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By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal

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In Florida Tomato Fields, a Penny Buys Progress (NYT)

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers has done incredible work to improve labor conditions in Florida's tomato fields, says Steven Greenhouse, but bringing Walmart into the fold might be its biggest win yet.

  • Roosevelt Take: The Roosevelt Institute presented the CIW with the Freedom from Want medal at the 2013 Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Awards. Senior Fellow Richard Kirsch spoke with some of its organizers about its Fair Food program.

Meet The Real Amazon Drones (HuffPo)

Dave Jamieson explains how one little-known shipping company contracted by Amazon treats its workers, who are classified as independent contractors. Fees from the company for mandatory supplies are just the start.

The 'Mismatch' Theory of Unemployment Meets Its Match in Goldman Sachs (Bloomberg Businessweek)

Peter Coy reports that economists at Goldman Sachs see clear evidence that a skills mismatch is not what's keeping people out of work. There just aren't enough jobs to go around right now.

The Sharing Economy Isn’t About Trust, It’s About Desperation (NY Mag)

By looking at the data on how many full-time jobs have been replaced by part-time jobs, Kevin Roose concludes that workers in the gig-based sharing economy are just trying to make a living any way they can.

  • Roosevelt Take: Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network Operations Strategist Lydia Bowers explains how some of these "sharing economy" companies exploit their workers.

Elizabeth Warren’s A Fighting Chance: An Exclusive Excerpt on the Foreclosure Crisis (Boston Globe)

In this excerpt from her new book, Senator Warren shares an anecdote that demonstrates how the Treasury Department's approach to the foreclosure crisis centered on banks instead of people.

Massive New Fraud Coverup: How Banks are Pillaging Homes — While the Government Watches (Salon)

Regulators aren't doing enough to hold banks accountable, say David Dayen, which is allowing banks to foreclose on homes despite missing and falsified documentation.

To Have and Have Not (Los Angeles Review of Books)

Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century shows what economics has lost by minimizing political economy, which considers how we organize our interconnected economic lives, says Jedediah Purdy.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Economics on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 05:01 AM PDT.

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  •  Krugman And Brooks Both Talk Piketty (2+ / 0-)
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    jbsoul, Egalitare

    Have not read it yet. I hope it could have a profound influence in changing discourse. Somehow in a world where it seems to be a battle to inform left leaning voters that elections occur between Presidential ones, I don't see it happening. Krugman of course predicted a word that would be used in Brooks column. Marx. Brooks used it with nuance but it was there, Marxists back in the day and the remaining Marxists out there now would not like Piketty. Piketty is pushing middle ground solutions between extrem left and right that they would find loathsome.  

    •  Interesting how in the corporate media (1+ / 0-)
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      Leo Flinnwood

      the "few remaining Marxists" are frequently characterized but rarely allowed to speak for themselves. Socialists are continuing to engage in a Socratic process to build a better world. We know we have not figured out all the answers. But we know that capitalism is no alternative for a sustainable and fair world. Most of the world is figuring that out, and eventually the U.S. may itself give up neoliberalism. And then what?

      Kenynesian "pump-priming" is not loathsome just inadequate to the task. It's better than supply-side economics and at least recognizes some of the pitfalls of austerity and "unrestrained" capital dictating terms. But it has misplaced faith in markets to meet everyone's basic needs and an unwillingness to truly democratize the economy, leaving capitalists in place to feign their being "1000 points of light" and reassert control.

      The reason the Brooks of the world call the Krugmans of the world Marxists is because of the failure of so-called "real" socialism in the Soviet Union. We get it. However, the ones stuck in the past are not the socialists, who've been chastened by reality, but the triumphalists like Brooks who are stealing on borrowed time. Kudos to the Krugmans for trying to make the world a better place. With the economy democratized we can freely choose how to most fairly distribute the world's resources. The Krugmans may have some good ideas but so might the Sanders, the Social Justice-Liberationists, and, in many places such as Latin America, the Bolivarians.

      So, by all means typecast us. We will meanwhile do our best to take power for the people.

      garden variety democratic socialist: accepting life's complexity|striving for global stewardship of our soil and other resources to meet everyone's basic needs|being a friend to the weak

      by Galtisalie on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 08:44:21 PM PDT

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  •  Freaking geniuses: (2+ / 0-)
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    jbsoul, Egalitare

    "There just aren't enough jobs to go around right now."

    garden variety democratic socialist: accepting life's complexity|striving for global stewardship of our soil and other resources to meet everyone's basic needs|being a friend to the weak

    by Galtisalie on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 08:10:35 PM PDT

  •  CIW and a penny a pound (0+ / 0-)

    I'd be very happy to learn that Publix had signed on.

    To the best of my knowledge, that has yet to happen.

    I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

    by Just Bob on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 12:40:46 AM PDT

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