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Les Leopold
After graduating from Oberlin College and Princeton University's Woodrow
Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (MPA 1975), Les
co-founded and currently directs two non-profit educational
organizations: The Labor Institute (1976) and the Public Health
Institute (1986). He designs research and educational programs on
occupational safety and health, the environment and economics. Leopold is the author of Runaway Inequality: An Activists Guide to Economic Justice: (Labor Institute Press, 2015), How to Make a Million Dollars an Hour: Why Financial Elites get away with siphoning off America's Wealth (John Wiley and Sons, 2013), 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 Publishing, June 2009, and The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor: The Life and Times of Tony Mazzocchi (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2007

Entries by Les Leopold

Build, Bernie, Build!

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 5:25 AM

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 Democrats still don't get it....

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Trump's Taxes, Hillary's Transcripts, Bernie's Truth Telling

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2016 | 7:00 AM

Voters are fed up with runaway inequality and the policies which foster it. The super-rich have created a rigged economic system. We are being financially strip-mined by economic elites.

American capitalism took a drastic turn for the worse in the late 1970s when a new set of policies caught the...

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Why Bernie's Strong Poll Numbers Against Trump Are For Real

(475) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 6:24 AM

Poll after poll shows Bernie doing better, much better, against Trump than Hillary.

May 26 California
Clinton 49, Trump 39: Clinton +10
Sanders 53, Trump 36: Sanders +17

May 25 North Carolina
Clinton 43, Trump 47 Trump +4
Sanders 48, Trump 44 Sanders...

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If Bernie Wins California, Should Hillary Step Down?

(670) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 6:51 AM

The Democratic Party must nominate the candidate with the best chance of defeating Trump. If Bernie wins California, Hillary is not the best candidate.

Oh, I hear the groans aplenty. Hillary won the most votes. Hillary has the most delegates. Bernie can't possibly win against the Republican attack machine....

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10 Reasons Why Bernie Thumps Trump

(194) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 6:36 AM

As Sanders wins yet another primary (the 19th overall), it might be useful to examine what a Sanders-Trump match-up might entail.

It starts with understanding that the 2016 race is fueled primarily with the devastation caused by runaway inequality and the financial strip-mining of the economy by...

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If Trump Wins, Don't Blame Bernie

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 2:31 PM

Look at these polls from Wednesday, May 4th:

Trump vs. Clinton (CNN/ORC) Clinton 54, Trump 41: Clinton +13 Cruz vs. Clinton (CNN/ORC) Clinton 52, Cruz 42: Clinton +10 Kasich vs. Clinton (CNN/ORC) Kasich 51, Clinton 44: Kasich +7 Trump vs. Sanders (CNN/ORC) Sanders 56, Trump 40: Sanders +16...
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Why Do Progressives Cling to Hillary?

(1118) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 11:53 AM

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 at becoming the...

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Would Hillary Overthrow a Government Run by Bernie?

(108) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 5:18 AM

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. Would...

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Does the Hillary, Bernie Battle Matter That Much?

(46) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 12:33 PM

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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Hillary's Inability to Grapple With Inequality Is Making Her Vulnerable to Bernie in New York

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 9:35 AM

Establishment politicians running for high office live and breathe elaborate focus group-tested lines. In time, they become those lines. But every now and then, extreme political pressures can force a few unscripted words to slip through. And when that happens, we gain a rare glimpse of the candidate's deeper understanding...

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NY Daily News Claims FDR Unfit to Be President: "No Concrete Plans, Only Platitudes"

(156) Comments | Posted April 8, 2016 | 7:27 AM

[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 from his

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Is Hillary Clinton Running Away From Political Reality?

(1060) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 6:12 AM

Team Hillary should be extremely worried.

It's not just that she has suffered landslide losses in the past five caucus states. It's that she's overwhelmingly lost the youth vote of all colors, everywhere, and she'll never get it back.

[This Wisconsin poll just in: Sanders leads Clinton...
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Think Again Hillary Democrats: 10 Reasons Why She Could Lose this Fall

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2016 | 7:12 AM

The media tells us that Hillary has a lock on the nomination. That news should make her supporters extremely nervous, and not because the prognosticators have been wrong so many times already. All Democrats should worry because her major policy and character flaws could leave us with a Republican president...

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Does Trump Have More in Common With Hillary Than Bernie?

(52) Comments | Posted March 15, 2016 | 7:23 AM

Trump is attacking the established order from the right while Bernie is attacking it from the left. Democracy is in danger!

So goes the mainstream media message as the cameras pan to scuffles between Trump and Sanders supporters. Increasingly the campaigns are portrayed as a threat to basic American institutions...

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Hillary's Wall Street Speeches: The Bootleg Tapes

(249) Comments | Posted March 11, 2016 | 5:29 AM

[After eight debates and countless speeches, Secretary Clinton has repeatedly shared her views on Wall Street, trade and job creation. Once we parse through the focus group-tested lines, we can find clues about how she relates to the financial sector and the power it wields over our economy.


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Hillary's Wall Street-Friendly Economic Plan Costs Her Michigan

(156) Comments | Posted March 9, 2016 | 5:47 AM

Billed as a major populist economic address, Hillary Clinton put forth her jobs program in Michigan.

Wall Street is smiling. Team Hillary is crying.

Her program fits perfectly within the neoliberal framework as she focuses on how to use public funds and policies to promote private sector gain. There...

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Why Hillary Could Be a Lot More Vulnerable to Trump Than Bernie

(28) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 5:27 AM

Cousin Jeff worries that a vote for Bernie is a vote for a Republican sweep in the fall. Iris, a veteran of peace campaigns, fears another George McGovern debacle (losing 49 states to Nixon in 1972.) And Jacques, a radical artist, is certain that a self-declared socialist can't possibly become...

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The Biggest Difference Between Hillary and Bernie? The Real Steps They Will Take to Address Runaway Inequality

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2016 | 1:48 PM

No one can deny that economic inequality is accelerating. In 1980, the average top 100 CEOs earned $45 for every dollar earned by an average worker. Today, the gap is an astounding $844 to 1.

But there is significant controversy about the impact of runaway inequality on American society...

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How America's Super-Rich Are Draining the Poor of a Longer Life Span

(13) Comments | Posted February 23, 2016 | 5:27 AM

The American people have a deep sense of fairness. We are angry about the dramatic rise in the pay gap between the top 100 CEOs and the average worker -- a gap which has widened from $45 to $1 in 1970 to a whopping $844 to $1 today. (Please see...

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Krugman Attacks Sanders for Economic Study Produced By Clinton Supporter

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2016 | 4:31 PM

Paul Krugman, the New York Times columnist, Nobel laureate and defensive linebacker for Team Hillary, is accusing the Sanders campaign of voodoo economics. He attacks an independent economic analysis of the Sanders agenda produced by economist Gerald Friedman. That questionable study shows incredibly high gains in jobs, employment...

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