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The Ecstasy and Exploitation of Art Handling

I decided to be an art handler when I decided to be an artist at the end of college. Yet only when I got to New York City in 2012 did I start to identify with being an art handler. The art world is essentially in New York and that’s where I really developed a sense of the art industry. Read more

Samantha Valente

America the Decrepit: The Trump Plan Won’t Fix the Infrastructure Deficit

Everyone from Larry Summers, establishment wunderkind economist, to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to progressive policy wonks at economic think tanks believes infrastructure spending is key to curing what ails the U.S. economy and other advanced economies. Read more

Samantha Valente

Info-Tech Is Not the New Utopia

Is another (economic) world possible? When economists Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek helped invent the doctrine of neoliberalism in the 1930s and 1940s, they meant to say, decisively, “No!” Only the unregulated price system could assure the rational allocation of resources, economic growth, and stability over the long haul.… Read more

Samantha Valente
Dr. Martin Luther King during Sanitation Strike Copyright Richard L. Copley

Rethinking the Problem of Alliance: Organized Labor and Black Political Life

The enduring problem of the relationship between leading political currents within organized labor, and those prevailing among African-Americans and black advocacy organizations, has once again become a central concern of the left. Read more

Samantha Valente
"U.S. Labor Law" Carol Simpson Productions

The Cure Worse than the Disease: Expelling Freeloaders in an Open-Shop State

The United States is likely to be an entirely open- shop country in the near future. Republicans dominate over two-thirds of state legislatures, over half of all governorships, both houses of Congress, the White House, and a majority of seats on the Supreme Court. Read more

Samantha Valente
Sean Sweeney speak at People's Summit 2017

Winning Clean Energy & Climate Justice for All

Sean Sweeney, from New Labor Forum and Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED),  speaking at the 2017 People’s Summit, held on June 9-11th, on the three tasks in front of the labor movement today to win energy democracy. Sweeney argues that trade unions need an independent voice on issues of… Read more

Samantha Valente