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On the Civil Rights Act's 50th, Workplaces Remain Segregated (Colorlines)

Though the Civil Rights Act brought legal segregation to an end decades ago, people of color are still being pushed into lower-paying occupations, writes Rinku Sen.

  • Roosevelt Take: A new infographic from the Roosevelt Institute's Future of Work initiative outlines five policy proposals that would promote an inclusive workforce.

Domestic Care for Family Members Isn't Valued If Its Givers Are Exploited (Truthout)

In a book excerpt, Sheila Bapat cites research from Roosevelt Fellow Annette Bernhardt and others to show how domestic workers are shut out from standard labor protections.

We Know We Work Too Much. Now How Do We Stop It? (New Republic)

Bryce Covert looks at paid leave and vacation laws, health care reform, work-sharing programs, and other potential statutory solutions to America's oversized workweek.

Porsches, Potholes and Patriots (NYT)

The Fourth of July should prompt a celebration of America's great public investments -- and an acknowledgment that they depended on taxes, writes Nicholas Kristof.

Census: One-Quarter of Americans Now Live in "Poverty Areas" (Slate)

Data from 2010 shows that a growing number of Americans live in areas where more than 20 percent of the population is below the poverty line, notes Jordan Weissmann.

Yellen Drives Wedge Between Monetary Policy, Financial Bubbles (Reuters)

Fed chair Janet Yellen says monetary policy is the wrong tool to curb financial risk, report Michael Flaherty and Howard Schneider. She sees no need to raise rates at present. 

New on Next New Deal

Graduated and Living With Your Parents? You May Be Luckier Than You Think.

Millennials forced to move home may have their economic futures determined by where they were born, writes Roosevelt Campus Network Operations Director Lydia Bowers.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Economics on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 05:28 AM PDT.

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  •  High unemployment is a feature, not a bug (0+ / 0-)

    For people at the top of the wealth pyramid and in control of our economic machinery, high unemployment is a feature, not a bug. It keeps wages low and over time drives them down even further so that they become competitive with wages in China and other developing countries; it disciplines labor; it undermines the ability of labor to demand a larger share of what is currently returned to capital; it promotes resentment and social divisions at the bottom; it maintains a steady supply young men eager to sign up for what otherwise would be the appallingly unattractive occupation of fodder in our wars; it perpetuates the politically dependent and much-manipulable constituencies for the government's various alms and life-support systems; it teaches people who's boss.

    Why would they be eager to end this system? The costs of the maintaining the remedial minimal support systems that are needed to keep the unemployed a politically manageable known quantity are lower than the costs to the plutocracy of creating a system of full employment and shared prosperity. And the prosperity of the decision-making elite can be secured well beyond the point of satiety without an economy that is producing at full capacity.

    For the people who count, unemployment and its social management is just one more human waste management problem. It's an inevitable effect of the American economic way of life: an anxious rat race that sifts people into winners and losers.

    You Don't Happen To Make It. You Make It Happen !

    by jeffrey789 on Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 11:37:26 PM PDT

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