Help us raise $200,000 to keep the Rail independent, relevant, and free!
Marx once wrote that it is essential to educate the educator. Of late, educators have done quite well all on their own.
Every economic crisis brings in its wake a wholesale reordering of society. The Great Recession of 2008, no matter how mild in comparison to past upheavals, has altered the world in ways unanticipated just a decade ago.
For reasons somewhat unclear, liberal democracy, when pushed to its logical extension in terms of actual, and not just hypothetical, equal rights for all, also generates social forces that call for its own curtailment.
Gary Roth reviews two timely and important booksJason E. Smiths Smart Machines and Service Work: Automation in an Age of Stagnation and Aaron Benanavs Automation and the Future of Work.
Your new book, The Age of Acquiescence (Little, Brown and Company, 2015), describes two major periods of wealth acquisition in the United Statesthe Gilded Age of the late 1800s and the current Age of Acquiescence.
The new unionists think in terms of the organizing drives of the mid- to late-1930s, a near-centurys worth of hind-gazing. Its a perspective that interferes with their ability to act in the here-and-now, a perspective that misses opportunities to reimagine what a union can accomplish. This was the case for the part-time faculty (adjuncts) union at Rutgers University in New Jersey, whose strike recently ended in a major victory. A lucky, and to some extent unanticipated, confluence of factors helped win the clash with management.
During its heyday following World War II, a college education was a means to lift parts of the working class into a newly-defined middle class, no longer based on the occupations of the past but instead conceived in terms of education, home ownership, well-paid employment, and household consumption.