While the Koch influence in federal elections is well known, recently revealed tax forms show that the billionaire brothers poured millions into state politics in 2017. This is a continuation of a Koch strategy that helped gerrymander voter districts after the 2010 Census, leading to right-wing policies that corporatize public education, dismantle health care and environmental laws, lower wages and destroy unions.
In 2016, former State Sen. Connie Johnson was the only superdelegate from Oklahoma to support Bernie Sanders, many of whose ideas aligned with her own. Now she is running for governor in the red state -- one of only three Black women gubernatorial candidates in the US -- on an apologetically progressive platform that supports marijuana legalization, defends reproductive rights and takes on mass incarceration, while pushing Sanders-style economic policies.
To stay vital and relevant, the labor movement had to start thinking and organizing globally, like the capitalists were already doing, says Annelise Orleck, author of "We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now." The book records the grassroots movements among retail, manufacturing, farm and fast-food workers that have revived, enlivened and rebranded global labor federations that are pushing back against the ravages of neoliberalism.