Progressive Graffiti

Globalization, Deunionization, Financialization, Wal-Martization, & Robotization Erode American Economy

Harold Meyerson shows how U.S. jobs reflect a descent from American egalitarianism to ever-widening inequality since 1974. Can this long downward spiral ever be reversed? Germany sets an example of how it can be done.

The 40-Year Slump

Only if the suppression of labor’s power is made part of the equation can the overall decline in good jobs over the past 35 years be explained. Only by considering the waning of worker power can we understand why American corporations, sitting on more than $1.5 trillion in unexpended cash, have used those funds to buy back stock and increase dividends but almost universally failed even to consider raising their workers’ wages.

Harold Meyerson, American Prospect

About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.

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