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Bernie Sanders’s Walmart Speech May Offer a Preview of Larger Labor Proposals

On policy, Sanders is perhaps best known for his support for two progressive proposals: Medicare for All and a fifteen-dollar minimum wage. But his appearance at Walmart’s shareholders’ meeting came on the heels of a report, by the Washington Post, that Sanders is expected to release a pair of proposals that take a new approach to reducing the wealth gap. One is a plan to require large companies, like Walmart, to grant workers a substantial number of seats on their corporate boards. The other would require companies to turn over portions of their stock to a worker-controlled fund, granting employees both stock dividends and, potentially, the votes in corporate affairs afforded to shareholders.

Sanders would be the second Democratic Presidential contender to offer a corporate-co-governance proposal. Last summer, Elizabeth Warren introduced the Accountable Capitalism Act in Congress, which would require companies taking in at least a billion dollars in annual revenue to grant worker representatives forty per cent of their board seats. Sanders’s worker-controlled fund would be a novelty in recent American politics, though it could be similar to a proposal recently offered by the Labour Party in the U.K., which would grant workers ten per cent of the stock in major firms. The case the Sanders campaign will make for these proposals is largely intuitive—if workers are granted more of a say in corporate decision-making, companies will make decisions that are better for workers.

Sanders, as most Americans know by now, describes himself as a democratic socialist. In explaining what this means to laypeople, Sanders generally points to his commitments to Medicare for All and other policies that are, in fact, in keeping with the welfare-state liberalism espoused by Democrats from Franklin Roosevelt to Ted Kennedy. The Democratic Socialists of America, by contrast, define democratic socialism as an economic system in which workers directly control most of the firms in the economy. The worker-ownership proposals Sanders is expected to unveil will be his first in keeping with the fundamentals of that broad vision. As Matt Bruenig, of the People’s Policy Project, put it recently, in the socialist magazine Jacobin, “Sanders’s move, along with his historical advocacy of worker cooperatives and other forms of collective and public ownership of capital, puts him in the position of saying that ownership does matter.”


I love clicking on articles like this. Let’s them know we’re interested (hopefully).

Don midwest
Don midwest

Moon of Alabama blog

I go there some days. I am posting this to see how much work he puts into this blog. This blog, The Progressive Wing, is run by a person with a full time job. Also what his day is like shows how much is going on.

I mostly go there for international news. It is often linked from naked capitalism.

Here is what he does every day. Each post is mostly on one topic.

The first half of my days is spent with gathering news. It starts at at 7:00 or 8:00 am with scrolling through the last night’s tweets of the 600 Twitter accounts I follow. If there are links of interest they get opened for later reading. Then comes a walk through the major newspapers’ headlines and news agency sites. At the end of this process there are 20 or more open browser tabs that require further attention.

After a quick glance they get either closed or saved. The links and headlines will be copied into Notepad++ where each general current issue – Syria, Boeing 737 MAX, China tariffs, etc – has its own file. If there are usable excerpts or quotes they are added too. It is pretty much noon by the time the general reading is finished.

After a quick lunch comes a short check of Moon of Alabama. Comments caught in the spam folder ask to be liberated. The last night’s treads might be in a need of a clean up.

Another reading round follows through the dozens of blogs on our Links page. In between more stuff comes up on Twitter that again deserves attention. Now, six hours after the workday began, the information collection phase is mostly finished.

Then comes the big question of the day. What should I write about? What is the issues where I could make an interesting point that others have missed?

At times the answer is obvious. On other day there is absolutely no idea and even a walk through the neighborhood does not help to make that decision.

How Moon of Alabama Is Made

He also posted his stats for the site. He gets 10,000 hits per day.

We Are Happy To Announce 40 Million Lifetime Pageviews!

People who follow elections with a focus on Bernie might already, like I am, overwhelmed with too much to look at, but thought this might be of interest.

I follow 21 twitter feeds and keep a twitter page up for emptywheel. Can’t imagine 600 twitter feeds!

Don midwest
Don midwest

Recent thesis and research program. I am only posting this so you can see the range of issues covered in this work. A preview of the thesis was presented at Oxford Univ and there is a group of very active and intellectually deep people in geography and international relations which are fields that are new to me. I am just getting into the thesis which has a lot of history.

So, here goes. This is copied from his web page.

Phillip R. Conway, P.h. D.
Department of International Politics,
Aberystwyth University, Wales

My thesis, The Historical Ontology of Environment: From the Unity of Nature to the Birth of Geopolitics [pdf], investigates the historical development of three concepts:
Milieu Climate Environment
Altogether, it covers a period from antiquity to around the start of the twentieth century. It pays particular attention to how concepts pass between domains—for example, from physics and evolutionary biology to sociology, parliamentary politics, and geopolitical or geostrategic thinking (and vice versa).
Conceptually, I articulate this story in terms of ‘historical ontology.’ While this term is usually associated with Michel Foucault’s ‘genealogical’ histories, I reinterpret ontology to signify the different ways in which things are ‘received as real,’ by different collectives. My work also has, therefore, an extensive philosophical dimension.
This work is now the basis of a further research programme.

My principal research project to date has been my doctoral thesis. I am currently reworking this into a book, provisionally titled Relation & Partiality: Episodes in Historical Ontology. However, my research also goes beyond this.
Taken as a whole, my research can be distinguished as consisting of three areas:

Re-worlding historiography and philosophy
Ontologies—accounts of being; of what things fundamentally consist of—make possible ways of living. They form ‘worlds.’ While some limit ontology to conditions of interpersonal experience, I argue that ontologies may be understood as the ways in which each collective ‘receives as real’ the things that make it what it is.

Reconstructing modes of spatial relation

The concept of ‘geopower’ refers, variably, to the forces of the earth that make politics (and all human affairs) possible, and to the regimes of governance that seek to manage these forces. I argue that we cannot understand geopower without first disaggregating the ‘geo’ into its different dimensions: starting with the concepts of milieu, climate, and environment.

Judgement, affirmation, and diplomacy

The concept of critique—from kritikόs, meaning to discern, divide, or judge—has recently been subject to much criticism. I argue that the problem of critique presupposes that of judgement—and, more precisely, of ‘being judgemental.’ Besides the ‘judge,’ the ‘diplomat’ also offers ways of thinking through onto-political crises.




Thank you WindDancer!


T and R, la58!! 🙂


Using examples of how propaganda was used in Orwell’s book to push current propaganda.

‘1984,’ George Orwell’s classic dystopian nightmare was published 70 years ago. Here are 5 eerie predictions that came true.

This is a fairly short piece that uses 1984 to build fear against China, North Korea and Venezuela and implies that we should blindly accept technology, except when other countries use it.

The implication that Orwell got five things “right” suggests that other things in his book were somehow not equally prophetic and glosses over some of the biggest points that 1984 made.

One section starts with this sentence.

1984 focuses on a world where war is ceaseless, fought in far away lands with mysterious enemies.

It is not about our forever wars, but used as an opportunity to slam China, proving once again that propaganda is being used just as the book predicted. How very . . . well . . . Orwellian.




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