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Les Leopold is the executive director of the Labor Institute in New York, and author of "Runaway Inequality: An Activist's Guide to Economic Justice" (Labor Institute Press, 2015)

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Climate March Wednesday, June 21, 2017 (3 comments)     

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Why Union Workers and Environmentalists Need to Work Together with Smart Protests It's hard to make the case that we're winning much of anything right now. Congress and the White House are now ruled by anti-labor, climate change deniers. We have an environmental lunatic as president. Perhaps it's time to review our organizing strategies.

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Wanted: A Massive Education, Organizing Drive and Progressive Vision to Vanquish Trump As Trump stumbles, and maybe crumbles, progressives are confronting a painful truth: Trump is a reflection of a much bigger problem "- the rise of runaway inequality and the failure of the liberal establishment to address it.

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Why Bernie Is the Most Popular Politician in America To keep the Sanders agenda alive, we should further refine it, turn it into a petition, get 25 million people to sign it and shove it under the noses of every politician in the country. Hard? Yes, but not impossible. We need a common movement that goes beyond our issue silos, interest groups and identities.

Bernie Sanders Saturday, May 28, 2016 (8 comments)     

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Why Bernie's Strong Poll Numbers Against Trump Are For Real Poll after poll shows Bernie doing better, much better, against Trump than Hillary.

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Does the Hillary, Bernie Battle Matter That Much? Hillary cannot reform the basic approach of neoliberalism by working from within. Bernie, however, wants to reverse each component of the model. He wants to 1) increase taxes on the wealthy; 2) re-regulate powerful financial and corporate institutions, and; 3) expand the public sector and the social safety net. But none of this stands a chance of success unless Bernie supporters keep at it after the election, win or lose.

Hillary Clinton Friday, March 18, 2016 (32 comments)     

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Think Again Hillary Democrats: 10 Reasons Why She Could Lose this Fall The media tells us that Hillary has a lock on the nomination. That news should make her supporters extremely nervous, and not because the prognosticators have been wrong so many times already. All Democrats should worry because her major policy and character flaws could leave us with a Republican president this fall. Here's why.

Book Cover Monday, November 9, 2015     

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Runaway Inequality: The facts that Drive the Sanders Insurgency This is the Introduction from the new book, "Runaway Inequality: An Activist's Guide to Economic Justice" by Les Leopold. It shows how the many problems we face are linked together by runaway inequality and the financialization of the economy. It also provides a range of policy and organizing solutions

Piketty chart showing levels of inequality not seen since pre-WWI Tuesday, November 18, 2014 (16 comments)     

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We Are the Most Unequal Society in the Developed World... And We Don't Know It In 1965, for every dollar earned by the average worker, CEOs earned 20 dollars. By 2012, that gap mushroomed to 354 to one. But, when asked in the survey, Americans grossly underestimated this gap....

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New Report Reveals How Wall Street Impoverishes Los Angeles Los Angeles paid at least $204 million in fees to Wall Street in 2013, and probably significantly more, in addition to principle and interest payments, according to a new report. The study, issued today by a coalition of 15 community organization and unions, shows that due to revenue losses from the "Great Recession" L.A. "all but stopped repairing sidewalks, clearing alleys and installing speed bumps..."
Series: Economic Reform (96 Articles, 228542 views)

Saturday, November 2, 2013 (18 comments)     

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America's Greatest Shame: Child Poverty Rises and Food Stamps Cut While Billionaires Boom It seems utterly psychotic to live in a society that chooses to spread poverty to its young. It also seems psychotic to claim that cuts in food stamps are good for the poor while at the same time saying that it's quite OK for billionaires to pile up unearned, tax-sheltered income. The fact that we're putting up with all this should be driving us all insane.

Friday, September 20, 2013     

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How Wall Street Devoured the Recovery Our new economic era is characterized by the supremacy of financial capital which vacuums up the productive wealth of the nation, and then uses the nation's wealth as an insurance policy to pay for its inevitable losses. A call for Public Banking.

Sunday, March 31, 2013 (2 comments)     

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Why is Socialism Doing So Well in Deep Red North Dakota? Ultra conservative North Dakota has a socialist state bank and loves it. This article tells us why, and how spreading state banks could help us tame Wall Street

Friday, April 20, 2012 (1 comments)     

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What If the Greedy Rich Paid Their Share? 8 Things to Know About Wealth and Poverty in the US The 1 percent didn't get there just because they were great entrepreneurs or because they were smarter than the rest of us. They got there because they pressed for tax cuts for the super-rich and the deregulation of Wall Street. Those twin policies poured the money into their coffers and stalled our middle-class dead in its tracks. Those policies also crashed the economy and destroyed the jobs of millions of Americans.

Saturday, July 18, 2009 (3 comments)     

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How to Create a Million Jobs in One Month From the author of The Looting America, an appeal to Americans to get serious about job creation with comments about how to do it.