to become a day laborer?

Day labor status is being forced on more and more full-time American workers, whether they want it or not, and a new book tells precisely what it's like.

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Capitalism replaces human rights with inhuman rights

Proclaiming that "all men are born free and equal" and that government of the people arises from the citizens themselves, rather than from any "divine right," the French Revolution began a new era in human history.

Betting on all sides

If you listened to the recent testimony of Wall Street executives about the financial crisis, you would think that they were mere innocent spectators to it all.

Goldman Sachs: going broke for profit

The real crime of Goldman Sachs - buying the U.S. government through lobbying and placing former executives as appointees in high places - is not yet exposed.

A critical terrain of struggle

The AFL-CIO and its new president, Richard Trumka, are going to spend a day on Wall Street later this month, but not everyone there is planning to welcome them.

Financial reform: lesser and greater questions

The entire progressive agenda hinges in large part on breaking the stranglehold finance capital has on our democratic institutions.

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Militant action needed to solve youth unemployment

Youth joblessness is at its highest level since the Great Depression - in the post-industrial towns of the U.S. three generations have come of age without the experience of gainful employment.

Unemployment, the November elections and the left

What I'd like to see: more progressive candidates challenging the Blue Dogs and Republicans this fall, and a radical left-democratic national electoral agenda.

Krugman's attack on China

We must find the mix of policies that accommodates rising incomes for both Chinese and American workers - a trade war with China is no answer.

Double dip danger

What does the economic future hold? The commentators in business media are like fortune tellers, reading the future in a bunch of soggy tea leaves. Fewer jobs lost than expected in February? The economy must be on the mend. Rail traffic down 1.7% from a year ago? Trouble ahead.

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