Wednesday Links

(1) Claudia Roth Pierpont, A Raised Voice: How Nina Simone turned the movement into music.  Great piece in the current New Yorker. Read while listening to “Mississippi Goddam” (above).

(2) Frederick Reese, In Greece Privatization Schemes, Who Benefits?  From Mint Press.

(3) Gerald Friedman, What Happened to the Recovery? Pts. I and II.  Our latest offering, Jerry Friedman’s “Economy in Numbers” column from our last two issues. Great information about the so-called recovery, all in one place. Cross-posted at our sister blog, Triple Crisis, here and here.

(4) Jason Stanley, When Protesting Israel Becomes Hating Jews, at the Boston Review blog. Personal and brave, from my old friend Jason.

(5)  Marjorie Cohn, US Leaders Aid and Abet Israeli War Crimes, Genocide & Crimes against Humanity, from Jurist.

(6) Ron Baiman and Bill Barclay, Commentary on the July 2014 BLS Jobs Report, from the Chicago Political Economy Group. Ron also sent this from the Chicago TribuneJobs coming back post-recession, but with much lower pay, study says.

(7) New York Prosecutors Charge Payday Loan Firms with Usery, from the New York Times Dealbook blog; hat-tip to TM.  And there’s this from John Oliver:

That’s it for this week.

–Chris Sturr


May Day links



(1) The Maypole’s Revolutionary Heritage:  Seems like I’m always reading May Day pieces that carefully distinguish May Day the spring festival with maypoles, etc., from May Day the international workers’ day, or May Day as labor day vs. Labor Day in September.  But this piece in Counterpunch by Bernard Marszalek delightfully celebrates the revolutionary heritage of the maypole itself.

(2) Why Aren’t North American Workers More Militant?  Paul Jay of the Real News Network interviews Bill Fletcher, Jr. and Sam Ginden, here.

(3) Ron Baiman’s May Day Manifesto:  From 2012, but Ron (from Chicago Political Economy Group) sent it around again this year:  pdf of it here.

(4) The Era of Financialization, Pts. 3 and 4:  Not directly May Day-related, but we just posted the third and final parts of our interview with Costas Lapavitsas about the Era of Financialization, here.

That’s it for now–Happy May Day!

–Chris Sturr