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WATCH NOW: Big Tech Says Antitrust Efforts Could “Break” Amazon Prime

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 23/04/2022 - 5:41am in

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 Big Tech Says Antitrust Efforts Could “Break” Amazon Prime

Lobbyists for companies like Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google aren’t thrilled about a new bipartisan bill that would stop tech giants from crushing small businesses by employing schemes like ranking their own company products higher than those of third-party sellers. The best way the lobbyists came up with to stop the legislation? Mounting a multimillion-dollar ad campaign suggesting that this legislation, if passed, could “break” Amazon Prime’s two-day delivery program.

But would the antitrust bill really derail Amazon’s subscription service? And even if it did, do people really care so much about waiting an extra day for paper towels if it means letting Big Tech suppress competition and harm consumers and small businesses?

Watch our new video on the ad campaign to learn more.

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Michael Roberts: Capitalism, cost of living and the coming slump - video

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 22/04/2022 - 5:06am in

Counterfire's Yonas Makoni spoke to Marxist economist Michael Roberts about the real drivers of the cost of living crisis, the failures of the capitalist system and the alternatives we must fight for

Disentangling Economic Thinking

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 21/04/2022 - 2:30am in

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It's not as simple as orthodox vs. heterodox.

WATCH NOW: How A Democrat's Betrayal Nearly Helped Wall Street

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 20/04/2022 - 6:41am in

 How A Democrat's Betrayal Nearly Helped Wall Street

While running for New York City Comptroller, Democrat Brad Lander promised to scrutinize the city pension funds’ investments with risky private equity firms and follow through on fully divesting the funds from fossil fuel interests, Along the way, Lander scored endorsements from progressive Wall Street critics like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).

But now that he’s in office, Lander has quietly been doing the opposite. He recently asked the state to allow him to funnel billions more dollars of retiree savings into private equity as part of this year’s budget bill. While lawmakers refused to sign off on the move, Lander could try the move again next year — which could mean a half-billion dollars worth of additional annual fees for an industry that has produced some of the wealthiest people on the planet and has a long history of funding oil and gas.

Watch our new video about Lander’s about-face — and then share it on social media and forward this email to friends and family.

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The Progressive International’s forensic look into the toxic activities of the IMF – video

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 16/04/2022 - 3:26pm in

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An inquiry into the activities of the IMF by the Progressive International (@ProgIntl). Worth watching not just by those of us who have suffered its policies directly (Argentinians, Koreans, Greeks and now Sri Lankans, Lebanese etc.) but the Rest of the World whose majorities are suffering indirectly from the IMF’s activities.

The post The Progressive International’s forensic look into the toxic activities of the IMF – video appeared first on Yanis Varoufakis.

WATCH NOW: Why Biden Isn’t Really Going After Amazon

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 16/04/2022 - 4:57am in

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 Why Biden Isn’t Really Going After Amazon

Each week, we partner with Breaking Points to review some of The Lever’s most impactful efforts. In this week’s discussion with Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti, Lever reporter Matthew Cunningham-Cook discusses how President Joe Biden’s recent declaration that “Amazon, here we come” doesn’t match his tepid behavior when it comes to actually holding union-busters like Amazon accountable.

We send out the clip of these discussions once a week. You can also find Breaking Points’ YouTube channel here.

This collaboration adds to our partnerships with Jacobin, Newsweek, The Guardian, The Hill, The American Prospect, The Intercept, and Earther. All of these partnerships help defray the costs of doing our labor-intensive investigations, allow our work to have wider distribution and a bigger impact, and add to the movement to build an independent, non-corporate media.

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WATCH NOW: The Secret Medicare Scheme

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 12/04/2022 - 5:19am in

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 The Secret Medicare Scheme

President Joe Biden is expanding a Medicare privatization scheme developed under President Donald Trump that is forcing hundreds of thousands of seniors onto new private Medicare plans without their knowledge.

As The Lever recently reported, the development represents a troubling new dimension in the fight by corporate interests to privatize Medicare, the federal health insurance program for people 65 or older. While some Medicare patients choose to sign up for private insurance plans, thanks to this new scheme, many seniors are now being enrolled in for-profit plans without their informed consent.

Watch our new video about this troubling new Medicare scheme — and then share it on social media and forward this email to friends and family.

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How the Supreme Court Could Make Your Life More DangerousYour...

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 11/04/2022 - 2:11pm in

How the Supreme Court Could Make Your Life More Dangerous

Your life could get a lot more dangerous. Republican appointees on the Supreme Court seem poised to strip away basic safety standards for our workplaces, our food, our air and water.

Congress gives federal agencies the authority to enact regulations that protect us in our daily lives. Congress defines the goals, but leaves it up to the health and safety experts in those agencies to craft and enforce regulations. 

I know regulations don’t sound very exciting, but they’re how our government keeps us safe.

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Remember when lots of romaine lettuce was recalled because it was causing E.coli outbreaks? That was the Food and Drug Administration protecting us from getting sick. 

Working in a warehouse? The Occupational Safety and Health Administration sets standards to ensure you don’t breathe in dangerous chemicals like asbestos. 

Enjoying the fresh air on a clear, sunny day? Thank the Environmental Protection Agency for limiting the amount of pollution that can go into our air.

These agencies save lives. Since OSHA was established a half-century ago, its workplace safety regulations have saved more than 618,000 workers’ lives.

Republicans have been trying to gut these agencies for decades. Now, with the Supreme Court’s right-wing majority solidly in place, they have their best chance yet.

In January 2022, the Supreme Court blocked OSHA’s vaccine-or-testing mandate from going into effect, which was estimated to prevent a quarter-million hospitalizations.

The Court claimed that Covid isn’t an “occupational hazard” because people can become infected outside of work, and that allowing OSHA to regulate in this manner “would significantly expand” its authority without clear Congressional authorization.

This is absurd on its face. Section 2 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 clearly spells out OSHA’s authority to enact and enforce regulations that protect workers from illness, injury, and death in the workplace. Congress doesn’t need to list every specific workplace hazard before OSHA can protect workers.

What this ruling tells us is that the Republican appointees on the Supreme Court are intent on gutting the power of agencies to issue regulations.

This term, the Court will also hear a case regarding the EPA’s authority to enforce the Clean Water Act. If the Court undermines the EPA’s authority, it will put our environment – and our health – at risk. Remember when the Cuyahoga River caught on fire because it was brimming with oil, acid, and factory chemicals? That’s what we may be returning to.

And what’s next? Will they gut the Federal Trade Commission and put us all at risk of being defrauded? Target the Securities and Exchange Commission and deregulate the financial sector, sparking another financial crisis?

Beware. If Republican appointees on the Supreme Court succeed in gutting regulatory agencies, we all lose. This agenda is anti-worker, anti-consumer, and anti-environment. The only thing it’s good for is corporate profits.

WATCH NOW: How Big Business Hijacked The Courts

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 06/04/2022 - 6:27am in

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 How Big Business Hijacked The Courts

While Mitt Romney is being lauded for joining fellow Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins in supporting Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court, the pro-business GOP senator likely isn’t too worried about his move having a major impact on the high court. Even if the Democrats succeed in getting their nominee onto the Supreme Court, the judiciary has already been so deeply indoctrinated it will still lean heavily in favor of corporate interests.

As The Lever recently reported, researchers have found a link between sending judges to all-expenses-paid free-market trainings and right-wing business rulings.

Watch our new video about how the rise to the so-called “law and economics” free-market movement has pushed the courts to the right — and then share it on social media and forward this email to friends and family.

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We can also show how the right-wing law and economics movement has systematically produced more right-wing court rulings on cases involving labor, the environment, and antitrust.

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What's so Interesting About Interest?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 31/03/2022 - 3:29am in

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Nobody likes to be in debt, but we owe even more to interest itself.

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