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#Unis4all: An Open Letter to the U.S. Higher Education Community

Universities can immediately bypass feckless state & federal legislatures & finance themselves directly with “Unis” supported by the Federal Reserve For a growing majority of outspoken administrators and faculty, the economic fallout associated with the Covid-19 crisis threatens to catapult U. S. higher education into a draconian age of austerity, layoffs, and closures. The question, […]

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jan saudek Follow Fire Married Women The Great Depression ( 1929 -1938 ) had devastating effects in both rich and poor countries. There were few women in the labor force in 1929, but those that did work were typically found in light manufacturing work. However, across America, because of an acute shortage of this kind of work, there was a widespread popular movement which sought to limit families to one paid job and to reserve all these jobs for men ( thanks to Jeff Wharton for re enactor photo and Shorpy for background photo )

The 1930s and now: Looking back to move forward

While there are great differences between the crises and political movements and possibilities of the 1930s and now, there are also important lessons that can be learned from the efforts of activists to build mass movements for social transformation during the Great Depression. My aim in this paper is to illuminate the challenges faced and […]

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School strike for climate (FridaysForFuture) on Heldenplatz in Vienna (Austria) on March 15 2019

Austria’s ‘Unsozial’ Capitalists in a Time of Crisis

In a move seemingly reserved only for cartoonish villains, one of Austria’s best-known millionaires, Attila Doğudan, CEO of DO &CO—one of the largest culinary companies in Austria, and who employs over 11,000 people worldwide—has used the COVID-19 crisis to orchestrate a widespread layoff campaign against all restaurant employees within Austria.

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COVID-19 proves workers, not bosses, are essential

COVID-19 proves workers, not bosses, are essential

The Marxist argument that it’s the labour of workers, and not the supposed intelligence and entrepreneurial spirit of bosses, that keeps society running, has long been ridiculed by defenders of capitalism. In the conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the truth of Marx’s claim has been brought into sharp relief.

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Capitalism isn't working

Unemployment pandemic

Capitalist crises are neither predictable nor do they stem from a single cause. Instead, at least as I see it, the possibility of a crisis is always there but the causes and triggers are all historical and therefore multiple and varied.

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