Marxist Sociology Blog: Theory, research, politics2018-10-24T10:00:29-04:00

The Organic Intellectuals in China

China has grown significantly in terms of economics and influence in international politics, igniting new debates about whether it has become hegemonic in the global economy. A Gramscian approach adds to our knowledge of China’s economic reform, the current socio-political development, and counter-hegemonic resistance.

By |Jun 9, 2021|Categories: Blog article, Research|Comments Off on The Organic Intellectuals in China

Our First Podcast! COVID-19, Racism, and Demography with Elizabeth Wrigley-Field

I found that to get the same age-adjusted death rates of the black population in 2014, the white population in 2020 would have had to have at least around 400,000 excess deaths in the COVID pandemic. And in order for white life expectancy to plummet down to the best-ever level of black life expectancy would take between 700,000 and one million excess white deaths in 2020.

By |May 12, 2021|Categories: Blog article, Podcast, Research|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Our First Podcast! COVID-19, Racism, and Demography with Elizabeth Wrigley-Field

The Tech-VC Bloc is Key to Understanding Why Work is Getting Worse

Digital transformation is based on a promise. Sometimes this promise is the “end of work,” a world where technology displaces human toil. In more modest moments, digital transformation promises widespread prosperity, where investing in technological innovation delivers economic growth for all.

These are attractive possibilities. Who wants to keep going to their bullshit job? And, if you have to keep going to work, at least you could get paid more. But after decades of investment in digital technology, it seems clear that this model for economic growth leads to the exact opposite of what it promised. Those of us who have work are working more, and we’re all earning less. Well, most of us.

While wages have stagnated across the Global North, investors’ wealth has soared. Digital transformation has played a central role in redistributing from labor to capital because it’s one of the most powerful justifications for financial deregulation. When we take a closer look at the history of digital transformation, this is hardly a surprise.

The promise of digital transformation is anchored in a discourse that the tech sector invented along with venture capital (VC) when they came together to lobby for reducing capital gains taxes […]

By |Apr 21, 2021|Categories: Blog article, Research|Comments Off on The Tech-VC Bloc is Key to Understanding Why Work is Getting Worse

Union Defeat at Amazon in Alabama Points to Need for More Organizing

After months of campaigning and weeks of voting, workers at the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama recently voted by more than 2-1 against joining a union.

First, we must recognize that the overwhelming vote against the union marks a decisive defeat, not to be underestimated.  It will undoubtedly have a dampening effect on other workers, especially given its broad media attention, and the high expectations of many.

Yet, before dissecting what happened there, we need to recognize that this is a difficult period to organize for unions.

There is the pandemic and widespread unemployment, with the recognition that there are many other workers who are potential replacements. Threats by big companies, especially Amazon that they might just move a facility if it were unionized are widespread and credible. Unlike coal mines or ports, which are fixed in place, logistics facilities can indeed move.

The vicious overwhelming nature of the anti-union campaign by management, has been well-documented.  The low level of unionization at present, especially in the private sector, below 6% nationally now presents workers with questions of support.  And, the low level of confidence in general that a union would be able or willing to do much plays a role.

The logistics industry, however, […]

By |Apr 15, 2021|Categories: Blog article, Commentary|Comments Off on Union Defeat at Amazon in Alabama Points to Need for More Organizing
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