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Historian of capitalism, and other fun stuff. Professor of History. Director, Institute for Workplace Studies, NYC. readme.txt: https://t.co/vHotuzLVn8
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Dec 4, 2019 74 tweets 14 min read
1/ My recent book TEMP was largely a history of how management consultants, especially ##McKinsey, destroyed the American Dream of job security.

#McKinsey helped teach corporations how to use outsourced labor. 2/ But McKinsey also learned how to do that in Silicon Valley, and then school the world.

This #thread is long, but so is #history.
Mar 29, 2019 15 tweets 6 min read
1/ .@rexsantus wrote a great piece today in .@VICENews about why the most important strikes of time are illegal.

In my recent book #TEMP, I wrote about what #labor can learn from @Uber: power is more important than law.

news.vice.com/en_us/article/…? 2/ #Uber, when it started, was clearly illegal and its expansion smashed through all the regulations. Just like organized labor did in the 1930s. The industrial unions of the 1930s illegal seized property in a #sitdown strike in #Flint.

Oct 17, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
I was asked a lot today what I wish I had included in that thread on the Sears catalogue. And I definitely missed a few points. But there was one that I wish I had included because in my classes I always foreground it. #thread Violence.

I should have (if I had known more than 6 people were going to read it) talked about how Jim Crow shopping always contained the threat of violence. #thread
Oct 15, 2018 13 tweets 5 min read
In my history of consumption class, I teach about #Sears, but what most people don't know is just how radical the catalogue was in the era of #Jim Crow. #twitterstorians Every time a black southerner went to the local store they were confronted with forced deference to white customers who would be served first.