The Long View

Ruins of the Ludlow camp in Colorado, 1914. (Image: Library of Congress, Washington, DC)
April 23, 2014 | The Long View

After a century of struggling against powerful interests to make American workplaces safer and corporations responsive to their employees, the US is rapidly returning to the conditions of rampant exploitation of workers. Continue reading

President Franklin D. Roosevelt shown at the White House, in Washington with an imposing battery of microphones lined up in front of him as he broadcast to the nation. January 1935. (AP Photo)
April 17, 2014 | Blog

“There are parallels to today, when we see the same kind of hue and cry, and fear that America is turning socialist.” Continue reading

Martin Luther King Jr. and President Lyndon Baines Johnson
April 10, 2014 | Blog

As a young special assistant to Lyndon Johnson, Bill was a witness to the cooperation between Martin Luther King Jr. and the president that led to the Act’s passage. Continue reading

At the funeral procession for the unidentified Triangle fire victims, union members carry banners proclaiming "We Mourn Our Loss."
March 25, 2014 | Blog

Back then, and again now, we hear that the key to prosperity is getting government regulations out of businesses’ way. Continue reading

Workers assemble Volkswagen Passat sedans at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. Workers at the plant will decide in a three-day vote Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, whether they want to be represented by the United Auto Workers union. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, file)
February 17, 2014 | Blog

Many lessons can be learned from the union election at the Tennessee VW factory. One especially important one concerns how “outside influence” works so one-sidedly in the United States. Continue reading

Pete Seeger in 1955 (Photo: Frank Palumbo/Library of Congress)
January 28, 2014 | Blog

Our senior writer remembers what the folksinger’s music meant to him. Continue reading

Illustration from 1902 Scribner edition of Mody Dick. (Image: I. W. Taber)
January 27, 2014 | Blog

Two characters from Herman Melville’s novels foretold the dangerous future of American empire. Continue reading

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January 14, 2014 | Blog

Bill discusses our country’s most successful effort to cut poverty with another veteran of that fight, Peter Edelman, who is today one of the leading experts on poverty. Continue reading

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December 26, 2013 | Blog

It may be counterintuitive, but the long arc of history is bending the right way. Continue reading

Washington Daily Life
December 6, 2013 | Blog

DC “just loves its circular metaphors — spinning and news-cycles and the revolving doors.” Continue reading

A tour group walks past a memorial wreath displayed next to the bronze memorial bust, by Robert Berks, of President John F. Kennedy in the grand foyer of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, on the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's death. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
November 22, 2013 | Blog

The great passion of Kennedy’s last year was a struggle to enact an amendment ending the poll tax and removing other barriers to voting. Continue reading

President John F. Kennedy is shown as he ends his official day after 7:30 pm with a final phone call to his press secretary from his Oval Office desk at the White House in Washington, D.C., March 16, 1961. Spread on the desk are copies of his newly designated official portrait which he autographed. (AP Photo/Henry Burroughs)
November 21, 2013 | Blog

Turner Classic Movies airs four classic vérité documentary films tonight about JFK that are worth watching. Continue reading

A military honor guard holds the Medal of Honor before President Barack Obama awards it to former Army Capt. William D. Swenson of Seattle, Wash., during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
November 14, 2013 | Blog

A WWII veteran reflects on the service of men and women who were brave, loyal and heroic — and ordinary. Continue reading

A tourist sits outside a coffee in flooded St. Mark square as high tides reached 1.05 meters above sea level, partly flooding the city of Venice, Italy, Monday, Oct. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Luigi Costantini)
November 7, 2013 | Blog

A new leaked report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shows just how great the challenges will be. Continue reading

Abraham Lincoln takes the oath of office as the 16th president of the United States administered by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on March 4, 1861. (AP Photo)
October 21, 2013 | Blog

Thanks to an eleventh-hour settlement the US has supposedly escaped fiscal doomsday, but historian Bernard Weisberger writes that it feels more like a stay of execution than the end of a crisis. Continue reading

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