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The working-class holiday has Marxist and anarchist industrial-era roots, but the significance of May 1 goes deeper than that.The working-class holiday has Marxist and anarchist industrial-era roots, but the significance of May 1 goes deeper than that.

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It's not humanity alone that threatens life on earth. The bigger culprit is an economic and political system that relies on endless global appropriation of cheap food, energy, raw materials and labor.It's not humanity alone that threatens life on earth. The bigger culprit is an economic and political system that relies on endless global appropriation of cheap food, energy, raw materials and labor.

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To grasp the work of the groundbreaking economist and philosopher, we have to go beyond his image and do more than just intuit what is right in his work.

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The presidential candidate is little known among minorities. He will have to convince those communities that his focus on economic inequality is tightly tied to their interests, too.The presidential candidate is little known among minorities. He will have to convince those communities that his focus on economic inequality is tightly tied to their interests, too. His focus on income inequality may reflect a belief by the presidential candidate that the most important way to help both minority and white communities is to ensure that everyone gets a fair chance at making it.

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The economist and philosopher foresaw that capitalism had built within it the seeds of its own destruction, that the greed of a tiny elite would eventually bring down the system. The final stages that he predicted are visible all around us now.The economist and philosopher foresaw that capitalism had built within it the seeds of its own destruction, that the greed of a tiny elite would eventually bring down the system. The final stages that he predicted are visible all around us now.

Chris Hedges

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Our corporate masters know that our obsession with hope—the irrational belief we are headed toward some glorious future—causes us to ignore reality and remain disempowered. And this is why they peddle the myth of inevitable progress across the cultural and political spectrum.Our corporate masters know that our obsession with hope—the irrational belief we are headed toward some glorious future—causes us to ignore reality and remain disempowered. And this is why they peddle the myth of inevitable progress across the cultural and political spectrum.

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