economy

Whole Foods and CEO John Mackey: Even “wholesome” capitalism is toxic

April 2013

Consumers of organic and natural foods are a skeptical bunch. Yet even they can be taken in by a business that wraps itself in enough promotional fluff and little green lies. Or so hopes Whole Foods (WF), the big box grocery chain that is cornering the lucrative market in healthy foods. Its CEO, John Mackey,… Read more »

WAR, INC. — The military addiction

April 2013

According to the War Resisters League, the United States will spend $1.36 trillion of income tax revenue for 2013 on “defense.” That comes to 47 percent for costs of past and present wars. Why is a nation that once saw standing armies as a form of tyranny spending more on its military than every other… Read more »

Social Security: high stakes for women

April 2013

Conservatives howl that Social Security is bankrupting the country. And in his State of the Union Address, President Obama called for “reforms,” code for cuts. But as wages and benefits steadily fall and pensions become a thing of the past, no one is talking about who needs this program the most. More working people than… Read more »

Freedom Socialist newspaper — Letters to the Editor

April 2013

COAL EXPORTS Solar the answer About your article on the U.S. trying to export coal to Asia: may I suggest that the best way to shut down coal mines is for the workers in each city to petition for a feed-in tariff requiring Utilities to pay $.54 kwh for 20 years to homeowners and farmers… Read more »

Freedom Socialist editorial: Congress lets the ax fall

April 2013

Months of drama in D.C. over the national debt peaked on March 1 in “sequestration” of federal funds to scores of programs. This fancy word masks the truth — austerity. And austerity by any name still stinks. The cuts are “across-the-board,” to military as well as social programs. But military spending is so bloated that… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor

June 2013

FREE AILING LYNNE STEWART NOW! Keep pressure on The timing of your email is great. I am in Texas visiting Lynne and this news of the continued spreading of the news about her plight really lifted her spirits. She was tired from the chemo but she perked right up with this bit of news. Keep… Read more »

City College of San Francisco: What strategy will defeat the privatizers?

June 2013

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) has been attacking California community colleges since 2001. In July, 2012, it bombarded City College of San Francisco (CCSF) with austerity demands and closure threats. An interim chancellor and the Board of Trustees endorsed ACCJC’s business-oriented vision and immediately began budget slashing. But faculty, present and… Read more »

From Cyprus to the US — And now this: open theft by banks!

June 2013

What’s it called when workers deposit their hard-earned cash into their modest bank accounts only to find out that a politician has grabbed an armful of the money and handed it over to failing banks? We call it theft. The big banks are the thieves, their politicians willing accomplices. A fairy-tale? Hardly — it’s actually… Read more »