Barbara Garson

Barbara Garson is the author of two classic books about work: All the Livelong Day: The Meaning and Demeaning of Routine Work. Her new book is "Down the Up Escalator: How the 99% Live"

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 11:28am
All the President's Middlemen: The Public-Private Profiteers
Health care isn't the first boon that President Obama tried to give us through a public-private partnership. When he took office, more than 25% of U.S. home mortgages were underwater -- meaning that people owed more on their houses than they could get if they tried to sell them. The president offered those homeowners debt relief through banks. Now he's offering health care through insurance companies.
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 8:52am
Chris Christie, by Shakespeare
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Monday, December 2, 2013 - 11:12am
Spy vs. Spy: Walmart's Corporate Surveillance on Black Friday
I took part in one of the 1500 Walmart protests this past Black Friday. It gave me a new perspective on NSA Surveillance.
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 11:24am
How Corporate America Used the Great Recession to Turn Good Jobs Into Bad Ones
Watch closely: I’m about to demystify the sleight-of-hand by which good jobs were transformed into bad jobs, full-time workers with benefits into freelancers with nothing, during the dark days of the Great Recession.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 9:56am
The 40 Year Recession: The Modern Economy's Long Downward Spiral
If you had to date the Great Recession, you might say it started in September 2008 when Lehman Brothers vaporized over a weekend and a massive mortgage-based Ponzi scheme began to go down. By 2008, however, the majority of American workers had already endured a 40-year decline in wages, security, and hope -- a Long Recession of their own.
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Sunday, November 25, 2012 - 1:27pm
Superstorm Sandy: How Soon We Forget
Since Superstorm Sandy soaked the East Coast, there's been a presidential election and a CIA sex scandal.
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Monday, July 13, 2009 - 10:37am
The Mystery of the Missing Unemployed Man
For the book I'm writing about unemployed Americans, I had no trouble finding accountants, brokers, cashiers, or die casters. Admittedly, I had to go out of town to interview the die casters. But when I arrived, alphabetically, at unemployed editors, I had only to look in my address book.
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Monday, May 30, 2005 - 5:27pm
True Believers at the World Bank: Rigid Ideology is a Threat, Not an Asset
A few decades after the end of the war that he managed, former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara told us that the Vietnam War had been a mistake and he apologized. Great. But when, I'd like to know, is he going to apologize for the World Bank?
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