Monthly Archives: September 2008

Bailout: “socialism for the rich” or something else?

The impending bailout of the financial sector has commentators on the right and left launching similar criticisms.  According to the LA Times, Republican Jim Bunning said “It is a financial socialism, and it’s un-American.”  William Greider, writing in the Nation … Continue reading

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On the “Bailout”

Extraordinary times.  Looks like the bailout is becoming a political issue in unpredicted ways: Dean Baker, suggests some progressive principles that ought to be written into any bailout package. Robert Reich’s advice for members of Congress:  you might not have … Continue reading

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On the road again.

I’m in my old stomping grounds this weekend.  Ah Chicago.  Nothing like it. Many interesting conversations about the election.  And labor history.  At dinner someone asks, if you had to bet $5K on the election who do you think would … Continue reading

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An awakening as sudden as it was violent

From James Maurer, It Can Be Done (New York:  The Rand School, 1938). Learning to Read Working beside me in the machine shop was a journeyman named Thomas King.  I learned later that he was one of the original organizers … Continue reading

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Google Books: surprisingly cool

Hey, I’m married to a librarian.  So the whole “we’re scanning everything” crusade that Google Books and the University of Michigan have been on for the past few years has not always been received with open arms around our household.  … Continue reading

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Labor Day Thoughts

Summer is officially over as Labor Day passes.  Since I’ve been off-line since late July, I wanted to post a few thoughts. First, I just read the news that Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! was arrested in St. Paul while … Continue reading

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