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Why a rattlesnake is the perfect symbol for Civic Revolution

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

The year before the American Revolution, Ben Franklin suggested it:

I recollected that her eye excelled in brightness, that of any other animal, and that she has no eye-lids. She may therefore be esteemed an emblem of vigilance. She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage. As if anxious to prevent all pretensions of quarreling with her, the weapons with which nature has furnished her, she conceals in the roof of her mouth, so that, to those who are unacquainted with her, she appears to be a most defenseless animal; and even when those weapons are shown and extended for her defense, they appear weak and contemptible; but their wounds however small, are decisive and fatal: Conscious of this, she never wounds till she has generously given notice, even to her enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of stepping on her. Was I wrong, Sir, in thinking this a strong picture of the temper and conduct of America?

Nicely said, Ben.

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Transient Servitude Update: The Continuing Efforts to Establish a US Guest Worker Program — Comment

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Since the end of the 20th century, the neoliberal sector of US capitalism has relentlessly pursued the establishment of a national guest worker program to import cheap labor from the Global South [especially Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean].  The failure of the US Congress to implement comprehensive immigration reform that includes provisions for a guest worker program has not derailed capital’s initiative.  The purpose of Transient Servitude Update is to bring Transient Servitude: The US Guest Worker Program for Exploiting Mexican and Central American Workers (Monthly Review, January 2007) up to date by presenting timely analysis of the important developments of this critical issue that will shape the future of all labor in the 21st century.

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North American Free Trade Zones (FTZs) — Comment

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Free Trade Zones (FTZs) are legally defined areas provided and underwritten by governments to facilitate the exploitation of FTL within their jurisdictions. Free trade zones in North America are undermining US and Canadian transportation workers across the continent.

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Free Trade Labor — Comment

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

The impact of NAFTA on income equality across North America offers a good starting point for understanding the consequences of free trade labor on working people.

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Stolen Birthright — Comment

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

The U.S. Conquest and Exploitation of the Mexican People

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The NAFTA Corridors — Comment

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Offshoring U.S. Transportation Jobs to Mexico

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Transient Servitude — Comment

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

The U.S. Guest Worker Program for Exploiting Mexican and Central American Workers

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The Fight of Our Lives — Comment

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

“We are in the fight of our lives.  The hostile onslaught against U.S. labor that was launched after the Second World War and…”

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How Globalization Works — Comment

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas (TMMTX) — A Case Study

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Combating Globalization — Comment

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Modern economic class struggle–the unremitting fight over the distribution of the wealth created by social production…”

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