Links: SEC and CEOs, Greece, Mexico, Trump, Salaita


(1) Greece: In addition to the great video by Alicé Anil embedded above (well worth watching; includes clips with Krugman, Stiglitz, and Rick Wolff!), whose “Know Bullshit!” project looks great, these items were of interest:

(2) Mexico:  The cover story for our Sept/Oct annual labor issue, which is in layout and will be out soon, is on the crisis of labor in Mexico. It’s by Dan La Botz. The issue will also have a beautiful photo essay by David Bacon on the occupation of a public park in Tijuana. So these items caught my eye:

  • Emilio Godoy, Inter Press Service, Mexico’s Anti-Poverty Programmes Are Losing the Battle. One thing that comes out in Dan La Botz’s article is how much wages have gone down over the years in Mexico, and how that is a deliberate strategy of the oligarchs and their bought-and-sold political class.  So this report from Inter Press Service about the failure of government anti-poverty initiatives is not surprising, since government policies are at odds with each other.
  • Steve Horn, DeSmog Blog, Hillary Clinton State Department Emails, Mexico Energy Reform and the Revolving Door. Hat-tip to TM. This is also very interesting given what La Botz says about how elites in Mexico have been pushing for energy-sector “reform” (including union-busting), apparently with help from the U.S. State Dept. under Clinton.

(3) Trump:  Three post-debate items:

(4) SEC ruling on CEO pay:  Some of the coverage of the SEC finally implementing the Dodd-Frank rule requiring publicly traded companies to disclose the ratio of CEO pay to median worker pay:

(5) U. of Illinois, Phyllis Wise, Steven Salaita:  This sequence of events made me happy:

  1. The Nation, Steven Salaita, Professor Fired for ‘Uncivil’ Tweets, Vindicated in Federal Court
  2. Chicago Tribune, After tumultuous year, U. of I. chancellor abruptly steps down. For a while, I wondered why, and then:
  3. Inside Higher Ed, What Illinois Kept Secret. The day after Phyllis Wise resigned, we found out why: a trove of emails was released, including some showing that Salaita had been considered hired, and apparently also that donor pressure was what led them to fire him.


Links on Cops, Wage Stagnation, Phil Gramm, etc.

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(1) Cops:  I just posted Kristian Williams’ article in our current issue, Poverty Crime, Privileged Crime: Policing and Economic Inequality.  You might remember an earlier piece he wrote for us: Cops for Labor (D&S, Sept/Oct 2011), which I thought of when I saw a piece by Mario Vasquez at Working In These Times, Univ. of California Academic Workers’ Union Calls on AFL-CIO To Terminate Police Union’s Membership.  Sounds like a great idea.

(2) Revisionism Thwarted: Jordan Weissman, Slate, No, This Graph Does Not Prove That Everything Is Fine With American Capitalism.  Nice riposte to an attempt by Clive Crook at Bloomberg View to minimize the gap between productivity and average worker pay (there are lots of details, but the key point is that he tries to lump in all “workers,” including highly paid management. Weissman does a nice take-down.

(3) Gramm Opposes Exploitation–of CEOs:  Alexis Goldstein, Because Finance Is Boring blog (and also at Medium), Former Texas Senator: CEOs are the real victims. This is really repulsive–Phil Gramm is such a clown, and Goldstein’s take-down is great. “The one form of bigotry that is still allowed in this country is bigotry against the successful,” i.e., CEOs, Gramm told the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday. My co-editor, Alejandro Reuss, quipped that this kind of bigotry is especially bad because it is based on inherited traits that the members of the group did nothing to bring on themselves (i.e., family wealth).

(4) Another Illinois Victory:  AFSCME Council 31 (Illinois) press release, Unions win court ruling that Chicago pension cuts are unconstitutional A confirmation of an earlier ruling we reported on here.  Here’s the Chicago Tribune‘s story on the ruling: Judge finds city’s changes to pension funds unconstitutional.  Again, this is because the constitution says you can’t renege on pension promises. This should be simple, right?

(5) Latest Greek Links: