Fall 2015

Fall 2015
Fall 2015 • Volume 24, Issue 3

Volume 24, Issue 3

Table of Contents

From the Editorial Team

Under the Radar
By Sarah Jaffe

Unreported and under-reported news and views that matter.

On the Contrary

Careful What You Wish For: A Critical Appraisal of Proposals to Rebuild the Labor Movement
By Lance Compa

The LGBT/Q Working Class: An Invisible Majority

Queer Precarity and the Myth of Gay Affluence
By Amber Hollibaugh and Margot Weiss
Contrary to the stereotype, most LGBTQ people struggle against the odds to make ends meet.

Gay Liberation: How a Once Radical Movement Got Married and Settled Down
By Colin P. Ashley
On the path between the Stonewall Riots and gay marriage, an insurgent movement lost its bearings. 

The Marxist Moment

Marxism and Consumer Culture
By Chris Lehmann

False Consciousness meets Commodity Fetishism.
Slow Growth and No Growth: Why the U.S. Economy Is Outperforming Europe and Japan
By John Miller

How to break out of the stagnation trap.
The Greek Inquisition: International Finance, Syriza, and theGreek Labor Movement
By Nicholas Toloudis

Can Greece recover its sovereignty and a Greek left survive?
Bernie versus Hillary: Building an Outsider Left inside the Democratic Party
By Charles Lenchner

Is there a future for left-wing populism inside the Democratic Party?
Fining McWalmart: Charging Employers for the Social Costs of Poverty Wages
By Erica Smiley

A new strategy to shame low-wage behemoths and force them to bargain collectively.
Indentured Studenthood: The Higher Education Act and the Burden of Student Debt
By Elizabeth Tandy Shermer

Why a law to aid the less privileged ended up a financial boondoggle.
The Dispossessed: The Plight of Agricultural Workers on the Indian Subcontinent
By Subhashini Ali
How neoliberalism is devastating rural India.

Working-Class Voices of Contemporary America

Sold, but Not Selling Out
By Maribel Rodriguez

Roots of Rebellion

The Twenty-First Century Jungle: California Nurses Organize to Save Themselves
By Mariya Strauss

Organized Money: What Is Corporate America Thinking?

Franchise Fratricide and the Fight for $15
By Max Fraser

Books and the Arts

Documenting Dissent
American Revolutionary, Directed and produced by Grace Lee

The Hand That Feeds, Written, directed, and produced by Rachel Lears and Robin Blotnick

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, Directed and produced by Mary Dore
Reviewed by Debra Minkoff

A Working-Class Tale of Embodiment and Belonging
Two Days, One Night, Directed by Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Reviewed by Christopher Baum

Making Music Pay
Unfree Masters: Recording Artists and the Politics of Work, By Matt Stahl
Reviewed by Tom Juravich

Capitalism versus the Earth
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, By Naomi Klein
Reviewed by Brian K. Obach

“What Part of ‘Illegal’ Don’t You Understand?”
Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal, By Aviva Chomsky
Reviewed by John Trumpbour

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

Letters to the Editor