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Archive for March 2nd, 2011

Wisconsin Recall Information

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 2, 2011

Those from outside Wisconsin looking to help can do so here:

If you’re a Wisconsin resident, go here:

Have fun, gang!

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Could Citizens United vitiate Taft-Hartley?

Posted by Charles II on March 2, 2011

Via Avedon, there’s a fascinating post on by BigTentDemocrat on TalkLeft on whether the Citizens United ruling, by striking down restrictions on speech via corporate contributions, could have made Taft-Hartley’s restrictions on speech by strikes obsolete. As Wisconsin staggers toward a general strike, this could be an argument that could lock up the courts.

Not that the courts are incapable of infinite hypocrisy when it comes to protecting the interests of the very wealthy and taking the widow’s mite, but this is how non-violent struggle works: force the people doing wrong to be so blatant about it that their own children turn away from them in disgust. In Wisconsin, they have certainly achieved that level of hypocrisy, unlawfully excluding the public from the statehouse, recklessly welding shut windows that might be the only escape in a fire, and especially claiming that this is about balancing the budget.

The people intent on ripping up the social contract written during the New Deal forget that the contract bought them 70 years of labor peace. The new social contract they will end up being forced to negotiate– whether it happens in five months or in fifty years– will not be so generous to the wealthy.

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Wednesday Morning News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 2, 2011

Keith Olbermann’s back and he’s got a blog! Go get ’em, KO!

— The latest attack on WikiLeaks: Unsupported accusations of anti-semitism leveled at Julian Assange. Yup, if they can’t try him in the courts or (as Paul Craig Roberts discussed) assassinate him, they’ll work to make him a pariah by slapping the anti-semite tag on him.

— Speaking of slapping folks with undeserved anti-semite tags, Pete Seeger just got one for his joining the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) campaign intended to persuade Israel to turn away from the path of racism and eliminationism. He shares this distinction with Dov Yermiya, a former IDF officer and whistleblower who is heartsick over what people like Bibi Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman have done.

— With the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War’s start this year, Sarah Anderson (via Sally Jo Sorensen’s Bluestem Prairie) reminds us that the safety net which Koch Bircher Tea Party Republicans are so intent on slashing is what kept America together in the aftermath of the Civil War.

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