Posts Tagged ‘opinion’

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Union membership in the United States, which has fallen to its lowest level in the postwar period, may finally have bottomed out.


Opinions of unions even seem to have recovered from lows reached in 2010 and 2011—while young people (18-29) especially have a positive (55 percent favorable versus 29 percent unfavorable) view of unions.

Now, the employees of Gawker Media [ht: sm] have voted by a substantial margin (80 to 27) to form a union, “a first for a prominent digital media outlet.”

the appeal of a union was clear to the employees, whose careers have been buffeted by instability and layoffs during the Great Recession and the unsettled economic recovery that has followed.


This one should be classified under Weapons of Mass Distraction.

According to Gallup,

Americans are now more likely to name dysfunctional government as the most important problem facing the country than to name any other specific problem. Thirty-three percent of Americans cite dissatisfaction with government and elected representatives as the nation’s top issue, the highest such percentage in Gallup’s trend dating back to 1939. Dysfunctional government now eclipses the economy (19%), unemployment (12%), the deficit (12%), and healthcare (12%) as the nation’s top problem.

Just when we need to get serious about discussing and debating problems like inequality, poverty, unemployment, and the economic system that has created them, the public’s attention is distracted and diverted to the insanity that has overtaken the nation’s political leaders.

New research on the tipping point where minority opinion becomes majority opinion may be quite useful.

The study, by members of the Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center (SCNARC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, concluded that

that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society.

That result may explain how the need for deficit reduction has become such a common sense among politicians, from both major parties, in the United States.

It may also give hope to those who, while still in the minority, believe that capitalism is a disaster and needs to be replaced.