On June 10th students, activists, and scholars met at Purdue University for the 2016 annual Midwest Labor and Working Class History (MLWCH) conference. This year’s conference theme was “Social Justice for a Global Working Class,” and presenters were asked to tackle the question of how their research, and activism could contribute to a greater understanding of issues facing working class people around the world. Read more →
Readers of the LAWCHA blog will be interested in a few of the different leftist interpretations of the meaning of American independence and the revolutionary experience. Read more →
The pundits always seem to miss the politics of capitalism in their effort to explain inequality.
It looks like a new book by Peter Lindert and Jeffrey Williamson, Unequal Gains: American Growth and Inequality Since 1700, is gaining traction among the punditry class, following last year’s nod to Thomas Piketty’s Capital. Read more →
On May 11, more than two thirds of senators in Brazil voted to advance impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff of the Workers’ Party (PT) for state accounting irregularities. The ex-Vice-President, Michel Temer, of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB), has now assumed the Presidency temporarily for up to 180 days while the Senate investigates the charges. Read more →
Can starting your own business rocket someone from the near bottom to near top of the economic pyramid? It might work for a few lucky, hard working, dedicated, amazing individuals, maybe. Some do indeed generate new economic opportunities for themselves – and, in a very few cases, even for others in their community. But that isn’t even half the story. All too often, the results are much less rosy. Read more →
Many of North Carolina's HB2’s opponents have pinned their hopes on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the once-ambiguous federal provision that now shields workers from gender stereotyping and sexualized attention. But Title VII has been an unreliable route to gender-based justice for women and sexual minorities. Read more →
Academe is a privileged place. It was designed to serve and continues to be dominated by people from educated, well-off backgrounds. Its hierarchical rituals and values define the university as separate from and more “refined” than the so-called “real world.” Read more →