Cover Photo: "Lady Liberty Crying," by The Random Artist, 2016

Spring 2017

Volume 26 Issue 2, Spring 2017


From the Editorial Team

 Under the Radar

By Sarah Jaffe

Unreported and under-reported news and views that matter.


On the Contrary

The AFL-CIO “On the Beach”

By Mark Dudzic

Response to Mark Dudzic’s “The AFL-CIO ‘On the Beach’”

By Julie Kushner (and Kitty Weiss Krupat)

Mark Dudzic Replies


Over the Rainbow: The Uncertain Future of U.S. Politics

The World Turned Upside Down: ‘Our Revolution’, Trump Triumphant, and the Remaking of the Democratic Party

By Micah Uetricht

What is the role of ‘Our Revolution’ in the struggle against Trump?  


White Working-Class Voters and the Future of Progressive Politics

By Michael Zweig

What should progressives make of the fact that large sections of the white working-class voted for Trump?


A Listening Tour with Labor’s Trump Voters: Post-Election Union Strategy

By Gordon Lafer

Why did organized labor’s sway over union voters decline and what must be done?


Measuring the Rainbow: A Response to Richard Alba’s The Likely Persistence of a White Majority

By G. Cristina Mora and Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz

Why Richard Alba’s expansive definition of whiteness seems inaccurate and counterproductive.


How Census Data Mislead Us about Ethno-Racial Change in the U.S.: A Response to G. Cristina Mora and Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz

By Richard Alba

What’s wrong with the majority-minority Census Bureau projection and why it’s so important to get it right.


Recognize, Reduce, Redistribute Unpaid Care Work: How to Close the Gender Gap

By Diane Elson

Why the gender gap stopped closing and what to do about it.


IT is Watching:  Workplace Surveillance and Worker Resistance

By Dan Clawson and Mary Ann Clawson

How electronic spies permeate and intimidate the workplace.


The Ebbing Pink Tide: An Autopsy of Left-Wing Regimes in Latin America

 By René Rojas

Did right-wing assaults or internal weaknesses doom the Latin American revolutions?


Disabled Workers and the Unattainable Promise of Information Technology

By Andrew Ross and Sunaura Taylor

What explains increased unemployment and poverty among the disabled in the information age?


Working-Class Voices

A Home Care Worker Battles Cancer and Helps Pass Overtime Protection

By Emma Yang with Kressent Pottenger


Earth to Labor: Dispatches from the Climate Battleground

Why Clinton’s Embrace of the U.S. as an Energy Superpower Should Matter to Those Seeking to Reform the Democratic Party

By Sean Sweeney


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

Building a Multiracial Working-Class Movement Through Civics Unionism and Potluck Dinners

By Mariya Strauss


Organized Money: What Is Corporate America Thinking?

Billable Hours Up, Labor Law Down

By Max Fraser


Books and the Arts

Life After the Great Industrial Extinction       

 Remaking the Rust Belt: The Postindustrial Transformation of North America

By Tracy Neumann

From Steel to Slots: Casino Capitalism in the Postindustrial City

By Chloe Taft

Reviewed by Lily Geismer


The Winner-Take-All Economy

The Great Convergence: Information Technology and the New Globalization

By Richard Baldwin

The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War

By Robert J. Gordon

Reviewed by Andrew Elrod


In Our Hands Is Placed the Power  

The Fight for $15: The Right Wage for a Working America

By David Rolf

No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power

By Jane F. McAlevey

Reviewed by Samir Sonti


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

By Matt Witt



The Border: A Double Sonnet

By Alberto Ríos