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Roger Bybee: A Leading Contender?

Wisconsin’s Scott Walker’s latest agenda

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Roger Bybee: Four Decades After the First 9-11 in Chile

September 11 marked, as we were endlessly reminded, the 12th anniversary of the profoundly shocking Al Qaeda attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon that engulfed the U.S. and the world in grief over the death of some 3,000 Americans, and also instilled the sense of anxiety and fear exploited by George W. Bush Read more…

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Roger Bybee: Dancin’ in the Suites?

In 1964, “Dancin’ in the Streets”—Martha and the Vandellas slyly subversive hit recorded at Detroit’s Motown Records—topped the charts and Detroit was known as the Paris of the Midwest. After serving as America’s Arsenal of Democracy during WWII with its auto plants converted into turning out vast amounts of tanks and weaponry, postwar Detroit symbolized Read more…

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Roger Bybee: Corporate GOP Intransigence

One of Dr. Martin Luther King’s most memorable and inspiring statements—“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice”—increasingly seems like a desperate hope for tens of millions of Americans in 2013. During King’s life, the audacious, defiant industrial-union movement of the 1930s and the African American civil rights movement launched Read more…

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Roger Bybee: Mississippi Yearning

It’s a blessing from God,” heralded a quote prominently displayed amidst the Jackson, Mississippi  Clarion Ledger’s lavish coverage when Nissan opened its ultra-modern assembly plant just outside the small town of Canton, 27 miles west of Jackson. The plant initially symbolized new hope for lifting many Mississippians out of the widespread misery that has long Read more…

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Roger Bybee: Elites Push the Skills Gap Myth

The Great American Jobs Machine,” as the New York Times once famously christened U.S. capitalism, has been seriously sputtering even in the post-“recovery” period for working people. On one hand, corporate profits have more than recovered and have hit stratospheric records, nearly $2 trillion for 2012 (NYT, 11/29/12). On the other, the working class and Read more…

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Roger Bybee: Insourcing Trend Strictly A Myth

The cover of Atlantic magazine’s December issue boldly assures America: “Comeback: Why The Future of Industry Is In America,” with the headlines pronounced against a backdrop bearing the glossy sheen of a brand-new American-made product. Coupled with numerous speeches by President Obama proclaiming an “insourcing” trend as well as a raft of recent media stories Read more…

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Roger Bybee: The War On Wages

Mitt Romney, who helped build his massive fortune by serving as a “pioneer” in offshoring family-sustaining jobs to low-wage sweatshops in China, proclaimed that his campaign was actually dedicated “to the man from Waukesha, Wisconsin [who] used to have a job at $25 an hour with benefits and now has one at $8 an hour, Read more…

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Roger Bybee: Citizens United Allows Walker To Conquer

Just days into his new post as Wisconsin governor in January 2011, Scott Walker murmured his long-term strategy to billionaire businesswoman Diane Hendricks in a furtive discussion about union-destroying “right-to-work” laws that was captured on videotape.   On June 5, that divide-and-conquer formula—fueled by a previously unimaginable war chest of $58.7 million—would ultimately prove successful Read more…

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Roger Bybee: Scott Walker and Wisconsin’s Seccessionist Strategy

One year after Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker dropped what he called “the bomb” on public-sector unions with legislation effectively revoking long-held rights for union representation, Walker’s grip on power has grown far less secure. Walker’s assaults on labor rights and public institutions, like Wisconsin schools, ignited a three-week siege inside and outside the State Capitol, Read more…

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