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Africa for all Africans April 17, 2015

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Ferguson is Everywhere April 16, 2015

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Originally posted on Communist Workers Group (CWG-USA):

Moralists, academics and journalists, in short the occupants of the bosses ideological ivory tower have “discovered” sociological truths which are the everyday life experience of peoples of color, the working poor and marginalized people. The criminalization of poverty, the school to prison pipeline, the privatization of prisons, the disproportionate “stopping and frisking” of men of color, the fee seeking judicial rackets, the institutional structures of racist economic oppression that marginalize entire demographics and the subliminal effect the historic economic oppression and marginalization have on prejudicial, stereotyping and racist dehumanization of “the other” (in particular but not exclusively young black and brown men) by the human material that maintain those structures-the police, are unleashed as an occupying army. Thus the local tax man have a Praetorian guard engaged to “protect and serve” the system of economic exploitation and oppression which creates the poverty and the marginalization and supports ruling class hatred…

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TWSC: SYNDICALISM CLOGS THE PATH April 12, 2015

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The Transport Workers Solidarity Committee, composed of a handful of retired workers, some actually from the ILWU, convened a well-attended meeting (mostly by long term leftists) in SF on Tuesday, March 31st, at the church across the street from ILWU HQ. This followed the ILWU caucus to discuss and review the current tentative agreement (TA) with the Port Management Association (PMA), the bosses.

For the most part the attendees were leftish supporters of the ILWU and only a few actively working ILWU members showed up. The meeting was advertised as a discussion of the difference between business unionism and militant unionism. The executive editor for the Logistics Management (Logistics Management) Journal warned management that this meeting was the core of a Vote No campaign advocating the TA be rejected.   Reading the leaflet for this gathering, one could surmise the attendees would be shown a road forward…

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Tribute to Raj Narayan Arya March 17, 2015

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Originally posted on The New Wave (Bolshevik-Leninist):

This tribute of comrade Raj Narayan Arya, was written by the eminent historian of the Trotskyist movement in India, Charles Wes Ervin. We publish this, in remembrance of comrade Raj Narayan, a veteran of the BLPI, and a prominent labor leader in North India. Lal Salaam comrade !

RAJ NARAYAN ARYA, a veteran of the Trotskyist movement of India, passed away in
Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, on June 9, 2014 at the age of 88. Born in a little rural village, he
joined the Bolshevik Leninist Party of India (BLPI), the first all-India Trotskyist party, when he
was 18, and he remained committed to revolutionary Marxism for the rest of his life. When he
was just 20, he pioneered the BLPI’s trade-union work in industrial Kanpur. He earned the
respect of the workers through his leadership of several jute and textile unions and his role in
major strikes, including an 80-day…

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Lessons of the ZIM Picket in Oakland: Class War Supplement December 13, 2014

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Organize Labor, Black & Brown Self Defense November 26, 2014

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There is No Justice in the Capitalist Courts!

The Working Class Must Never Forget Michael Brown!

Organize Labor, Black and Brown Struggle!

Organized Black Self Defense Organized Black Self Defense

The majority white Ferguson Grand Jury in refusing to indict Darren Wilson  has whitewashed the summary execution of Michael Brown. This outrage will embolden every racist cop in the United States to continue their terror against the black, brown and immigrant communities. The cops know that all they require is a complaint for ‘sufficient’ cause to kill a black person; that their weight with the justice system is so great that they can routinely commit legal lynching and walk away free.

The Ferguson Grand Jury was a “Star Chamber” of the most objectionable type, with the proceedings dragging on for months, with a majority white jury that was not sequestered during the media hype and a prosecutor who made certain there would be no…

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For Labor, Black and Brown Defense Against Racist Police Terror October 22, 2014

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Piketty fest continues – some directions for the reader September 15, 2014

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Originally posted on Michael Roberts Blog:

As yet more reviews pour out on Thomas Piketty’s book, Capital in the 21st century, and Piketty does video conferences galore online with an assembly of the great and good among mainstream economists, I thought that I might help the followers of my blog by presenting the following reviews that offer the most perceptive analyses that I have seen so far.

http://www.vox.com/2014/4/8/5592198/the-short-guide-to-capital-in-the-21st-century

http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2014/andrews220314.html

http://www.dissentmagazine.org/article/kapital-for-the-twenty-first-century

and you can find all the data for his tables here:

http://piketty.pse.ens.fr/fr/capital21c

except the one that really matters, the sources for estimating the r.  The search for the r continues (see my previous post, http://thenextrecession.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/thomas-piketty-and-the-search-for-r/).

One thought: it seems that rising inequality has become both the flagship for opposition to neo-liberal economics and at the same time the explanation for crises under capitalism – although Piketty says nothing about the latter at all in 677 pages.

For my view on inequality and Piketty on inequality, see…

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Crises and their Resolution September 15, 2014

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Originally posted on Michael Roberts Blog:

The Resolution Foundation in the UK does important economic and statistical analysis in highlighting the exploitation of labour, inequalities in wealth and income and failures of the welfare system to defend the poor (http://www.resolutionfoundation.org/). It recently hosted the UK book launch of House of Debt, with both authors (Mian and Sufi) on stage alongside Martin Wolf, the Keynesian FT columnist and Stephanie Flanders, formerly the BBC economics editor, but now taking a pay packet from JP Morgan, the American investment bank. (see
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmSU0jCGt6k&feature=youtu.be)

It was standing room only to hear praise heaped from those present on Mian and Sufi’s book, increasingly regarded in the mainstream as important an explanation of the global financial crisis and the ensuing Great Recession as Thomas Piketty’s book, Capital in the 21st century is seen by the leading mainstream economists as offering the best explanation for the growing inequality of wealth…

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Thailand: Defeat the Coup d’etat Polemic and Program May 23, 2014

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Thailand: Defeat the Coup d’etat Polemic and Program.

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