In his review of Rebel Rank and File for In These Times, Joe Burns commends the new collection for "bringing to life [a] fascinating period in labor history," and for pointing the way to "another path to union renewal" at a time when "organized labor's strategies are not working."
Long before today's quieted labor movement came the turbulent 1970s, with its militant picket lines and industry-wide strikes. During this often-ignored period of U.S. labor history, workers tenaciously fought back against employers committed to eroding hard-won union gains. In contrast to today's staff-driven labor movement, workplaces teemed with radical rank-and-file caucuses and wildcat strikes.
Keith Gessen's "A Year in Reading" for The Millions includes, we were relieved to note, David Harvey's Limits to Capital and Immanuel Wallerstein's Historical Capitalism. If you, like Gessen, would like "to get to the bottom of things by reading Capital," we would also recommend Harvey's A Companion to Marx's Capital—"without a doubt one of the two best companions to Marx's [Capital]" according the the Nation.
Visit The Millions to read Gessen's post in full.
Peter Hallward gives his analysis of the tuition fees ("one of the most reactionary and ill-conceived pieces of legislation in this country's history") for the Times Higher Education. The piece is also a personal account of the protests of 9th December, including the injuring by police of Middlesex student Alfie Meadows.
My partner and I found him wandering in Parliament Square a little after 6pm, pale and distraught, looking for a way to go home. He had a large lump on the right side of his head.
Another five star review for Jordan Goodman's The Devil and Mr Casement: One Man's Struggle for Human Rights in South America's Heart of Darkness, this time from the Independent:
The Devil and Mr Casement is a fine achievement, offering both a rigorous account of atrocities in the Amazon and a balanced portrait of Casement himself. The Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa's forthcoming