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Automation threatens 47 percent of U.S. jobs

By Fred Goldstein

Two scholars at Oxford University have made an exhaustive study of 702 U.S. occupations and new techniques in automation. They concluded that 47 percent of existing jobs are at high risk of being automated in the next decade or so. …

The workers and the unions must get control over the introduction of technology and not leave it to the will of the bosses. Any introduction of labor-saving technology must be accompanied by demands to shorten hours without loss in pay, covering as many jobs as possible. …

But it is not robots that endanger jobs. It is capitalism and the bosses that are the threat. That must be clearly understood by the working class.

This study shows more than ever that the amount of labor time necessary for the production of the wealth that society needs to live on is diminishing with each advance in technology. The problem under capitalism and the profit system is that the reduction in necessary labor time results in an increase in ­unemployment.

04.17.14 27
I wish people who really know better would stop saying that once we really had democracy here but not any more. It may not have been as bad as it is presently, though I lived through the time of segregation, restricted communities, anti-Communist hysteria and people think the 1950s were, “Happy Days,” but really, did First People or immigrants of color or the African American community ever experience democracy? Have women who live under threat of rape everywhere lived under democracy? We have voted for what? Leaders picked by the bourgeoisie. There is no time I can think of, and I teach US history, that “democracy” was a meaningful description of the political structure or weltanschauung of the United States. And never ever did the US bring democracy to a single country. There were no glory days.

— Heather Cottin via Facebook

03.27.14 55
In Caracas slum, militants ensure protests stay away

Caracas (AFP) - The voice of Hugo Chavez thundered from speakers in a western Caracas slum, a daily reminder that this remains the late leader’s turf, immune to protests from the wealthier east.

The comandante’s shouts of “viva la revolucion!” echoed down the hillside January 23 barrio that is known as a stronghold of “colectivos,” or collectives - community organizer groups that are deeply loyal to the socialist government.

The students and opposition activists who have demonstrated for the past month against Chavez’s handpicked successor, President Nicolas Maduro, have not dared to protest here.

The “colectivos” say their role is to provide security in their streets and fulfill Chavez’s mission by cleaning up their neighborhoods, organizing sporting events for children and promoting health and education programs.

But protesters see something more sinister behind these groups, accusing them of sending motorcycle gunmen to wreak havoc at demonstrations that have posed the biggest challenge to Maduro’s nearly year-old presidency.

"They are demonizing the colectivos because they want to get rid of the colectivos that are driving the (revolutionary) process," said Mauricio Urbina, a burly 49-year-old municipal worker who is the coordinator of Colectivo La Libertad (Freedom).

03.08.14 9
Creating more ‘missing workers’

By Fred Goldstein

Here is a major headline item that never made it to the headlines: The Commerce Department has revised downward by 25 percent its estimate for the growth of the U.S. economy in the last quarter of 2013.

This is a huge downward revision. What was originally announced as a 3.2 percent growth rate, on an annual basis, was dropped to 2.4 percent. The original 3.2 percent was anemic as far as creating new jobs for workers is concerned. But 2.4 percent is even worse.

What this means for the workers is a crisis of unemployment and underemployment, as indicated by two studies from the Economic Policy Institute, a liberal think tank that studies the economic situation as it affects workers.

It is a widely known fact that as the official unemployment rate has gone down, actual unemployment has stayed the same or gone up. The reason is that workers who drop out of the work force are no longer being counted. And more and more workers are dropping out of the labor market.

03.06.14 5

'Hands Off Venezuela' Protesters Confront New York Times

Marchers in New York City demand that the imperialist mouthpiece correct its one-sided ‘reporting’ on the counter-revolutionary protests in Venezuela, March 5, 2014.

03.06.14 24
Zoom U.S. Hands off Ukraine! No War with Russia
Why is Washington trying to impose a neo-Nazi gov’t on Ukraine?
The U.S. has spent at least $5 billion to install a neo-Nazi coup government in Ukraine. Congress and the Obama administration have promised the coup leaders $10 billion more.
Wall Street wants to control the country’s oil and gas pipelines. NATO wants military bases on the border of Russia.
We say NO!
We stand with the anti-fascist resistance of the Ukrainian people who reject the coup in Kiev.
Russia is acting only to defend itself. Russia is not the aggressor in Ukraine; the U.S. is.
International Action Center

U.S. Hands off Ukraine! No War with Russia

Why is Washington trying to impose a neo-Nazi gov’t on Ukraine?

The U.S. has spent at least $5 billion to install a neo-Nazi coup government in Ukraine. Congress and the Obama administration have promised the coup leaders $10 billion more.

Wall Street wants to control the country’s oil and gas pipelines. NATO wants military bases on the border of Russia.

We say NO!

We stand with the anti-fascist resistance of the Ukrainian people who reject the coup in Kiev.

Russia is acting only to defend itself. Russia is not the aggressor in Ukraine; the U.S. is.

International Action Center

03.05.14 199
Learn about the secret history of Leopoldo López, the CIA and what they want for Venezuela

Many elements in the life of Lopez, in addition to his current coup-provocateur activity, is linked to U.S. intelligence agencies. Son of a family that always thrived in the higher spheres of right-wing political fauna, from a young age he identified with the United States and elites of the imperial universe.

03.05.14 15
Zoom Eastern Airlines Strike - March 4, 1989 
The lockout and strike was provoked by owner Frank Lorenzo, a corporate raider and general sleaze - named as one of Time Magazine’s 10 “worst bosses of the century.” Eventually Lorenzo sold Eastern to windbag Donald Trump. Eastern collapsed and stopped flying on January 19, 1991. Up to the night before, the airline continued to sell tickets to unsuspecting passengers. Capitalism at its finest. 
Eastern Airlines Strike Banner by Mike Alewitz
Via Mike Alewitz

Eastern Airlines Strike - March 4, 1989 

The lockout and strike was provoked by owner Frank Lorenzo, a corporate raider and general sleaze - named as one of Time Magazine’s 10 “worst bosses of the century.” Eventually Lorenzo sold Eastern to windbag Donald Trump. Eastern collapsed and stopped flying on January 19, 1991. Up to the night before, the airline continued to sell tickets to unsuspecting passengers. Capitalism at its finest. 

Eastern Airlines Strike Banner by Mike Alewitz

Via Mike Alewitz

03.04.14 6
South Africa: Numsa prepares to launch socialist party

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said on Sunday that it will, in time, launch a political party.

The party, to be called the United Front and Movement for Socialism, would be aimed at uniting the working class and mobilising around issues affecting workers.

Numsa spokesperson Castro Ngobese said the organisation had not yet formed a political party, but would do so at the appropriate time. Contesting the 2014 elections however was off the table.

“We need a movement for socialism,” general secretary Irvin Jim told reporters in Johannesburg.

He said work was underway to mobilise the working class in all its formations, for the radical implementation of the Freedom Charter, the ANC’s document of goals and aspirations for the country, and against neoliberalism.

Jim said the leadership of the national liberation movement as a whole had failed to lead a consistent radical democratic process to resolve national, gender, and class questions post-1994 – the year of South Africa’s first democratically elected government.

He said the leadership was predominantly drawn from the black and African capitalist class, which “kowtows” to the dictates of white monopoly capitalist and imperialist interests.

“It is half-hearted and extremely inconsistent in the pursuit of a radical democratic programme and has completely abandoned the Freedom Charter,” he said.

03.04.14 14
Zoom You imperialist stooges can run, but you can’t hide…

You imperialist stooges can run, but you can’t hide…

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