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A Contest of Ideas: Capital, Politics, and Labor by Nelson Lichtenstein

By Nelson Lichtenstein

For greater than thirty years Nelson Lichtenstein has deployed his scholarship--on hard work, politics, and social thought--to chart the background and customers of a innovative the US. A Contest of Ideas collects and updates lots of Lichtenstein's such a lot provocative and debatable essays and reviews.

These incisive writings hyperlink the destiny of the exertions flow to the variations within the form of worldwide capitalism, to the increase of the civil rights move, and to the activists and intellectuals who've performed such vital roles. Tracing large styles of political notion, Lichtenstein bargains very important views at the dating of work and the nation, the tensions that usually exist among a tradition of rights and the belief of harmony, and the increase of conservatism in politics, legislations, and highbrow existence.

The quantity closes with photos of 5 activist intellectuals whose paintings has been important to the conflicts that have interaction the hard work circulation, public coverage, and political tradition.

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Or to extend the metaphor, the nearly continuous stream of container ships that move between Shenzhen and the Long Beach/Los Angeles port complex are “pulled” across the Pacific, not “pushed” by the Chinese manufacturers who stuff their product into nearly half a million forty-foot containers each year. Moreover “pull” production requires speed, predictability, and accuracy in the delivery of goods. indd 34 5/24/13 8:04 AM Supply-Chain Tourist 35 All of this has made life increasingly difficult for workers both at home and abroad.

And that is still true. With a very few exceptions, almost everyone who writes for the public is actually writing for one of these “publics,” albeit a rather different set from those existing in Mills’s time. The Web, with its plethora of well-focused blogs and online magazines, has made this much easier, but so too has the polarization and fragmentation of the political culture, probably greater today than in the past.

Thus, at the start of the war a reporter for the NAACP’s official publication, The Crisis, labeled the CIO a “lamp of democracy” throughout the old Confederate states. 32 The flagship agency was the FEPC, established by the Roosevelt liberals to fend off A. Philip Randolph’s 1941 March on Washington. The FEPC had little institutional power, but its symbolic import was hardly less than that of the Freedman’s Bureau in the early Reconstruction era. “It legitimatized black demands and emboldened protest,” writes historian Eileen Boris.

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