unemployment

Thompson and Cogan debate opportunism

An article by x22063 describing a 1932 debate between Fred Thompson of the IWW and J. Cogan of the Communist Party USA-aligned Trade Union Unity League, in Duluth, Minnesota. Originally appeared in the Industrial Worker, March 8, 1932 (Vol. 14, No. 60, Whole No. 793).

When the robots fire us

Computers are replacing people's jobs much faster, than new ones get created. What shall we do then?

International Council Correspondence Volume 3, Number 2

The Volume 3, Number 2 (February 1937) issue of International Council Correspondence.

International Council Correspondence Volume 3, Number 1

The Volume 3, Number 1 (January 1937) issue of International Council Correspondence.

Radicals and the jobless: the Musteites and the unemployed leagues, 1932-1936 - Roy Rosenzweig

A paper by Roy Rosenzweig about the American Workers Party and its organizations for the unemployed during the 1930s.

The Bronx slave market, 1950 - Marvel Cooke

Unemployed domestic workers seek employment, New York 1937

Fascinating series of reports and first person accounts of the markets in New York City where unemployed African-American women would be hired by white housewives to perform domestic tasks at extremely low wages.

Is the current economic crisis capitalism crisis or ours?

This artcle is about the cuurent economic crisis. I am trying here to argue that the crisis is not capitalism's crisis , in fact , it is our crisis. For this, I relied on what we see in real life and proving it by showing evidence and statistics . I believe we are the one we suffer and taking disadvantage in this crisis not the capitalists and the system in general.

Workfare politics: unemployment & class struggles in Greece

 unemployment & class struggles in Greece

Greek radicals from SKYA (Assembly for the Circulation of Struggles) look at the current situation in Greece, focusing on workfare and reforms to benefits for the unemployed.

Positive affect as coercive strategy: conditionality, activation and the role of psychology in UK government workfare programmes

A journal article on the use of psychology in workfare to erase the experience and effects of social and economic inequalities and to construct a psychological ideal that links unemployment primarily to psychological deficit. This, in turn the authors argue, authorises the extension of state — and state-contracted — surveillance to psychological characteristics.

Post-election reflections: how the Tories wrecked the economy and why Labour couldn’t take advantage

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Now the election is over, it seems time to take stock of the last 5 years. A lot has been written about the horrific social reforms of the Tory-Lib Dem coalition government, on tuition fees, workfare, sanctions, privatisations and cuts - but the mainstream analysis, and public opinion, seems to be that for all that the Tories were at least competent from a macroeconomic perspective. This couldn't be further from the truth.