Saturday, December 7, 2013

Link round-up for 12/7/13

While I'm working on a long post, here are some interesting inequality-related links for you to read:

-- An informative article from South Africa's Post newspaper, "Inequality Imperils Mandela's Legacy;"

-- "By George, Britain's Austerity Experiment Didn't Work!" -- the New Yorker's John Cassidy reveals all;

-- In the American Prospect, Catherine Ruetschlin explains why "Yes, McDonald's Can Do Better" (pay higher wages, that is);

-- For Salon, Gary Cohn reports on the California Chamber of Commerce's "job killers" list, a propaganda campaign that has been disturbingly effective in blocking pro-labor legislation -- even though none of its "the sky is falling" predictions ever come true;

-- Working In These Times' Michelle Chen covers labor action at Starbucks;

-- And finally, Scott McLemee reviews the 50th anniversary edition of a classic work of history: Walter Nugent’s The Tolerant Populists: Kansas Populism and Nativism. Populism was a fascinating American political movement that, says Nugent, proposed reforms “to use the government as an instrument on the people’s behalf, rather than on behalf of special interests, monopolies, unregulated banks and other corporations, and (to use today’s term) the one percent.”


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