Spring 2016

Spring 2016
Spring 2016 • Volume 25, Issue 2

Volume 25, Issue 2


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

Class Struggle in Robot Utopia
By Peter Frase

Feeling the Bern: An Analysis of the Sanders Phenomenon
By Tom Gallagher
How did an avowed socialist manage to challenge the Democratic Party’s anointed leader?


The Black-Labor-Left Alliance in the Neoliberal Age
By Adolph Reed Jr.
What Black Lives Matter should take from A. Philip Randolph.

Out of the Ashes: The Resurrection of the Chilean Labor Movement
By René Rojas
How miners and port workers are leading the revival.

Debtors’ Island:  How Puerto Rico Became a Hedge-Fund Playground
By Jennifer Wolff
Can Puerto Rico’s labor movement provide an alternative to austerity?

Does Labor’s Future Rest on Justice Scalia’s Replacement?
By Charlotte Garden
Has the threat to the labor movement passed away with Scalia?

The Marikana Massacre: Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency in South Africa
By Rajendra Chetty
Will a new labor and political movement end the reign of the ANC and the COASTU?

The Marxist Moment

Full Circle: Was Marx Right After All?
By Simon Head
Why the logic of a neoliberal economy invites a Marxist critique.

A Year to Remember: Reviewing Labor Movement Highlights and Lowlights
By Tom Juravich

The Internet vs. the Labor Movement: Why Unions are Late-Comers to Digital Organizing and How They Can Catch Up
By Kati Sipp 

Earth to Labor: Dispatches from the Climate Battleground

Contested Futures: Labor After Keystone XL
By Sean Sweeney

Roots of Rebellion: A Guide to Insurgencies from Coast to Coast

“We actually stopped the raids”: Puente’s Crusade Against Family Separations
By Mariya Strauss

Organized Money: What Is Corporate America Thinking?

Politics, Guns, and Money
By Max Fraser

Books and the Arts

Behind the Scenes with the One Percent

Primates of Park Avenue: A Memoir
By Wednesday Martin

The Nanny Chronicles of Hollywood
By Julie Swales and Stella Reid
Reviewed by Rachel Sherman

The Insecurity State

Cut Adrift: Families in Insecure Times
By Marianne Cooper

The Tumbleweed Society: Working and Caring in an Age of Insecurity
By Allison Pugh
Reviewed by Leslie Bell

On Whose Authority?

Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements
 By Chris Dixon
Reviewed by Stephanie Luce

Down and Out in the Homeland

$2.00 a Day: Living on Nothing in America
By Kathryn Edin and H. Luke Shaefer
Reviewed by Sudhir Venkatesh

Our Bookshelf: Recent Publications by Members of New Labor Forum’s Editorial Board and Staff   

Dreams Deported
Edited by Kent Wong and Nancy Guarneros


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


There Is No Such Thing as the Moment of Death
By Marilyn Krysl


A Twenty-Four Week Preemie, Change of Shift
By Belle Waring