The Roundup Top Ten for August 26, 2021


There is No Precedent for the Politicization of the Pandemic

by Howard Markel

The COVID pandemic is going to be the future baseline case study for the social impact of pandemics, and is unfortunately likely to be a cautionary tale, says a medical historian. 


Liz Shuler's Leadership of AFL-CIO Comes at Critical Time for Women in the Workplace

by Katherine Turk

"As Shuler takes office, union women will look to her to champion their expansive visions and specific concerns; employers will continue to try to pit groups of workers against one another in their crusade to depress conditions for everyone."



The Real Political Danger of Inflation

by Andrew Elrod

Democrats have not lost elections because of inflation, but because they have imagined austerity politics as the only solution to inflation. 



Texas Republicans Have Cleared the Path to End Roe v. Wade

by Mary Ziegler

A Texas appeals court decision may lead to a Supreme Court case that will test whether the current justices can accommodate a public respect for precedent with a political preference for outlawing abortion. 



Organized Teachers Developed the Charter School Idea. Return to Their Original Design

by Jon Hale

Conservative education reformers have hijacked the original charter school movement, stripping away labor protections and turning the management of public resources to private interests. 



Haiti's Disasters are Man-Made

by Emmanuela Douyon and Alyssa Sepinwall

Haitians' vulnerability to harm from natural disaster is conditioned by centuries of foreign interference and exploitation.



Why Do Native People Disappear From Textbooks After the 1890s?

by Joshua Ward Jeffery

Failure to teach the ongoing history of Native people in the US validates the credo of the Carlisle Industrial School and other Indian residential schools to "kill the Indian, and save the man," perpetuating a view that consigns Natives to the past and erases them from the present. 



What Connects 2021's "Stillwater" and 1979's "Norma Rae"?

by Aimee Loiselle

Both Amanda Knox, an American student accused of murder in Italy, and Crystal Lee Sutton, the southern labor organizer portrayed in "Norma Rae," have challenged the way that Hollywood films have reinterpreted their stories for commercial gain. 



Not Everyone Can Afford to ‘Learn to Live With’ COVID-19

by Kyle Harper

"This two-track recovery, where protection against the disease mirrors wealth and power, unfortunately reflects a historical pattern that is several centuries old. The world’s only hope lies in breaking it."



Charlie Watts Put Some Jazz in Rock and Roll

by Victor Coelho

"In an era when rock drummers were larger-than-life showmen with big kits and egos to match, Charlie Watts remained the quiet man behind a modest drum set. But Watts wasn’t your typical rock drummer."


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