Chris Hedges and Noam Chomsky: Requiem for the American Dream, Part 2

Chris Hedges and Noam Chomsky: Requiem for the American Dream, Part 2

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with Chris Hedges and Noam Chomsky

RT America on Jul 9, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges travels to Cambridge, Massachusetts for a conversation with America’s most important intellectual, Professor Noam Chomsky. In Part II of their conversation, Chomsky discusses the principles of concentration of wealth and power that are defined in his latest book, Requiem for the American Dream.

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Grand Theft Workers’ Wages by Steve Leigh

Fast Food Strikes, NYC, July 2013

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by Steve Leigh
Socialist Worker
May 18, 2017

A NEW report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) lays out in clear and horrifying detail the scale and spread of wage theft in the U.S.

The report focuses on workers who are cheated out of the already abysmally low minimum wage. Over the last 40 years, real wages have stagnated for most workers, and the situation of low-wage workers is even worse. The current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is, after adjusting for inflation, 25 percent lower than it was 50 years ago. It doesn’t adequately support a single person, even those who get full-time hours, much less families.

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Salt of the Earth (1954)

Salt of the Earth

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LikeManyThingThings on Mar 13, 2013

Salt of the Earth (1954) is an American drama film written by Michael Wilson, directed by Herbert J. Biberman, and produced by Paul Jarrico. All had been blacklisted by the Hollywood establishment due to their alleged involvement in communist politics.

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The Brief Origins of May Day by Eric Chase

Occupy May Day 2012

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Originally published May 1, 2015

Republished with permission from IWW

by Eric Chase
IWW, 1993
May 1, 2017

Most people living in the United States know little about the International Workers’ Day of May Day. For many others there is an assumption that it is a holiday celebrated in state communist countries like Cuba or the former Soviet Union. Most Americans don’t realize that May Day has its origins here in this country and is as “American” as baseball and apple pie, and stemmed from the pre-Christian holiday of Beltane, a celebration of rebirth and fertility.

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Federal Government Squeezes Workers, Bloats Pentagon by Carl Lewis + May Day: Struggle For A Mass Strike!

Mural of workers holding placards

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by Carl Lewis
Workers World
March 23, 2017

A recent hiring freeze for federal employees is one of a barrage of anti-worker laws and executive orders recently put forth by the Trump administration. These serve as a cover-up for gutting the people’s social safety net, on the way to implementing brutal capitalist austerity.

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Lessons of the Harvard Dining Hall Strike Victory by Ed Childs

Strike March

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by Ed Childs
Workers World, Feb. 3, 2017
February 6, 2017

Part 1: Advance preparation

The 750 striking Harvard University Dining Service workers — cooks, dishwashers, servers and cashiers — brought multibillion-dollar Harvard University to its knees on Oct. 25, 2016. After a three-week strike, the university bosses caved, giving the members of UNITE HERE Local 26 even more than they had initially demanded. Most importantly, all the health care takeaways the Harvard Corporation had demanded were off the table. The strike victory holds valuable lessons for the workers and oppressed in the age of global capitalism — particularly now, under the Trump administration and the rise of fascist, racist elements. Workers World’s Martha Grevatt interviewed Chief Steward Ed Childs, a cook and leader in Local 26 for more than 40 years. This is the first in a series of articles based on the interviews where Childs explains how the workers won.

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Flailing Trumpsters Upset a Hijacked Nation by Ralph Nader

Bully Culprit - Trump

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
February 2, 2017

The Trump Gang, hardly two weeks in the White House, is giving strong, petulant signals that it is hijacking the checks and balances of our democratic institutions. Coupling the Boss’s easily brusiable ego, marinated in infinite megalomania, with ideologues harboring objectives that would have frightened Nixonites and Reaganites alike, a runaway train is leaving the station.

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Plutocracy I: Political Repression in the U.S.A. + Plutocracy II: Solidarity Forever (must-see)

Gegendemo Kögida Köln

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Part I originally published Jan. 2, 2016

by Scott Noble
Dissident Voice
December 31, 2015

Plutocracy is the first documentary to comprehensively examine early American history through the lens of class. A multi-part series by filmmaker Scott Noble, Part I focuses on the the ways in which the American people have historically been divided on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex and skill level.

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Abby Martin: Capitalism Cannot Be Reformed–Seize All the Banks–Dismantle the Empire!

Unions Behind Labor Day

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Oct 16, 2016

With just weeks until the U.S. presidential election—and with both mainstream candidates embroiled in unprecedented scandal—Abby Martin interviews one of the progressive alternatives, socialist candidate Gloria La Riva.

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The Wobblies (1979)

Capitalism

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Originally posted July 10, 2012

Thoth Ibis on Jan 17, 2015

Documentary movie for “Industrial Workers of the World” (IWW, also referred to as The Wobblies), the largest union in the history of the labor movement in the United States.

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The Brief Origins of May Day by Eric Chase

Occupy May Day 2012

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Republished with permission from IWW

by Eric Chase
IWW, 1993
April 30, 2016

Most people living in the United States know little about the International Workers’ Day of May Day. For many others there is an assumption that it is a holiday celebrated in state communist countries like Cuba or the former Soviet Union. Most Americans don’t realize that May Day has its origins here in this country and is as “American” as baseball and apple pie, and stemmed from the pre-Christian holiday of Beltane, a celebration of rebirth and fertility.

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The Lesser Evilism of Bernie Sanders by Sean Petty

Bernie Sanders - Painting

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by Sean Petty
Socialist Worker
March 31, 2016

Sean Petty, a pediatric ER nurse and member of the board of directors of the New York State Nurses Association, comments on a political endorsement in his union.

I AM a nurse and a socialist. In March, the board of directors of my union, the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), voted to endorse Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. We joined the country’s largest nurses’ union, National Nurses United, in supporting Sanders, who regularly calls himself a democratic socialist.

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Chris Hedges: The Death of the American City

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with Chris Hedges

teleSUR English on Jan 25, 2016

In this episode of Days of Revolt, host Chris Hedges speaks with two esteemed labor activists from Detroit: Darryl “Waistline” Mitchell and Roshaun Harris. They speak of the desperation caused by industrial decline and deregulation in Detroit, especially among Black people. The three also attest to the necessity and inevitability of revolt under such conditions.

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Plutocracy: Political Repression in the U.S.A. (must-see)

holiday liberty sign democracy not plutocracy

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by Scott Noble
Dissident Voice
December 31, 2015

Plutocracy is the first documentary to comprehensively examine early American history through the lens of class. A multi-part series by filmmaker Scott Noble, Part I focuses on the the ways in which the American people have historically been divided on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex and skill level.

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Labor Day: The Unknown Holiday by Walter Brasch (repost)

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by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.walterbrasch.com
Originally published September 7, 2009
September 7, 2015

It’s Labor Day, and that means millions of Americans are celebrating. Most Americans have no idea what Labor Day is, other than self-serving political speeches, hot dogs, burgers, a pool party, and the last day of a three-day holiday. Few even know that Labor Day exists to allow people to remember and honor the struggles for respect, dignity, and acceptable wages and working conditions for the rank-and-file employees.

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