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Anti-Capitalist Meetup: Brave New World - High Stakes Testing or When a Test is Not Just a Test by Diane Zavala and Peg Rapp

(This article was co-authored by Diana Zavala, a parent with a 9 year old child in New York City Public Schools who works with Change the Stakes and Peg Rapp, a member of the Anti-Capitalist Meet-up Collective who also taught in the New York City Public Schools).

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Anti-Capitalist Meetup: Fiscal Cliff as grim Speed Bump trigger by Annieli

Van Jones said not so long ago: “If we want to fix the economy, the first thing we got to do is repeal the Bush tax cuts and pull back our military expenditures to Clinton level expenditures.”

The first corrective action one takes does not have to be a vanguard one, but it is clear that President Obama's second term requires an understanding of the stakes for labor and capital, ones greater than those at the Clinton levels. Critical analyses might require interrogating the problem of how the base economy depends on the superstructure’s contractual complicity in coordinating industries that have regional impacts and cultural effects. In the case of the Fiscal Cliff(FC), a critical political economic analysis of the defense sector and its associated practices including procurement pork-barreling can give us some small insights on the fictive, yet dimensional nature of the capital and labor involved. The myth of the cliff metaphor functions as though lemmings were at risk. But as with everything "we have entered the house of language and the doors are closing behind us".

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Anti-Capitalist Meetup: Once Upon A Time: American Socialism by Richard Lyon

Last week JayRaye brought us a very powerful diary that used the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire as a point of embarkation. This week I'd like to take us into the world where that historically important tragedy happened. I want to focus on the American Jewish immigrant community from the late 1880s up to the beginning of WW I. It is a rich and vibrant chapter in American history.

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Anti-Capitalist Meet-Up: Life So Cheap & Property So Sacred by JayRaye

The Real Triangle by John Sloan
The Real Triangle by John Sloan
The New York Call, March 27,1911

January 10, 1910
Jewish Daily Forward

The "Triangle" company...With blood this name will be written in the history of the American workers' movement, and with feeling will this history recall the names of the strikers of this shop-of the crusaders.

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Anti-Capitalist Meetup: ACM: Working Class Self-Activity III: Walmart Workers Rising & the Prospects for Radical Politics by LeGauchiste

"The emancipation of the working class must be the work of the working class itself."

- Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels, 1879

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Anti-Capitalist Meetup: This round we will win! Lessons from the last round. by Don Mikulecky

I was in Israel when the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was passed passed on August 7, 1964. Unlike the people at home I learned about it on the international press and was quickly convinced that it was a scam. As a result I cut my wonderful Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Weizmann Institute a year short ,got appointed to the Biophysics Faculty at SUNY Buffalo and came home for my second tour of duty in service of my country. The first was payback for my college education as a USMC officer from 1957 to 1960.

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The Lies of Neoliberalism; Governments Don't Create Jobs or Economic Growth by NY Brit Expat

It may be my masochism, but I actually watched the Presidential
debates. I also regularly watch the news over here in the UK. Cameron
and his cronies constantly spout this argument that governments cannot
create economic growth. During the Presidential debates, Mitt Romney
even went a step further; he argued that governments cannot create
employment. The Tory argument is a bit more sophisticated, but both
arguments have their roots in the fantasies of neoliberal economics of
which both the Tories and the Republicans have adopted in its most

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Anti-capitalist meetup: Do you inhale? Capitalism and your health by Northsylvania

True to form as usual

A purely free market system has one glaringly obvious flaw: if a company’s first responsibility is to its shareholders. In a system based on quarterly earnings, business decisions are only based on the effects of a product on the customer, or even society as a whole, if they impact the bottom line in the short term. This is why, to one extent or another, the excesses of free market capitalism are restrained through regulation. The only brake on corporate malfeasance in a case where the interests of business and society are diametrically opposed is the regulatory arm of the government.

Unfortunately, the interests of the government can be swayed by massive amounts of money, either through tax revenue or through campaign contributions to individual representatives. Sometimes the welfare of society and its constituent members are ignored, even in a supposedly representative democracy. A number of examples can be made here, from the lack of attention to global warming due to the interference of Big Oil, to the current state of the banking system. This diary examines something both universal and intimate: the government’s ambiguous role in preventing long-term diseases such as cancer, and regulating triggers that might cause it. It is not a critique of the current US health care system, or even Obama’s modification of it, but an overview of how good health over the life of an individual is certainly not of primary importance to industry and in some cases, not of interest to the government either.

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Anti-Capitalist Meetup: Obama Privatizes Public Schools: Out Of The Frying Pan Into The Fire by Geminijen

The battle to privatize education as part of the neoliberal shock doctrine is in full swing--on one side we have a rank and file movement of public school K-12 educators and parents mobilized by the Chicago teachers' strike trying to save the teachers unions and neighborhood schools -- on the other side we have the "educational reform" agenda using the full power of Obama's "Race to the Top" (RTTT) policy which uses government funding to force the closure of "nonfunctioning" public schools and replace them with privately run "Charter" Schools .

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