Monthly Archives: June 2013

Featherbedding Files. Entry 20. Some Schumpeter Notes, Volume One.

There is no question that the mainstream thinker most central to the desire/death drive dialectic in US political economy in the twentieth century is Joseph Schumpeter. First, some passages from the 1946 Preface to   Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy:  This, finally, leads to the charge of “defeatism.” I deny entirely that this term is applicable to […]

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Featherbedding Files, Entry 20. Whistle to Whistle? or Wage Theft, 1940s-style

  ANDERSON ET AL. v. MT. CLEMENS POTTERY CO. No. 342  SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES  328 U.S. 680; 66 S. Ct. 1187; 90 L. Ed. 1515; 1946 U.S. LEXIS 3065; 11 Lab. Cas. (CCH) P51,233  January 29, 1946, Argued  June 10, 1946, Decided Headnotes  [HN1] An employee who brings suit under ß 16(b) of […]

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Featherbedding Files Entry 19

Some Notes from Paul Chevigny, Gigs. Throughout its existence, the union has been disrupted by “technological unemployment” (Chevigny, Gigs, 23) “James C. Petrillo, having witnessed the shrinkage of jobs, was determined to resist the next great decimation after he became president of the AFM in 1940” (Chevigny, Gigs, 24) “The use of musical recordings for broadcasts threatened […]

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Richard Flacks on the Politics of Surveillance from the Red Scare to Edward Snowden

Richard Flacks–son of CPUSA members, founding member of the SDS and key figure in the New Left, a victim of horrific violence (likely at the hands of state actors or intermediaries) in the late 1960s, an important sociologist of popular social movements and the place of music in solidaristic cultures, and a generous mentor to […]

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Nota Bene

This phrase from Henry James, The American Scene, might prove useful at some point: the “multiplication of everything”  

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