Global trade deals are and always have been large-scale hustles, filled with hypocrisy, deceit, and greed. Promoted as fair and good for all, they're invariably rigged with profiteering schemes that lock into law advantages for corporations over the common good of consumers, the environment, labor, independent businesses, governments, and all other democratic forces. The USMCA is no different-- and is, in fact, worse.
Time flies when you're having fun, so those of us who merrily pull together this little newsletter each month were surprised recently when it dawned on us that--Holy Moly!--we've reached a milestone of populist pamphleteering: The 20th anniversary of The Lowdown. This retrospective issue is meant to be a contemplation on the progressive movement itself--what it's up against and how far it has progressed in these two decades.
Most voters want BIG populist changes in government policy that will lift up average Americans and hold down corporate greed and abuse. One major proposal to do just that is the 11-point Economic Agenda for America's Future drafted by a broad coalition of some 80 progressive thinkers and doers. This document is both a to-do list for restoring economic democracy and a rallying cry to move today's burgeoning democratic movement from mere resistance to insistence on a bold, percolate-up alternative to Republican/Democratic trickle-down economics.
As the winter solstice nears, people around the world are celebrating end-of-the-year holidays that, while widely diverse, share the ideal of a season for giving. But in the US, one offbeat sect is celebrating ... Read more...
"Thinking" robots promise economic and social devastation. Is this our chance to liberate ourselves from hundreds of years of corporate servitude? With concepts like Universal Basic Income coming to the forefront, we may have the opportunity to finally focus on getting a life, not just getting a "job."
The invasion of today's workplaces by these digital hordes is much bigger, far more sweeping in scope, and coming at us much faster than last century's invasion of factory assembly lines by mechanical robots. This change portends an economic-cultural-political earthquake, fracturing our society's assumptions about the value (and virtue) of work, the possibility of upward mobility, America's commitment to egalitarianism, and even how we humans define ourselves.
If this can happen to adjunct professors, it can happen to the rest of us Working. Poor. In our US of A, those words ought never be juxtaposed. The very concept of paying poverty wages in the richest... Read more...