Previously on this site, I published a rather short book review on Lizabeth Cohen’s “Making a New Deal”. Much like I enjoyed reading the book twice, I’ve enjoyed writing about it twice. In what ways were workers united and divided before the Great Depression? How did labor gain and fail to advance under the New Deal legislation? Here’s an
History in general is stained with tales of greatness…tales that that play off the harsh climate of sociopolitical and economic turmoil and celebrate the ingenuity or ‘progress’ made in a world that lacked connections to modern society. It is within Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago 1919-1939 that Cohen tackles the myth of
Key ideas: In what ways were the the developments in the South and West driven from the “bottom up”? How did the Ocala Demands benefit Populism? Between the end of the Civil War and the beginning of the progressive reforms of the early 20th century, the United States government found itself on the world stage
How did the economic developments of the period 1790-1860 influence political stalemate, secession, and war? What were the economic and social costs of this road to abolition? While other nations – such as Britain and France – managed to put an end to slavery in a way that prevented political discourse, the United States of
How did the market and transportation revolutions affect the perception of the common good and civic virtue? The “republican” ideology of early American society has been lost in translation after centuries of political oscillation, but some of those who witnessed the birth of the country adopted such a political doctrine in order to set up
The features of capitalism have evolved throughout both history and society, and it has been immensely affected by the pressures from both individuals and institutions. Although capitalism has played a rather crucial role in the shaping of American economic and geopolitical thought, modern historiography has questioned the foundations of our colonial economics. Until recently, American
Student loans are becoming a major issue for the economy, and Donald Trump has inherited a country with an expansive and rapidly expanding student loan problem. In a capitalistic society, debt becomes a mountain of monetary problems. The public sector has fallen into an abysmal state – one that has been forced into chains by private
We are due for another recession. We really are. Based on the statistics on American depressions and recessions since the end of World War II, it’s more likely than ever that we’re staring down at the face of economic collapse. With big bank bailouts and a progressive movement sweeping over the economic realization of millennials, our policies are going to witness severe change and difference than what it’s been used to for several decades.
While I don’t believe traditional retail is dying, I do believe it’s transforming. The buy-and-sell process is still very well seen even with big online dealers such as Amazon. Instant access is huge for customers. Accessability is huge. Why would anyone want to get in their car and drive somewhere when they can lounge around in their underwear and purchase the next Fifty Shades of Grey or whatever the general population has decided is “good fiction” from the luxury of their own home? Traditional retail is attempting to step into a world of convenience. The conventional store front is evolving into an online webpage.
The American obsession with money has been present throughout our history. The media — whether it be news networks like CNN or entertainment channels like MTV — teach our society that greed is good. We’re force-fed wealthy propaganda, seeing stories and advertisements for the “best cars”, “most expensive colognes and perfumes”, “great shoes”. People proudly show off their wealth on television, a nonstop wave of new-age Hollywood movies glorify the lifestyles of the elite men and women of America, and American politics have proven time and time again that money is behind anything. Then we have the dreaded Powerball lottery.