Jason Hickel and Alnoor Ladha, Truthout: Economic growth is one of the most powerful and pervasive ideas of our time, one that is never questioned. Professor Jason Hickel and activist Alnoor Ladha discuss the fallacy of economic growth, the battle for social justice and how to organize against the neoliberal system.
Jane McAlevey, Waging Nonviolence: Harris v. Quinn takes aim at public-sector workers precisely because they are the largest segment of unionized workers and, not coincidentally, include large numbers of people of color and women.
Mark Karlin, Truthout: A recent US Supreme Court ruling weakening the unions of state-funded workers limits the ability of many domestic workers who care for our most vulnerable to win higher pay. It’s up to grassroots activism and empowerment to ensure that they are given a fair wage, author Sheila Bapat tells Truthout.
Anthony Faramelli, Truthout: The Zapatistas have not only articulated a vision of the future outside of neoliberal disposability, but are living that future reality now.
Ricardo Guerra, Truthout: Sports economist Andrew Zimbalist talks about how hosting the World Cup or Olympics can work for a city, namely Barcelona, but more often results in waste and sometimes even a decline in tourism.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: As long as wages remain stagnant or falling, there will not be sufficient demand to keep the economy from collapsing under the weight of its own high-end gamblers and the growing debt of its young and working-class people just trying to get by.
Dean Baker, Center for Economic Policy and Research: The economy added 288,000 jobs in June, making it the fifth consecutive month in which the economy added over 200,000 jobs. This is the longest stretch of 200,000-plus job growth since before the recession.
Andre Vltchek, Counterpunch: “Those few of us who are still fighting and bringing to the world detailed investigative pieces that are highly critical of the Empire are actually totally on our own and almost extinct. . . . If we fall, then we fall. It is ‘our problem.’ Many already have. Most of us have.”
Kevin Mathews, Care2: On a day marked by discouraging decisions by the United States Supreme Court, New York’s Supreme Court provided something for the state’s environmentalists to get excited about: a 5-2 decision allowing towns to establish zoning laws that keep out fracking companies.
Matthew Filipowicz, The Matthew Filipowicz Show: Truthout’s Candice Bernd discusses the epidemic of police brutality in Albuquerque and how the USDA now has submachine guns at its disposal.
Robin Marty, Care2: The question isn’t how 75 percent of conservatives can be delusional enough to believe the poor have it easy. The real question is how they will sleep at night once they finally realize they are wrong.
Tracy Wilkinson, The Los Angeles Times: Some Central Americans feel encouraged by rumors that children who cross into the United States will be allowed to stay. But fundamental reasons fueling migration have remained unchanged for decades: family unification, hometown violence, inescapable poverty and lack of opportunity.
Let’s Not Pay Any Taxes That Are Used for War or Prisons, if Hobby Lobby Can Pick and Choose
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Maybe “we the people” should all incorporate ourselves and then stop paying taxes for our government’s penchant for war and locking up “disposable people.” We would have a better chance of winning our case that way, given the Hobby Lobby decision.
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