Michael Brenner


“The Portuguese Lift”: Why Politics And Media Are Deliberately Useless

On the San Francisco docks back in the old days, the longshoremen’s vocabulary included the term “Portuguese lift.” This was at a time when the stevedore’s work was only partly mechanized, so much of the hauling and pulling – and lifting was done manually. The slanderous phrase referred to workers who didn’t quite shoulder their fair share of the load while seemingly doing so.... Read More

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