labor politics


What a complete shit show. It’s like a scene stolen from Get Out.

NOW can we finally drop kick the Clintons, the DLC and neoliberalism out of the Democratic Party? Can we at least stop pretending that they’re progressives, instead of neoliberals with a “benevolent” plantation owner mentality?

If you haven’t already seen it, now is probably a very very good time to watch 13th, a documentary about how prison labor is legalized slavery.

Bill Clinton was bad enough for Black people: Think about all the harmful anti-Black legislation he actively supported, like the Crime Bill of 1994 (mass incarceration), TANF (gutted welfare), how he signed legislation that blocked Pell Grants from going to prisoners seeking education, to how he blocked parents with drug arrest records from receiving food and housing assistance.

And now remember Hillary’s racist super predators speech (who needed to be “brought to heel” like animals), and how it took her 20 years to give a tepid non-apology, and how she literally had to be BEGGED to stop taking money from the private prison industry. The Clintons are foul.

YES, we still need to get rid of Donald Trump. No one is losing sight of that. But we can chew gum and walk at the same time. To beat Trump by wide margins we need actual progressives in 2018 and 2020. Not Third Way “moderates”. Not centrists. We need—we demand—progressives. By now it should be painfully clear that we can do better than Bill or Hillary Clinton. They are a political gift to Republicans and a liability to progressives. Any political influence that the Clintons hold over the Democratic Party needs to be completely rejected and eliminated. And that includes revamping or eliminating the rigged Super Delegate system.

capitalism stops the growth of knowledge, when one is forced to work endless hours to simply survive, they never get a chance to research and improve their surroundings. there is no way you can argue it’s the most efficient way to “advance” society technologically, academically, etc.

this even goes beyond the whole “humans always have to work to survive blah blah” most of us are working far more hours than humans did a hundred thousand years ago to survive lmao. here’s the shocker they had far more free time than we do lmao. 

there’s no excuse for the amount of hours people are forced to work, when the vast majority of it is simply busywork that does nothing to improve the lives of people, and creates grotesque amounts of excess waste never to be used.

all that fucking labor appropriated and for what? to be thrown in a landfill or the ocean, etc. and to deplete our scarce resources? yeahhhh real conducive to societal advancement right there.
Why Hollywood’s writers are on the verge of a strike — and what it could mean for the industry
By Alissa Wilkinson

In a nutshell:

– Writers get paid by the episode and most TV shows have gone from 22 episodes a year to 10.

– Production companies/studios want writers to work exclusively on one series for the duration of the series, meaning a writer on hiatus from 10-episode Series A isn’t allowed to write for 10-episode Series B.

– Writers could once count on residuals from syndicated broadcast re-runs of episodes they wrote to supplement their income, but ratings for syndicated broadcast shows are down. Meanwhile, residuals from streamed views of episodes are substantially smaller than those from broadcast TV.

– The WGA’s health plan is running a huge deficit and is about to implode. Since the Big Six studios (Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, and Warner Bros. Pictures) have seen record profits over the last 10 years, the WGA wants them (and the other 344 production companies and studios that make up the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers) to pay more into the plan.

The strike is slated to start May 2nd if an agreement can’t be reached. It will not only delay the Fall 2017 TV season but affect Saturday Night Live and all late night TV shows immediately, as well as sideline production crews.

  • neoliberal: uhm, jobs are paid based on how important they are and how difficult they are and how hard people work at them
  • capitalist billionaire who does literally nothing but lounge around and destroy the earth: yeah that sounds legit
  • forest firefighters making 2 dollars a day risking their lives encountering thousands of different ways they could potentially lose their lives all to protect the lives of other people: wooowww tell me more.
These kids don’t have a little brother working in the coal mine, they don’t have a little sister coughing her lungs out in the looms of the big mill towns of the Northeast. Why? Because we organized; we broke the back of the sweatshops in this country; we have child labor laws. Those were not benevolent gifts from enlightened management. They were fought for, they were bled for, they were died for by working people, by people like us. Kids ought to know that.
—  Utah Phillips
  • california: we're literally on fire, and our volunteers need money to survive so they can fight these fucking forest fires
  • federal government: uhmmmm we "can't" ... pay volunteers anymore lol ... because uh... we just said so lmao
  • volunteer firefighters: ... then we can't afford the time to fight these fires? we have families and bills
  • california: hmmmmm how about instead of employing people who have been fighting forest fires for years and years who know what they're doing ... we force prisoners who have never fought forest fires into doing it.
  • federal government: yeah I'm definitely more okay with paying to force prison inmates to fight these fires than seasoned firefighters who actually know what they're doing.