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By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal

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How Big Money Keeps Populism at Bay (AlterNet)

Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Thomas Ferguson writes with Paul Jorgensen and Jie Chen about how both parties' reliance on large donations from the wealthy to keep campaigns afloat limits the influence of populist movements on elections.

  • Roosevelt Take: Ferguson pulls from his working paper with Jorgensen and Chen to discuss political spending in the 2012 campaign.

'Mom did it, we can do it': Two-Generation Programs Help Lift Families Out of Poverty (NBC News)

Former Roosevelt Institute | Pipeline Fellow Nona Willis Aronowitz writes about a highly successful anti-poverty program in Amarillo, TX. The program works with single mothers and their children simultaneously to promote academic achievement.

How the Rise of Women in Labor Could Save the Movement (The Nation)

Bryce Covert draws on research from Roosevelt Institute Fellow Dorian Warren as she argues that encouraging the rise of female leadership in both traditional and alt-labor groups will help to reinvigorate the labor movement and lead it to success.

Two Roads Forward for Labor: The AFL-CIO’s New Agenda (Dissent)

Nelson Lichtenstein considers two paths for a revival of the labor movement, one based in singular events of mass upheaval, and the other in a slow drift to the left in American politics. These options aren't mutually exclusive, so he says labor should prepare for both.

Blaming Poverty on Single Parents Is Win-Win for Republicans, Evidence Be Damned (The Wire)

Philip Bump says that when Senator Marco Rubio tries to link marriage rates and poverty, progressives should remember that correlation is not causation. Sadly, the GOP would rather talk about marriage as a solution than fund real anti-poverty programs.

It Is Expensive to Be Poor (The Atlantic)

Barbara Ehrenreich discusses poverty as a shortage of money, as opposed to the moral failure that many politicians spin it to be. She argues that Americans need to stop blaming poverty on the poor and start fixing the economic and social institutions that perpetuate it.

Banks Seek to Limit Volcker With Challenge to Meaning of ‘Own’ (Bloomberg)

Yalman Onaran reports that bankers have filed a lawsuit arguing that the Volcker Rule's definition of ownership with regard to hedge funds and private-equity funds is too broad. The rule was written that way to keep banks from skirting the ban on proprietary trading.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Economics on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 07:36 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  The most revealing comment I read (0+ / 0-)

    recently was of a British journalist who, traveling in the US, reported hearing Fox news "blaring" wherever she stopped in the Midwest.

    As long as that remains the case, people in America who aren't rich, and at their own hands.

    The rich have a gold mine in Fox and talk radio.

    “When it comes to this, I shall prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty—to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.” —Abraham Lincoln

    by Pragmatus on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 08:04:20 PM PST

    •  Ahem.... (1+ / 0-)
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      "...people who aren't rich will continue to suffer, and at their own hands."

      “When it comes to this, I shall prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty—to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.” —Abraham Lincoln

      by Pragmatus on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 08:05:54 PM PST

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  •  "Yet"? (2+ / 0-)
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    Pragmatus, mftalbot

    Who, what, where and when is there any significant organized resistance to the total hegemony of big capital in the US, and thereby, the world?  There are no cohesively anti-hegemonic forces at work.  Dems are quick to dismiss such efforts as "naive purism".  "Pragmatism" in our time has come to mean 100% adoption of a corporatist agenda, you can't show me one thing "pragmatic Dems" have put forward in decades that wasn't first and foremost a gigantic boondoggle for the corporate elite.  On the other hannd, when there are counter-hegemonic forces, pragmatic Dems certainly won't raise a finger to defend them, and often jump in on the bashing, regardless of how much partisan advantage they have provided.  Best example of that is the dismemberment of ACORN.  The sad reality is that Rubes have made more room for rightist pseudo-populism, while liberals cling bitterly to their Hofstadter.  Guess which looks more welcoming to average people?  Speaking of pragmatism, and by this I mean the real thing, how have Dems electoral fortunes been since the embrace of Hofstadter, compared to their prior populism?  (But I do realize by pragmatic, we now mean totally sucking up to big money.)

    "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." ~Frederick Douglass

    by ActivistGuy on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 08:18:23 PM PST

  •  good job (0+ / 0-)

    you make $27 per hour good for you! I make up to $85 per hour working from home. My story is that I quit working at shoprite to work online and with a little effort I easily bring in around $45 per hour to $85 per hour heres a good example of what I'm doing more detail here....

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