Monthly Archives: October 2011

Memo to the Occupiers

Occupy Wall Street has many on the left cheering.  That includes me, albeit with reservations. As someone who devoted a good portion of his life to fighting  injustice—or as the late liberal icon and state legislator Robert Hagan was fond of … Continue reading

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Empathizing with Capitalists

Once upon a time, in the 1970s, there probably was, as political conservatives and the business class claimed, a capital shortage.  Union power, rising wages, and a tax-and-spend “liberal consensus” had increased household incomes for three decades at the expense … Continue reading

Posted in Contributors, Issues, Jack Metzgar, The Working Class and the Economy, Working-class politics | Tagged , , , , , | 8 Comments

The Creative Class Joins the Working-Class

How is the so-called creative class faring in the ongoing economic crisis?  In three books published in the first decade of this century, Richard Florida argued that America’s future lay in metropolitan regions with a high density of “sexually diverse,” … Continue reading

Posted in Contributors, Issues, John Russo, The Working Class and the Economy, Working-class politics | Tagged , , , | 10 Comments

Upsetting the Apple Cart

Last week, a few days before Steve Jobs died of pancreatic cancer, a friend posted a critique of the Occupy Wall Street protesters on her facebook page, in which she basically slammed the protesters for preaching the gospel of anti-corporatism … Continue reading

Posted in Class and the Media, Contributors, Issues, Kathy M. Newman, Working-class politics | Tagged , , , , | 7 Comments

Chavs and the Working Class

A great new book has appeared recently about the working class in the UK. Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class, by Owen Jones, has received a lot of well-deserved attention. For those unfamiliar with the term, ‘chav’ has become … Continue reading

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