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How Harvard Aims to Muzzle Unions
The procedure by which an employer—in this case, Harvard—predicates employment on a worker’s non-participation in union membership or strike action has a long history. It is called a “yellow dog contract,” because only a scared worker will sign one.
January 27, 2020
What the Speaker Bercow Stories Failed to Say
The controversial career of John Bercow should remind us that few progressives, in fact, are uncomplicated heroes. It should remind Americans, too, to take a closer look before adopting other countries’ colorful politicians as talk show icons.
September 13, 2019
An Interview with Lénaïg Bredoux
Lénaïg Bredoux: The balance of power has changed. People can no longer minimize these issues. During the Baupin trial, the effect was evident. There are words that can’t be used anymore. The media have covered the trial in ways that I didn’t expect.
March 13, 2019
Psychoanalysis & #MeToo Memories
Part of the disconnect in appreciating how and why allegations of sexual harassment and assault arise as and when they do has to do with our culture’s understanding of trauma. From the perspective of psychoanalysis, experience is not static.
October 11, 2018
When a Woman Accuses a Man in Power
Last week, the world gazed on as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified against a man backed by the strongest political forces in America. I couldn’t watch. Last year, I had been the woman giving evidence against one of the most powerful men in my nation’s political life.
October 5, 2018
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