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What Working Class New Hampshire Voters Think Of The GOP Candidates’ Poverty Plans

MANCHESTER, NH — Out of the snowy darkness came a line of fast-food workers, marching towards the site of the latest Republican debate. With beanies pulled over their ears and gloved hands holding protest signs, the workers, their families, and their supporters chanted, “You want our vote? Come get our vote.”
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#VerizonStrike #StandUpToVerizon: Thousands of Verizon workers have gone on strike after failing to reach a new labor agreement with the CWA Union. The union members argue that Verizon has outsourced thousands of jobs and continue to cut costs, while executives reward themselves with big bonuses and payouts. Strikes are happening all over the City of New York – these photos were taken in Financial District outside 100 Wall Street. 

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Tfw Bill clinton tried to save the democrats but everyone in the room ignored him.

The Smart People in the room believed going after trumps temperament and appealing to suburban voters easily incensed by his bigotry would suffice.

They all collectively then ignored appeals by Bill and physically avoided traditional places of working class and grass roots power like unions and campuses, believing it to be loyal no matter what. Clinton didn’t even visit the “blue wall” state of Wisconsin. It flipped republican for the first time since 1984 on tuesday.

This is the next most tragic thing to come of this election.

And again, another show of the tremendous arrogance of the left that sank them.

It’s as I’ve been saying. The left lost the narrative and didn’t realize it until it was too late

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#BernieSanders campaign kickoff and block party in Brooklyn, NY. #feelthebern #birdiesanders #WFP4Bernie

More photos on Facebook at www.facebook.com/activistnyc. 

Credit makes you free! Neoliberalism, politics of debt and the subjugation of the working poor.

Under the rubric of ‘financial inclusion’, lending to the poor – in both the global North and global South – has become a highly lucrative and rapidly expanding industry since the 1990s. A key inquiry of Susanne Soederberg’s penetrating and original book Debtfare States and the Poverty Industry: Money, Discipline and the Surplus Population is what is ‘the financial’ in which the poor are so kindly asked to join. 

Refuting the mainstream position that financial inclusion is a natural, inevitable and mutually beneficial arrangement, Soederberg convincingly argues that the structural violence inherent to neoliberalism and credit-led accumulation have created and normalized a reality in which the working poor can no longer afford to live without expensive credit. Credit is an instrument of capital accumulation, class regulation, and symbolic subjugation. The book transcends economic treatments of credit and debt by revealing how the poverty industry is extricably linked to the social power of money, the paradoxes in credit-led accumulation, and ‘debtfarism’. The latter refers to rhetorical and regulatory forms of governance that mediate and facilitate the expansion of the poverty industry and the reliance of the poor on credit to augment/replace their wages.
Through a historically grounded analysis, the author examines various dimensions of the poverty industry as well as the machinery that combines the poverty industry and the state, ranging from the credit card, payday loan, and student loan industries in the United States to micro-lending and low-income housing finance industries in Mexico. Providing a much-needed theorization of the politics of debt, Debtfare States and the Poverty Industry is a timely and stimulative contribution to the scientific and civic reevaluation of the role of finance in the workings of neoliberalism as a distinctive form of rule.

The concept of hegemony thus belongs with the question: How is the working class to take power in a social formation where the dominant power is subtly, pervasively diffused throughout habitual daily practices, intimately interwoven with ‘culture’ itself, inscribed in the very texture of our experience from nursery school to funeral parlour? How do we combat a power which has become the “common sense” of a whole social order, rather than one which is widely perceived as alien and oppressive?

In modern society, then it is not enough to occupy factories or confront the state. What must also be contested is the whole area of 'culture’, defined in its broadest, most everyday sense. The power of the ruling class is spiritual as well as material; and any 'counterhegemony’ must carry its political campaign into this hitherto neglected realm of values and customs, speech habits and ritual practices.

—  Terry Eagleton - “Ideology: An Introduction”

Practically every form of popular music you can name - from the blues and rock and roll to hiphop and dubstep - was the music of black struggle in working-class communities, before it was stripped of social content for the mass market and commodified by wealthy, white record executives.

Apart from EDM, that was apparently the result of a laboratory accident.

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#StandUpToVerizon #VerizonStrike: Thousands of Verizon workers on strike marched on Wall Street and demanded better pay and fair labor practices. Executives have continued to cut costs and ship jobs overseas, which has hurt working families and destroyed middle class jobs. More than 400 protests were held nationwide, at Verizon Wireless stores and other locations in dozens of cities. This is the third continuous week of the Verizon strike. 

Killer Mike And Bernie Sanders Disagree On Guns, Agree On Pretty Much Everything Else

Killer Mike and Senator Bernie Sanders agree on a lot, and now there’s video to prove it.

In November, the rapper Michael Render, known as Killer Mike, introduced Sanders with a powerful message of support at a rally in his hometown of Atlanta after spending hours with the candidate. It wasn’t revealed at the time, but Render asked Sanders questions in a recorded interview released today, on subjects ranging from Donald Trump’s fascism to legalizing marijuana and the nature of socialism.

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5.11.2014

I’ve Done Everything For You by Rick Springfield

Have I posted this song yet? I really hope not. Originally performed by Sammy Hagar…. but I hate Sammy Hagar. What do I have to say about this song…..

5.11.2014

I’ve Done Everything For You by Rick Springfield

C'est la vie

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#ThePeopleUnitedWillNeverBeDefeated: In an attempt to disband and bust the unionized workers of Brod Kitchen in midtown Manhattan, the owners suddenly announced that they would shut down the unionized restaurant permanently. This highly politicized move was made the day before Union negotiations for the worker’s second contract began. The Hot & Crusty Workers Association (HCWA) represents primarily immigrant and African American workers, and the owners’ actions can only be interpreted as being racist, classist and heartless. Many workers are out of a job within 30 days.