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Social Psychologist Erich Fromm Diagnoses Why People Wear a Mask of Happiness in Modern Society (1977)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nCzsqKrkhE Modern man still is anxious and tempted to surrender his freedom to dictators of all kinds, or to lose it by transforming himself into a small cog in the machine. —Erich Fromm There are more think pieces published every day than any one person can read about our current moment of social disintegration. But we seem to have lost touch with the insights of social psychology, a field that dominated popular intellectual discourse in the post-war 20t...
Tags: Psychology, Google, College, Current Affairs, Philosophy, Un, Albert Camus, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Erich Fromm, Camus, Durham NC Follow, Maria Popova, Jacobin, Fromm, Frankfurt School


Conservatives are trying to destroy the US Postal Service. Instead we should expand it

The USPS is our most successful and trusted institution by almost any measure. Let’s embrace and empower it There is an American corporation that employs 633,108 people, handles 142.6bn pieces of product every year, and holds a 48% global market share in its sector. It constitutes a domestic retail network larger than McDonald’s, Starbucks and Walmart combined, one that spans even the most rural and isolated parts of the United States. It is an iconic brand tremendously popular with the America...
Tags: South Korea, News, Congress, US, America, Walmart, United States, Usps, Medicare, Bernie Sanders, Trump, France New Zealand, United States Postal Service USPS, American Postal Workers Union, Jacobin, Bhaskar Sunkara


Should social workers supplement or displace police? SWAT for show, Confederate prison names, and other stories

Here are a few odds and ends to hold y'all over while I finish editing this month's podcast: Getting to know Jose Garza Grits had earlier opined that Travis County's Jose Garza is arguably Texas' first truly "progressive" DA when judged by national standards. See an interview with Jacobin magazine, coverage from The Appeal, and an editorial in the Texarkana Gazette. Mike Ramos shooting video released Austin PD released video from the Mike Ramos shooting. It confirmed critics' claims an...
Tags: Texas, Law, Houston, Austin City Council, Travis County, Williamson County, Gritsforbreakfast, Jacobin, Mike Ramos, Keri Blakinger, Jose Garza, Austin Justice Coalition, Javier Ambler, Jose Garza Grits, Texarkana Gazette Mike Ramos, Tyler Loop Jennifer Toon


Republicans are hypocrites. They happily 'de-funded' the police we actually need

Conservatives claim to love law enforcement - but they cut cops who protect us from powerful and dangerous criminals After two weeks of police violence and protests, Republican politicians have been pretending to have a fainting spell over the phrase “defund the police.”“There won’t be defunding,” said a pearl-clutching Donald Trump, as Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and House minority leader Kevin McCarthy similarly faked outrage over protesters pushing public officials to reevaluate th...
Tags: News, Senate, US, House, New York Times, Mitch McConnell, Epa, Donald Trump, Environmental Protection Agency, George W Bush, Bernie Sanders, Securities And Exchange Commission, Trump, Bloomberg News, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Internal Revenue Service


Amazon workers slammed the company for supporting the George Floyd protesters while still flogging surveillance tech to police

Amazon on Sunday published a statement expressing solidarity with the Black community in the wake of the George Floyd protests. An activist employee group challenged the company, tweeting: "Which police contracts have you cut? How many remain?" Amazon has numerous ties to law enforcement through its Ring surveillance cameras and facial recognition software Rekognition. A warehouse worker who last week published a blog saying he was suspended for union organizing said the company was "full of i...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Oregon, US, Trends, Jeff Bezos, Gizmodo, Hopkins, Andy Jassy, John Hopkins, Smalls, Jacobin, Amazon s Black, George Floyd, George Floyd a Black, Ioannis Kouvakas


Andrew Cuomo gave immunity to nursing home execs after big campaign donations

Critics say data proves New York’s liability shield is linked to higher nursing home death rates during the pandemic * Coronavirus – live US updates * Live global updatesAs Governor Andrew Cuomo faced a spirited challenge in his bid to win New York’s 2018 Democratic primary, his political apparatus got a last-minute boost: a powerful healthcare industry group suddenly poured more than $1m into a Democratic committee backing his campaign.Less than two years after that flood of cash from the Gre...
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Bernie Sanders Time as an Educational Filmmaker: Watch His Documentary on Socialist Activist Eugene V. Debs (1979)

If you grew up in the United States of America, you'll remember the name Eugene V. Debs from history class. And if you grew up during a certain era in the United States of America, you might have learned about Debs from Bernie Sanders. Try to recall one of Debs' speeches; if you hear it in Sanders' distinctive Brooklyn accent, you have at some point or another seen Eugene V. Debs: Trade Unionist, Socialist, Revolutionary. A film-strip slideshow with an accompanying audio track, it came o...
Tags: Google, Politics, Film, Washington Post, College, America, History, Brooklyn, United States, Albert Einstein, Seoul, Vermont, Bernie Sanders, Sanders, United States of America, Taft


Who won the Democratic debate? Our panelists' verdict

In the last Democratic debate before the Iowa caucus, the rift between Warren and Sanders grew – to Biden’s delight ‘So boring – save for a gross exchange between Sanders and Warren’This was a debate where people talked about “literal tornadoes made of fire” and it was so utterly lacking in charisma that billionaire Tom Steyer was able to add a little flair to the proceedings by dressing like a human tape dispenser. His tie, as awful as it was, was the most interesting thing up there on that s...
Tags: News, Obama, Senate, Elizabeth Warren, US, Joe Biden, Iran, Cnn, Iowa, Middle East, Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Department Of Justice, Biden, Bernie Sanders, Trump


Who won the last Democratic debate? Our panelists' verdict

The latest Democratic debate saw a fair number of clashes and several memorable one-liners – but no clear winner emerged ‘Post-debate poll results await.’ Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images ‘Klobuchar and Warren had the best nights’Just 10 weeks out from when the first votes are cast in the Democratic primary, four candidates have separated from the rest of the field – Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Pete Buttigieg. In the fifth Democratic debate last night, those four needed ...
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Climate change roundup

I was part of an informative panel discussion of “Climate Change Litigation and Public Nuisance Lawsuits” organized by the Rule of Law Defense Fund [watch here] Podcast and transcript of an October update on state and municipal climate litigation with Boyden Gray [Federalist Society] And because it’s still relevant, my 2007 WSJ piece (paywalled) on how contingency fees for representing public-sector plaintiffs are an ethical travesty; New York securities case against ExxonMobil goes to trial ...
Tags: New York, Law, Climate Change, Washington, Uncategorized, America, ExxonMobil, New York Times, New York State, Public Nuisance, Exxon, ABA Journal, Bernie Sanders, Kennedys, Jonathan Adler, Juliana


Teen Vogue exec editor Samhita Mukhopadhyay: "proud to be 'the most insidious form of teen communist propaganda'"

Teen Vogue has emerged as one of the most progressive mass-media forums in an age of Trumpism and its official misogyny and racism -- it's a Conde Naste magazine aimed at teen girls with a labor reporter who regularly dissects capitalism's failings and writes explainers on the need for a general strike. Teen Vogue executive editor Samhita Mukhopadhyay explains her approach to Jacobin's David Palumbo-Liu in a fabulous interview in which she embraces her right-wing critics who call her magazi...
Tags: Post, Gender, Kids, News, Parenting, Sex, Vogue, Girls, Resistance, Class War, Media Theory, Trumpism, Tucker Carlson, Greta, Teen Vogue, Jacobin






How wide is Bernie Sanders' appeal? This cheering Fox News audience is a clue

The US senator drew cheers from the audience when he spoke about healthcare, revealing just how popular his policies areBernie Sanders was supposed to be deep behind enemy lines on Monday night. He was in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for a live town hall, hosted by Fox News, a network “not everyone thought [he] should come on”. It was a resounding success, and a reminder that Bernie, not Trump, can actually rally together a majority of Americans.The Fox News moderators Bret Baier and Martha MacCallu...
Tags: News, Russia, US, United States, Fox News, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Sanders, Bernie, Martha MacCallum, Bret Baier, Baier, Bethlehem Pennsylvania, Jacobin, Bernie not Trump, Bernie Straightforward


What socialism is — according to Bernie Sanders

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders has been calling himself a democratic socialist since the 1960s.Bernie's use of the word "socialist" has attracted both love and ire from the left.His definition of socialism is vague, but is the basis for many peoples' understanding of the concept. The unexpected level of serious consideration that many Americans are giving to socialism is due, in large part, to the popularity of Bernie Sanders during the 2016 Democratic primaries. The U.S. senator's support for "soc...
Tags: Politics, Democracy, Government, America, Economics, United States, New York Times, Innovation, Denmark, Venezuela, Associated Press, Norway, Vox, Vermont, Paul Krugman, Bernie Sanders


The L.A. teacher strike may be over, but observers warn there’s no ‘clear path forward’ for how LAUSD can afford its new contract

By Taylor Swaak | LA School Report The L.A. Unified school board has approved a contract with its teachers union that officials admit they can’t fully afford, calling the deal’s sustainability into question as the district receives repeated warnings from the county that it’s in severe financial straits. To shoulder about $840 million in added costs through 2021, district officials say they’re largely relying on more state funding and a 2020 California tax referendum — neither of which are guaran...
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After six days, LA teachers settle their strike, wringing huge concessions out of the school district

After six school days on the picket line, more then 30,000 LA public school teachers voted to accept an offer from the nation's second-largest school district that amounted to a near-total capitulation by management in favor of the teachers' broad demands: smaller classes; more aides, librarians and counselors; better school maintenance; support for a statewide moratorium on new charter schools; and releasing the cost-of-living-allowances that the state had paid to the LA Unified School Distric...
Tags: Post, News, La, Los Angeles, Chicago, Teachers, Lausd, Louisiana, Oakland, Denver, Jacobin, Solidarity Forever, UTLA, LA Unified School District, Redfored, Cory Brooker


Democrats Have No Idea What Demons They Are Unleashing

Opinion Democrats Have No Idea What Demons They Are Unleashing USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- A few weeks ago, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) wrote an article for Vox explaining the movement’s goals – to end capitalism and radically change America.In normal times, the declarations of a fringe party and ideology in America would not merit much attention. However, these are not normal times. A new Gallup poll shows that more Democrats have a favorable view of socialism than capi...
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Google pampers its employees, who earn an average of $200,000, but some of them still want to unionize (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google's capitulation to worker demands that the company stop providing AI technology to the military, may not be the end of Google's troubles. Some of the workers who helped organize the protest inside Google are 'talking about unionization.' Union talk from people who pull down $200,000 a year isn't going to endear them to big portions of the country. The average US household doesn't earn half that amount. But supporters of the protest say maybe the time has come to create a type of union...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York, US, Trends, Department Of Defense, United States, Sergey Brin, Silicon Valley, Asaro, New School, Equilar, Cambridge Analytica, Jacobin, Tyler Breisacher


Some Google employees are talking about pushing for a brand new kind of workers union (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google's capitulation to worker demands that the company stop providing AI technology to the military, may not be the end of Google's troubles. Some of the workers who helped organize the protest inside Google are 'talking about unionization.' Union talk from people who pull down $200,000 a year isn't going to endear them to big portions of the country. The average US household doesn't earn half that amount. But supporters of the protest say maybe the time has come to create a type of union...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York, US, Trends, Department Of Defense, United States, Sergey Brin, Silicon Valley, Asaro, New School, Equilar, Cambridge Analytica, Jacobin, Tyler Breisacher


New Podcast Episode

Here’s part one of my two part podcast interview with Bhaskar Sunkara, editor, publisher and founder of Jacobin Magazine. If you’re not familiar with Jacobin, definitely take a moment to listen to this interview. Sunkara and Jacobin are very important voices on the socialist left in American today.This is an interview I really looked forward to doing. [Author: Josh Marshall]
Tags: News, Josh Marshall, Jacobin, Jacobin Magazine, Bhaskar Sunkara


The Popdose Mixtape: Labor Day 2017 Edition

Welcome once again to our annual revue of hard-hitting songs for the hard-hit people on the wrong side of the class divide — the laborers, the men and women who fuel the engine of American productivity for the purpose of funneling money upward to those who own the means of production. If that sounds like Communist rhetoric to you — well, you’ve probably been hearing more of that since last we met. In the wake of a crucial electoral defeat for a Democratic party that’s spent the last four decades...
Tags: Music, Labor Day, Richard Thompson, Billy Bragg, Bette Midler, Reds, Nick Cave, Lions, Popdose, John Cale, Teddy Roosevelt, Kirsty MacColl, George Jones, Chuck Berry, John Fahey, British Lions


Great political and practical "state of reform" reviews via Jacobin

The magazine Jacobin has recently run two effective pieces by two effective writers about the politics and practicalities of modern sentencing reform efforts. Here are links to the lengthy pieces, both of which I recommend in full, with their introductions: "Conservatives Against Incarceration?: Fiscal conservatives were never going to bring down the carceral state. A broader fight against social inequality is needed." by Marie Gottschalk Many are mourning the death of comprehensive criminal ju...
Tags: Law, Washington, US, United States, Queens, Charles, Houston, Donald Trump, Trump, David Koch, Douglas A Berman, Marie Gottschalk, Daniel Denvir, Jacobin, Bureau of Justice Statistics That


Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #295

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? My friends: Alistair Croll (BitCurrent, Year One Labs, GigaOM, Human 2.0, Solve For Interesting, the author of Complete Web Monitoring, Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks and Lean Analytics), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist's Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, New York Times, Npr, Kennedy, WPP, Octopus, Mitch, Clinton, Socialmedia, Cory Doctorow, Twitter Facebook, Hugh, Alistair, LibriVox, JWT