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  •  workers (4+ / 0-)
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    Ralphdog, gffish, unionblue, rbird

    Without a strong organized labor union, Keynesian economics won't work--countervailing forces are necessary.  The right wing took hold only after Reagan destroyed PATCO.  The AFL/CIO slept through that disaster, and still is dormant.  Not one union in NYC has a contract--not one union is on strike--in unity there's strength--in inaction there is failure.

    BTW,  an ILGWU in the third world would have prevented the Bangladesh fire.  Look up the Triangle Shirt fire.  The solitary abused burn.

    Apres Bush, le deluge.

    by melvynny on Tue May 07, 2013 at 07:15:32 AM PDT

    •  Why won't Keynesian economics "work" (4+ / 0-)
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      gffish, Grabber by the Heel, rbird, DaddyO

      without a strong organized labor union?  If anything, fully implemented Keynesian economics could spark a rise of organized labor.

      I have an idea - let's try Keynesian economics and see what happens.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Tue May 07, 2013 at 07:23:10 AM PDT

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      •  push (4+ / 0-)
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        gffish, exterris, unionblue, rbird

        A democracy needs equality of political force--both sides need equal power or it becomes one sided.  Without strong labor voting blocs, and huge bankrolls, money from business wins.  See today's media--money buys truth.  Keynes advocated deficit spending on infrastructure during recessions, big business wants lowered taxes--who's winning?  
        Back in the 1960s, a well regulated mixed economy was the ideal.  Labor knew you couldn't trust businesses to "do the right thing."  Not the case today.  Economic inequality is the result of weak union leadership--again--that destroys Keynes, because focus stays fixed on the rich and famous.

        Apres Bush, le deluge.

        by melvynny on Tue May 07, 2013 at 07:30:56 AM PDT

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        •  I agree with both of you... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...if that makes any sense.

          Tell me what to write. 'To know what is right and to do it are two different things.' - Chushingura, a tale of The Forty-Seven Ronin

          by rbird on Tue May 07, 2013 at 10:25:48 AM PDT

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          •  can't (2+ / 0-)
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            SueDe, DaddyO

            Nothing will spark the rise of unionism when businessmen write the laws.  100 years ago, it took violence to overcome industrialists, if we don't hurry up, we will need that again.

            Apres Bush, le deluge.

            by melvynny on Tue May 07, 2013 at 10:43:27 AM PDT

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