David Cote is the CEO of Honeywell, a technology conglomerate and defense contractor that also dabbles in energy. In 2012, he clocked in at number five on the Forbes list of the highest paid CEOs, with an annual compensation in the ballpark of $55 million. Named CEO of the year last year by a publication called Chief Executive, he would seem to be doing quite well.
Among the many promises of Barack Obama’s 2008 election campaign was a thorough reform of U.S. healthcare. The radical inefficiency of the existing system was obvious: although per-capita healthcare costs were about twice as high as in other industrialized countries, at least forty-six million people still lacked health insurance.
Despite my use of the singular in the title, The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics, and Postwork Imaginaries (2011) explores several problems with work. My focus is not so much on the difficulties of this or that job but on the failures of the system of waged work together with the values and ways of life that support and are produced by it. Some of these problems fit under three general headings: underwork, overwork, and non-work.
Notwithstanding the optimism surrounding the progressive potential of the Internet, that medium has helped sustain, and even intensify, prevailing inequalities. The Internet, especially following the 1996 Telecommunications Act, has been effectively dominated by the media oligopolies that rule the networks.
From the Editorial Team
Under the Radar
By Sarah Jaffe
Unreported and under-reported news and views that matter.
On the Contrary
(Free) The Problems with Work (FREE)
By Kathi Weeks
(Free) The Business Lobby and the Tea Party (FREE)
By Kim Phillips-Fein
Analyzing the fratricide inside the GOP.
The Marxist Moment
Rethinking Marxism and Imperialism for the Twenty-first Century
By Leo Panitch
How the U.S. exercises imperial control in the post-colonial world.
Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: How Corporate Power Shaped the Affordable Care Act
By Kevin Young and Michael Schwartz
A case study of the way corporate interests drive government policymaking.
Courts vs. Unions: Speech and Association Rights under Fire
By Catherine Fisk
Can labor laws survive the Supreme Court’s assault?
The Case for Debt Resistance
By Ann Larson
Mobilizing resistance to debt can unlock collective power.
What Type of Public Transit for What Type of Public?
By Kafui A. Attoh
The transportation justice movement faces off against Silicon Valley.
(FREE) Yelp and Labor Discipline: How the Internet Works for Capitalism (FREE)
By Joshua Sperber
How consumers have become the restaurant industry’s unpaid supervisors.
Strengthening Labor Standards Compliance through Co-production of Enforcement
By Janice Fine
A proposal for improved labor law enforcement.
The Story of Eulogio Solanoa: Photographs and Oral History
By David Bacon
A photo essay documenting the life and landscape of a Mexican farm laborer.
Working-Class Voices of Contemporary America
The Most Personal Training of All
By Josmar Javier Trujillo
The Eurozone Crisis: Shredding the Post-war Bargain
By Gerald Epstein
Roots of Rebellion
A guide to insurgencies from coast to coast.
Music and Movements:
The Tradition Continues
By Peter Dreier and Dick Flacks
Organized Money: What Is Corporate America Thinking?
The End of the (Tea) Party?
By Max Fraser
Books and the Arts
Globalization and the American State
The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire By Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin
Reviewed by Monica Prasad
Cooperative Alternatives in the Twenty-first Century
Shift Change Produced by Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young
Nothing Like Chocolate Directed by Kum-Kum Bhavnani
Reviewed by Vishwas Satgar and Michelle Williams
Panther Nostalgia as History
Black against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party By Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin Jr.
Reviewed by Cedric Johnson
The Lasting Effects of De-industrialization
Exit Zero: Family and Class in Postindustrial Chicago By Christine J. Walley
Reviewed by John Russo