Spring 2013

Spring 2013
Spring 2013 – Volume 22 Issue 2

Volume 22, Issue 2

Table of Contents

From the Editorial Team

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

On the Contrary
The Precariat: A Class or a Condition?
By Peter Frase

“We Are the 99%”: The Political Arithmetic of Revolt
By Michael Yates

Immigrant Labor and the U.S. Economy: A Profile
By Hector Cordero-Guzman and Desiree Nunez
Where do they come from, where do they work, what are they paid, and much more.

Another Day Older and Deeper in Debt
The Politics of Debt: From the “Labor Question” to the “Debt Question”
By Julia Ott and Louis Hyman
Is resistance to debt our era’s path to economic and social justice?

Back to $chool: College Is the Past, Prison Is the Future
By Andy Kroll
Higher education is once again an upper-class prerogative.

Organized Labor and Transnational Capitalism
Globalized Business vs. Localized Labor: Building Cross-Border Labor Alliances
By Cathy Feingold
How can the international labor movement successfully confront international capital?

Free Trade Agreements and Unfree Labor: The Case of Colombia
By Ruth Needleman
Why the labor accords of the trade agreement do little to end the country’s anti-union reign of intimidation.

Teachers Unions at the Crossroads: Can the Assault on Teachers Be Rebuffed?
By Lee Sustar
Teachers must take advantage of their social ties to parents and communities.

The Marxist Moment
Marxism, Neoliberalism, and the Law: How Marxism Can Illuminate Recent Government and Judicial Decision-Making
By Justin Schwartz
Deregulation, free speech, and rewriting of legal precedent.

Reformers Resurgent? A Survey of Recent Rank-and-File Uprisings
By Mark Brenner
Can the new wave of workplace militance change the future of the labor movement?

Working-Class Voices of Contemporary America
Petals of Laughter: A Eulogy
By Rich Egeland

Economic Prospects
Fighting for Wall Street Regulation: Who Said It Was Easy?
By Robert Pollin

Roots of Rebellion
A guide to insurgencies from coast to coast.

Massacres and Movements: Challenging the Gun Industrial Complex
By Peter Dreier

In the Rearview Mirror
Revisiting the past to illuminate the present.

Fires, Floods, Earthquakes, and Capitalism
By Steve Fraser and Joshua B. Freeman

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

Economics That Work, Workplaces That Don’t
By Liza Featherstone

Books and the Arts 

Grassroots Not Astroturf
The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism
By Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson
Reviewed by Paul Frymer

What Kind of Work Is Care?
Making Care Count: A Century of Gender, Race, and Paid Care Work
By Mignon Duffy

Raising Brooklyn: Nannies, Childcare, and Caribbeans Creating Community
By Tamara Mose Brown
Reviewed by E. Tammy Kim

Searching for Sugar Man
Directed by Malik Bendjelloul
Reviewed by Lucia Trimbur

Art of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial
Reviewed by Daniel Levinson Wilk

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