Despite steady gains in hiring, a falling unemployment rate and other signs of an improving economy, take-home pay for many American workers has effectively fallen since the economic recovery began in 2009, according to a new study by an advocacy group that is to be released on Thursday.
The article characterizes the group, the “National Employment Law Project,” as a “left-leaning research and advocacy group.” With that rather bland characterization having been made, the New York Times article goes on to employ this source rather liberally (in every sense of the word) as an authority on employment and economy.
But when you take the lid off the trash can, you see a lot of cockroaches beating feet. A quick search reveals the NELP’s pawprints all over a variety of socialist initiatives. In particular, the NELP is one of the groups agitating to raise the minimum wage across the country. Adding the proviso “socialist” to the above search turns up even more eye-opening connections, such as subvention by Soros’s Open Society Foundation, and extensive references in the socialist press, for which the NELP provides grist. For example, consider this, and this, and this, as well as Capitalism and Poverty: A Socialist Analysis, written for the Democratic Socialists of America by a former intern at the NELP.
This is a case in point of the earlier post about the use of “social science” to advance the Marxist agenda. The NELP’s putatively objective study is in fact merely ammunition for the socialist press, and for the New York Times, which as either witting or unwitting dupes uncritically (with only passing reference to criticism of an earlier NELP “study”) regurgitated the NELP’s agitprop.
“Left-leaning?” Walter Duranty would be proud.