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Are Workers Just Too Stupid to Understand Inflation?

It might be wise to stop hyping how wonderful the economy is for working people who know one thing better than any so-called expert: the economic...

24.05.2024 10

Common Dreams

Les Leopold

Are Republicans the Party of the Working Class?

17.05.2024 30

Common Dreams

Les Leopold

1968 and 2024: Déjà Vu All Over Again?

11.05.2024 50

Common Dreams

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Why Wall Street Wants You to Fear AI

The same Wall Street firms and their media cousins that want us to marvel at the shock and awe of AI, are destroying jobs the old-fashioned way –...

05.05.2024 30

Common Dreams

Les Leopold

Are My Finance Sector Neighbors Job Killers?

While financiers often talk about the wonders of financial efficiency, they know that each merger, each leveraged buyout, and each stock buyback is...

24.04.2024 30

Common Dreams

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Raging Against White Rural Rage

In their new book, Tom Schaller and Paul Waldman write as if economic class no longer exists or matters.

17.04.2024 6

Common Dreams

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How Biden Can Win on the Economy: Stop Mass Layoffs

The federal government awards approximately $700 billion per year in federal contracts; what if the Biden administration added one simple clause:...

09.04.2024 8

Common Dreams

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Memo to Shawn Fain: Please Launch 'Workers United Against Mass Layoffs'

Imagine what the UAW could help ignite if its well-honed technical and political skills were used to create a new organization that intervened in...

04.04.2024 8

Common Dreams

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Intel Brags of $152 Billion in Stock Buybacks Over Last 35 Years. So Why Does It Need an $8 Billion Subsidy?

What’s to stop the chip-making giant from shoveling taxpayer grants into more stock buybacks?

27.03.2024 40

Common Dreams

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Can You Slam Wall Street and Still Win an Election? Ask Sherrod Brown

It’s hard for any of us to buck the conventional wisdom that downplays mass layoffs and extols billionaires, but the Ohio Democrat is doing just...

21.03.2024 7

Common Dreams

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Mass Layoffs Hit the RNC: Welcome to the Working Class!

Will the layoff victims at the Republican National Committee now have more sympathy for the workers who had their jobs destroyed by Wall Street?

15.03.2024 8

Common Dreams

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A Working Class Susceptible to Trump Needs Much More From Biden

Standing on a picket line, as Biden did with the UAW, is important. But that cannot be the limit of efforts to make the economy work better for...

13.03.2024 20

Common Dreams

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Paul Krugman Remains Blind to Wall Street's War on Workers

What the Nobel Prize-winning economist and prominent columnist fails to see again and again is that many, if not most, rural mass layoffs in the last...

06.03.2024 9

Common Dreams

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Wall Street to Working-Class Homebuyers: Fuggeddaboutdit!

Building a movement to stop Wall Street’s insatiable greed starts with labor unions, like the United Auto Workers, that have shown the willingness...

28.02.2024 10

Common Dreams

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We Can't Stop Authoritarianism Without Taking on Wall Street

There’s a very large and powerful movement to be built if we are willing to take on corporate bosses and the financial sector.

21.02.2024 10

Common Dreams

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Did Wall Street Just End the Class War?

Private equity giants want you to think they can make life better for workers. Not so fast.

14.02.2024 10

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The Very Idea of 'Race' Is Pseudoscience, But It Persists to Keep Workers Divided

As we enter Black History Month, it is important to understand how management race science was developed to divide and conquer the workforce as it...

07.02.2024 40

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Wall Street Strikes Again With Mass Media Layoffs

There is one real solution to creating a modicum of job stability: Taming Wall Street’s greed.

31.01.2024 10

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Did Stock Buybacks Knock the Bolts Out of Boeing?

You’d think that Boeing would not compromise on safety, given that one small production error or software glitch could down a plane worth hundreds...

23.01.2024 20

Common Dreams

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Is the Heart and Soul of Trump’s MAGA Base Really the White Working Class?

The corporate media and all too many politicians are blaming working people for the rise of Trump and MAGA. Yet, if we open our (lying) eyes a bit...

16.01.2024 10

Common Dreams

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What’s the Matter with West Virginia: Culture War or Class War?

It turns out that what’s the matter with Kansas or West Virginia is the wrong question. What’s the matter with the Democrats is what we should be...

09.01.2024 8

Common Dreams

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We Deserve Medicare for All, But What We Get Is Medicare for Wall Street

Creating a sane healthcare system will depend on building a massive common movement to free our economy from Wall Street’s wealth extraction.

03.01.2024 5

Common Dreams

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It's Almost 2024. Where’s the Party of the Working Class?

Is it possible to build a political party that truly speaks to the needs of working people in an era of runaway inequality and incessant mass layoffs?

27.12.2023 10

Common Dreams

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Elon Musk’s Swedish Problem: Has the Anti-Union Billionaire Finally Met his Match?

For the first time in his life, the man who opposes any "lords and peasants sort of thing" may be learning a lesson in labor solidarity.

20.12.2023 2

Common Dreams

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Merry X-mas Elon Musk: GM Just Gave Tesla a Free Ride!

You might think that GM would be worrying more about the confidence of consumers, not hedge funds. But apparently not.

12.12.2023 10

Common Dreams

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Wall Street or the Working Class:  The Democrats Must Choose

They can't try to have it both ways indefinitely. If they really helped working people meet the economic challenges facing them, the party would...

04.12.2023 4

Common Dreams

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Who Has the Courage to Tell Joe Biden Not to Run?

Biden should bow out gracefully, and soon. It’s time to trust the Democratic rank and file to select the next presidential candidate.

16.11.2023 10

Common Dreams

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The UAW’s Game Changer: The Right to Strike Over Mass Layoffs

This historic victory could have significant benefits for all working people.

14.11.2023 10

Common Dreams

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It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times?

Why won’t anyone believe Paul Krugman’s economic optimism?

26.10.2023 4

Common Dreams

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What Is Jim Jordan and Who Is MAGA?

The real drivers of the MAGA base—the ones the Ohio Republican was calling on to support his ultimately failed bid to become Speaker of the...

21.10.2023 7

Common Dreams

Les Leopold

The UAW Wins Fight for Just Transition

What the United Auto Workers won from the manufacturers and why it matters so much.

16.10.2023 2

Common Dreams

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The Inside Story of How Wall Street Fleeced GM Autoworkers and Taxpayers

Stock buybacks have become the main goal in life for corporate executives and activist stock sellers. And this sickness is spreading.

03.10.2023 1

Common Dreams

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If You Need Something to Blame for UAW Strike, Try Wall Street Greed

Billions spent on buybacks means billions less not only for workers’ wages but also for developing high-quality, affordable electric vehicles to...

21.09.2023 2

Common Dreams

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