• 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.

  • Disposable Life

    Disposable Life

    By Max Silverman, Histories of Violence | Video Essay

    Launched in January 2014, the histories of violence "Disposable Life" project interrogates the meaning of mass violence and human destruction in the 21st Century. Inviting critical reflections from renowned public intellectuals, this three year project will feature a series of monthly filmed reflections from an illustrious list of participants. The eighth contribution to the reflections series is provided by Professor Max Silverman who is renowned for his work on trauma, memory, race and violence. For Silverman, "disposable lives" does not refer to the killing of people.