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Trump Will Continue to Scam the White Working Class. Here’s How to Stop Him.

Progressives need to sharpen their understanding of why blue-collar Americans voted a billionaire into the White House and find a way to connect with them.

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 READ MORE


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Bernie Sanders Gives Leadership Tips to Democrats Facing the Trump Era

On some matters, such as Donald Trump’s future Supreme Court choices, the Vermont senator is less combative than some of his colleagues. On other issues, he digs in his heels.

Posted on Jan 10, 2017 READ MORE


Bernie Sanders Answers Sarah Silverman’s Most Pressing Post-Election Question (Video)

The comedian sat down with the former Democratic presidential candidate to discuss the state of the union after November’s shocking (to many) election results—after which she muttered, “I wish you were president.”

Posted on Dec 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


California Democrat Zev Yaroslavsky Tells Robert Scheer Why the State Is a Model for Progressives

Truthdig’s editor in chief speaks with one of the leaders of California’s Democratic Party about the state’s paradox—how progressives swept the nation’s largest state in the 2016 election while Hillary Clinton got Trumped elsewhere in the country. Transcript added.

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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I’m Done Trying to Empathize With Poor White Trump Voters

Amid all the calls for compassion for this pro-Trump demographic, an important point gets lost: Study after study shows that no matter how wealthy or educated nonwhites might be, whites fare better in life—even the poor ones.

Posted on Nov 24, 2016 READ MORE



Killer Robots and Rebel Wieners: Did Hollywood’s Working-Class Revolt Fantasies Fuel Trump’s Rise?

Class-war fantasies are a hot new genre on the big and small screen. They might be amping up Donald Trump-mania.

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 READ MORE


Bernie Sanders Is ‘Deeply Humiliated’ That Democrats Can’t Appeal to the White Working Class (Video)

The Vermont senator gives his take on the presidential election and demands a shakeup of the Democratic Party as the Hillary Clinton campaign attempts to shift responsibility for her defeat onto third parties.

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


‘On Contact With Chris Hedges’: One Nation Under Donald Trump

On Wednesday morning, Americans woke up to a different reality than they had the day before. Hedges has a good idea of how President-elect Trump happened and how his presidency may play out.

Posted on Nov 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Why the White Working Class Rebelled: Neoliberalism Is Killing Them (Literally)

Among the prime operators of the neoliberal system were the Clintons.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 READ MORE



Why Angry Whites Outside the Working Class Are Supporting Trump

We’ve heard a lot about angry, white, working class men who support Donald Trump. But as polls show, his base is far broader.

Posted on Oct 14, 2016 READ MORE


Robert Scheer Interviews Misty K. Snow, the First Major-Party Transgender Nominee for U.S. Senate

The millennial, a Utah Democrat, tells Truthdig’s editor in chief how working full time in a supermarket and living paycheck to paycheck inspired her to run. Transcript added.

Posted on Oct 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Working-Class Struggles in Southern California Symbolize Blue-Collar Blues Across America

Far from the noise of the Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton brawl are painful examples of what this presidential campaign should be about: people struggling to raise their families out of poverty, send their kids to school and survive day to day.

Posted on Sep 7, 2016 READ MORE



Phony Populism Doesn’t Feed the Family

The 2016 election was supposed to be the one in which the interests of the non-elite got a hearing. We still have two months to make it happen.

Posted on Sep 6, 2016 READ MORE



These Blue-Collar College Students Vote for the United States

Interviews at one “working-class” school turn up distaste for both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump but hope for the future. That optimism, however, is challenged by the poisonous campaign being fought for the presidency.

Posted on Aug 19, 2016 READ MORE



The Half-Life of Deindustrialization: Why Donald Trump Is Just A Symptom

After plants closed, the economic, social and psychological effects continued for decades and across generations.

Posted on Aug 19, 2016 READ MORE



Trumpism: Made in the United States by Republican Hate and Democratic Hypocrisy

Mainstream Democrats have exaggerated the extent of white working-class support for Donald Trump. They also fail to understand the sources of the white proletarian Trumpism that do exist.

Posted on Aug 16, 2016 READ MORE


Samantha Bee Points Out Democrats Still Have No Clue How to Reach Working-Class White Voters (Video)

The answer is pretty much staring them in the face, but Democrats remain oblivious about how to reach a key demographic this election season, as illustrated by the comedian on “Full Frontal.”

Posted on Aug 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Some Notes on ‘Coastal Liberalism’ in This Presidential Election Year

The all-too-common liberal reflex is out of touch and threatens to exacerbate the very intolerance and bigotry its practitioners oppose.

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 READ MORE



After Six-Week Strike, Verizon Workers Claim Major Victory as Tentative Deal Is Reached

“This proves that when we stand together we can raise up working families, improve our communities and protect the American middle class,” said the president of one of the unions involved.

Posted on May 28, 2016 READ MORE



Middle- and Lower-Income U.S. Households Losing Ground, Report Says

Poorer households saw their income drop from a median of $26,373 in 1999 to $23,811 in 2014, and middle-class incomes fell too, according to new research.

Posted on May 12, 2016 READ MORE



The Media Myth of the Working-Class Reagan Democrats

The numbers don’t lie. The notion that angry blue-collar voters could sway the 2016 presidential election just may not be true.

Posted on May 8, 2016 READ MORE



America’s New Working Class Demands Respect

As a general laborer for Coca-Cola put it, “We’re making them billions of dollars. Why are we being treated like something you step on in the grass?”

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 READ MORE



Here’s the Truth About Free Trade

Both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are blaming free-trade deals for the decline of working-class jobs and incomes. Are they right?

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Just 17 Percent of Nevada Democrats Voted in Saturday’s Caucus

According to a video produced by the media group NowThis, only 80,000 of Nevada’s 471,342 registered Democrats voted in the state’s caucus. Many who wanted to vote could not take time off from work.

Posted on Feb 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Bernie Sanders Is Creating a New and Untested Electoral Force in American Politics

The conventional wisdom that holds Sanders is merely attracting “wine-track young liberals and small-donor donations” is “radically incomplete,” writes Jeff Stein at Vox.

Posted on Feb 18, 2016 READ MORE



The Real Reason the White Working Class Abandoned the Democrats

Who lost the white working class for the Democrats? Maybe the party should look in the mirror.

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 READ MORE



Walmart to Close 269 Stores, Most of Them in the United States

The retail giant announced it is working to transfer 10,000 U.S. employees to nearby stores as its CEO says the closings are “necessary to keep the company strong.”

Posted on Jan 16, 2016 READ MORE



Dead, White and Blue: The Great Die-Off of America’s Blue-Collar Whites

The “diseases” leading to excessive white working-class deaths are those of despair, and some of the obvious causes are economic.

Posted on Dec 2, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant

The socialist’s achievements in office, including a minimum-wage hike to $15, and re-election this month are exposing as a sham the idea that the welfare of workers, especially the unskilled, is incompatible with a prosperous economy.

Posted on Nov 21, 2015 READ MORE



The Hidden and Deadly Bias of Class

White working-class voters have been a key building block of the Republican coalition since the rise of the Reagan Democrats 35 years ago. You would think that the party’s presidential candidates would want to respond to the heartbreaking crisis these Americans are facing.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



Flipping the Script: Rethinking Working-Class Resistance

I came alive as a youth when I realized that what the ruling class called my deficits were actually my strengths: a sense of solidarity, compassion, a merging of the mind and the body, a willingness to learn and take risks, embracing passion, connecting knowledge to power, being attentive to the injuries of others and embracing a sense of social justice.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE



Here’s How We Know Republicans Aren’t Serious About the Plight of Working-Class Americans

Briefly, there seemed a chance we might have a cross-party discussion of the biggest economic problem the country faces: the vexing intersection of wage stagnation, declining social mobility and rising inequality. That chance now seems to have gone up in smoke.

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 READ MORE



Profile of America’s Underpaid Cops: St. Louis County

Some officers who responded to protests against the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., in August earn as little as $10.50 an hour.

Posted on Oct 27, 2014 READ MORE



IRS Seizes Money From Guiltless Americans on Mere Suspicion

A controversial area of law empowers the IRS to confiscate significant sums of money from “run-of-the-mill business owners and wage earners without so much as an allegation” and “without ever filing a criminal complaint,” leaving the owners “to prove they are innocent,” The New York Times reports.

Posted on Oct 26, 2014 READ MORE



What You Need to Earn to Rent a Decent One-Bedroom in America

Unsurprisingly, the “housing wage” is much higher than the minimum wage in much of the country.

Posted on Apr 26, 2014 READ MORE



C. Wright Mills Understood Why We’re So Lame

In the 1950s, as the United States transitioned from a factory- to an office-based economy, the sociologist perceived that “if you wanted to find out what was wrong with American society and politics, you had to look to the white-collar worker,” writes Nikil Saval in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 READ MORE



How Does Commuting Affect Your Health?

“Commuters are more likely to be anxious, dissatisfied and have the sense that their daily activities lack meaning than those who don’t have to travel to work even if they are paid more,” says a Guardian report on a study of commuting and personal well-being.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 READ MORE



A Tale of One of the New ‘Have Nots’

“I used to have a house. I used to go on vacations. I used to shop at department stores, get my hair done and even enjoy pedicures. Now, I don’t. I’m a member of the American ‘Used-to-Haves,’ ” Kathleen Ann writes at The Huffington Post.

Posted on Feb 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Are Wages Low? Blame Workers for Not Knowing They Are, in Fact, Workers

The anti-union movement won the battle of self-perception. Union-friendly blue-collar workers have been supplanted by white-collar office drones who don’t see themselves as candidates for unionization because they don’t really see themselves as workers, author Edward McClelland argues.

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 READ MORE



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The Return of the Working Class Hero

For more than three decades, working class Americans receded as cultural heroes, replaced in the popular imagination by swashbuckling entrepreneurs, brilliant innovators, and shrewd investors who make millions at the touch of a computer key.

Posted on Dec 9, 2013 READ MORE


‘We Are Slowly Dying’: Fast-Food Workers Strike for Wages, Rights and Dignity

Fast food and retail workers are striking for the right to unionize and a living wage in seven cities: Milwaukee; Chicago; St. Louis; Kansas City, Mo.; Detroit; Flint, Mich.; and New York City.

Posted on Aug 3, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Indian Protesters: ‘Up With the Workers, Down With the Government’

As many as 100 million Indians angry about high prices, low pay and poor working conditions walked off their jobs Wednesday as a two-day strike organized by 11 major trade unions closed banks, disrupted major transportation and reportedly saw two deaths, Al-Jazeera reports.

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 READ MORE



The Case of the Missing Cuban Internet Cable

The promised $70 million project to quicken Cuba’s Internet connection speed was never delivered; German voters are on Angela Merkel’s side when it comes to the European economy; meanwhile, a vial with Ronald Reagan’s blood is being auctioned, along with one of Scarlett Johansson’s used tissues. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 28, 2012 READ MORE



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A Tribute to One of Occupy’s Intellectual Predecessors

C. Wright Mills, the radical Columbia University sociologist who died 50 years ago at age 45, warned that America was becoming a nation of “cheerful robots,” corrupted by an economic elite and heading toward a third world war.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 READ MORE



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The Right’s Boon in Knox v. SEIU

On the surface, the case of Knox v. Service Employees International Union (SEIU) lacks blockbuster appeal. But in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, it has the potential to further rig the playing field in favor of big business and the right wing.

Posted on Feb 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Why Don’t We Pay People Enough? 8 Facts About America’s Struggling Working People

Millions of people in the U.S. work and are still poor. Here are eight points that show why the U.S. needs to dedicate itself to making work pay.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Here Comes the Capital Strike

From his seat in Congress, House Speaker John Boehner announced in mid-September that American business owners would continue to hold the nation’s wealth (and thus the public welfare) hostage until government granted them the “low-tax, deregulated world they wanted,” writes journalist and author Thomas Frank in Harper’s online. (more)

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Barbara Ehrenreich: ‘Poverty Has Been Criminalized in America’

Ten years ago, writer Barbara Ehrenreich published “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America,” a blockbuster book on the state of the working poor in America. (more)

Posted on Aug 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Plight of U.S. Workers, by the Numbers

You already know Americans are overworked. But what are the hard numbers? This collection of charts from definitive sources plainly shows that the biggest industries are hiring the least, the Internet has extended the workday, employed women do more domestic work with less leisure time than men, and more.

Posted on Jul 4, 2011 READ MORE


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