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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Friday, April 29, 2016
Why Do Progressives Cling to Hillary?
As the primaries move into their final act, Sanders supporters confront a perplexing question: How could so many progressives vote for Hillary over Bernie? After all, you would think that progressives would race toward the first self-declared socialist in American history who actually has a chance...
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Monday, April 18, 2016
Would Hillary Overthrow a Government Run by Bernie?
Let’s try a thought experiment. Imagine for a moment that a Bernie-like leader was elected the president of a Latin American country and that the U.S. feared he would adopt policies that were hostile to American corporate interests. Further imagine that Hillary became the president of the U.S...
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Saturday, April 16, 2016
Does the Hillary, Bernie Battle Matter That Much?
Tension are flaring as the New York primary approaches. The candidates are getting tough with each other, and their supporters are getting even tougher. The New York debate was almost too painful to watch. But is the fighting really that warranted? Is there something at stake that runs deeper than...
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Friday, April 08, 2016
NY Daily News Claims FDR Unfit to Be President: "No Concrete Plans, Only Platitudes"
[The following is an imagined 1932 New York Daily News editorial board interview with Franklin Roosevelt during his presidential campaign. The Daily News comments below derive from the editorial board’s interview with Bernie Sanders on April 1, 2016. The Roosevelt statements are taken primarily...
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Friday, April 01, 2016
Is Hillary Clinton Running Away From Political Reality?
Team Hillary should be extremely worried. It’s not just that she has suffered landslide losses in the past five caucus states. It’s that she’s overwhelmingly lost the youth vote of all colors, everywhere, and she’ll never get it back. As this new Wisconsin poll shows : Sanders leads Clinton 49% to...
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Friday, March 18, 2016
Think Again Hillary Democrats: 10 Reasons Why She Could Lose this Fall
The media tells us that Hillary has a lock on the nomination. That news should make her supporters extremely nervous, and not because the prognosticators have been wrong so many times already. All Democrats should worry because her major policy and character flaws could leave us with a Republican...
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Friday, March 11, 2016
Revealed: Hillary's Wall Street Speeches (The Bootleg Tapes)
[After eight debates and countless speeches, Secretary Clinton has repeatedly shared her views on Wall Street, trade and job creation. Once we parse through the focus group-tested lines, we can find clues about how she relates to the financial sector and the power it wields over our economy. The...
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Wednesday, March 09, 2016
Hillary's Wall Street-Friendly Economic Plan Costs Her Michigan
Billed as a major populist economic address, Hillary Clinton put forth her jobs program in Michigan. Wall Street is smiling. Team Hillary is crying. Her program fits perfectly within the neoliberal framework as she focuses on how to use public funds and policies to promote private sector gain...
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Saturday, March 02, 2013
Sequester This! How Did We Get Here? How Do We Get Out?
The debt crisis is a hoax, but the sequester is for real, and so is the underlying cause of this entire mess: The Wall Street crash of 2008. We need to fight off financial Alzheimer's and remember how we got here.
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Friday, March 04, 2011
Main Street Goes to War Against Itself as Job Crisis Persists
The February unemployment rate is 8.9 percent. The broader Bureau of Labor Statistics U6 jobless rate is 15.9 percent. The report shows a net increase of 192,000 jobs. However, we need 127,000 new jobs every month to keep up with population growth. At this rate it will take 11.2 years to get back to full employment.
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