Thursday, May 17, 2018

Staying Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class Paperback – January 3, 2012 by Jefferson R. Cowie (The Free Press)

A great piece of historical writing that deserves a close reading by anyone who has ever wondered how we descended from the great days of FDR, JFK, LBJ, and the Warren Court to W, Drumpf, and the Roberts Court...a lively and well-researched account of the pivotal '70's, when corporate America decided to "re-take" the land from the new Sixties generation, and how the working class got ground to smithereens in the process - how the working class was gutted by economic and political decision making and policy implementation designed to keep them in check and submission so a new Gilded Age could emerge. The book becomes ever more relevant as the economy constricts more and more and narrows the choice for working people to either accept poverty or resist with all their might.

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