Los Angeles

The Big Sleep

For nine days this past December, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach lay sleeping. Fifteen container vessels sat anchored off the coast. We were told that "featherbedding" will not be tolerated and the management complains of operational "nightmares". The supply chain oneiric aspires toward an efficiency it can never obtain under capitalism, but it won't ever be able to believe this. Instead, it intends to produce/instrumentalize more docile and flexible humans—and fewer of them. Read more »

Los Angeles: 22 Protesters Arrested During Chase Bank Foreclosure Demonstration

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Nearly two dozen demonstrators were arrested Thursday as they blocked the doors to a downtown Los Angeles Chase bank branch to protest what they said were unfair home foreclosures.

The demonstrators, which included homeowners facing foreclosure, community advocates and labor leaders, silently allowed officers to bind their wrists behind their backs with plastic restraints and guide them into a police van.…

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Loren Goldner in LA & SF

That world capitalism is in a profound crisis is no secret, especially in hard-hit areas such as California. But a radical response requires an understanding of the deep, "epochal" causes of the crisis, beyond now-mainstream banter about financialization or sub-prime or Wall Street bailouts and bonuses. What has happened since 2008 is merely an acceleration of the "slow motion" crisis that has been with us in reality since the late 1960's/early 1970's. The crisis is global, and the response to it must ultimately be global. Read more »