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Labor in a Globalized Economy

Program #PIVF003. Recorded in Eugene, OR on February 22, 2000.

The pundits say globalization is the wave of the future. If you're against it, says Tom Friedman of The New York Times, then you are part of a "Noah's ark of flat earth advocates." Workers are the cogs in the global economy. Yet when it comes to the media, labor is an afterthought. Programs like Moneyline and Marketplace and whole sections of newspapers are devoted to business. Elections are when workers' concerns are discussed. As soon as they are over the politicians return to their traditional role of keeping labor on a tight leash.

Speaker(s):

Frances Fox Piven

Frances Fox Piven is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the City University of New York and an internationally renowned authority on poverty and politics. She was a founder of the welfare rights movement and is involved in the Campaign for Media Fairness on Welfare. She's the co-author with Richard Cloward of Regulating the Poor, The New Class War, Why Americans Don't Vote, The Breaking of the American Social Compact and Why Americans Still Don't Vote.

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