Special Project of Economy Connection:
Social Security Resources
URPE members have been active in the fight to protect Social Security. They have spoken at conferences, in classrooms, on the radio, at demonstrations, and at government hearings. They have created websites, written articles and books, and composed songs. On this page we link you to some of what URPE members have produced. We also have links to useful websites and written material created by other organizations and individuals. As we continue to hear of more articles and sites we will add them to this page.
This page was created in the mid-2000s, when the Bush administration was trying to privatize Social Security. Now that there is another round of attacks on Social Security, we are updating the page. Many of the books and articles are from the earlier period, but are still relevant. New articles are followed by a green date. The organizing tools are either new or still relevant. The web pages listed at the bottom are all current.
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If you need a speaker on Social Security for your educational or activist event, call Economy Connection at
(201) 792-7459 or send an email to Economy Connection.
Read about some talks URPE speakers have given on Social Security.
Dean Baker & Mark Weisbrot
Social Security: The Phony Crisis
Barbara R. Bergmann & Jim Bush
Is Social Security Broke?: A Cartoon Guide to the Issues 2000
Robert B. Carson, Wade L. Thomas & Jason Hecht
Economic Issues Today: Alternative Approaches
See chapter with conservative, liberal and radical views on Social Security
Social Security and Its Enemies
Christian Weller & Edward N. Wolff
Retirement Income: The Crucial Role of Social Security
Michael Meeropol testified in favor of a Springfield, MA City Council resolution to protect Social Security. The resolution was passed. See articles below for Michael's views.
Doug Henwood, Paddy Quick and June Zaccone testified before a subcommittee of the NYC City Council on May 12, 2005, on a similar resolution. Read their testimony.
Conferences & Panels
Brecht Forum, May 25, 2005
Doug Henwood, Paddy Quick, Mike Whitty
2005 Left Forum, April 7, 2005
Trudy Goldberg, Doug Henwood, Chris Rude
Articles & Interviews
Some URPE members/friends have written numerous articles on Social Security; rather than listing their articles separately, we have listed their websites.
The Political Economy of Social Security Reform in the U.S.
in URPE's Political Economy & Contemporary Capitalism
plus many articles on pensions and retirement economics; see Dollars & Sense, May-June 2005
Social Security, revisited
Are Entitlements Weakening the Empire? (Dollars & Sense) 2010
Bush Social Security Proposal a Huge Scam
Monthly Review Editors, April, 2005
The Great Fear Stagnation and the War on Social Security
Warren Mosler & Mathew Forstater
Social Security: Another Case of Innocent Fraud?
Search Peoples World for many articles by Arthur and others on Social Security
Sections of Jacked: How "Conservatives" Are Picking Your Pocket (Whether You Voted for Them or Not)
The Deficit Reduction Commission and Class War 2010
L. Randall Wray
Search for Wray under publications at Levy Economics Institute and UMKC's Center for Full Employment and Price Stability for additional articles
The Emperor Has No Clothes: President Clinton's Proposed Social Security Reform.
Killing Social Security Softly with Faux Kindness: The Draft Report by the President's Commission on Social Security Reform
Manufacturing a Crisis: the neo-con attack on Social Security
The Ownership Society: Social Security is only the beginning....
Does Social Security Need Saving? (with Dimitri B. Papadimitriou)
How Can We Provide for the Baby Boomers in Their Old Age?
More Pain, No Gain: The Breaux Plan Slashes Social Security Benefits Unnecessarily
Social Security's 70th Anniversary: Surviving 20 Years of Reform
Useful Flyers and Other Organizing Tools
Economic Opportunity Institute Useful summary flyer
National Jobs for All Coalition
Social Security: What's in It for Younger People? (Interactive quiz)
Social Security: What's in It for Younger People? (Flyer version)
Private Accounts Flyer One page flyer
No Crisis Flyer One page flyer
Facts About Social Security 2010
Social Security Packet: Summary and Update (rev. 9/10)
Articles by Helen Ginsburg, Trudy Goldberg, June Zaccone and others.
Some material is translated into Spanish.
SOCIAL SECURITY Fight-Back Song!
Web Pages of Organizations with URPE members that have Social Security Info
Center for American Progress
Includes many articles by Christian Weller, Heather Boushey and others
Center for Economic and Policy Research
Includes many articles by Dean Baker, Mark Weisbrot, Heather Boushey and other URPE members
Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR)
Women and Social Security -- Campaign, extensive resources, links, media watch
Left Business Observer
Mostly older articles on SS, but much current context
National Jobs for All Coalition
Much updated info along with older info
Other Websites with Social Security Info
AARP has a lot of information on its site, and is probably the largest organization fighting to preserve Social Security, so we are listing it here. But beware of their positions they say they want to increase SS's solvency, and some of the options they consider aren't so great. Most URPE people don't feel there is any solvency problem, and especially not a problem that must be addressed now. In fact, many feel that it should not be addressed now, because many solutions would weaken Social Security and make people less likely to fight to preserve it.
AFL-CIO general Social Security page
Paul Krugman has written many articles on Social Security, from a liberal standpoint, for the New York Times.
Nation Magazine Search site for articles by Greider (see above), Nichols and others
Portside News, analysis, opinion, discussion of topics of interest to people on the Left. Many articles on Social Security. Search site.
Talking Points Memo (TPM) A source for MoveOn.org's talking points (search site)