working class rights

I was going to write this post whether Clinton won or not, because even before the election it was clear that Trump was going to clean up among working class whites. Right now, exit polling has Clinton at 53% of those who make $30,000 a year or less, down from Obama’s 63% in 2012. The people who voted for Obama in past years and who voted for Trump this year determined the way the election went. Why did people vote that way? Because they’ve seen no benefits from voting Democratic.

American wages have been in freefall since 2000. This is the greatest drop in income since the Great Depression. Working class white people voted for Bush, realized he couldn’t change stuff, voted for Obama, realized he couldn’t change things, and were going to stay home until they saw somebody speaking to their concerns. They came out heavily for Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Primaries, but not quite enough to put him over the top against a vast well-oiled party machinery, and they came out for Donald Trump, who at least made mention of the troubles working class people have but who more importantly positioned himself as the anti-Obama anti-Bush candidate. Clinton ran on 4 more years of Obama, without even being as well-liked as Obama. She didn’t even want to campaign on single payer healthcare, feeling too worried that she might alienate the billionaires overwhelmingly backing her. Her opinions on trade agreements seemed contrived, and nobody believed she’d regulate the banking sector in any way. She failed to oppose the cops that kill black people on the street every day, giving her absolutely no appeal for black people as a voting choice except as a perceived defensive measure. No wonder black working class turnout was down so much. Part of the appeal that Trump had to the white working class was based on the media simply giving in and portraying him as he wished to be portrayed, rather than actually challenging his ostensible pro-working class credentials. A significant part of it was racism, certainly. But it wasn’t racism that put him over the top, it was his ability to convince people that he might change their desperate circumstances. He can’t, of course. Wages will continue to decline during his time in office because his party is wedded to those economic policies that cause wages to decline. There will be a crackup, and we can take advantage of that by stridently opposing him from day 1. We should recognize though that we’re fighting to defend the working class, not to blame it.

another chororin,

Trump’s victory has triggered the slow-motion implosion of the liberal wing of the establishment.

Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren has advocated ‘putting aside differences’ with the candidate she called a ‘pathetic coward’. AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka has offered ‘our congratulations’ to the President elect, offering to meet him halfway on labour issues. Revelations abound of the Clinton campaign and figures in the DNC actively promoting Trump’s candidacy as a weak alternative to 'more dangerous’ discredited establishment figures in the GOP.

This rudderlessness reveals the truth behind the war of words which has dominated mainstream discourse: that the political establishment is willing to sell its working class constituents willingly down the river to close up the negligible substantive differences they have had with Trump’s ideology all along.

As the political centre scrambles to make achingly 'respectable’ compromises with dangerously racist, sexist, anti-working-class right-wing ideology, the mask falls: it’s totally clear that ordinary Americans are left entirely without any independent organisations to defend them from the storm.

We need a party of the 99%.

cnn.com
Sanders: If Trump has the 'guts' to take on corporate America, he's got an ally
President-elect Donald Trump will find himself with an unlikely ally If he makes good on his promise to be an economic populist challenging corporate America, Bernie Sanders said Thursday.
By Edward Mejia Davis and Jeff Zeleny, CNN

Remember when we said that Bernie Sanders didn’t care about women or people of color? 

Originally posted by collegepsychexperiment

36 Reasons Why You Should Thank a Union

  • Weekends
  • All Breaks at Work, including your Lunch Breaks
  • Paid Vacation
  • FMLA
  • Sick Leave
  • Social Security
  • Minimum Wage
  • Civil Rights Act/Title VII (Prohibits Employer Discrimination)
  • 8-Hour Work Day
  • Overtime Pay
  • Child Labor Laws
  • Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
  • 40 Hour Work Week
  • Worker’s Compensation (Worker’s Comp)
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Pensions
  • Workplace Safety Standards and Regulations
  • Employer Health Care Insurance
  • Collective Bargaining Rights for Employees
  • Wrongful Termination Laws
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
  • Whistleblower Protection Laws
  • Employee Polygraph Protect Act (Prohibits Employer from using a lie detector test on an employee)
  • Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS)
  • Compensation increases and Evaluations (Raises)
  • Sexual Harassment Laws
  • Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Holiday Pay
  • Employer Dental, Life, and Vision Insurance
  • Privacy Rights
  • Pregnancy and Parental Leave
  • Military Leave
  • The Right to Strike
  • Public Education for Children
  • Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 (Requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work)
  • Laws Ending Sweatshops in the United States

Why do I get so much motivation to do stuff at times when I should be sleeping

WHY I SUPPORT SHOPLIFTERS 100%

Or “Angry anarchist rants about liberals shaming direct action”

I’m tired of the shit talking on shoplifting here on Tumblr. Shoplifting is actually totally rad. All this nonsense about how all those poor stores people steal from are at our mercy is total bullshit. Don’t let the rich convince you that you’re responsible for them firing employees, for their artificial scarcity, or for anything else they do. Capitalism is their game and it is always in their favor.

The bourgeoisie takes the labor of the working class and sells it as their own, giving the working class a cut in exchange to access to the means of production. Laborers are forced to participate in this system in order to survive or not face imprisonment, and therefore, are being robbed of their labor and all it produces. By doing this, the bourgeoisie gives the working class the right to take back what was stolen from them. ALL products of labor RIGHTFULLY BELONG TO THE LABOR FORCE.

Nobody is gonna lose their job due to shoplifters because shoplifting already happens ALL THE TIME. Employers are smart; they know that they will lose capital and account for it. Stores set aside funds specifically to cover the lost funds from shoplifting. Economically, shoplifting at most prevents stores from profiting more than they expect. Hell, in the US, the majority of retail theft is due to employees. Shoplifters aren’t the ones firing employees, nor are they forcing their hand.

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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. 

They grow up so fast.

Assassination Classroom.Ch.151, Speed Time.

is it really that bloody hard to write a history textbook in chronological order?! my notes are now all over the place and out of order just because you can’t freaking write properly ffs