Marx on Immigration Workers, Wages, and Legal Status

by David L. Wilson On April 9, 1870, Karl Marx wrote a long letter to Sigfrid Meyer and August Vogt, two of his collaborators in the United States. In it Marx touched on a number of subjects, but his main focus was the “Irish question,” including the effects of Irish immigration in England. This discussion … More Marx on Immigration Workers, Wages, and Legal Status

New Book by James Young: Union Power – The United Electrical Workers in Erie, Pennsylvania

From Monthly Review Press: If you’re lucky enough to be employed today in the United States, there’s about a one-in-ten chance that you’re in a labor union. And even if you’re part of that unionized 10 percent, chances are your union doesn’t carry much economic or political clout. But this was not always the case, … More New Book by James Young: Union Power – The United Electrical Workers in Erie, Pennsylvania

New Book: Against Labor – How U.S. Employers Organized to Defeat Union Activism

From University of Illinois Press: Against Labor highlights the tenacious efforts by employers to organize themselves as a class to contest labor. Ranging across a spectrum of understudied issues, essayists explore employer anti-labor strategies and offer incisive portraits of people and organizations that aggressively opposed unions. Other contributors examine the anti-labor movement against a backdrop … More New Book: Against Labor – How U.S. Employers Organized to Defeat Union Activism

Re-centering Inequality in African Economic History

Originally posted on Developing Economics:
African economic history today lacks a literature to provide an accurate portrayal of economic growth in Africa during the decades after the Second World War. [1] The scholarly field of African Studies has exacerbated problems caused by the lack of synthetic works on African economic history or discussions of national…

New Book by Owen Hatherley: The Ministry of Nostalgia – Consuming Austerity

From Verso: Why should we have to “Keep Calm and Carry On”? In this brilliant polemical rampage, Owen Hatherley shows how our past is being resold in order to defend the indefensible. From the marketing of a “make do and mend” aesthetic to the growing nostalgia for a utopian past that never existed, a cultural … More New Book by Owen Hatherley: The Ministry of Nostalgia – Consuming Austerity