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The Problem with Counting

April 3, 2014 · Blog

That publishers routinely fill their mastheads and bylines with a disproportionate number of white men should hardly come as a surprise when even getting a foot in the door of the industry requires a significant amount of capital, both economic and social. {…}

By Jennifer Pan
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The Myth of the U.S. “Insourcing Boom”

March 31, 2014 · Blog

“Over half of big manufacturers say they’re thinking of insourcing jobs from abroad,” crowed President Barack Obama in this year’s State of the Union address. Riding the wave of populist anti-offshoring sentiment that served him so well in the 2012 … {…}

By Roger Bybee
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Belabored Podcast #47: Retail Hours, Wholesale Injustice

March 28, 2014 · Blog

This week on Belabored, we speak to activists with the Retail Action Project and Women Employed about the impact of unfair scheduling on the lives of retail workers. We also discuss the Supreme Court drama over employer-sponsored health insurance and reproductive rights, “the end of jobs,” labor protections for unpaid interns, Wall Street’s attack on Los Angeles, TaskRabbit, and more. {…}

By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen
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Rand Paul Doesn’t Stand a Chance

March 26, 2014 · Blog

Libertarianism is suddenly in fashion. Denouncing the NSA, Rand Paul draws cheers both from young leftists in Berkeley and young conservatives in D.C.—and narrowly leads in early polls for the 2016 presidential nomination. The Koch brothers—who once bankrolled the Libertarian Party—plan to spend … {…}

By Michael Kazin
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Belabored Podcast #46: What’s Left, with Adolph Reed

March 21, 2014 · Blog

This week, Belabored talks to political scientist Adolph Reed about his recent article in Harper’s magazine, examining the broad prospects for today’s left, the need to focus on inequality, why the labor movement matters, and why Democrats relying on big money donors is like keeping a Komodo dragon in your bedroom. Plus: a strike in Vermont, a lawsuit at McDonald’s, a modest proposal for executive salaries, and more. {…}

By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen
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Risk, Rated X: Geopolitics and the Pickup Game

March 18, 2014 · Blog

In January, the well-known pickup artist Roosh V created a sub-forum on his website to discuss the Ukraine conflict, thanks to “heavy interest” in the topic among his fans. What will happen if the “pussy paradise” joins the European Union? {…}

By Katie J.M. Baker
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Putin to West: Go Frack Yourself

March 17, 2014 · Blog

By the time Crimeans went to the polls yesterday, it was clear that their referendum on secession added little more than rhetorical flourish to a military and political fait accompli. With over 95 percent of those polled voting to join … {…}

By Colin Kinniburgh
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Belabored Podcast #45: The Meaning of the Chicago Teachers’ Strike, with Micah Uetricht

March 14, 2014 · Blog

This week, Belabored examines the history and ongoing impact of the 2012 Chicago teachers’ strike with Micah Uetricht, author of Strike for America: Chicago Teachers Against Austerity. Plus: uprisings by UPS workers in New York and IBM workers in China; labor abuses by the Pentagon overseas; the White House’s plans to expand overtime pay; and more. {…}

By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen
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[VIDEO] Anti-Corruption Movements in India and China

March 11, 2014 · Blog

On Thursday, February 27, Dissent and the India-China Institute co-hosted a panel on anti-corruption movements in China and India at the New School in New York. Speaking on the panel were Jiayang Fan (a contributor at the New Yorker), Mehboob … {…}

By Editors
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How (Not) to Kill a Philosopher

March 11, 2014 · Blog

In a recent review of Louis Althusser’s On the Reproduction of Capitalism, Anne Boyer misrepresents key aspects of his thought. At the center of her argument is the claim that “Althusserianism has been a Marxism for those who prefer their … {…}

By Rafael Khachaturian
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