Macron’s pension ‘reforms’ come from the pockets of those who can least afford to pay

The president may have succeeded in doing something no French leader has done before — uniting all workers against his policies. DENNIS BROE explains why the protests are mounting

“REFORM” is a word with a varied history. At the beginning of the last century there were many battles among progressives over whether capitalism as a system could be reformed or whether it needed to be abolished. 

Some time in the ’80s with the rise of neoliberalism, with its idea that markets can fix and resolve all social problems and create unlimited abundance, reform began to take on another meaning. 

In corporate capital’s unceasing attack on workers, reform...
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