Disorganized Democracy

A coalition of industrial workers and small farmers underpinned democratic politics in the twentieth century. Can workers in a precarious service economy fill their shoes today?

Review of: Inequality and the Labyrinths of Democracy by Göran Therborn (Verso 2020). “You know what the trouble is, Brucie? We used to make shit in this country. Build shit. Now we just put our hand in the next guy’s pocket.” That’s Baltimore longshoreman and union treasurer Frank Sobotka, from The Wire’s second season. It […]

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