I Was Sexually Harassed on Sanders’s 2016 Campaign.

Accusations of sexual misconduct should not be weaponized to serve a political agenda. Nor should claims be ignored to protect a beloved candidate.

Source: I Was Sexually Harassed on Sanders’s 2016 Campaign.

As was the case throughout the 2016 campaign season, my personal experiences as a woman of color were sublimated to serve an establishment media narrative that pretends the progressive movement is all white, all male, and runs counter to the interests of women and people of color.But my story should not be taken to confirm the “Bernie bro” mythology. It should be taken to confirm the pervasiveness of sexism in professional life and distill the hard truths that all campaigns should learn from.”

Ronald G. Linville Memorial

Ronald G. Linville
Dec. 11, 1948 – Jan. 8, 2018

If we do not do the impossible, we shall be faced with the unthinkable”

—Murray Bookchin

Thursday, January 3, 2019
7-9 pm
Metro Justice
The Hungerford Building, 1115 E Main St, Rochester, NY

Maria Scipione 138 Sanford St Rochester, NY 14620

If you are unable to come and have a story or photo you would like to share, please send it to: Maria

We will do our best to include everything.

We ask that any donations in Ron’s name be given online to the Kurdistan Red Crescent, in recognition of his support for the Rojava Revolution in Syria:

www.HevyaSor.com/en.

You can also use

www.paypal.me/HevyaSor

NPR Planet Money Podcast on Modern Monetary Theory

I know this sounds like a boring wonky economics topic, but this 22 minute podcast is anything but boring. Unusual for NPR it gives voice to a left-wing analysis of government spending that makes conservative economists (and liberals) object.

It makes clear that economics and politics is about choices. Things could be done differently. That’s what we all want, to change things for the better. The ideas presented here are very interesting.

“Some ideas seem too good to be true. Like this one. It comes from a 13-year-old listener named Amy. She says she knows the government has trouble finding enough money to pay for stuff like schools and hospitals. And she wondered if it has considered just printing more money. She asked us: Can the government do that? Just make more money to pay for stuff?

Fiscal hawks say, ‘no way!’ We’d have crazy inflation! But there’s a group of economists that says, ‘yes, we can create way more money, without disaster. And pay for lots of stuff we want.’ They are the proponents of what’s called Modern Monetary Theory, or MMT. Their ideas are getting out there, they have the memes to prove it.

Today, we try to understand a school of thought that is flipping economic theory on its head. If you buy it, the whole idea of government spending, taxes, the nature of money changes, and, according to the theory, all we have to do is just open our eyes. It’s a bit like staring at those optical illusions: First you see the faces, then, suddenly it’s the goblet.

The Eagle and The Condor–From Standing Rock With Love

FYI.

“Over many months Sylvia Gasoi and I have been part of a group of allies with Native Americans from the Native American Cultural Center working toward the goal of changing the second Monday in October from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day in Rochester. We have worked on and submitted to the Mayor and city council a proclamation to acknowledge this day and which will be signed by the Mayor and city council. There is supposed to be a press conference some time this week, discussion on the Evan Dawson radio show 1370AM, essays in the Sunday D&C, and a celebration next Monday, October 8. I will send you the day’s events later. The main event is the following film in the evening at St.Cecilia Church, 2732 Culver Rd., and we hope you can attend.”

Jo Cummings

The Eagle and The Condor – From Standing Rock with Love

From 2016 – 2017 Standing Rock water protection camps located at the heart of Turtle Island became the largest assembly of Indigenous peoples in recent history. Gathered nations confronted big energy’s extreme extraction through the strength of their ceremonies, histories, and connections. Despite being met with violence, many who brought their best intentions to this historic fight continue to expand their love and sovereignty – while they shift our world away from the trauma and isolation of modern days. The film is based around prophecy of the Eagle and Condor that originates with nations from the South and features ceremony held at the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) site on Indigenous People’s Day, October 10th, 2016. The ancient prophecy predicted the epic Standing Rock water protection actions – and continues to challenge all to identify and unite our gifts and power.

Director Paulette Moore’s background is in mainstream, non-fiction television including Discovery Channel, National Geographic, PBS and others and she has spent the past 15 years focused on what it means to decolonize and Indigenize media.

EVENT DETAILS:

  •  The concurrent and nationally virtually-connected screening event on Monday, October 8th, 2018 Indigenous Peoples Day
  • Location in Rochester:  St. Kateri Parish, Newcomb Friendship Center, 2732 Culver Rd. Rochester, NY (St. Cecilia Church) Please note that this address is a change from the previous co-sponsor request. 

SCHEDULE:  7-10pm

  •  7:00 pm – tabling by co-sponsors
  •   7:30 pm – connected with national partners via Zoom
  •  8:00 pm – watch the film
  • 9:00 pm – reconvene as a virtually connected national group for questions and feedback
  • 9:30 pm – panel of local Native Americans who went to Standing Rock.

 

TO VIEW A 4 MINUTE TRAILER:  https://vimeo.com/257051628

Mega Vote, May 22, 2017

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes
Senate: Wilson Nomination – Confirmation
Senate: Gottlieb Nomination – Confirmation
Senate: Methane Release Limitation Disapproval
Senate: Lighthizer Nomination – Confirmation
Senate: Rosen Nomination – Confirmation
Senate: Brand Nomination – Confirmation
House: Death Sentence Aggravating Factor Expansion
House: Probation Officer Arrest Authority
Upcoming Congressional Bills
Senate: Deputy Secretary of State Nomination
Senate: U.S. Ambassador to China Nomination
House: Pesticides Regulations
House: Sexual Abuse of Young Athletes
House: Prosecution of Child Pornography
Recent Senate Votes
Wilson Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (76-22, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Heather Wilson to be secretary of the Air Force.

Sen. Charles Schumer voted NO
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted NO

Gottlieb Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (57-42, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Scott Gottlieb to be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

Sen. Charles Schumer voted NO
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted NO

Methane Release Limitation Disapproval – Vote Failed (49-51)

McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the joint resolution that would nullify a Bureau of Land Management rule that requires oil and gas operators on public lands to take measures that decrease waste of natural gas.

Sen. Charles Schumer voted NO
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted NO

Lighthizer Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (82-14, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Robert Lighthizer to be the U.S. Trade Representative.

Sen. Charles Schumer voted NO
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted NO

Rosen Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (56-42, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Jeffrey Rosen to be deputy secretary of Transportation.

Sen. Charles Schumer voted NO
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted NO

Brand Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (52-46, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Rachel Brand to be associate attorney general at the Justice Department.

Sen. Charles Schumer voted NO
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted NO

Recent House Votes
Death Sentence Aggravating Factor Expansion – Vote Passed (271-143, 16 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill that would require courts and juries to consider if a defendant killed or attempted to kill a state law enforcement officer, local law enforcement officer or first responder as an aggravating factor when determining whether to impose the death sentence on a defendant.

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO

Probation Officer Arrest Authority – Vote Passed (229-177, 24 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill that would permit federal probation officers to arrest a third party individual without first obtaining a warrant when conducting activities related to an individual on probation or supervised release.

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO

In this MegaVote for New York’s 23rd Congressional District:

Recent House Votes
Death Sentence Aggravating Factor Expansion – Vote Passed (271-143, 16 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill that would require courts and juries to consider if a defendant killed or attempted to kill a state law enforcement officer, local law enforcement officer or first responder as an aggravating factor when determining whether to impose the death sentence on a defendant.

Rep. Tom Reed voted YES

Probation Officer Arrest Authority – Vote Passed (229-177, 24 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill that would permit federal probation officers to arrest a third party individual without first obtaining a warrant when conducting activities related to an individual on probation or supervised release.

Rep. Tom Reed voted YES

In this MegaVote for New York’s 27th Congressional District:
Recent House Votes
Death Sentence Aggravating Factor Expansion – Vote Passed (271-143, 16 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill that would require courts and juries to consider if a defendant killed or attempted to kill a state law enforcement officer, local law enforcement officer or first responder as an aggravating factor when determining whether to impose the death sentence on a defendant.

Rep. Chris Collins voted YES

Probation Officer Arrest Authority – Vote Passed (229-177, 24 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill that would permit federal probation officers to arrest a third party individual without first obtaining a warrant when conducting activities related to an individual on probation or supervised release.

Rep. Chris Collins voted YES

Upcoming Votes
Deputy Secretary of State Nomination – PN350

The Senate will vote on the nomination of John Sullivan to be deputy secretary of State.

U.S. Ambassador to China Nomination – PN52

The Senate will vote on the nomination of Terry Branstad to be U.S. ambassador to China.

Pesticides Regulations – HR953

The bill would generally prohibit EPA and states from requiring that entities applying pesticides near navigable waters must first obtain a permit under the Clean Water Act, if the application is authorized under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.

Sexual Abuse of Young Athletes – HR1973

The bill would require adults authorized to interact with minors or amateur athletes to report any suspected incidents of child abuse, including sexual abuse, to the sport’s governing body, and it would allow victims of abuse to seek damages in court.

Prosecution of Child Pornography – HR1761

The bill would make the production of child pornography a crime whenever a minor is engaged in sexually explicit conduct, regardless of whether the conduct was initiated for the purposes of producing such content.

Band of Rebels Signs

We have a number of old signs from the days we met on the street every Monday at noon. Anyone who wants to have some or all of these signs to use, reuse, or repurpose. The signs were donated to Metro Justice.

About 8 printed signs and 5 hand made signs defending Medicare

Medicare Signs

20 or so hand made signs and 7 Tax the 1% signs

Tax Fairness Signs

25 or so hand made Anti Chase Bank signs

Anti Chase Bank Signs

Anti-war

Human Needs over War

Miscellaneous signs

Miscellaneous signs

Social Security

Hands off Social Security

Mega Vote February 8, 2016

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes
Senate: Energy Policy – Cloture
House: Affordable Housing – Passage
House: Health Care Repeal Reconciliation – Presidential Veto Override
House: Iran Sanctions – Passage
House: Reduce SEC Regulation of Small Companies – Passage
House: Financial Institution Customer Protection – Passage
Upcoming Congressional Bills
Senate: Energy Policy
Senate: North Korea Sanctions
House: Limit on National Science Foundation Grants
House: Debt Reduction Plans
House: Menu Nutrition Disclosures
Recent Senate Votes
Energy Policy – Cloture – Vote Rejected (43-54, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a McConnell, R-Ky. cloture motion to end debate on the energy policy bill that would streamline permitting for gas exports, boost energy-efficiency standards for commercial and federal buildings, permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund and require grid infrastructure upgrades for reliability and security.

Sen. Charles Schumer voted NO
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted NO

Recent House Votes
Affordable Housing – Passage – Vote Passed (427-0, 6 Not Voting)

The measure makes changes to various housing laws to try to extend affordable housing options to more low-income families. The measure allows Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) and the owners of private subsidized housing to verify the income-based eligibility of families through other needs-tested federal programs; changes requirements regarding the inspection of housing units and eases Federal Housing Authority (FHA) requirements for mortgage insurance for condominiums.

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted YES

Health Care Repeal Reconciliation – Presidential Veto Override – Vote Failed (241-186, 6 Not Voting)

The House voted to attempt to override President Barack Obama’s veto of legislation that would have repealed or significantly modified numerous major provisions of the 2010 health care overhaul law. Two-thirds of those members present and voting yes were needed to override the veto.

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO

Iran Sanctions – Passage – Vote Passed (246-181, 6 Not Voting)

The bill restricts the president’s ability to lift sanctions on Iranian and other financial institutions as called for by the Iran Nuclear agreement, by allowing sanctions to be lifted only if the president certifies that the institutions have not knowingly helped fund Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards, foreign terrorist organizations and other entities sanctioned in connection with Iran’s weapons of mass destruction or ballistic missile programs.

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO

Reduce SEC Regulation of Small Companies – Passage – Vote Passed (265-159, 9 Not Voting)

The bill requires the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to conduct reviews of its existing regulations to determine whether any are outmoded, ineffective or excessively burdensome, and to modify or repeal rules based on those reviews.

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO

Financial Institution Customer Protection – Passage – Vote Passed (250-169, 14 Not Voting)

The legislation prohibits federal banking regulators from requesting that financial institutions terminate their relationships with specific customers or groups of customers unless the agency has a material reason for requesting that termination, and it modifies the 1989 Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act to restrict the conditions under which the Justice Department may conduct investigations involving financial institutions and seek civil penalties, including by limiting the department’s subpoena authority.

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO

Upcoming Votes
Energy Policy – S2012

The bill would streamline permitting for gas exports, boost energy-efficiency standards for commercial and federal buildings, permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund and require grid infrastructure upgrades for reliability and security.

North Korea Sanctions – HR757

The legislation would require mandatory sanctions on individuals that sell or buy North Korean minerals, including coal and steel. It also would require the blacklisting of any individual complicit in North Korea’s nuclear and missile development and other illegal activities such as human rights abuses.

Limit on National Science Foundation Grants – HR3293

The bill would allow the National Science Foundation (NSF) to award grants or enter into cooperative agreements for basic research and science education only if it determines that the grant or cooperative agreement promotes the progress of science in the United States and is consistent with the NSF’s mission.

Debt Reduction Plans – HR3442

The measure would require the Treasury secretary to appear before Congress within a couple of months before the federal government is projected to reach the legal debt limit and report on the state of the nation’s public debt and the drivers of increasing debt, the impact of increasing debt and the administration’s plans for reducing debt in the short, medium and long terms.

Menu Nutrition Disclosures – HR2017

The bill would require the Food and Drug Administration to modify its rules regarding the nutrition information that restaurants and other retail food establishments must provide to customers.

Mega Vote February 1, 2016

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes
Senate: Energy Policy – GAO Report on Energy Production
Upcoming Congressional Bills
Senate: Energy Policy
House: Health Care Repeal Reconciliation — Veto Override
House: Iran Sanctions
House: Affordable Housing
House: Reduce SEC Regulation of Small Companies
House: Financial Institution Customer Protection
Recent Senate Votes
Energy Policy – GAO Report on Energy Production – Vote Agreed to (62-29, 9 Not Voting)

The Senate adopted an amendment to the energy policy bill that requires the Government Accountability Office to conduct a review and submit a report to Congress on energy production in the United States and the effects of crude oil exports. The initial report must be submitted within one year of the bill’s enactment date and then resubmitted for the following two years.

Sen. Charles Schumer voted YES
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted YES

Upcoming Votes
Energy Policy – S2012

The bill would streamline permitting for gas exports, boost energy-efficiency standards for commercial and federal buildings, permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund and require grid infrastructure upgrades for reliability and security.

Health Care Repeal Reconciliation — Veto Override – HR3762

The House will vote to override President Barack Obama’s veto of legislation that repeals or significantly modifies numerous major provisions of the 2010 health care overhaul law, including the individual and employer mandates, tax subsidies for individuals to purchase health insurance from exchanges, the expansion of Medicaid and the Prevention and Public Health Fund. It also effectively eliminates more than a dozen taxes included in the law, including the medical device tax, the “Cadillac” tax on high-cost health plans, the net investment tax and the additional Medicare tax, and it blocks federal funding for Planned Parenthood for one year and provides alternative women’s health funding for community health centers.

Iran Sanctions – HR3662

The bill restricts the president’s ability to lift sanctions on Iranian and other financial institutions as called for by the Iran Nuclear agreement, by allowing sanctions to be lifted only if the president certifies that the institutions have not knowingly helped fund Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards, foreign terrorist organizations and other entities sanctioned in connection with Iran’s weapons of mass destruction or ballistic missile programs.

Affordable Housing – HR3700

The measure makes changes to various housing laws to try to extend affordable housing options to more low-income families. It allows Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) and the owners of private subsidized housing to verify the income-based eligibility of families through other needs-tested federal programs, changes requirements regarding the inspection of housing units and eases Federal Housing Authority (FHA) requirements for mortgage insurance for condominiums.

Reduce SEC Regulation of Small Companies – HR1675

The bill requires the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to conduct reviews of its existing regulations to determine whether any are outmoded, ineffective or excessively burdensome, and to modify or repeal rules based on those reviews.

Financial Institution Customer Protection – HR766

The legislation prohibits federal banking regulators from requesting that financial institutions terminate their relationships with specific customers or groups of customers unless the agency has a material reason for requesting that termination, and it modifies the 1989 Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act to restrict the conditions under which the Justice Department may conduct investigations involving financial institutions and seek civil penalties, including by limiting the department’s subpoena authority.

Mega Vote March 9, 2015

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Keystone XL Pipeline – Veto
  • House: Fiscal 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations– Motion to Recede and Concur
  • House: Amtrak Reauthorization – Passage

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015

Recent Senate Votes Keystone XL Pipeline – Veto – Vote Not Sustained (62-37, 1 Not Voting)
The Senate’s vote to override President Obama’s Feb. 24, 2015 veto of the bill that would immediately allow TransCanada to construct, connect, operate and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities known as the Keystone XL pipeline, including any revision to the pipeline route within Nebraska as required or authorized by the state failed.
Sen. Charles Schumer voted NO
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted NO


Recent House Votes Fiscal 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations– Motion to Recede and Concur – Vote Passed (257-167, 9 Not Voting)
The House agreed to a motion made by Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho., to recede from the House amendment and concur in the Senate amendment to the bill (HR 240) that would provide $47.8 billion in fiscal 2015 for the Homeland Security Department and related activities. The motion cleared the bill for the president.
Rep. Louise Slaughter voted YES


Amtrak Reauthorization – Passage – Vote Passed (316-101, 15 Not Voting)
The House passed a bill that would reauthorize Amtrak through fiscal 2019, and restructure funding according to Amtrak’s major lines of business. It would authorize funds for Amtrak operating expenses in the Northeast corridor at the following levels: $439 million for fiscal 2016, $464 million for fiscal 2017, $480 million for fiscal 2018 and $498 million for fiscal 2019; and for Amtrak operating expenses within the national network at the following levels: $973 million for fiscal 2016, $974 million for fiscal 2017, $985 million for fiscal 2018 and $997 million for fiscal 2019.
Rep. Louise Slaughter voted YES


Upcoming Votes Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 – S.625

The bill would provide for congressional review and oversight of agreements relating to Iran’s nuclear program, and for other purposes.

Minutes of Sept. 9th Meeting

Present: Tim S., Jo C., Jim B., Liz A., Elaine J., Gail M., Peter M., Sally M., Al B., Mike , Lucy, Pat M., Rich M., Jack H., Lil L., Sylvia G., June G., Doug N., Grania B., Denise Y., Renee

Agenda
  1. Conversations with the rest of the world–Sally
  2. Veterans perspective–Rich
  3. Goals and Strategies
  4. Take Back the Land
  5. War
  6. Relations with groups
Announcement and request: 2 properties up for auction; Renee’s and someone else; email will be sent to B of R.
  1. Conversations w/ the rest of the world–Sally proposed organizing in neighborhoods by going into neighborhoods in Rochester, asking what’s on people’s minds,go in pairs; mentioned Marshall Ganz interviewed on Bill Moyers; importance of listening for organizing.
  2. Discussion: 
  • Pat–Colin spoke about the importance of building neighborhood organizations; this is what we need to do.
  • Alex–it is safe in neighborhoods; we should have handouts and go door-to-door in pairs
  • Grania–need to partner with neighborhood organizations
  • Pat–doesn’t matter that you are white in neighborhoods of color; folks ignored for so long, they want to give their opinion
  • Alex–folks have been disenfranchised for so long they will appreciate being listened too.
  • Jack–So we ask for their opinion–then what?
  • Sylvia–Organizing will also enlarge our scope
  • Peter–Organizing is tough; takes constant effort; concern that we don’t have the perseverance and person power
  • Sally–we’re not pledging to do the work, just to listen
  • Mike–say who we are and say we want to have a conversation
  • Pat–encourage people to go to city council; want to avoid telling them what to do
  • Gail–is Colin doing this kind of organizing with MJ? No.
  • Jim B.–This is a huge switch, 360 degree turn from demonstrating once a week; doesn’t think the B of R  will buy it
  • Elaine–Doesn’t understand how it would work
  • Doug–Henrietta sd. we should express our outrage; we could just do what we do in other neighborhoods
  • Alex–Our most successful neighborhood was Portland Ave.; opportunity to do outreach at the same time as doing what we do.
  • Sylvia–concerned that words don’t mean anything;
  • Lucy–we should encourage neighbors to respond
  • Rich–Compared this strategy to getting our neighbors to love us before they know our politics; need to do it house by house, street by street; it worked
  • Doug and Pat–Proposed an interim step– have relevant signs at good location and talk with folks who come by.
  • Grania–mentioned the NC Moral Mondays as a model for organizing, broad coalition, cross-race, cross-class.
  • Elaine–we could have several smaller groups along the street at the same time spread out.
  • Sally–knocked on doors in inner city; always accepted; in favor of organizing by knocking on doors–we were always accepted
  • Elaine–we aren’t afraid to go to inner city.
  • Gail–Doug proposal sounds good; we need to give people hope
 Decisions: 1. Starting on Monday, September 16, at noon, at Jefferson and Bartlett  (foot traffic, mainly commercial areas; we should all be together; public witness to oppose the war and focus on the connection between war and its costs and loss of funds for education (esp. Head Start); involve RAW
  1. Continue to support Take Back the Land, Metro Justice Social Security Committee, and other groups: oppose banks–banks are supporting war and programs are deprived; Rich–if they want a war, they’ll start it one way or another, but we should understand veterans.
  2. Listen to veterans while we’re demonstrating
  3. PLANNING COMMITTEE FOR SEPT. 16:  Doug, Jim, Grania, Jo, Sylvia, Liz
 Submitted by Grania

The Capitalist Machine: Computerization, Workers’ Power, and the Decline in Labor’s Share within U.S. Industries

Aside

Kristal, Tali. 2013. “The Capitalist Machine: Computerization, Workers’ Power, and the Decline in Labor’s Share Within U.S. Industries.” American Sociological Review 78(3):361–89.

Abstract

This article addresses an important trend in contemporary income inequality—a decline in labor’s share of national income and a rise in capitalists’ profits share. Since the late 1970s, labor’s share declined by 6 percent across the U.S. private sector. As I will show, this overall decline was due to a large decline (5 to 14 percent) in construction, manufacturing, and transportation combined with an increase, albeit small (2 to 5 percent), in labor’s share within finance and services industries. To explain the overall decline and the diverse trends across industries, I argue that the main factor leading to the decline in labor’s share was the erosion in workers’ positional power, and this erosion was partly an outcome of class- biased technological change, namely computerization that favored employers over most employees. I combine data from several sources to test for the independent effects of workers’ positional power indicators (i.e., unionization, capital concentration, import penetration, and unemployment) and the direct and indirect effects of computer technology on changes in labor’s share within 43 nonagricultural private industries and 451 manufacturing industries between 1969 and 2007. Results from error correction models with fixed-effect estimators support the study’s arguments.


Capitalists’ profits play a crucial role in the process of social stratification. Yet inequality research largely neglects the dynamics of national income distribution between capitalists’ profits and workers’ compensation, and focuses overwhelmingly on distributional issues within workers. Even studies on income inequality between social classes or on top income shares tend to identify the capitalist class as a subset of the self- employed. This approach ignores the fact that corporations, not individual business owners, dominate production for private profit in modern capitalist economies. To fill this lacuna in inequality research, I analyze income inequality between capitalists’ profits and workers’ income in U.S. industries over the past four decades, a period in which income inequality surged.

Download full PDF from journal if this link is broken ask Jim Bearden for a copy of the paper.