labor and unions

Reflections on Labor Day

By Frank Blechman When my children were small, I taught them that holidays on the civil calendar are monuments to political strength. Columbus Day, for example, only became a ‘thing’ in places with large enough Italian-American communities to make it… Read More ›

Hijacking America

Editors’ Note: From the New York Times, Book Review, print edition, August 23, 2020. EVIL GENIUSES The Unmaking of America: A Recent History By Kurt Andersen Reviewed By Anand Giridharadas Commentary: Occasionally we discover dynamic ideas in unexpected places, such… Read More ›

Around the Novahood

WHAT’S IN A LIBRARY? Liberal bastions are not immune to right wing outrages. Recently, at a meeting of the Fairfax County Library Board, the Springfield District representative presented a Trump-style rant that echoed QAnon. Among the representative’s comments: 65% of… Read More ›

American Exceptionalism Today

The term “American exceptionalism” was coined by Alexis de Tocqueville in 1831 upon his first visit to the United States, noting that the new nation was different, based less upon history or ethnicity than shared common beliefs. Those beliefs, in… Read More ›

Virginia and OSHA Fail Workers

Editors’ Note: Adapted from The New Republic (Timothy Noah), May 29, 2020, and the Daily News-Record (Ian Munro), June 29, 2020. While “essential workers” labor under treacherous conditions in face of the coronavirus pandemic, the terms of their employment are… Read More ›

The Future: Campaign Staff Unions

Editors’ Note: Sourced from Huffpost, May 4, 2020. While candidates for office proclaim allegiance to and platforms to benefit unions and their members, the failure of those same candidates to create and offer union membership and benefits to campaign workers… Read More ›

VA Inmates: Engine of Prison Capitalism

Editors’ Note: Sourced in part from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, May 9, 2020. In 1871, the Virginia Supreme Court declared that prisoners were “slaves of the state.” That edict has been emulated across the nation throughout its prison systems. Recently, the… Read More ›