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The Post Office Isn’t a Dead Letter

Unless your life is centered upon an iPhone, an iPad, and an iEverything else, there is a possibility you may have actually bought a postage stamp, written a letter, and mailed it. Contrary to popular opinion, snail-mail isn’t dead. Every day, the U.S. Postal Service handles about 660 million pieces of mail, and delivers them

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Strike Debt! Bay Area: Rumors of Occupy’s Death are Greatly Exaggerated

Editor’s note: Strike Debt! is a nationwide movement of debt resisters fighting for a progressive economic agenda in their actions and alliances with several other groups. Susan Harman graciously shared her article documenting Strike Debt!’s Bay Area activities over the past year. You can and should contact the organization for more information.  by Susan Harman

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The Bolivian Miracle: a Master class in political economy

Cambio Newspaper April  19, 2014 Juan Carlos Zambrana Marchetti / correspondent in the United States  Beyond the ideological differences and political rivalries that may exist in Bolivia, one thing that cannot be denied is that currently it is a very different country from the one that President Evo Morales found when he took power in

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Lettuce Look at Food Prices

I was resting at home when Marshbaum called to ask if I wanted to go with him to look at the lettuce. “The supermarket’s got lettuce for less than two bucks a head,” he said enthusiastically. “What’s so unusual about that?” “Because it’s going to be extinct in a few weeks.” “You’re buying up lettuce

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Crunch Time for Detroit

Tom Stephens of Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management has provided news and updates concerning the fraudulent bankruptcy in Detroit for the past several months. Here is his latest excellent summary of the players, the stakes, and the necessary actions. On Thursday, January 16, 2014 in the Detroit federal bankruptcy court, Judge Steven Rhodes issued a decision

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A Historical Contribution of Bolivia to Social Sciences

Written by: Juan Carlos Zambrana Gutiérrez   It is well known that the road to economic development has been traumatic, unjust, and destructive for the indigenous peoples of Latin America. Despite their frustrating experiences during the historical progress of the Latin American countries on the way to definitive economic advancement, within the last ten years

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At Year’s End, Public Banking Steers Economic Justice Conversation

Originally published at the Public Banking Institute Blog. The movement for public banking, democratically-run public banks that avoid high interest rates and make financing accountable to the public good, ended a solid building year on a several high notes, including a column of support from Chris Hedges, analysis of a volatile struggle in Vermont, and

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Wage-ing Justice in SeaTac

Here’s David Sirota’s piece on one town’s struggle for higher wages and the wrath it inspired from far-away billionaires. A small, job-intensive municipality of 26,000 launches a $15-per-hour minimum wage initiative. This invites the full-on wrath of the Koch brothers, who have calculated what is at stake in even the smallest manifestations of the wage

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