Winter 2012

Volume 21, Issue 1

Table of Content
Winter 2012 • Volume 21 Issue 1

From the Editorial Team

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

On the Contrary

A New Insurgency Can Only Arise Outside the Progressive and Labor Establishment
By Stephen Lerner

The Anatomy of Austerity 

Marching Backwards: The Consequences of Bipartisan Budget Cutting
By Josh Bivens
Slashing federal spending is a recipe for disaster.

State and Municipal Alternatives to Austerity
            By Robert Pollin and Jeff Thompson
            How governments can preserve social services and help jumpstart economic recovery.

The Egyptian Uprising: The Mass Strike in the Time of Neoliberal Globalization
By Michael Schwartz
Why the labor movement was critical to the unfinished Egyptian revolution.

Will Today’s Excluded Workers Midwife Labor’s Rebirth?

           Worker Centers: Entering a New Stage of Growth and Development
           By Janice Fine
           Do worker centers represent the next stage of labor insurgency?

          The Excluded Workers Congress: Reimagining the Right to Organize
          By Harmony Goldberg and Randy Jackson
          A report from the founding convention.

Mexico Since NAFTA: Elite Delusions and the Reality of Decline
By James M. Cypher
Talk of Mexico as a new middle-class society is a myth.

Christianity and Class Consciousness: Searching the Pews for Labor’s Allies
By Ken Estey
Can labor find support among white evangelicals?

Working-Class Voices of Contemporary America

            How the P’urhépechas Came to Southern California’s Coachella Valley
            By David Bacon

Roots of Rebellion
By Peter Dreier
A guide to insurgencies from coast to coast.

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 1970s Revisited: Is the Working Class Dead or Alive?

         Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class
         By Jefferson Cowie
         Reviewed by Steve Early

Servitors of the National Security State?

          AFL-CIO’s Secret War against Developing Country Workers: Solidarity or Sabotage?
          By Kim Scipes
          Reviewed by Paul Garver

Seizing the Moment

           Rebel Rank and File: Labor Militancy and Revolt from Below During the Long 1970s
           Edited by Aaron Brenner, Robert Brenner, and Cal Winslow
           Reviewed by Matt Witt

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