LaborNotes: Building an Army to Fight Runaway Inequality

  How can unions help create a social movement to take on Wall Street’s economic and political dominance? That’s the question that the Communications Workers (CWA) are tackling with labor educator Les Leopold. The training program they’ve put together, based on his book Runaway Inequality: An Activist’s Guide to Economic Justice, has already reached hundreds … More LaborNotes: Building an Army to Fight Runaway Inequality

Student Debt Bubble Diminishes Demand and Ruins Lives, Yet Officials Keep Inflating It

By Yves Smith, The Financial Times has a generally good update on the state of the student debt bubble in the US. The article interesting not just for what it says but also for what goes unsaid. I’ll recap its main points with additional commentary. Note that many of the underlying issues will be familiar … More Student Debt Bubble Diminishes Demand and Ruins Lives, Yet Officials Keep Inflating It

New Book by Harry Cleaver: Rupturing the Dialectic – The Struggle against Work, Money, and Financialization

From AK Press: Harry Cleaver’s pioneering Reading Capital Politically showed not only how capitalism seeks to structure every aspect of our lives through and around work but also how we endlessly fight back in ways that reshape capitalism itself. Rupturing the Dialectic skillfully brings this project up to date, interpreting capitalism’s most recent crises and … More New Book by Harry Cleaver: Rupturing the Dialectic – The Struggle against Work, Money, and Financialization

The Rise of the American Bond-holding Class

By Sandy Brian Hager, The history of class conflict, power and inequality in the United States has always been intimately bound up with the public debt. Already during the War of Independence (1775-‘83), revolutionary forces accumulated debts of $54 million, and a difficult task for the first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, was to … More The Rise of the American Bond-holding Class

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