Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson is executive editor of The American Prospect. His email is hmeyerson@prospect.org.

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Trump Said Nothing New or True Last Night, but He Said It in Less Time Than It Usually Takes

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster As seen from a window outside the Oval Office, President Donald Trump gives a prime-time address about border security. O n the one hand, President Trump’s Oval Office address last night, calling for a wall on the border lest he keep the government shuttered, lasted just a mercifully brief eight minutes. On the other hand, it was impressive how many lies and how much fear mongering he was able to pack into those few short moments. Shorn of the normal Trumpian digressions, the density of dissimulation may have reached an all-time high. From Trump’s talk, you’d never know that crime rates for immigrants lag those for the U.S.-born. You’d never know that the women and children who’ve trekked from Central America to our frontiers have come to escape the murderous violence of their homelands (the same reason, essentially, that once prompted Jews to flee Russia and Poland). You’d never know that the drugs that come into the U.S. from abroad come preponderantly...

How to Compel Big Employers to Be Better Employers

Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island via AP A Walmart store in Lihue, Hawaii N ick Hanauer, who may be the nation’s only venture capitalist who fully understands just how much havoc American capitalism since the 1970s has wreaked with all but our wealthiest citizens, and who’s put forth some of the most far-sighted remedies to spread the wealth Americans create to the hundred-plus millions who actually create it, is at it again. Yesterday, our friends at Democracy posted a new article by Hanauer that proposes a range of policies that would hold large employers to higher labor standards than the higher universal labor standards that Hanauer has proposed in previous articles in both Democracy and the Prospect. In earlier articles he wrote with labor leader David Rolf, Hanauer called for establishing a “shared security system” under which employers would be required to provide workers with portable, pro-rated and universal benefits, whether those workers were direct employees, sub-...

Unions, Millennials, and Their Ostensibly Liberal Elders

Dmitrii Sakharov/Shutterstock The Library at Columbia University Y oung people like and want unions. Both the Gallup and the Pew polls released this summer show public support for unions at its highest levels in many years, and in both polls, it’s the young who give unions their highest approval ratings. In Pew, 68 percent of Americans aged 18 to 29 had a favorable view of unions; in Gallup, 65 percent of Americans aged 18 to 34 approved of them. But given the risks of being fired that most young workers (like all workers) face if they attempt to unionize (and given the failure of the much-weakened National Labor Relations Act to protect them), few young workers have a realistic opportunity to form or join unions. The exceptions to this rule are increasingly found in newsrooms and on university campuses, where highly skilled workers are not easy to replace. Journalists and graduate student teaching and research assistants have been unionizing in droves over the past couple of years...