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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Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) workers in New York City were among those on the early frontlines of the national coronavirus pandemic when it first struck in March of 2020. (Photo: Andrew Cashin / MTA New York City Transit / flickr / cc) Views
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Race, Class, and Covid-19 in the United States
Dr. Kenneth Olden, former Director of the Howard University Cancer Center (1985-1991), Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (1991-2005), founding Dean of School of Public Health, City University of New York (2008-2012), and an African-American who grew up dirt poor in...
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US President Donald Trump tours a Honeywell International Inc. factory producing N95 masks during his first trip since widespread COVID-19 related lockdowns went into effect May 5, 2020, in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, May 07, 2020
President Donald Trump Culls the Herd
President Trump has finally made public his fateful choice. He’s all in on reopening the economy even if it sends the virus death count into the millions. Actually he made that choice long ago. His logic is simple but cruel. Before the virus struck, his re-election hinged on taking credit for the...
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A close up of President Donald J. Trump's notes shows where Corona was crossed out "Corona" and replaced with "Chinese" Virus as he speaks with his coronavirus task force in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic during a briefing in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Sunday, May 03, 2020
Beware of Trump’s China Box
As Covid-19 deaths and unemployment soar, Trump’s reelection chances depend on three factors: 1) the Democrats making significant electioneering mistakes; 2) the Trump campaign finding ways to discourage Democrats from voting for Biden; and 3) a massive propaganda war against China. We should get...
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By Election Day, we may have suffered more than 100,000 U.S. dead, twice the number of Americans who died in the Vietnam War. It will be extremely difficult for Trump to spin away the horrific human cost. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
The Two Numbers Trump Can’t Spin
As November nears Trump will continue to bombard us with a dizzying array of statistics that he hopes will demonstrate how great a job he and his administration are doing. We do the most testing in the world. We’re making the most ventilators. We build the most hospital beds. And we will soon again...
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Medial workers hold a COVID-19 test Views
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Is Wall Street Killing Grandma?
If you or your loved ones become seriously ill during this pandemic crisis, either with Covid-19 or for any other reason, there may not be a hospital bed or life-saving equipment available for you. How can that be given that we spend twice as much on health care than any other country on Earth?...
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Hundreds of Oberlin College students protested a recent announcement that the Ohio college is "formally considering" contracting with outside vendors, potentially cutting 108 United Automobile Workers union jobs. (Photo: Mallika Pandey / Oberlin Review) Views
Thursday, March 05, 2020
When Gown Crushes Town: The Corporatization of Oberlin College
Oberlin College, with a long history of promoting justice and fairness in the darkest of times, is in real danger of losing its moral compass. Instead of ameliorating these societal injustices, the administration and trustees of Oberlin College are actively and deliberately exacerbating poverty and...
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GM Lordstown workers rally outside the GM Lordstown plant on March 6, 2019 in Lordstown, Ohio. Views
Sunday, June 02, 2019
Will the Democrats Abandon Lordstown to Trump?
The vacant Lordstown General Motors facility is a frightening sight—6.2 million square feet of modern industrial might spread over 900 acres doing absolutely nothing except depressing the regional economy and the spirits of northeast Ohio. Just a few months ago it produced the Chevy Cruze and...
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Tuesday, April 23, 2019
America’s Biggest Lie: We Can’t Afford Medicare for All
Pundits and politicians repeatedly warn us that the country cannot afford costly social services. They caution about the perils of a rising national debt, the supposed near bankruptcy of Medicare and Social Security, and the need to sell public services to the highest bidder in order to save them...
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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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