Spring 2015

Spring 2015 • Volume 24, Issue 2

Volume 24, Issue 2


From the Editorial Team

Under the Radar
By Sarah Jaffe
Unreported and under-reported news and views that matter.

On the Contrary
Green Capitalism Won’t Work
By Sean Sweeney

Reversing Climate Change: What Will It Take?
Protecting the Future: A Strategic Proposal To Stop Climate Change
By Jeremy Brecher
A constitutional insurgency can compel action.

War-Making as an Environmental Disaster
By Sheila D. Collins
Why ignoring the relationship between militarism and climate change will lead to more of both.

The Strange Career of the Voting Rights Act: Selma in Fact and Fiction

By Adolph Reed Jr.
The VRA as historic accomplishment and vehicle of the black middle class.

Broken Policing: The Origins of the “Broken Windows” Policy
By J. Phillip Thompson
“Broken Windows” was conceived in racial and class bias.

Does the Working Families Party Work? An Appraisal of Twenty-five Years of Semi-independent Politics
By Ted Fertik
Creating a vehicle for working-class political influence.

The Marxist Moment
Marxism and Little Magazines: Gathering in the Newest Left
By Nikil Saval
A short history of the new intellectual appeal of Marxism.

The Collapse of Europe? What Next After Greece?
By John Feiffer
Is the European Union inevitable, necessary or disposable?

$15 Per Hour or Bust: An Appraisal of the Higher Wages Movement
By Stephanie Luce
How raising wages became a cause célèbre. 

Labor and Argentina’s Stalled Recovery: More Activism, Less Coherence
By René Rojas
Why Latin America’s most vibrant labor movement is losing ground, even under a post neoliberal regime. 

Sex Workers Join the Indian Labor Movement
By Gowri Vijayakumar, Shubha Chacko, and Subadra Panchanadeswaran
Why the Kanataka Sex Workers insist on their identity as laborers and their right to unionize.

Home Care: The Fastest Growing Low-Wage Industry
By Candace Howes
Why home care is at the focus of so many regulatory challenges and worker organizing campaigns.


Roots of Rebellion
Non-majority North Carolina: Cummins Diesel Engine Workers
Breathe New Life into an Old Organizing Model
By Mariya Strauss

Organized Money: What Is Corporate America Thinking?
Party Like It’s 2005
By Max Fraser

Books and the Arts

Precariat Organizing in India: A Politics of Recognition and Redistribution
Informal Labor, Formal Politics, and Dignified Discontent in India
By Rina Agarwala
Reviewed by Ruth Milkman

Sex Work and the Law
Life Interrupted: Trafficking into Forced Labor in the United States
By Denise Brennan
Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work
By Melissa Gira Grant
Reviewed by Svati P. Shah

Labor Rights and Labor Standards in the Global Economy
The Promise and Limits of Private Power: Promoting Labor Standards in a Global Economy
By Richard M. Locke
Human Rights and Labor Solidarity: Trade Unions in the Global Economy
By Susan L. Kang
Reviewed by Michael Fichter

Is Global Governance the Solution for Labor?
Global Unions, Local Power: The New Spirit of Transnational Labor Organizing
By Jamie K. McCallum
Reviewed by Marcel Paret

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