Spring 2011

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From the Editorial Team

Under the Radar
By Ben Becker
Unreported and under-reported news and views that matter.

On the Contrary
It’s an Academic Question: Why Progressive Intellectuals Should Not Stay Out of Internal Union Battles
By Dan Clawson

ONE, TWO, MANY MADISONS: The War on Public Sector Workers
By Stanley Aronowitz
Are we entering a new era of union fight-back?

 

IS THERE LIFE AFTER SHELLACKING: A Post-Election Program for the Democratic Party
By J. Phillip Thompson
The future of the Democratic Party is in play. 

INDIANS ON STRIKE: Caste and Class in the Indian Trade Union Movement
By Subhashini Ali
The story of the Indian labor movement and how it recently managed to overcome its historic divisions

THE WORKING-CLASS EYE OF MILTON ROGOVIN: A Retrospective Photo Essay
By Janet Zandy

CHINESE INVESTMENTS IN AFRICA: Twenty-First Century Colonialism?
By Herbert Jauch
The Chinese road to economic development is a dead end for African labor.

BUILDING A LABOR MOVEMENT IN A FAILED STATE: The Case of Zimbabwe
By Bernard Pollack
A pathbreaking attempt to unite workers in a deeply depressed economy.

PROMISES, PROMISES: Assessing the Obama Administration’s Record on Labor Reform
By Anne Aarie Lofaso
A record of executive accomplishment is combined with legislative paralysis.

BATTLE IN THE MOJAVE: Lessons from the Rio Tinto Lockout
By Peter Olney
How to turn union-busting tactics into a victory for labor.

Economic Prospects
By Robert Pollin

In the Rearview Mirror
By Steve Fraser and Joshua B. Freeman
Revisiting the past to illuminate the present

Caught in the Web
By Liza Featherstone
Labor news, views, and resources online.

Books and the Arts

The Closing Window
The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit
By Michael Zadoorian
American Salvage
By Bonnie Jo Campbell
Reviewed by Christopher Barzak

The Continental Plan 
Were You Born On The Wrong Continent?: How The European Model Can help You Get A Life
By Thomas Geoghegan
Reviewed by Thomas Greven

Power To The People
Seeds of Change: The Story of ACORN, America’s Most Controversial Antipoverty Community Organizing Group
By John Atlas
Contesting Community: The Limits and Potential of Local Organizing
By James DeFilippis, Robert Fisher, and Eric Shragge
Reviewed by Erik Peterson

Out of the Mainstream: Books and Films You May Have Missed
By Matt Witt

Poetry

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