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“Why Don’t You Just Work Harder?” – An Answer to a Common Question

If you have ever questioned capitalism, you have most likely at some point been asked, “Well, if you want more money, why don’t you just work harder?” This can make us stop short if we don’t have an answer already prepared. Americans tend to be violently allergic to the slightest indication of laziness, whether that […]

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The Importance of Labor History

A hundred years ago, a different Sacramento IWW local languished in the cells of the Sacramento County Jail awaiting federal trial for conspiracy against the United States. They were the victims of the First Red Scare (1919-1920), a seldom discussed event in US history that provided the precedent for the Red Scare of the 1950’s. […]