L-R: Steve Jobs, John Sculley, and Steve Wozniak unveil the new Apple IIc computer in San Francisco, April 24, 1984.

How Silicon Valley Broke the Economy

The question of how to fix the tech industry is now inseparable from the question of how to fix late 20th century capitalism.
Workers separating white and yellow cotton (1880).

Building America

The making of the black working class.
A woman holds medications, including Johnson and Johnson's Risperdal (2016).

The Credo Company

A shocking story about the biggest company in the US's most profitable industry.

The Rich Really Do Pay Lower Taxes Than You

The 400 wealthiest Americans now pay a lower rate than the middle class.
A striker sleeps on an assembly line at GM's Flint, MI plant (1936).

Remembering the First Clash Between UAW and GM

The strike at GM recalls the Flint sit-down strikes of 1936-7: a profit-hungry corporation, a fed-up workforce, and workers' willingness to take militant action.
Emma Tenayuca in jail.

On One of the Great Unsung Heroes of the American Labor Movement

Emma Tenayuca and the San Antonio Pecan Shellers Strike of 1938.
An historical reenactor depicts farm life in early America (2017).

Home on the Range

A review of “The American Farmer in the Eighteenth Century: A Social and Cultural History.”
A 25 BTC physical bitcoin covering Benjamin Franklin's face on a 100 dollar bill.

Bitcoin Dreams

The pitfalls and the potential of cryptocurrency are explored in three recent publications.
Members of the Detroit teachers' union picket on Aug. 30, 1999 after they rejected a 10-day extension to their old contract.

State of the Unions

What happened to America’s labor movement?
Members of the United Textile workers of America parade through the streets of Macon, Georgia in anticipation of a general strike called for September 4 1934.

The Necessary Radicalism of Bernie Sanders

His plan to enhance workplace democracy puts the strike back where it belongs: at the center of political power.
Hoboken, NJ, 1979.

How Gentrification Caused America’s Cities to Burn

Yuppies attract cafes and amenities to gentrifying neighborhoods. They also spark rising rents — and even violence.

How Google Discovered the Value of Surveillance

In 2002, still reeling from the dot-com crash, Google realized they’d been harvesting a very valuable raw material — your behavior.