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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. 

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.

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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. 

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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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#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. 

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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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#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. 

Imo a lot of anarchist/Marxist arguments about class would be resolved by separating political and economic class from each other

That is that a lot of the people who make arguments against political classes existing (which makes sense, in an era of dramatic under organization speaking if the working class like it’s the once and future king is kinda silly) then go too far to say that class doesnt exist at all, that oppression is either purely political (ie that the working class doesnt have any power in the workplace but that they are regardless not Exploited by the way capital works) or completely constructed.

And that’s shit. But pretending like 90% of people are subconsciously working class and once they’re aware of it problem solved seems equally unhelpful

I found that while, as in the days of the Tsar, one could only visit cities which the police agreed on in advance, one could go anywhere within those cities and see anything. The idea that Russia was a classless society was so absurd that I wished others would take the trip too, and one would not have heard about the working class having taken power. Or perhaps not. They might not have noticed the smart people in fashionable furs marching purposefully to their cars to take them to their weekend dachas contrasted with the dispirited workers queueing for the store or working all hours.


As the trip included several excursions, I visited Leningrad University and the vice-chancellor gave us a propaganda lecture about the Russian education system. He pointed out that they had (so far) no drugs problem nor youth delinquency, though he agreed it might happen in the future. It was, to him, unthinkable that there should be such problems in a University. Students in Russia were not like those in turbulent Paris, they knew they were a privileged class and that when they passed into society they had top jobs for life and better conditions than the average. Why on earth would they want to make trouble for themselves? In any case the authorities knew how to deal with trouble-makers. The “trade union” representative at the school would be informed if the pupil was misbehaving and his parents would be interviewed. If necessary the mother would lose her job and be told to stay home and look after her children. The father might have his wages cut, to be reminded of his responsibilities. All the audience bar me were British social workers and teachers and nodded approvingly.

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22 Communism and Pandora’s Box; A Rebel Spirit; 1984 and All That

Albert Meltzer