U.S. Unions: Structurally Corrupt?

The Activist editorial committee member Bhaskar Sunkara has a review of labor journalist (and DSA member) Bob Fitch's Solidarity for Sale in the new issue of the Platypus Review. That book inspired quite a bit of debate about the nature of the U.S. labor movement and the labor Left operating within it when it came out a couple of years ago. Is Fitch's critique too scathing? And if we do indeed accept it, where does that leave us? As Sunkara asks near the end of his review:

If the problem lies at the heart of labor and the task is to begin anew, where are the social forces on the contemporary left capable of such a transformation? Are they even on the horizon?

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