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Economy – Jobs

‘Big data’ makes enough-for-all economy possible

Dave Ransom |  Issue: June | July 2018

Most important question — Who will own the robots? Now for the good news. Speaking to a Los Angeles policy institute recently, a prominent Chinese legal scholar, Feng Xiang, concluded that artificial intelligence (AI) is “the most momentous challenge” facing society today. Harvard-trained Feng is a professor at Beijing’s Tsinghua University, China’s top technology university […]

Half of jobs can be automated now

Tribuno Del Pueblo |  Issue: June | July 2018

While the oligarchy debates, el pueblo pays the price “What are my grandkids going to do?” — David Patterson, winner of 2018 Touring Award. Even a winner of the year’s top prize in computing worries about oncoming joblessness in a society that rewards only work for pay. Google’s David Patterson hopes we figure it out […]

The best of times, or the worst of times — our choice

Dave Ransom |  Issue: April | May 2018

“It will soon be obvious that half our tasks can be done better at almost no cost by AI (artificial intelligence) and robots,” wrote venture capitalist Kai-Fu Lee to the technology community recently. “This will be the fastest transition humankind has experienced,” he said, “and we’re not ready for it . . . not ready […]

Robots come to the garment trade

Dave Ransom |  Issue: April | May 2018

  Ever since the industrial revolution took making clothes out of the cottage, the textile industry — spinning yarn, weaving cloth, and making garments — has provided hot, dirty, low-wage jobs that enriched only the owners and their financiers. Whether the work was done by the children of England’s “dark, satanic mills,” by farm girls […]

Texas: As we battle forward unity will be our only weapon

Jose Torres and Manuel Torres |  Issue: February | March 2018

Unity is our only weapon as we battle forward for clean and safe water, and the means to feed and clothe our families. Unity is also our only weapon to fight for our democratic rights —all of which are at peril with SB-4. Texas unemployment is the lowest in decades and one of the lowest […]

Toward the Chicago Poor People’s Conference in 2018

From the editors |  Issue: February | March 2018

Basing ourselves in the long history for justice and on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, we announce our plan to build citywide organizations in Chicago around the following five-point basic agenda. These five points are not meant to fully represent all our areas of concern, but they serve as a unifying beginning […]

We need the Poor People’s Conference to unify across Chicago

Andy Willis |  Issue: February | March 2018

  I spoke with Carlos Castro from the Chicago neighborhood of Humboldt Park about the upcoming Chicago Poor Peoples Conference. Carlos is a longtime community organizer and activist. I asked him why we needed such a conference. Carlos Castro: With all the abuse from the police department in the city, lack of housing, with the […]

‘People are freaking out!’

Dave Ransom |  Issue: February | March 2018

Time to get ready, there’s a change a’coming “People are freaking out,” a Massachusetts auto mechanic told the Washington Post in December, describing the reaction among other mechanics to the oncoming end of their jobs. “Ninety percent of our industry has done nothing — absolutely nothing — to prepare.” What he says is true of […]

NAFTA — the way corporate America exploits Mexico

Cathleen Williams |  Issue: February | March 2018

Bi-National Conference chides Democratic leadership, as well as Republicans NAFTA is not about trade. That message resounded throughout the Bi-National Conference. Instead, it is about the complete corporate penetration and domination of Mexican and Central American society and economy, as corporate America shifts factories and services to Mexico, exploits its desperate work force and blames […]

‘Cancel NAFTA! Tear Down the Wall!’

Cathleen Williams |  Issue: February | March 2018

Bi-National Conference brings together unions and workers from the United States and Mexico      “I arrived in this country when I was eight years old. My parents were peasants in Mexico. In 1994, when the NAFTA agreement privatized the lands [the ejidos] in Mexico, they had no choice but to migrate to the United […]

Trump’s immigration strategy: betting on people’s misinformation

Dave Ransom |  Issue: September | October 2017

Most don’t know that you can’t migrate to the U.S. legally from Mexico     When the Trump administration launched the most recent U.S. attack on “illegal immigrants,” particularly Mexicans, it bet on the ignorance of many Americans to make its charges believable and frightening. After all, somebody doing something illegal is a criminal, right? […]

Puerto Rico: Behind the smokescreen of the plebiscite and bankruptcy

Pedro Ángel Rivera Muñoz |  Issue: July 2017

  By the time you read this press release, you will have learned about the results of the June 11 plebiscite vote in Puerto Rico.  The purported objective of this inquiry is to put an end to the political colonial status of Puerto Rico, in place since the U.S. military invasion of this Caribbean island […]

Construction workers threatened by high-tech

Dave Ransom |  Issue: July 2017

“There is something wrong with our system” — Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg They work with their hands as well as their brains, skilled workers in the construction trades, proud of what they build and their place in society — carpenters, electricians, ironworkers, laborers, plasterers, plumbers, pipefitters. Seven million are at work in the U.S. today, […]

Signs of political awakening

Interview by Tribuno Del Pueblo |  Issue: July 2017

Automation, leveling of the middle class make socialism both necessary and possible TRIBUNO: Nativo, today, under these conditions, do you see positive signs of political awakening, where people are seeing their common interests? NATIVO: I do. I am actually optimistic in a strange, perverse way because of the leveling of the workforce under the Trump […]

Women in struggle and resisting

María Elena Martínez |  Issue: March 2017

  “Hunger knocks me down, but pride picks me up’ Hunger knocks me down, but my pride picks me up, affirms Juana Nicolas. Nicolas, who, after fleeing her native Oaxaca, arrived in Los Angeles to work as a nanny and domestic worker. Most domestic workers who do not understand their rights and who live in […]

Amazon’s bogus new warehouse jobs

Dave Ransom |  Issue: March 2017

  Four times as many store clerks likely to lose theirs Shortly after President Trump took office, demanding that companies create more jobs, Amazon announced it would be hiring 100,000 new workers. That sounded like good news, but what Amazon didn’t announce was how many retail-store employees its new workers would displace — perhaps as […]

Amazon Exemplifies Replacement of Human with Robots

Dave Ransom |  Issue: July | August 2016

  This is what is creating a new class of jobless or near-jobless workers By pushing people out of of production and distribution, robotic high-tech is creating a new, proletarian class of jobless human beings. This stark reality — strongly felt, but imperfectly understood by the 99 percent — is what has underlain the radical […]

Disappearance of jobs demands new society

Matt Sedillo |  Issue: July | August 2016

  Machines are becoming faster, cheaper, smaller and, most threatening of all, smarter “I do think that  . . .  people  . . .  over the past century, [have been] replaced by machines and will continue to be.” — Sergey Brin co-founder of Google. “You order on a kiosk, you pay with a credit or […]

What is socialism?

from the Editors |  Issue: May | June 2016

Contrary to what we are told, socialism is not about simply adding more social programs, nor is it a fascist dictatorship.  The Merriam-Webster dictionary makes clear that socialism is an economic system, and a stepping-stone to a society based on cooperation where the wealth of society is distributed according to need. It states: [Socialism is] […]