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    Social Service Workers and the Suffocating Grip of Neo-liberal Capitalism Part One: The Foundation

    by Danny Haiphong

    What little social safety net exists in the United States is intended more as a protective shield for the rich than a means to sustain the poor. “Social service workers in the US have for years now been trained to work in programs that stabilize poverty, reinforce white supremacy, and amplify the stress and shame of capitalist exploitation.”  

    Democratic Compromises, Capitalist “Market Discipline:” The Real Reasons For Unemployment Cuts

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

    Those who blame evil, immoral Republicans for unemployment and food stamp cuts should take a longer, closer look at elected Democrats. Current food stamp and unemployment cuts were actually proposed by Democrats, not imposed by Republicans. The notion that elected Democrats stand for the poor is just a brand, not reality.

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    The Bi-Partisan Disappearance of Race and Class

    by Ajamu Baraka

    The ruling elites in both parties are bent on reducing the power and living standards of labor and increasing the dominance of Wall Street. Pervasive racism makes their job that much easier. “We are not going to be able to reverse the four-decade-long assault on the working class if we don’t confront and overcome the influences of white supremacist ideology.”

    Detroit Citizens Say No to Bankruptcy

    by Abayomi Azikiwe

    Detroit’s dictatorial Emergency Manager is attempting to railroad the Black metropolis into bankruptcy for the benefit of predatory bankers. However, the people of Detroit, in public hearings and in the streets, “are saying that the municipality is not a private corporation and that people have a vested interest in maintaining their jobs, salaries, healthcare benefits, pensions and city assets.”

    Detroit is the Nexus of New American Apartheid

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    “What is emerging in the second decade of the 21st century is a new version of American Apartheid, in which the inhabitants of largely Black urban centers are denied a meaningful vote or the legal capacity to safeguard their collective and individual property from the grasping hands of the rich.” A conference in Detroit confronts the crisis, October 5 and 6.

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    EMFing Democracy: Destroying Detroit In Order To “Save” It

    by Tom Stephens

    A system in terminal decay has no mercy. The Emergency Financial Manager regime imposed on Detroit is “an entirely new and unprecedented form of antidemocratic local government directly controlled by the corporate agents of ‘the 1%” that is designed to steal everything: land, water, air, lives, and every right not associated with capital. The people are getting EMF'ed.

    Detroit: The Parable of the Banksters and the City

    by Tom Stephens

    The corporate takeover of Detroit is “a completely unprecedented spectacle” of infinite corruption and brazen bullying by the 1%. “Jones Day and its megabucks corporate client list are perfectly positioned to profit from Detroit’s ‘restructuring’ thru land speculation, privatization, and related neoliberal scams.”

    South Africa: Chris Hani Would be Angry at ANC “Adopting Our Class Opponents' Policies”

    by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa

    In the 20 years since the assassination of South African communist leader Chris Hani, the contradictions inherent in the agreement leading to electoral democracy have come to a head. "Comrade Chris would have condemned the brutal killing and slaughtering of workers in Marikana in defense of the minerals/energy/finance complex ruling oligarchy interests.”

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    Supreme Court Puts U.S. Spy Agency “Above the Law”

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s dismissal of a suit against the National Security Agency’s wholesale spying on telephone and internet systems “essentially holds the NSA above the law,” said Shahid Buttar, executive director of the Bill of Rights Committee. Unless the plaintiffs can document that they, personally, have been monitored, they “have no right to appear in a federal court to challenge the program,” Shahid explained. But, since the program is secret, it is all but impossible for individuals to prove their case.

    DNA vs. the Bill of Rights

    The High Court is considering how police departments can collect and use people’s DNA. The case centers on Maryland’s DNA law, under which at least one victim of crime was later convicted of another, subsequent crime, based on his DNA. All 49 other states have filed briefs supporting Maryland’s law. Black Maryland state lawmaker Jill Carter, of Baltimore, who opposed the law when it was passed in 2009, said “every state in the country could be permitted to collect DNA from people who are not convicted of any crime.”

    Detroit to Lose Control of Finances

    Michigan’s Republican governor plans to name a financial manager to oversee the 83 percent Black city of Detroit, which would join five other Michigan municipalities and three school districts that have been stripped of local financial control. “Both Democrats and Republicans have had it in for Detroit ever since the 1967 uprising,” said Joyce Schon, of the activist organization BAMN, By Any Means Necessary. Resistance to the takeover must go beyond legal appeals, Schon said. “I think it’s got to be direct action, anything we can possibly bring to the streets.”

    The Ruling Austerity Consensus

    There is a consensus among both major political parties on the need for austerity, said Left Business Observer publisher Doug Henwood. “The only controversy among the ruling elite is, just how much and what kind” of austerity. Meanwhile, U.S. organized labor “has no independent politics, and no independent capacity for thought.”

    Philly Schools Turn Back Clock on Equality

    Philadelphia school authorities are calling for draconian changes in the system’s operations, including elimination of limits on class size – on top massive school closings. “I think that it’s turning the clock back on guaranteeing every child equalization of opportunity,” said State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas. Many schools don’t have libraries, safety officers, nurses, clean bathrooms, books, computers, or “teachers that are teaching in their areas of competency,” said Thomas, who wants Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, “along with the federal courts, to step in and straighten this situation out.”

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    Remember: Sequestration was Obama’s Idea

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    President Obama is a full partner with the Republicans in the latest episode of the manufactured disaster saga: sequestration. “The idea was to make every popular constituency in the country scream – and accept the inevitability of massive entitlement cuts.” It’s a goal shared by corporatists in both parties.

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    Obama’s Historic Assault on Social Security

     

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    After four years of maneuvering, President Obama finally has his White Whale, Social Security, within harpooning distance. “Obama has largely neutered Social Security’s traditional congressional defenders, who know perfectly well what their president is up to, but will not directly oppose him.”

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    America Is Not Broke, It’s Broken

     

    by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III

    The Right claims “entitlements” are the root of America’s financial crisis, and that the “job creators” – their ridiculous euphemism for the rich – are under siege. “Welfare” – meaning any benefits dribbled to the poor – is something the country can no longer afford, they say. But “conservatives do favor welfare, depending on the recipient.”

    The United States: An Impoverished, Delusional Society

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    When Europeans resist corporate austerity measures, they are struggling to avoid “being forced to live like most Americans, at the total mercy of the rich.” The U.S. safety net hardly exists. The “American way of life” is a state of profound insecurity and social disconnectedness.

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