Stop Lamenting Capitalism’s Crushing of Working Class Gains

Long-time organizer and activist Jane McAlevey challenges the abandonment of organizing by progressives. Looking back to the defeat of the labor movement since the early 1980s, three lessons seem especially important. First, any gains made under capitalism are temporary; they can be reversed.

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More Effective Remedies for Inequality

Yves here. The subject of inequality in income and wealth has, in the last year or so, become an oft-mentioned topic in economic and political commentary.

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5 Ways American Policies and Attitudes Make Us Lonely, Anxious, and Antisocial

At each stage of life, we are being stunted as human beings. You would think that by the 21st century, we would know something about what it takes for humans to live fulfilling lives

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Aloha Occupy Buffalo! #Occupy National Gathering 2014 will be held July 31 – A…

Aloha Occupy Buffalo! #Occupy National Gathering 2014 will be held July 31 – Aug. 3 in Sacramento, CA. Please stay tuned as we add information about our gathering

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Earth Day Greenwash: API Front Group Iowa Energy Forum Sponsors Pro-Keystone XL Event
Earth Day Greenwash: API Front Group Iowa Energy Forum Sponsors Pro-Keystone XL Event Earth Day Greenwash: API Front Group Iowa Energy Forum Sponsors Pro-Keystone XL Event

The political carnival that is the prelude to the Iowa caucuses has started over a year and a half early. At the center of it this time around: a game of political hot potato over the northern leg of  TransCanada ‘s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

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Big Beards: Evolution or Fashion Fad?
Big Beards: Evolution or Fashion Fad? Big Beards: Evolution or Fashion Fad?

“The more beards there are, the less attractive they become – giving clean-shaven men a competitive advantage, say scientists in Sydney, Australia.Their study has been published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.” TYT Community is proud to be a part of the TYT Network. Our show features every day people,Young Turks fans, Progressives, and TYT Network Hosts talking about important social, economic, environmental and political issues.

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Heels to Heal: A Walk Around Lake Merritt for Alan Blueford May 3rd, 2014.

“Not all kids get to grow up the same in America.

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18 Scientifically Validated Reasons to End Public Water Fluoridation

Anna Hunt Activist Post Many people are coming to realize that far from improving dental health, the fluoridation of municipal water and many store bought foods and drinks is actually detrimental to our overall health. What was once a widely accepted practice is now being scrutinized and condemned by many prominent physicians and free-thinkers , and the scientific evidence to support these condemnations is mounting

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Why Higher Education Should Rid Itself of College Athletics

The late March ruling by the National Labor Relations Board that NCAA players are legally allowed to form student athletic unions sent shockwaves through the college sports community.  The ruling was celebrated by many liberals and progressives who want to see college athletes (who are unpaid) share more fairly in the money earned by higher ed sports.  At a time when the NCAA is running record surpluses ($71 million in 2012), and sports-oriented “Big Ten” schools are raking in cash for sports events ($315 million total in 2012 alone), college athletes are asking: where’s my cut? The unionization of student athletes is already being delayed due to opposition from Northwestern University administrators – the school that was party to original NLRB ruling.  A majority of football players at Northwestern will likely vote in favor of unionizing, but the university is busy fighting the ruling via appeal.  Labor representatives speaking for Northwestern football players recently dismissed the school’s legal argument against unionization (citing that college athletes aren’t actually employees) as “a castle built on sand.”  Many seem to think the appeal is unlikely to succeed in the short term, and that a vote on unionization could take place at Northwestern by April 25. I have no problem with employees forming unions in the pursuit of collective bargaining rights and personal and collective empowerment; in fact I’ve been an enthusiastic union representative at my current teaching institution, and am actively involved in union politics and advocacy in association with the Illinois Federation of Teachers.  However, the hoopla over the NLRB ruling in college sports may ultimately be missing the point.  In an era when college athletes are nearly untouchable in terms of the lack of punishments for legal infractions, and when schools are suffering from massive budget shortfalls, I wonder why colleges and universities are wasting any money on sports-related activities.

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Earth Day Special: “Fierce Green Fire” Documentary Explores Environmental Movement’s Global Rise 1/2
Earth Day Special: “Fierce Green Fire” Documentary Explores Environmental Movement’s Global Rise 1/2 Earth Day Special: “Fierce Green Fire” Documentary Explores Environmental Movement’s Global Rise 1/2

- In an Earth Day special, we look at the history of the global environmental movement as told in the sweeping new documentary, “A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet.” We air extended highlights from the film — from New York housewives who take on a major chemical company that polluted their community of Love Canal, to Greenpeace’s campaigns to save whales, to the fight by Chico Mendes and Brazilian rubber tappers to save the Amazon rainforest. We also speak to the film’s Oscar-nominated director, Mark Kitchell. “We were really looking to tell stories of the movement.

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