By Nelson Lichtenstein
For greater than thirty years Nelson Lichtenstein has deployed his scholarship--on hard work, politics, and social thought--to chart the heritage and customers of a innovative the US. A Contest of Ideas collects and updates lots of Lichtenstein's so much provocative and debatable essays and reviews.
These incisive writings hyperlink the destiny of the exertions flow to the ameliorations within the form of worldwide capitalism, to the increase of the civil rights circulation, and to the activists and intellectuals who've performed such very important roles. Tracing wide styles of political notion, Lichtenstein deals vital views at the dating of work and the nation, the tensions that usually exist among a tradition of rights and the belief of team spirit, and the increase of conservatism in politics, legislations, and highbrow lifestyles.
The quantity closes with graphics of 5 activist intellectuals whose paintings has been important to the conflicts that interact the exertions circulate, public coverage, and political tradition.
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Most unionists would have thought the very idea of a consensual accord between themselves and their corporate adversaries a clever piece of management propaganda. Unionists were well aware that no sector of American capital had agreed, even under wartime conditions, to an “accord” with labor or the New Deal state. indd 26 5/24/13 8:04 AM Writing and Rewriting Labor’s Narrative 27 conditions—and even company pricing policies—in a single industry. A kind of meso-corporatism did structure a few otherwise highly competitive industries, such as trucking, airlines, railroads, and municipal transport.
It legitimatized black demands and emboldened protest,” writes historian Eileen Boris. FEPC hearings, investigations, and grievance procedures gave African Americans a point of leverage with the federal government that proved corrosive to the old racial order. Despite its embattled status within the state apparat—a Southern filibuster would finally kill it early in 1946—the FEPC’s energetic, union-connected, interracial staff served as one of the late New Deal’s great mobilizing bureaucracies.
The globally dispersed system of production that exists today means if workers fight for their rights in one factory, the manufacturer might well shift its production to another, “friendlier” one—often in another country. 10 “Globalization” is too sweeping a word to describe this new regime or the new labor question it has engendered. ” The retail-dominated supply chains that now organize such a large proportion of international trade herald the return to prominence and power of a particular organizational form in the history of world capitalism that we once thought was long past.
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