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Ending the Disgrace Through Widespread Worker Ownership

Recombined excerpts from Democratic Party Presidential Candidate, Bernie Sanders, Speech to Supporters, on Thursday, June 16th, 2016, with comments by Michael A. Peck, 1worker1vote.org co-founder and executive director: “Real change never takes place from the top down, or in the living rooms of wealthy campaign contributors. It always occurs from the bottom on up – when tens of millions of…

The 2008 Beginnings of the End of Top-Down

“History is a nightmare from which I’m trying to awake” declares “Ulysses” author James Joyce’s alter ego character, Stephen Dedalus. Eerily in a back to the future moment, the 2015-16 presidential campaign debates and primary voting dynamics uncomfortably prove we are all Stephen Dedalus. America is fitfully waking up after digesting the 2008 Great Recession acidic nightmare of flagrant financial…

National Inequality Snapshot (1941–2016) – Chapter 3/3

Virtuous Cycle Metrics Will Combat Today’s Structural Inequalities Once Unleashed The first two chapters in this 1worker1vote.org three-part series, a National Inequality Snapshot (1941–2016), looked at America’s political, economic, demographic, generational and racial divides over the past 75 years. Clearly, inequality-drenched economic graffiti on America’s main street-commons civic wall is producing rising medical costs for those with no recourse, actuarial tables…

National Inequality Snapshot (1941–2016) – Chapter 2/3

How Inequalities Unite to Divide Being a divided nation is nothing new. It’s part of America’s historical DNA beginning with pioneers, settlers and colonialists against Native Americans, the British, French and Spanish against each other, Tories against Revolutionaries in 1776, and North against South from 1860 – 1864, with strong cultural ramifications felt keenly today in emerging movements such as Black…

America’s National Inequality Snapshot (1941–2016) – Chapter 1/3

(slides courtesy of Erica Swinney, 1worker1vote.org Advisory Board member and Program Director, Manufacturing Connect, Manufacturing Renaissance) America’s inequality indices have steadily worsened since Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1941 “Four Freedoms” State of the Union address (freedom of speech & worship and freedom from want and fear). Seventy-five years later, the first point of Barack Obama’s eighth and final State of the Union speech…

Note to NYT: Healthcare COOPs Are Not Cooperatives

Confusing apples with oranges does extreme disservice to both. In “Health Cooperatives Find the Going Tough,”  New York Times reporter Reed Abelson confuses cooperatives with “COOPS” (consumer owned and operated plans).  Unpacking Mr. Abelson’s confusion constitutes a national service to combat spreading healthcare deserts disenfranchising the poor and people of color in America’s inner cities. First, the healthcare “COOPS” described in…

Pope Francis & the Moral Right to “Own Our Labor & Rent Our Capital”

A Growing Hybrid-Model-Movement Ripe for Political Consolidation In America, the world of work has already changed beyond conventional wisdom sense perceptions and the willpower capacity of elected politicians to understand and embrace it. This workplace relationship tsunami, “a historic shift that rivals the transition from farms to factories,” calls out the anachronistic redlining between company and society, employee or independent contractor,…

“If You Smell Something, Say Something”

“Bien sûr l’argent n’a pas d’odeur. Mais pas d’odeur vous monte au nez” – Jacques Brel After sixteen years hosting The Daily Show, Jon Stewart’s parting shot channels the non-stop recorded Amtrak station warning, “If you see something, say something” but with a “Stewartian” comic nod to hypocrisy and intent to mislead. While Amtrak is focused on preventing outright larceny,…

“Something’s Happening Here…What It Is Ain’t Exactly Clear…”

“For what’s it’s worth,” the 1967 Buffalo Springfield song as lyrical, close-up socio-economic observation, still resonates. Last week, The New York Times reported that none other than Harvard’s business professors flew out to study Gravity CEO Dan Price, of Seattle, Washington after he unilaterally capped his seven figure remuneration and raised the annual “minimum wage” for all of his employees to $70,000 each.…

Give Us Better Reasons To Believe

The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement is reawakening old foreign policy ghosts, while domestically splintering both classic Republican and Democratic Party consensus, and forging virtual alliances of very strange bedfellows. On one side, neo-isolationists and libertarians against more egregious government activism make common cause with the labor and environmental conscience of progressives who rail against ongoing industrial relocation, dislocation…

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