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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 … {…}

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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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Belabored Podcast #44: The Work of Sex Work, with Melissa Gira Grant

March 7, 2014 · Blog

This week, Belabored talks to Melissa Gira Grant, whose new book Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work dismantles the myths surrounding sex work and challenges us to think about sex work in the same framework in which we put other kinds of labor. At the heart is the question: should workers have to love their work in order to be able to demand rights and protections on the job? {…}

By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen

The United States of Inequality

March 4, 2014 · Blog

The work of Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez on the evolution of top income shares has yielded a lasting and iconic image of American inequality: a long historical curve that starts high in the early years of the twentieth century … {…}

By Colin Gordon
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Kicking the Foreign-Intervention Habit

February 28, 2014 · Blog

Barack Obama is willing to withdraw almost every American soldier from Afghanistan and wants to reduce the Army to a size that would make another prolonged engagement abroad nearly impossible. Under his plan, the force of 450,000 would be the … {…}

By Michael Kazin
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Belabored Podcast #43: Google and Gentrification, with Julia Carrie Wong

February 28, 2014 · Blog

Belabored talks to San Francisco-based journalist Julia Carrie Wong about Silicon Valley gentrification and with Jobs with Justice organizer Kung Feng about the response of community and labor groups to the tech sector’s growing presence. Plus, gender inequities in house work, the exploitation of temp workers, and updates on labor struggles across the country. {…}

By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen
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Olympic Blindness

February 26, 2014 · Blog

There is a temptation on the part of all presidents of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to declare whatever games they have presided over a success. Thomas Bach, the IOC’s new president and himself a gold medal winner for Germany … {…}

By Nicolaus Mills
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“Bad Vibes”: On Populism and Crisis Denial in Argentina

February 25, 2014 · Blog

Argentina is facing an impending crisis with significant global implications. In recent months Argentines have experienced rapidly rising inflation, while international creditors are expressing doubts about the country’s ability to make debt repayments. The Argentine administration of Cristina Fernández de … {…}

By Federico Finchelstein and Diego Finchelstein
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[EVENT] Anti-Corruption Movements in China and India

February 25, 2014 · Blog

Anti-Corruption Movements in China and India: A conversation with Lauren Hilgers, Jonathan Shainin, Mehboob Jeelani, and Jeff Wasserstrom.
Thursday, February 27, at the New School.
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