Lies, Damn Lies, and Inflation

By Hamilton Nolan, In These Times -

Now, inflation is actually here. Never mind the fact that the Fed believes that inflation can be kept under control, and that more government spending is in order — all popular media coverage of [...]

Your Privileges Are Not Universal

By Vijay Prashad, Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. -

Stencilled in red on the walls of Santiago, Chile is a statement of fact: ‘your privileges are not universal’ (tus privilegios no son universales). This is a factual declaration because the [...]

Haiti Begins General Strike

By Ezra Brain, Left Voice. -

February 1, 2021 - Industries across Haiti are shut down today as workers in multiple sectors participate in a 48-hour general strike. The strike was called by the labor unions following years of [...]

Lessons From A Decade Of Student Activism In The UK

By Hector Rios-Jara, ROAR Magazine. -

Ten years ago, tens of thousands of students flooded the streets of London protesting against fees, cuts and demanding free public education in the biggest student demonstration in British [...]

Austerity Is Still A Political Choice

By Grace Blakely, Tribune Magazine. -

When Rishi Sunak delivered the spending review earlier this week, the coverage focused predictably on levels of government borrowing. With GDP set to contract by more than 11% in 2020 – the [...]

Massive Protests In Guatemala Against President And The Congress

By La Izquierda Diario Argentina, Left Voice. -

At least 10,000 people rallied in the central square of the country’s capital, in front of the seat of government, to express their dissatisfaction after 10 months of President Alejandro [...]

Communities Of Color Hurt The Most By Postal Service Attack

By Taryn MacKinney, the Union of Concerned Scientists. -

With just weeks until the 2020 election, the USPS is racing to prepare for a historic surge in mail-in voting. Our recent analysis of USPS records, which we received via Freedom of Information [...]

IMF Seizes On Pandemic For Privatization In 81 Countries

By Alan Macleod, Mintpress News. -

The enormous economic dislocation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic offers a unique opportunity to fundamentally alter the structure of society, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) if using [...]

How Residents Rallied To Get Their Post Office Back

By Jessica Kutz, North Country News. -

On an otherwise typical summer day, rumors started spreading in the small rural mountain community of Munds Park in northern Arizona: The local post office had been shuttered. As the chatter [...]

Pledge Of Resistance: Stop Austerity This Fall

By People's Strike. -

We are living in tumultuous times. The core capitalist countries are rapidly abandoning any pretense of democracy and advancing toward war. We, the oppressed peoples and working class people of [...]

Racialized Austerity: The Case Of CUNY

By Michael Fabricant and Steve Brier, Gotham Gazette. -

In the aftermath of the covid outbreak and in a moment of Black Lives Matter national organizing in response to police brutality the issue of racial justice has lit up cities and towns across the [...]

Without Federal Aid To State And Local Governments, Millions Will Lose Their Jobs

By Josh Bivens and David Cooper, Economic Policy Institute. -

Because a weakening economy undercuts state and local tax revenues, and because states operate under balanced budget constraints, the coming months will see intense downward pressure on state and [...]

Police Budgets Are Ballooning As Social Programs Crumble

By Indigo Olivier, In These Times. -

Faced with mass teacher layoffs, deep cuts to education and social services, and a looming eviction crisis, police budgets across the nation remain absurdly high and have been largely insulated [...]

What Programs A 10% Cut In Military Spending Could Buy

By Gabe Murphy, East Bay Times. -

For millions of Californians, times are tough, and the future looks tougher still. So far, California has seen over 325,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and over 7,000 deaths. In the economic [...]

COVID19 Brings American Decline Out In The Open

By Noah Smith, Bloomberg. -

The U.S.’s decline started with little things that people got used to. Americans drove past empty construction sites and didn’t even think about why the workers weren’t working, then wondered why [...]