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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Monday, January 9, 2017 - 2:15pm
Breaking Free of Trump's Trap on Trade and Jobs
As progressives rally to resist him, Trump is building support in key swing states by fighting for American jobs. He is using the bully pulpit to pressure manufacturers to keep jobs here rather than relocating them to low-wage areas. The list of Trump target companies is growing ― Carrier, Rexnord...
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 11:00am
The Invention Of The White Working Class
History warns us to be very, very careful when using the phrase “white working class.” The reason has nothing to do with political correctness. Rather, it concerns the changing historical definitions of who is “white.” Eduardo Porter in the New York Times , uses this construction to ask, “Did the...
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Friday, December 9, 2016 - 10:45am
The Hypocrisy Of Corporate Welfare: It’s Bigger Than Trump
To paraphrase the famous Claude Raines line from Casablanca, “I am shocked — shocked —to find that corporate bribes are going on here!” Alarms are ringing from left, right and center over the $7 million grant by the state of Indiana to induce Carrier to keep 800 (not 1,100) jobs from moving to...
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Friday, December 2, 2016 - 9:15am
Will Trump’s PR Triumph At Carrier Mean The Democratic Party’s Demise?
President-elect Trump scored a remarkable PR victory by saving 1,000 of the 2,100 jobs that Carrier and it’s parent company, United Technologies, were outsourcing to Mexico from Indianapolis. During the campaign, Trump pledged to stop those jobs from leaving the country and he has come through. (...
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 10:15am
Winning Back the Working Class: A Time of Reckoning for Progressives
Over the next two years 1,400 Carrier air conditioner workers will see their decent paying jobs migrate to Mexico. This highly profitable Indiana facility, represented by the United Steel Workers, will make even more money south of the border where workers earn less in one day than the Indiana...
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Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:30pm
Build, Bernie, Build!
The Sanders campaign compiled an email list with 130 million names, a donor list that produced over $200 million in contributions, and a volunteer army of millions of enthusiastic supporters. The Democratic Party wants these lists, that money and those supporters. Good luck. The establishment...
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Friday, April 29, 2016 - 11:00am
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 - 10:15am
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 - 9:30am
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 8, 2016 - 4:00pm
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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