There are some whiffs of labor militancy in the crisp autumn air. John Deere workers just rejected a recommended contract from their union leadership by about 9-1, and unless management drastically upgrades their offer it seems a strike is imminent. Mine workers have been on strike for months in Alabama.
One of this week's articles makes the obvious comparison between the 20-year frenzy of imperialist aggression in response to a terrorist attack that killed 2,977 Americans versus the grudging response to a pandemic that has killed nearly 660,000 officially and probably over a million people all told. It
The New York Times published a useful article on how a town in Montana fought back against a neo-Nazi hate campaign: WHITEFISH, Mont. — Richard B. Spencer, the most infamous summer resident in this town, once boasted that he stood at the vanguard of a white nationalist movement emboldened by President
Matt Yglesias stirred up a good old-fashioned bloggy firestorm with a post snidely hectoring the left about crisis-mongering: "I think there are a lot of writers around these days propagating a fundamentally false and unsubstantiated notion that we are living through some acute 'global social, political, and economic crises,'"
The U.S. is once again in a strange place with the pandemic. Vaccinated states are experiencing something similar to what is happening in Western Europe – a significant wave of Delta infections, but with only a modest increase in hospitalization and few deaths. But in conservative states where right-wing media