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What Does Minimum Wage Get You in Lahore, Pakistan? Something Far Away from the Pakistani Middle Class

I’ve been inspired by the recent willingness of t-shirt corporation Econscious to share some information about one of its factories in Lahore, Pakistan. By inspired, I don’t mean elated. When I look at the income reports for 20 workers in that factory in Lahore for the fall of 2007 to winter of 2008, I’m inspired [...]

Progressive, Populist, Labor: Connection in Three Congressional Caucuses

As mentioned earlier this month, the substantive agenda of the House of Representatives’ Populist Caucus fits as a subset inside the substantive agenda of the House Progressive Caucus. The Populist Caucus proclaims its “middle class” orientation (over and over and over again) to shoring up economic security through pushing for better provision of health care [...]