Harm through the market 2021

Federal officials look to crack down on deceptive subscription marketing practices at broad range of firms Yeganeh Torbati Washington Post June 2, 2021
Use of automatic subscriptions has exploded in recent years. Some companies make it easy to sign up but very difficult to cancel, and consumer complaints have piled up.

‘Government money that’s gone into vaccine development is being privatized by a handful of companies’ CounterSpin interview with James Love on Bill Gates & vaccine patent politics Janine Jackson Counterspin May 12, 2020

‘No one wants to work anymore’: the truth behind this unemployment benefits myth Amanda Holpuch The Guardian May 7, 2021
US employees are concerned about safety, others have caregiving responsibilities and some are using their job loss as an opportunity to find other work.

The hedge fund set to buy Tribune Publishing mismanaged employees’ pensions, federal investigators found Jonathan O’Connell Washington Post April 23, 2021
Alden Global Capital admitted no wrongdoing but agreed to pull employees’ pension money out of its own funds and pay them $20.7 million, the Labor Department said in a 2019 decision.

55 Corporations paid $0 in federal taxes on 2020 profits Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy April 2, 2021

In a first, Uber agrees to classify British drivers as ‘workers’ Adam Satariano New York Times March 13, 2021
The new legal classification, which follows a U.K. court ruling last month, will entitle the workers to more pay and benefits, but stops short of making them employees.

A Kansas bookshop’s fight with Amazon is about more than the price of books Casey Cep New Yorker March 12 , 2021
The owner of the Raven bookstore, in Lawrence, wants to tell you about all the ways that the e-commerce giant is hurting American downtowns.

Facebook strikes deal to restore news sharing in Australia Mike Isaac and Damien Cave New York Times February 22, 2021
The agreement means users and publishers in Australia can once again share links to news articles, after Facebook had blocked the practice last week.

After hundreds of meatpacking workers died From COVID-19, Congress wants answers Bernice Yeung and Michael Grabell ProPublica February 4, 2021

Amazon’s anti-union blitz stalks Alabama warehouse workers everywhere, even the bathroom Jay Greene Washington Post February 2, 2021
The stakes couldn’t be higher for the e-commerce giant, which is fighting the biggest labor battle in its history on U.S. soil.

Drugs and global capitalism Sasha Breger Bush Dollars and Sense January/February 2021
The sheer size of the drug economy suggests its overwhelming centrality to the global economic system.

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