Author: Erik Loomis

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In 2016, I published Empire of Timber, a book demonstrating how timber workers used their unions throughout the 20th century to push their own shifting environmental agendas, pushing back very strongly on the false dichotomy that environmentalists and workers are inherently divided. As is common in scholarship, since everyone builds on the same literature, there […]

Debate Open Thread

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On September 12, 2019

Debates are dumb political theater. You should do literally anything else other than watch them. If anything happens of interest, you can read about it later and without wasting the time of watching.

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Our friends at ICE are preparing us for a fun future: The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has accidentally revealed the whereabouts of a future “urban warfare” training facility that is expected to include “hyper-realistic” simulations of homes, hotels and commercial buildings in Chicago and Arizona. On Tuesday, ICE published an acquisition form for […]

Tech Unionbusting

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On September 12, 2019

Tech has to be a frontier in 21st century unionization. The libertarian bro culture of Silicon Valley means that it isn’t going to be easy, as these companies have no problem proudly announcing

White Kids

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On September 12, 2019

Margaret Hagerman’s White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America is simply put one of the best books I have read in years. Hagerman, a sociologist, spent time with element

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Republican Voter Suppression

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On September 11, 2019
I am teaching a course on Protest and Resistance in America this semester, as I did last fall. Our first book this year is Carol Anderson’s One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy. And while I am very not supportive of arguments that the only way to create change is through […]

Organizing the South

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On September 10, 2019

One of the huge problems in the American labor movement has long been the extreme difficulty of large-scaling organizing in the South. Despite the herculean efforts of some great organizers, many of w

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Where Will the Labor Movement Go?

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On September 10, 2019
While I suppose we could say that the labor movement has been at a crossroads for a long time, right now, it very much is at a crossroads. That’s because AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka will not be running for re-election and the two choices to replace him are quite stark. There is AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz […]
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