Our nation’s teachers unions have had a whiplash of a year, from the statewide teachers’ strikes that have swept the country to last week’s Supreme Court ruling in the Janus v. AFSCME case that could severely hurt their membership. America’s most powerful teachers’ union leader says there is much, much more to come.
It feels like America’s working class has been losing the class war for as long as we can remember. But it has one wildly powerful, often forgotten tool: trillions of dollars sitting in pension funds. Might this enormous pool of capital be labor’s greatest weapon in its fight against the power of capital itself?
This month, Thea Lee took over as president of the Economic Policy Institute, America’s premier left-wing economic think tank. We spoke to her about Trumponomics and the fight for equality.
This week, as hundreds of women made public their experiences of harassment and abuse, I interviewed the man who assaulted me when I was 17.
The wealth gap between white Americans and black Americans is stark. The median white family has somewhere between 10 and 16 times the net worth of the median black household, depending on who you ask. Between 2010 and 2013, as white households began to recover from the recession, black and Hispanic families saw their…
Our arguments over anti-fascist violence today are absurd in comparison to what happened in the 1930s, when thousands of Americans traveled to Spain to fight against fascism in the Spanish Civil War. We spoke to the man who wrote the latest book on it.
In 2011, historian Corey Robin published The Conservative Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin. In the book, Robin argued that the era of George W. Bush and the Tea Party did not represent a radical departure from the supposedly genteel origins of the conservative movement—conservatism’s ancien regime,…
The most powerful labor leader in America is facing declining membership and the most hostile presidential administration in memory. He says that he’s an “optimist.” But should he be?
With more than 1.6 million members, AFSCME is the nation’s biggest union of public employees, and one of the most politically powerful—and now, one of the most threatened. We spoke to Lee Saunders, the president of the union, about trying to survive the “battle” of the vicious new Trump era.
Paul Niehaus is the cofounder and president of GiveDirectly, a direct cash transfer program rated as one of the most effective anti-poverty charities in the world. He is currently putting together the largest basic income experiment ever designed. We spoke to him about the politics and perils of changing how the world…