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One Chart Shows How the Tax Burden has Shifted from Corporations to the Working Class

By on Oct 25, 2016 in Capitalism, Class, Economics, Politics |

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One Hundred Year Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

By on Mar 25, 2011 in Capitalism, Class, Feminism, Politics | 7 comments

When we think of desperate people holding hands on a flaming building and leaping to their death, Americans are not generally thinking of the history of labor unions. But on March 24th, 1911, one couple held hands and lept to their deaths, to be followed by some 140 others, in the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire. Bystanders watched helplessly: Down below on the street, people started to notice the smoke billowing from the 8th floor. One of the bystanders observed a bolt of cloth come flying out the window and hit the pavement. Instinctively, he remarked that Harris was trying to save his best material. As the people on the street moved closer, out flew another bolt. It was then that the realization hit them that it wasn’t bolts of cloth at all but bodies plummeting to the pavement below. The thousands who watched as the workers jumped flaming to their deaths were instrumental in...

Some Predictions About Books By Way of Some Predictions About Music

By on Jul 10, 2010 in Books, Writing, Publishing, Capitalism, Economics, Gotta Hear This Music, Publishing:, Tech, Writers |

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We Burn Books

By on Jan 11, 2010 in Books, Writing, Publishing, Capitalism, Culture, Economics, Publishing:, Writers | 2 comments

Burning the library in slow motion: how copyright extension has banished millions of books to the scrapheap of history Boing Boing. I came across this nice article by Cory Doctorow on Boing Boing wherein he makes some interesting points on how current copyright laws have censored the majority of books. the legal changes introduced in the years after Fahrenheit 451 did more than just extend terms. Congress eliminated the benign practice of the renewal requirement (which had guaranteed that 85% of works and 93% of books entered the public domain after 28 years because the authors and publishers simply didn’t want or need a second copyright term.) And copyright, which had been an opt-in system (you had to comply with some very minor formalities to get a copyright) became an opt out system (you got a copyright automatically when you “fixed” the work in material form,...

Save the Planet: Buy Stuff!

By on Oct 23, 2009 in Capitalism, Climate Change, Environment, Politics | 4 comments

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