Government is Not the Problem

Government is Not the Problem

Government that fails to act is the problem. Does our government create more problems than it solves? Famously skeptical of a large federal government and in favor of privatization, President Reagan campaigned on this very message–that “government is the problem” –enacting countless deregulatory measures throughout his presidency to reduce the powers of the federal government. …

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Does Freedom End When the Workday Begins?

Does Freedom End When the Workday Begins?

Juneteenth, emancipation and freedom in the workplace. What does it mean to be “free?” When we think of “freedom” in the U.S., we often associate it with a degree of individual autonomy and certain rights guaranteed by our Constitution–freedom of speech or the right to vote, for example. Although definitions of freedom vary–and sometimes along …

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BLACK LABOR AND AMERICA’S CAPITALIST EXPLOITATION

Black Labor and America’s Capitalist Exploitation

Our system rests on a legacy of exploitation. We can do better. In the midst of Black History Month, it’s a particularly important time to reflect on the historical contributions of Black workers–perhaps more important than ever in the present context of the global pandemic. Indeed, while the pandemic has taught us much about what …

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