|Lois Weiner September 6, 2012|
As the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) holds fast to its strike deadline of Sept. 10, negotiations continue. It's always risky to trust reports in the mass media, especially the virulently anti-teachers union media that we have today, about what's happening in negotiations.
|Steve Shalom August 31, 2012|
Factcheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, often plays a useful role in exposing lies by political candidates. Sometimes, however, its factchecking is rather tendentious. Its coverage of the abortion stance of the 2012 Republican Party platform is a case in point.
|Michael Hirsch & Jason Schulman August 31, 2012|
[This article first appeared in the September issue of Jacobin.]
|August 30, 2012|
[This is an expanded version of a letter sent to the New York Times and not printed.]
|December 5, 2012|
A Public Forum
The Neoliberal Assault on Disability Rights
Thursday, October 4, 2012 7:00pm
New York University
Room 803, Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, Manhattan
|Lois Weiner August 23, 2012|
I've been asked by readers how they can show their support to teacher unionists in Chicago and Colombia, whose struggles I describe in my recent NP post. One way is to contribute to the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) Solidarity Fund. The billionaires are pouring big bucks into defeating this movement and union dues alone won't be able to cover the union's costs in trying to win this battle to protect public education.
|Jack Gerson August 8, 2012|
[Reply to Bill Balderston's article, "Occupy Oakland and the Labor Movement."]
I am going to focus my remarks on section 2 of Bill Balderston's article, which he subtitled "The Battle of Longview". Bill and I have very different views of the outcome of this battle, and what that outcome is likely to mean.
|by Michael Wreszin||Summer 2012|
Charles J. Shield’s biography offers a detailed life of the writer, his strengths and weaknesses, both as an author and a person. The major thrust of the Shields biography is to present Kurt Vonnegut as two different people, the writer and the private person. A nephew told the biographer:
|by Francis Shor||Summer 2012|
It is generally agreed that Occupy Wall Street (OWS) was a response to decades of economic inequality in the United States. However, to focus only on the national dynamics of U.S. capitalism is to neglect the global role of U.S. economic imperialism since the 1970s and the resistance that developed in the global South to specific instances of that economic imperialism. This paper will consider how imperialist policies promoted by U.S. sponsored agencies and activities engaged in by U.S. corporations’ elicited acts of resistance.
|by Ben Holtzman and Craig Hughes||Summer 2012|
Jefferson Cowie is Associate Professor of History at Cornell University and a leading scholar of labor and class in the United States.
|by Jose Colina||Summer 2012|
Dance among the standing cars,
Each suit will blow his horn…
Let’s make them doubt the system
To which they were lately born.
Marvin Mandell July 11, 2012
I have read many analyses of the failure to recall Gov. Walker in Wisconsin, and I am astonished that not one even mentions American industries either outsourcing or just folding their tents because they are unable to compete with foreign companies. Steel is an example of the latter: many steel workers now work as greeters at Walmart.
Surely this is an important cause of labor's sad decline. Industrial capitalism has given way to finance capitalism, as everyone knows.
George Fish July 10, 2012
On January 31, 2012, the Republican majorities in both the Indiana Senate and House passed "right-to-work" legislation, riding roughshod over both the Democratic minority and tens of thousands mobilized workers and their allies. Indiana thus became the first new "right-to-work" state since Oklahoma, which became one in 2002—and a possible harbinger of more defeats for organized labor to come.
by Michael Hirsch Summer 2012
A sociologist tired of—if not ill-suited for—academic life and one of that generation of proper New Leftists committed to organizing or reorganizing the industrial proletariat as a necessary prelude to the much anticipated Red revolution, I hired in at a Midwestern steel mill in late summer of 1977.
by Stephen R. Shalom Summer 2012
Various realist political pundits have suggested — only half-jokingly — that the Nobel Peace Prize should be given to the atomic bomb, since in their view it was nuclear deterrence that prevented the Cold War from turning into a world war. But historian Lawrence S.