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The Nation Weekly: October 7, 2022

The Nation

How has automation and deindustrialization changed the nature of work?

For our Fall Books issue, Alyssa Battistoni writes about Aaron Benanav’s Automation and the Future of Work and Sarah Jaffe’s Work Won’t Love You Back. If the pandemic and its downstream effects have, however temporarily and unevenly, emboldened at least some workers to take on the boss, Battistoni notes, Benanav and Jaffe ultimately aim toward more sweeping transformations of work and of society in general.

Has Labor Become More or Less Powerful Over the Last Two Decades?
Neither Aaron Benanav’s Automation and the Future of Work nor Sarah Jaffe’s Work Won’t Love You Back was written with the pandemic in mind but together they serve as an indispensable guide to the broader dynamics of work in the contemporary moment.
Alyssa Battistoni
Maggie Haberman’s Trump Biography Buys Into the Myth
The book’s focus on an individualized rise to power lets the American media, political system, and cult of entrepreneurship off the hook.
Chris Lehmann
Do Sanctions Work?
A new history examines their use in the past and considers their effectiveness for the future.
James Stafford
Dispatch from Ukraine: The Postmaster of Mykolaiv
Neither rain nor snow—nor Russian artillery—deter Egor Kosorukov from making sure the mail gets through.
Leif Reigstad
Hervé Guibert’s Last Laugh
His last novel, My Manservant and Me, was a bracing satire of illness, aging, and the representation of gay life in literature.
Shiv Kotecha
Nurses on Strike and the Women Lawyers Who Challenged Trump
On this week’s episode of Start Making Sense, Bryce Covert on hospitals, plus Dahlia Lithwick on the courts.
Jon Wiener, Start Making Sense
Luke Savage on the Strange Endurance of Neoliberalism
On this week’s episode of The Time of Monsters, a discussion of the zombie survival of the centrist consensus.
Jeet Heer

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