Spring 2016

Volume 25  Issue 2



From the Editorial Team


Under the Radar

By Sarah Jaffe

Unreported and under-reported news and views that matter.


On the Contrary

Class Struggle in Robot Utopia

By Peter Frase


Feeling the Bern: An Analysis of the Sanders Phenomenon

By Tom Gallagher

How did an avowed socialist manage to challenge the Democratic Party’s anointed leader?


The Black-Labor-Left Alliance in the Neoliberal Age

By Adolph Reed Jr.

What Black Lives Matter should take from A. Philip Randolph.



Out of the Ashes: The Resurrection of the Chilean Labor Movement

By René Rojas

How miners and port workers are leading the revival.


Debtors’ Island:  How Puerto Rico Became a Hedge-Fund Playground

By Jennifer Wolff

Can Puerto Rico’s labor movement provide an alternative to austerity?


Does Labor’s Future Rest on Justice Scalia’s Replacement?

By Charlotte Garden

Has the threat to the labor movement passed away with Scalia?


The Marikana Massacre: Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency in South Africa

By Rajendra Chetty

Will a new labor and political movement end the reign of the ANC and the COASTU?


The Marxist Moment

Full Circle: Was Marx Right After All?

By Simon Head

Why the logic of a neoliberal economy invites a Marxist critique.


A Year to Remember: Reviewing Labor Movement Highlights and Lowlights

By Tom Juravich


The Internet vs. the Labor Movement: Why Unions are Late-Comers to Digital Organizing and How They Can Catch Up

By Kati Sipp 


Earth to Labor: Dispatches from the Climate Battleground

Contested Futures: Labor After Keystone XL

By Sean Sweeney


Roots of Rebellion: A Guide to Insurgencies from Coast to Coast

“We actually stopped the raids”: Puente’s Crusade Against Family Separations

By Mariya Strauss


Organized Money: What Is Corporate America Thinking?

Politics, Guns, and Money

By Max Fraser


Books and the Arts

Behind the Scenes with the One Percent

Primates of Park Avenue: A Memoir

By Wednesday Martin

The Nanny Chronicles of Hollywood

By Julie Swales and Stella Reid

Reviewed by Rachel Sherman


The Insecurity State

Cut Adrift: Families in Insecure Times

By Marianne Cooper

The Tumbleweed Society: Working and Caring in an Age of Insecurity

By Allison Pugh

Reviewed by Leslie Bell


On Whose Authority?

Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements

 By Chris Dixon

Reviewed by Stephanie Luce


Down and Out in the Homeland

$2.00 a Day: Living on Nothing in America

By Kathryn Edin and H. Luke Shaefer

Reviewed by Sudhir Venkatesh


Our Bookshelf: Recent Publications by Members of New Labor Forum’s Editorial Board and Staff   

Dreams Deported

Edited by Kent Wong and Nancy Guarneros


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

By Matt Witt



There Is No Such Thing as the Moment of Death

By Marilyn Krysl


A Twenty-Four Week Preemie, Change of Shift

By Belle Waring