Scenes from the class war

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Workers want to be treated as “human;” restaurants screw women of color on wages even more than they screw over white women, whom they screw over even more than they screw over their male workers; the ghetto is working as it was designed to work; anti-SNAP congressman collects huge farm subsidy from same legislation; companies refusing to hire the poor; no dessert until you finish your poison; and more. [Read more...]

Jubilee: Why Old Man Potter is bad for business in Bedford Falls

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Old Man Potter collects that $3.3 billion in interest every year and only spends part of it on his household staff, limousine maintenance, imported cigars, etc. The rest of it just sits there in giant piles that Potter sometimes swims through Scrooge-McDuck-style, but otherwise doesn’t put to any productive use. [Read more...]

Scenes from the class war

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“Come now, you rich people, weep and wail for the miseries that are coming to you. Your riches have rotted, and your clothes are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against you, and it will eat your flesh like fire.” (Oh, and plenty of links.) [Read more...]

16 Tons and bricks without straw: Christianity Today wants to bring back the company town

An armed guard patrols a mining company town in Alabama in the early 20th century, making sure no miners try to escape into the free economy to purchase contraception.

Christianity Today says it isn’t fair that workers own their wages. It is, after all, a religious company with religious values, and it seems to them to be a violation of their religious values if the pay they pay their workers can be spent on things like alcohol and pornography. Labor law, they say, restricts their religious liberty to ensure that wages they pay are not later spent on anything that would contradict their core religious convictions. [Read more...]

Rolling Jubilee: Proclaim Liberty Throughout all the Land

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The Rolling Jubilee is a little picture of the divine economy, leveraging liberation for people enslaved by debts they can never repay. The project “buys debt for pennies on the dollar, but instead of collecting it, abolishes it.” And the destitute hear good news. [Read more...]

Mitt Romney once owned a credit-rating agency

For a small monthly fee, credit-rating agencies will allow you to inspect your report and attempt to correct the errors they've included in order to ensure that you'll want to pay that monthly fee.

The credit-rating business model is based on your score being both inaccurate and inadequate — deliberately so, or else the protection racket they’re running wouldn’t work. And yet the credit-rating agencies are largely unchecked and unrestrained in their ability to restrict your freedom and the freedom of every other American. Mitt Romney — who once owned Experian — aims to keep things that way. [Read more...]

One Step Up and Two Steps Back

One step up … Mary Beth Quirk: “California Goes Gangbusters Against Abusive Lending, Passes Sweeping Foreclosure-Protection Law” Hey, rest of the country that isn’t California! This is how you do it: California legislators went ahead and approved a sweeping bill on Monday that is basically a homeowner bill of rights, including ending abusive practices by [Read More...]

A Grace Period for people in need

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Jesse James DeConto reports for The Christian Century on an alternative to the predatory credit of payday loans: As former Pittsburgh cop Tony Wiles knows, people who need money fast are vulnerable. “I grew up in the inner city, so I’ve seen it all,” he said. “Loan sharks, pawnshops and payday loan companies on every [Read More...]


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