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Kevin Young: War By Other Means In El Salvador

Resistance inside and outside of government has forced a U.S. retreat on the seeds issue, protected water from privatization, helped compel a mining moratorium, and enabled policy changes like the Medicines Law and tax reform

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Kevin Young: Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: How Corporate Power Shaped the Affordable Care Act

A confrontational movement structured around labor-community alliances and oriented toward the needs of the entire working class (nationally and globally) could greatly accelerate the tipping of corporate leaders’ cost-benefit scales

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Kevin Young: Washing U.S. Hands of the Dirty Wars: News Coverage Erases Washington’s Role in State Terror

Recently the Latin American “dirty wars” of the 1960s-80s have resurfaced in mainstream media discussion. One reason is the trials in Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, Haiti, Peru, and Uruguay against some of the late twentieth century’s most vicious criminals, who are collectively responsible for the murders of hundreds of thousands of political dissidents and their suspected Read more…

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Kevin Young: Turning Michigan into Colombia: The Global Assault on Workers and the Prospects for Solidarity

December 11 marked a major defeat for working people in the United States, as a lame-duck legislature made Michigan the twenty-fourth state to pass so-called “right-to-work” legislation. The Orwellian term “right to work” was popularized by employers starting in the 1940s as they sought to roll back the historic gains of labor during the prior Read more…

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Kevin Young: Review of Richard Seymour, American Insurgents: A Brief History of American Anti-Imperialism (Chicago: Haymarket, 2012)

Richard Seymour’s American Insurgents highlights the rich history of anti-imperialist activism within the United States, a vital aspect of US history largely omitted from standard history textbooks. The book combines inspiring stories of moral courage with a set of important lessons for present-day organizing efforts.   Seymour challenges conventional perceptions of antiwar and anti-imperialist movements Read more…

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Kevin Young: The Rise of the Tea Party

Review of Anthony DiMaggio, The Rise of the Tea Party: Political Discontent and Corporate Media in the Age of Obama (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2011)    US press coverage has usually cast the Tea Party as an authentic expression of popular anger against Washington insiders. Anthony DiMaggio’s new book shatters such myths, demonstrating that the Read more…

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Kevin Young: 167 Million People Support Occupy Wall Street

Recent US public opinion polls on the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protests suggest a high level of public sympathy for the movement. Despite all the press depictions of the protesters as a bunch of grungy white kids who are “clamoring for nothing in particular,” the general public in this country is broadly sympathetic to the OWS movement. Given Read more…

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Kevin Young: “Kumbaya” and Bullets

Originally signed five years ago, the US-Colombia “free-trade” agreement, or FTA, has now passed the US Congress, along with similar FTAs with South Korea and Panama. The Bush and Obama administrations expended no small effort promoting the deals, despite Obama’s stated opposition to all three agreements as a presidential candidate and his 2008 denunciation of “leaders Read more…

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Kevin Young: Deficit Myths: The six most prevalent lies about budget deficits and economic recovery

The tremendous power of private corporations is one of the central characteristics of US society. It’s no coincidence that those corporations, the best-organized and wealthiest interest groups in our society, have long funded economists, think tanks, and politicians who promote the economic doctrines that will serve their interests. The well-funded demagogues who have dominated current Read more…

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Kevin Young: Shock Doctrine: New York

Based on a March 18, 2011, presentation to the Stony Brook University conference “Defining the Future of Public Higher Education”   Around the country, the wealthiest segment of society is exploiting state fiscal crises in order to reduce funding for social services like education and to undermine workers’ little remaining political power. I have three Read more…

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