Labor in a Globalized Economy
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.
Frances Fox Piven is a leading activist scholar. She is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at CUNY. She is co-author with Richard Cloward of numerous award-winning books including Regulating the Poor and The Breaking of the American Social Compact. She is the author of Why Americans Still Don’t Vote, The War at Home, Who’s Afraid of Frances Fox Piven and Lessons for Our Struggle.