New Book: Unions and the City – Negotiating Urban Change

Edited by Ian Thomas MacDonald. From ILR Press: Labor unions remain the largest membership-based organizations in major North American cities, even after years of decline. Labor continues to play a vital role in mobilizing urban residents, shaping urban conflict, and crafting the policies and regulations that are transforming our urban spaces. As unions become more … More New Book: Unions and the City – Negotiating Urban Change

A 21st Century Marxism: The Revolutionary Possibilities of the “New Economy”

By Chris Wright It should hardly be controversial anymore to say we’re embarking on the “end times” of … something. Maybe it’s corporate capitalism, maybe it’s civilization, maybe it’s humanity. Whatever it is, the unsustainability of the contemporary ancien régime, on the global level, has become obvious. Economically, socially, politically and environmentally, the next 50 years … More A 21st Century Marxism: The Revolutionary Possibilities of the “New Economy”

Call For Papers: The Poverty of Academia – Exploring the Realities of Working Class Academics

The Journal of Working-Class Studies Special Issue, December 2017: The Poverty of Academia: Exploring the (Intersectional) Realities of Working Class Academics Educational attainment is often framed as positive, having the liberatory potential to free the socio-economically marginalized from their constraints. There is little if ever any mention of the unchained slavery of debt and low wages … More Call For Papers: The Poverty of Academia – Exploring the Realities of Working Class Academics

“Weren’t We Women First Out on the Streets?”: The Incomplete History of 1917

By Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild, In the year of the pussy, and also coincidentally the centennial of the Russian Revolution, perhaps it was inevitable that someone would characterize the revolution as primarily about pussies. In the New York Times, Professor Yuri Slezkine recently wrote — in one of the few articles that esteemed publication has featured … More “Weren’t We Women First Out on the Streets?”: The Incomplete History of 1917

New Book: Employers’ Economics versus Employees’ Economy – How Adam Smith’s Legacy Obscures Public Investment in the Private Sector

By John F. M. McDermott. From Palgrave: This book argues that economic activity in the public sphere now underwrites private corporations, and rejects rigid adherence to traditional economic theories that no longer apply. Adam Smith’s widely used “merchant’s model” assumes that most investment is private, when in fact research demonstrates that public investment in the workforce … More New Book: Employers’ Economics versus Employees’ Economy – How Adam Smith’s Legacy Obscures Public Investment in the Private Sector