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New Deal

Progressive Illusions, Radical Promises: The Working Class and the State

Capital mobility and the threat of disinvestment seriously constrain the capacity of progressive politicians to act. Where, then, does “progressive” legislation come from? American Communists in the 1930s offer an insightful model for the contemporary left.

Cody R. Melcher

June 1, 2019

How Are Radical Reforms Won? Lessons From the New Deal

The New Deal’s Wagner Act was the biggest concession ever given to U.S. labor. The dominant narrative is that we should thank FDR or Senator Robert Wagner for it. But a close examination shows that it was thanks to radical labor activists and a wave of labor unrest that workers won their rights.

Juan Cruz Ferre

May 24, 2019