• One Hundred Ways to Change the Subject: Plutocratic Fallacies in the Service of Fast-Food Exploitation

    By Jeffrey Nall, Truthout | News Analysis

    Fast food against unions(Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)As fast-food workers demand a fair share of the profits they create, the industry, its supporters and assorted critics of the movement have responded by lobbing red herrings, from the contention that workers should find new work if they don't like their current working conditions to the threat that "robots will replace you." Others charge that workers don't deserve a living wage because their job doesn't require a college education. A Facebook meme posted by Sarah Palin in response to last fall's Fight for 15 protests pictures US soldiers in combat, accompanied by the text: "We get paid less than minimum wage and you're demanding 15 bucks an hour to slap a burger on a bun." These common appeals are part of a tapestry of "plutocratic fallacies" used to justify exploitive wages and foster irrational division among low-wage workers.

  • Labor Day Victories to Celebrate

    Labor Day Victories to Celebrate

    By Dean Baker, Truthout | Op-Ed

    In recent decades the news for the country’s workers and the labor movement has been mostly bad. We’ve seen stagnant wages, declining unionization rates, anti-union court rulings, and for the last six years mass unemployment as the labor market is still far from recovering from the collapse of the housing bubble. It would be easy to go on about how bad things are, but it is worth highlighting a couple of good news items against this backdrop. First, there was the victory of the workers at Market Basket, the Boston based grocery store chain. This was far from a normal labor action.

  • Art After War

    Art After War

    By Stacy Bannerman, Truthout | News Analysis

    The arts are moving center stage as providers brace for the coming tidal wave of war-related post-traumatic stress disorders in troops and veterans, especially those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. For some who've seen war, the arts - including music, creative writing, dance, drama and painting - offer relief from depression and anxiety where traditional treatments, such as talk therapy and medication, may not have succeeded. Art therapy is based on the idea that the creative process of art making is healing and life enhancing, and is a form of nonverbal communication of thoughts and feelings.