James Lardner is the founder of Inequality.org and the Communications Director at Americans for Financial Reform.
 (September 2015)

The Years of Rage

Kathleen Cleaver, the Black Panthers’ communications secretary, the first woman member of the party’s Central Committee, and the wife of the party’s information minister, Eldridge Cleaver, Oakland, 1968; from Stanley Nelson’s film The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Many Americans were drawn into political activism during the 1960s, and many became dissatisfied with the established and accepted means of protest. By the end of the decade, such doubts were widespread in both of the great overlapping movements of the time. Opponents of the Vietnam War could tell themselves …

The Specter Haunting Your Office

Donald Davis was not concerned about imports in the late 1960s, when he started out as CEO of the Stanley Works, the country’s leading manufacturer of hand tools. By the early 1980s, the challenge of competing against inexpensive tools made in Taiwan, Korea, and China had swept most of Davis’s …

Can You Believe the New York Miracle?

Crime measurement, like crime-fighting, has been a shaky business for years. In the 1950s and 1960s, it was customary for municipal officials in Chicago, Philadelphia, New Orleans, and New York, among other cities, to grossly underreport their crime statistics. And the habit was hard to break; increased honesty, after all, …