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Notre Dame Cathedral and Questions from a Worker Who Reads (after Bertolt Brecht)

by on April 23, 2019

When Notre Dame Cathedral caught fire in Paris on April 15, 400 firefighters were deployed to tackle the blaze. One of those workers was seriously injured, and two police officers were also hurt. Emergency workers risked their lives to remove artefacts from the burning cathedral, but most reports emphasized  the value of the artefacts and artworks rather than the people who saved them.

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LAWCHA at OAH

by on March 18, 2019

LAWCHA is pleased to have solicited and endorsed several panels at the 2019 OAH Conference in Philadelphia. We hope to see you there.

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Jobs and Medicare for All

by on March 5, 2019

You can tell that Medicare for All is becoming a real possibility when it gets a rigorous cost-benefit analysis and when its advocates start seriously raising and addressing the inevitable downsides of the policy.  There is no greater downside to Medicare for All than the 1.8 million clerical and administrative jobs it will eliminate in the insurance industry and in health providers’ offices.

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Share the Wealth

by on February 21, 2019

There is a growing awareness that wealth inequality is directly affecting everyman. All politicians recite the pledge to help the middle class, republicans with more supply side solutions and democrats with tax plans.

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The Strange Career of “the Working Class” in US Political Culture Since the 1950s: An Introduction

by on February 15, 2019

The working class currently has remarkable visibility in US political culture.  In defiance of a longstanding belief in America’s classlessness, even today’s sitting president publicly acknowledges America’s “working class.”  However dramatically Donald Trump is breaking some political norms, though, the particular way he uses the phrase working class is completely consistent with trends that have been emerging within mainstream US politics for decades.

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