Les Leopold

Les Leopold

Les Leopold, the director of the Labor Institute in New York is working with unions, worker centers and community organization to build a national economics educational campaign. His latest book, Runaway Inequality: An Activist's Guide to Economic Justice (Oct 2015), is a text for that effort. All proceeds go to support this educational campaign. (Please like the Runaway Inequality page on Facebook.) His previous book is The Looting of America: How Wall Street's Game of Fantasy Finance destroyed our Jobs, Pensions and Prosperity, and What We Can Do About It (Chelsea Green/2009).

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Progressive Populists account for 44.6 percent of the electorate according to this study. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
What Swings the Swing Voter?
According to conventional wisdom, the Democrats must appeal to middle-of-the-road swing voters in order to defeat Trump in 2020. Supposedly these voters want a moderate who “crosses the partisan divide,” “finds common ground with all classes and income groups,” “removes barriers to advancement,” “...
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Saturday, February 02, 2019
Beware the Moderate Democrat
The "moderate." Such a soothing political word. It conjures up a reasonable, considerate person who seeks the middle ground between ideological extremists: Works well with others, crosses the aisle to make good policy, knows how to win incremental change rather than issuing jarring proclamations...
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If ever there was a corporations that owes its entire existence to corporate socialism, it’s GM. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Do the Democrats Have a Plan for General Motors?
President Trump has GM egg on his face. He repeatedly promised that the car industry would create more and more jobs in the U.S., thanks to his “magic wand” of aggressive tax and tariff policies. But by announcing the elimination of 14,000 U.S jobs, GM revealed that conjurer tricks are no match for...
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Will the Wall Street Democrats Part the Blue Wave?
Some Democratic Party leaders believe they have discovered a new winning formula: Suburbanites, women and minorities, and forget about the white working class. The Wall Street Democrats sure hope so. They have little desire to emphasize working class economic issues, many of which could threaten...
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Check Your White Privilege?
Should progressives deploy the concept of "white privilege" to build and deepen a movement for economic and racial justice? Ultra-radicals in the late 1960s answered strongly in the affirmative as they became extremely self-conscious about how skin color impacted the everyday actions of white...
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Monday, October 30, 2017
Warning: Wall Street Dems Are the Committee to Re-elect Trump
One of the best ways to help Trump win a second term would be for the Democratic Party to embrace Wall Street. That surely would convince enough working class voters in key states that the Democrats are totally in bed with financial elites, care little about the destruction of middle class jobs,...
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Hillary Clinton's New Book Attacks Bernie. But Why?
In her new book What Happened ? Hillary Clinton goes after Bernie Sanders with a vengeance. She claims that: Bernie is a snake oil salesman who makes preposterous promises; That he is partly responsible for Trump’s “Crooked Hillary” mantra; and That he is not a real Democrat and doesn’t really care...
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Thursday, August 17, 2017
Playing A Symphony On That White Skin
Historically, the rise of racist fascism is linked to economic upheaval. But today, with unemployment rates near all-time lows, at first glance, there seems to be little or no connection between joblessness and the rise of violent white supremacist movements. Instead, the dominant narrative around...
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Saturday, June 03, 2017
Wanted: A Massive Education, Organizing Drive and Progressive Vision to Vanquish Trump
As Trump stumbles, and maybe crumbles, progressives are confronting a painful truth: Trump is a reflection of a much bigger problem ― the rise of runaway inequality and the failure of the liberal establishment to address it. Between 1980 and 2014, the gap between the top 100 CEOs and the average...
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Monday, May 08, 2017
Obama Shows Why Wall Street Has Two Parties And We Have None
Just as Donald Trump mortgages the White House to Goldman Sachs, Barack Obama does a Hillary: He agrees to take $400,000 from Wall Street to give one speech. Obama will make as much money in one hour as the average American makes in about five years. The excuse can’t be lack of money. He and...
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