progressive economics

Mark Zuckerberg adds his name to growing list of universal basic income supporters

  • In his commencement speech at Harvard last week, Mark Zuckerberg, a man worth an estimated $63 billion,  shared his views on the future and the economy and what he believes it will take to fix it.
  • According to Zuckerberg, the answer is universal basic income.
  • “We should have a society that measures progress not just by economic metrics like GDP, but by how many of us have a role we find meaningful,” Zuckerberg said in his speech, according to Business Insider.
  • “We should explore ideas like universal basic income to make sure everyone has a cushion to try new ideas."  Read more (5/25/17)

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‘The New York Times’ is publishing dangerous abortion myths that verge on anti-choice propaganda

  • “Above all, it’s a profoundly dehumanizing argument,” Lori Szala writes in a New York Times op-ed responding to the idea that women’s access to abortion is an economic issue.
  • “It reduces mothers and their children to mere economic objects, and amounts to saying we are justified in killing those who impede our economic progress,” she writes.
  • When tackling polarizing political issues, it is important to engage a variety of political viewpoints. Granted, debating with someone who fundamentally believes abortion equals murder is a difficult enterprise.
  •  In the service of nuance, though, if you want to argue that women should be mandated to carry pregnancies to term, those arguments should be rooted in data and facts, not morally ambiguous assumptions about the good will of working class would-be mothers.
  • It is worth noting Szala is the national director of client services at Human Coalition. The Times does say this, without clarifying that Human Coalition is an anti-abortion organization that runs crisis pregnancy centers. Read more (5/10/17)

Reproductive freedom is not a “social” or “cultural” issue—it is critical to women’s economic security and social equality. As the Supreme Court noted in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, “The ability of women to participate equally in the economic and social life of the Nation has been facilitated by their ability to control their reproductive lives.”

“Capitalism is about freedom for everyone, especially when it comes to the freedom to live off of other people’s labor and get obscenely wealthy in the process.”

“If you don’t like the way a business treats its employees, shop somewhere else; ethical consumerism will shift attention away from those who treat their workers like shit and onto the individual consumer.”

“The right to voluntarily enter into binding contracts should never be abridged, especially when those contracts carry implicit power and class imbalances with them.”

“Corporations participate in philanthropy every now and then, thus alleviating the structural theft they participate in every day.”

“Poor people just need to find jobs and prove that they can be profitable to me, all so they can demonstrate that they deserve to gain access to the life necessities I have so much of that I could wipe my ass with them.”


Trevor Hill is the gay socialist revolutionary we need right now.


Carole Lombard is considered by many today to have been a “proto-feminist.” A strong advocate for progressive social, economic, and human rights causes, she was staunchly vocal about her views of what she considered “modern womanhood” in press interviews. At the time, the concept of feminism in society was primarily linked with what is generally considered to be its first wave in the 1910s, suffrage - and therefore, many often relegated its significance to an older generation.

Yet, Carole sought many occasions to bring the discourse back into the public conscious in the 1930s, particularly encouraging her female fans to to empower themselves. An ardent liberal who supported Roosevelt’s New Deal, she reconciled her political views with her societal perspective, calling for a “different social order brought about by a women’s economic independence.”  Additionally, she argued that women must “make marriage serve us. We cannot be enslaved by it.” She once commented in Movie Mirror, a fan magazine, that: “Look about you and you will see for the first time since the ancient rule of the Amazons, a colony of economically independent women. Here they are rulers of a fantastic kingdom where the wealth is a product of the women. Contrast such a state with other times. Women in kitchens, subservient, mental and physical slaves…with all that went with the so-called double standard contrived by the lordly male.” 

Young activists: be kind to your older women volunteers

One of the most depressing parts of volunteering for social justice causes is noticing how the labor of older women is systematically taken for granted, unappreciated, and unrewarded. If you’ve been doing this for a while, you’ll notice it too, I promise. Whether the cause is religious-progressive, economic, political or otherwise, older women will be doing most of the foot soldier work of a nonprofit organization. In the urban South where I live, these are predominantly older African-American women. They’re the ones that are out knocking on doors in all weather, staffing phone lines, passing out food, maintaining databases, fundraising, teaching.

Young people will have more immediate spare time and a ton of energy, and they often pull heroic week-long or month-long stints. And then they move on. But the older women are the ones who stick around and provide continuity.

Since we have a big election coming up next year in the US and I hope everyone will get involved in social justice political volunteering like voter registration, here are some tips on how not to be an unthinking jerk when it comes to appreciating your older women volunteers:

  • Commit yourself to sustainable, inclusive, community-based, intergenerational social justice. If you’re a college student from out of town, make sure you learn about local issues.
  • Stop every once in a while and think if you’re subconsciously favoring and promoting the rarer younger men volunteers. Acknowledge their work, but don’t put them on a pedestal.
  • How are you valuing your volunteers’ labor? No, they don’t expect to be paid, but have an informal way that shows you care. Give out certificates. List their names on your organization’s websites. Have potluck volunteer appreciation parties.
  • Schedule in breaks for people to rest. Make sure you have snacks and water for long efforts. Making your efforts friendly for disabled people makes them friendly for most elderly people too.
  • Don’t freak out if someone shows up with a kid. Sometimes childcare plans fall through. Ideally, you’ll have a small kid-friendly space, just somewhere where the kids can be supervised and safe. Keep a box with an activity book and maybe an old tablet that runs some educational games.
  • Cut the soccer mom jokes. Those jokes are boring anyway, and the soccer mom might be a lesbian Latina socialist who’s proud of cheering on her kids.
  • Ask volunteers how to make their work more helpful and efficient and listen when they give their opinions. Disregard the seagulls (people who fly in, make a lot of noise, crap all over the place and fly away again) and focus on the people who are your long-term dedicated volunteers. These people often don’t give their opinions because they’re not sure they’re going to be listened to. So ask and listen!
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Last night, MSNBC held a town hall in Chicago and it was just as great as you think.

I don’t think I’ve seen a better example of the need for a Class & Race approach to politics in a long time.
A Reverse-Trump Tax Plan Delivers an Economic Miracle in Sweden
High taxes, strong unions and an equal distribution of wealth.

The Swedish have record high:


Work force participation

Refugee inflow

Education spending

Welfare spending

All of this has brought a boom to their economy. Their economic growth is currently near double the USA and they have budget surplus, not dept.

You can see two important things in the graphic above. The most apparent should be the astounding disparity in the American economy. The purple line (at the far top) is the income of USA’s top 1%. The white line (at the bottom) is the income for the bottom 90% of our nation. This is the result of corporate capitalist, trickle down economics.

The red line is Sweden’s top 1% and the blue is their bottom 90%. Notice a difference?

Magdalena Andersson (seen in the photo above), the Social Democratic economist who’s also Sweden’s finance minister, says their success is the result of “high taxes, strong unions and an equal distribution of wealth.” These are things that the conservative right fights against tooth and nail and some liberals are even afraid to put into practice.

Sweden has been a shining example in the world in education, social policy, and economic policy. The reason we are not learning from them is because we have the top 1% running a fear campaign against socialism because it would utterly destroy the economic hierarchy and their exuberantly lavish lifestyle. Plus, a more equal distribution of wealth would mean a more even distribution of power. This is something the corporate conservatives will fight to stop with at any cost.

So I ask you, what cost would you give to have a more equitable society?

Capitalism is to most of us about consumption, it is about mass produced consumer products: cars, houses, clothes, electronics or processed foods. But capitalism brings with it other products- global warming, dying oceans, poisoned air and water, corporate controlled  systems of governance and power, dislocations of communities, and grotesque income inequality. Capitalism is an ideology, the power of this ideology is so fierce that most of us can envision the collapse of the ecosystem before we can envision the collapse of capitalism
—  Chris Hedges 

anonymous asked:

how is bernie gonna say he's "not sure" about ossoff, someone's who trying to win a deeply red district, being a progressive in a way that implies people shouldn't vote for him but then turn around and campaign for someone who's trying to restrict a women's right to choose. what the actual fuck.

Bernie only seems to care about his own version of economic progressives and is clearly more than willing to waiver on social issues if it means that his ideas of economic progressivism can win somewhere. 

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I wouldn’t put it past Sanders and his most ardent supporters to throw women, people of color, the lgbt community, and others under the bus to further their own agenda.

The U.S. Founding Fathers taught that liberty is almost never taken all at once; it happens slowly and incrementally. This means that the task of safe-guarding liberty is about recognizing patterns of behavior and the reasoning/objectives  behind them, not avoiding some grand law that entirely takes away some particular right in one felt swoop. In light of this fact, let us briefly consider the gun control debate. Today’s advocates of ever increasing gun control  state what their objective is: to stop tragedies such as this (referring to U.S. mass shootings).  Now if the objective of this continual demand for new laws is to prevent such tragedies, the demand for new laws can in principle continue for as long as the problem continues. At each stage advocates  will proclaim  “All we are asking for is X”.  But that is all they are asking for now.  As horrific shooting tragedies continue despite their efforts they will be moved to demand even more “action”, and with the exact same moral justification: we cannot just witness these horrible crimes and do absolutely nothing about them. 

 It is similar to the economic Progressive who  claims that he does not want to raise taxes to an oppressive extent, but  his pursuit of his goal of social justice always leads him another step further  every time his ideal world does not materialize. 

Jill Stein being arrested back in 2012 for trying to participate in the big neoliberal electoral politics debate, for having the gall to think we lived in a democracy or something. We stand with progressives who propose democratic alternatives to capitalism and who participate in civil disobedience!