“Grand Theft Paycheck” - Labor Radio-Podcast Weekly
Labour calls for a new social contract; “Grand Theft Paycheck”; NFLPA’s JC Tretter on renegotiating collective bargaining agreements for player safety during the pandemic; an interview with NYC Restaurant Workers Council organizers. Highlights from labor radio and podcast shows around the country, part of the national Labor Radio Podcast Network of shows focusing on working people’s issues and concerns. #LaborRadioPod Edited by Evan Papp of Empathy Media Lab; produced by Chris Garlock; social media guru: Harold Phillips.
"The Light Rain, Washed Away the Dead."
Tree of Life - a Story of Hope Born out of Tragedy. Mike Elk of Pay Day Report walked me through a few neighborhoods in his hometown of Pittsburgh. Tree of Life was one of them. It moved me so I want to share it as I experienced it, single camera shot. These thoughts were spoken outside the Tree of Life Synagogue 15 months after the fascist attack. “How people were talking in the streets about how we need to stand up for immigrant rights...We had been targeted, because of our support for immigrant rights, as Jews. So that day in the street here in the neighborhood, was a moment of pride for the lot of us.” Support Labor Leader - Journalist - Mike Elk Founder Pay Day Report www.paydayreport.com
#BamazonUnion Solidarity Mashup Wizard of Oz & Pink Floyd Dark Side of The Moon
Support the Amazon worker union drive in Bessemer, Alabama seeking to join the RWDSU (Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union) https://www.rwdsu.info. Edited by Evan Papp of Empathy Media Lab. Like. Share. Subscribe. #BamazonUnion #LaborRadioPod #1U #UnionStrong Media Credits Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon (The great Gig in the Sky, Money) Wizard of Oz produced by Metro Goldwyn Mayer AP Photo by Jay Reeves (twitter @Jay_Reeves) Model T Ford Assembly Line Amazon Empire by FRONTLINE PBS Fair Use Copyright Disclaimer under section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, education and research.
100 days until the election - 100 calls in 100 days
100 days until the election 100 days to save the United States Pledge to make 100 calls in a 100 days To family, friends, and fellow Americans Vote for change November 3rd
2020 Election Livestream - Labor Radio Podcast Network - Monday, November 2nd - Day 2
Facebook Live Link - https://fb.watch/1xcwV8WfHR/ That was an amazing three hours of 2020 Election Livestream on labor! Tonight is the big night. We will be Livestreaming for 7 hours + starting at 5pm eastern. The Labor Radio Podcast Network is broadcasting live coverage on its Facebook page -- https://www.facebook.com/LaborRadioNet -- around the Presidential Election and aftermath based on contributions from our national network of members. Schedule: Tuesday 5p EDT to whenever Wednesday 12 noon EDT to whenever Coverage will focus on reporting from regional members on what organized labor is doing throughout the United States to ensure all votes are counted and labor’s voice is heard. Follow us on Twitter at @laborradionet or contact us here: https://www.laborradionetwork.org/contact And follow the conversation by using #LaborRadioPod. Monday, November 2nd - Day 2, Part 1 Monday, November 2nd - Day 2, Part 2 Monday, November 2nd - Day 2, Part 3
2020 Election Livestream with Labor Radio Podcast Network - Sunday, November 1st
The Labor Radio Podcast Network is broadcasting live coverage on its Facebook page -- https://www.facebook.com/LaborRadioNet -- around the Presidential Election and aftermath based on contributions from our national network of members. Schedule: Sunday 3-6p EDT; Monday 8-11p EDT; Tuesday 5p EDT to whenever; Wednesday 12 noon EDT to whenever Coverage will focus on reporting from regional members on what organized labor is doing throughout the United States to ensure all votes are counted and labor’s voice is heard. Follow us on Twitter at @laborradionet or contact us here: https://www.laborradionetwork.org/contact-us/ And join the conversation by using #LaborRadioPod.
5 Political Economy Concepts To Rebuild America…in the Face of a Global Pandemic
…in the Face of a Global Pandemic A day of reckoning is coming for the economists, pundits, CEOs, and politicians who celebrated globalization’s outsourcing of production as a one way road to prosperity. While executives of American multinational corporations and banks became rich by asset stripping and outsourcing our means of production to countries with low wage workers unable to unionize, in return, Americans were promised cheap consumer goods and superior service jobs in the knowledge economy. Alas, U.S. manufacturing employment has declined from around 28% in 1960 to 8% in 2017. The precipitous drop in manufacturing corresponds with falling American wages. In 1980, the American standard of living was the highest among the industrial countries. Today, most indicators do not even rank the U.S. in the top ten based on quality of life, living standards, and general work conditions.
As the U.S. trade imbalance continues to grow along with consumer debt to finance the ever sinking standard of living, Americans have woken up from a long slumber to find a country leading in all the wrong economic indicators. The U.S. has become a low wage economy and American workers are victims in the global race to the bottom. Now with the Covid-19 global pandemic at our door, we must demand accountability from the globalization proponents who outsourced U.S. production to make China the factory of the world. America’s national security has been weakened by transnational corporations listed on Wall Street stock exchanges that moved production and global supply chains from the U.S. to China to make short term profit at the expense of long term national survival. These treacherous policies have placed the fate of America outside of America. Now we can no longer obtain life saving pharmaceuticals, key electrical components, and even basic face masks to protect you from the flu. Meanwhile, production in the U.S. languishes and key infrastructure from hospitals, to electrical grids and advanced manufacturing continues a steep decline. We must question the experts who have led us to this day of reckoning. And we must look to the history of political economy to determine how we can wrestle control of our economy to support the American working class away from Wall Street executives and the Chinese authoritarian leadership. Dear Friends, the Centerpiece of Economics is Production “When most people think of economics, they think of the stock market, currency, banking, money flows, balance sheets; and this is fundamentally misguided and alienating. The centerpiece of economics is production! Production! The great need of the world, production! We live in an impoverished world of scarcity, immiseration and underproduction of all the basic things you need. And when you go through one of these studies and they don’t talk about production, throw it away.” via AmericanSystem.TV The following five concepts are at best poorly understood. Economists are not taught the following ideas and few, if any, of the economics classes students take at university will ever come across these ideas. Yet if we want to turn around the past forty years of stagnation, we need to relearn the lessons of our forebears and return to promoting production, so that future generations avoid the perils we face today. 1. American System of Political Economy The idea of the American System gained some attention in 2017 for all the wrong reasons. Steve Bannon invoked the American System of Political Economy to support his anti-immigrant, white nationalist, i.e. fascist agenda. Bannon is a buffoon because there is nothing more ahistorical and anti-American than being anti-immigrant. The American System is an economic philosophy rooted in the founding of this country. Beginning with the genius of Alexander Hamilton’s Reports to Congress on Public Credit, a National Bank, and On Manufacturers, the foundation of the U.S. political economy is based on the creation of a national bank to finance industry and production, subsidies for infrastructure like roads and canals, and tariffs to protect domestic industry from anti-competitive practices of foreign competitors. During previous existential crises where the survival of the U.S. hung in the balance, the American System policies were invoked. From the War of 1812, to Lincoln’s fight against the British backed Confederate traitors, to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal and the Lend-Lease program to defeat the Nazis, these policies saved the republic. And once again, we need to relearn this history in these trying times. 2. Full Set Economy The concept of the Full Set Economy basically boils down to economic self-sufficiency. Right wingers are good at framing that the sole goal of government is to protect its citizens. Yet they (and almost the entire political establishment) is incompetent when discussing industrial policies for economic protection. Countries need to produce what is needed during times of war and times of crisis. This includes basic commodities like food, mining rare earth minerals, and manufacturing advanced medical technology and pharmaceuticals during a pandemic. Constant outsourcing of the means of production means the U.S. is now unable to protect its citizens.
The Wall Street Journal’s abbreviated headline today says it all: Can Supply Chains Survive the Coronavirus? 3. Production and Surplus Value After forcing policy discussions to promote production as the foundation of economics, and policy makers are educated on how the American System provides the framework to create a full set advanced industrial economy, we must discuss the theory of surplus value. Surplus value is created through the sale of the product minus the cost of the materials, plants, and labor power needed to produce that product. True surplus value or profit, cannot be found in activities like Wall Street's high frequency trading. This is merely a private tax given to Wall Street insiders. Such activities create no real value but instead steal value away from the system like a vampire drawing blood from its victim. If a private equity firm moves a company’s assembly lines abroad to low wage labor to sell products below the cost of maintaining a labor force that cannot pay for adequate housing, education, food, healthcare, leisure with the family, time to think and relax, etc., then the firm is looting the surplus, not creating one. Despite value theory being a concept within classical economics from Adam Smith to David Ricardo, Karl Marx is often cited as the founder. Yet Marxist economics focuses on primitive accumulation of capital as the great original sin of capitalism through looting, slavery, and empire. Primitive accumulation is real and must be dealt with through just redistribution. But taxing billionaires is not enough to bring everyone out of poverty and rebuild the economy. Industrial capitalism, when properly regulated, creates real surplus through ever higher levels of productivity based on investing in the labor force, research and development in advanced technology and manufacturing, and building infrastructure that generates energy dense power and moves goods and people at ever higher levels of efficiency. We must pit industrial capital against its inherent enemy, the finance capital, and play these interests against each other for the good of the country to re-industrialize in support of a pro-labor, worker centered economy. 4. National Banking National Banking is the main component of the American System and thus deserves its own heading as one of the five key concepts. Ever since the 2008 Wall Street crash and Wall Street bailout, I am still disgusted when considering how Wall Street created the crisis through toxic derivatives rated AAA based on collusion with the S&P, Fitch, and Moody’s credit rating agencies. The American people were then forced to bail out Wall Street while the political class grovels in front of Wall Street begging these same banks to loan us our money back to us but with interest going to the banks that were just bailed out. Most of these banks should have been put through an orderly bankruptcy reorganization and many of the executives should have gone to jail for fraud like they did under the 1987 Reagan crash. But I digress… The American Society of Civil Engineers 2017 infrastructure report card gave the U.S. infrastructure a D+ and estimated a $4.59 trillion dollar price tag to rehabilitate America’s public works. Are we going to go to Wall Street hat in hand begging for a 5% loan with a 20 year maturity while selling off public assets to be managed under a public private partnership? The cost of capital and maintenance would be much lower if we simply used the greatest credit creation machine in the history of the world known as the U.S. Federal Reserve. Instead of bailing out Wall Street Banks, we must demand the Federal Reserve issue credit in the form of trillion dollar tranches at near zero-percent interest with 100 year maturities. This will help us rebuild the entire economy and bring us to the horizon technologies of the 21st century. Some will argue this policy is hyper inflationary. But these loans will eventually be paid off while receiving a huge return on investment. Think about NASA’s Apollo program’s return on investment that range from $7 for every $1 spent on the Apollo Program to $40 for every $1 spent on space development today. China has a plan to dominate the following industries by 2025: information technology, robotics, aerospace, ocean engineering, railway equipment, power equipment, new materials, medical technology, and agricultural machinery. Since we are so strategically behind in the United States because of the malfeasance and incompetence of both political parties, it is time to launch America 2030. And we will need the Federal Reserve to serve as a national bank to rebuild U.S. infrastructure and invest in high tech production in manufacturing and agriculture. This will also put tens of millions of Americans to work in high paying, union wage jobs. 5. Indicative planning Indicative planning is simply coming up with a list of key projects that will advance the prosperity of the American people and are necessary for national security. And then we just roll up our sleeves and start building. The ASME Report Card has a good list of projects to start building. And Made in China 2025 also provides another list of key industries to develop. This will not require the nationalization of industry. It simply requires using the Federal Reserve to direct public credit to regions, states, and municipalities who hire private American firms to build what is required. Of course Wall Street banks and their frontmen will freak out because the monetary fire hose subsidizing Wall Street profits will be redirected toward the rest of the country's physical infrastructure similar to the Public Works Administration under FDR, which administered the construction of more than 34,000 projects including airports, large electricity-generating stations, roads, and bridges, as well as 70% of the new schools and one-third of the hospitals built between 1933–1939. And when critics call this radical remind them that Indicative Planning is not new. The New Deal is the best example in the past. Lincoln also used a form of it during the civil war. France called it dirigisme. And China’s unprecedented economic growth also relies on these policies. Will we be able to force the politicians to buck Wall Street and untie the hands of American industry while creating tens of millions of high paying jobs? Future history is judging us today As globalization’s supply chains begin to fray, we have an opportunity to re-chart our course for the next forty years. By honestly assessing how deep of a hole we are in, by understanding the policies available to us, by learning the history of past crises, we can begin digging out through collective struggle. The alternative is to be buried in poverty and immiseration with only our ignorance, hate, and faulty beliefs to give us nightmarish comfort as the American experiment comes to an ignoble end.
70 days until the election
"THEY WANT TO CANCEL YOU TOTALLY CANCEL YOU TAKE YOUR JOB TURN YOUR FAMILY AGAINST YOU FOR SPEAKING YOUR MIND WHILE THEY INDOCTRINATE YOUR CHILDREN WITH TWISTED TWISTED WORLD VIEWS THAT NOBODY EVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE." DJT August 20, 2020 Old Forge, Pennsylvania ----- Warning Statement on the Potential for Mass Atrocities in the United States From atrocities prevention, human rights, humanitarian, counterterrorism, and democratization professionals. https://medium.com/atrocities-prevention/warning-statement-on-the-potential-for-mass-atrocities-in-the-united-states-64b12615530c
80 days until the election
80 days to save the United States On Thursday, August 13th, Trump confessed to destroying the constitutionally mandated Post Office to suppress our vote, our voice. Pledge to make 80 calls to friends, family, and fellow Americans. Vote and fight for change on November 3rd.
9to5: The Story of a Movement - Film Q&A
Post-film Q&A with 9to5 co-founder Debbie Schneider and Angel Darcourt, Associate National Field Director for Working America. Moderated by Elise Bryant, President of the Coalition of Labor Union Women. 9to5: The Story of a Movement captures the real-life fight that inspired a hit and changed the American workplace. When Dolly Parton sang “9 to 5,” she was doing more than just shining a light on the fate of American working women. Parton was singing the true story of a movement that started with 9to5, a group of Boston secretaries in the early 1970s. Their goals were simple—better pay, more advancement opportunities, and an end to sexual harassment—but their unconventional approach attracted the press and shamed their bosses into change. Featuring interviews with 9to5’s founders, as well as actor and activist Jane Fonda, 9to5: The Story of a Movement is the previously untold story of the fight that inspired a hit and changed the American workplace. Presented by the DC Labor FilmFest; Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW); Labor Heritage Foundation, Rochester Labor Film Series. The DC Labor FilmFest is sponsored by American Income Life. Produced by Evan Matthew Papp of Empathy Media Lab.
A Better Kind of Politics - Fratelli Tutti Chapter 5 - Belief Street
Welcome to Empathy Media Lab’s Belief Street where we’ll be exploring religious concepts through text and scripture, interviews and profiles, and documentaries and films. So why do I want to explore religious concepts even though I haven’t been a practicing Catholic for over two decades? Well, first, I’m appalled at the hypocrites who have hijacked Jesus’ teachings to love our neighbor and treat people the way we want to be treated. And as an outsider looking into the internal politics of the Catholic Church, it appears to me that there is civil war raging between a progressive Pope Francis and a very dangerous reactionary faction that sides with the hypocrites previously mentioned. Ultimately, the outcome of this battle will determine whether it is fear or love that organizes the Holy See. Fratelli Tutti For this series of Belief Street, I’ll be reading Fratelli Tutti, which is Pope Francis’ Encyclical subtitled "on fraternity and social friendship.” The encyclical calls for more human fraternity and solidarity, and is a plea to reject wars. The document was signed on October 3rd 2020, on the occasion of Pope Francis's visit to the tomb of his namesake, Saint Francis of Assisi, and was published the following day, on the saint's feast day. The Catholic Church I went to growing up in Muskegon, Michigan was called St. Francis De Sales and it is one of the strangest concrete structures I’ve ever seen. The Sunday experience in that brutalist architectural design made a lasting impression on me that I plan to discuss in coming episodes. Almost twenty years ago, I also had the pleasure of visiting the town of Assisi in Italy during a solo backpacking trip across Europe at the beginning of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. After a day of exploration, I found a modest campsite at Fontemaggio Assisi not far from the town center, ate a delicious pasta meal with some local red wine, and I still remember that night sleeping on the side a mountain on a clear evening, looking up at the sky and thinking about the deeper questions of our life. So with an interest in getting back to my roots, for this installment, I’ll be reading Fratelli Tutti, Chapter 5 A Better Kind of Politics.