Timothy Noah is the Labor Policy Editor for Politico and the author of The Great Divergence: America’s Growing Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do About It. (April 2017)


The CEO Who Went Too Far

Andrew Puzder, Donald Trump’s original choice for labor secretary, leaving a meeting with President-Elect Trump at Trump International Golf Club, Bedminster Township, New Jersey, November 2016
The people Trump invites into high levels of government fall into two categories: provocateurs and establishmentarians. Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller are provocateurs. The establishmentarians are Trump recruits judged respectable by the Republican establishment (and usually chosen for that reason). They either have experience in government or a history of generous financial contributions to the Republican Party. Andrew Puzder was an establishmentarian in good standing. But he was also, temperamentally, a bit of a provocateur.

The Myths of Cesar Chavez

Robert Kennedy passing a piece of bread to Cesar Chavez at the end of Chavez’s fast during the farm workers’ strike against grape growers, Delano, California, March 1968

Cesar Chavez

a film directed by Diego Luna

The Crusades of Cesar Chavez

by Miriam Pawel
The civil rights movement of the 1960s gets a much better press than the labor movement. Yet the two causes were intertwined. Walter Reuther, president of the United Auto Workers, stood beside Martin Luther King while he gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. King spent the last day of …