Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Red and the Black: The Contemporary US Left and the War on Anarchist Desires

Here’s something that is happening on the US Left that I hate a great deal: the growth of a reflexive anti-anarchist politics. I am not an anarchist. I identify with a different position, and a different set of intellectual priorities. My reading of history and my hunches about human nature lead me away from anarchist […]

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The Featherbedding Files, Entry 1

One of my ongoing interests is a somewhat forgotten chapter of US labor history, the fight over productivity and output ¬†restriction that went by the derogatory name of ¬†“featherbedding.” ¬†Below you will find a bit of writing about “featherbedding” that I prepared for a conference proposal. Over the next while, I might post some relevant […]

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Let’s All Write a Dissertation, Part 3

(Part the third, in which I delve deeper into the theoretical agenda suggested by my topic and plan for archival research). I am a Marxist, it’s true; can’t seem to do anything to fix that. Nevertheless, my prior attempts to write the “Marxism section” of the prospectus have been abject failures. In a funny way, […]

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Let’s All Write a Dissertation, Part 2

So Part 1 is something like a brief take on where labor history has been and where labor history currently finds itself. Conducting such a review has helped me to clarify what I think I am doing with my own writing and research. I have known for some time that I would my dissertation on […]

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