Author Archives: Josh

In These Times Magazine’s New Guide to the Guide’s for the Resistance Puts No Shortcuts on the Short List

Kate Aronoff is recommending No Shortcuts for the second time since my new book was published (she did an interview that is also on this website somewhere!). Aronoff offers a concise and smart discussion in her full article, which I recommend reading. Near the end, she says,

In part thanks to the Sanders campaign, this next Left is more explicitly interested in electoral politics, and in finding a synergy between the barricades and the ballot box. As McAlevey makes clear, however, it also tends to lack the hard organizing skills that have pushed other movements—like New Deal-era organized labor—toward success: building the leaders and durable infrastructure that will enable whirlwind uprisings to carry on.”

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I Wrote a Piece on Trump, the Media, and, Staying Focused on What Matters, Not the Damn Tweets!

Every tweet Trump bangs out has three primary purposes: 1) to lure most media and pundit discussion away from critical news Americans desperately need; 2) to embolden his base; and 3) to make ordinary people throw their hands up and say, “Just turn it off, I can’t watch it anymore,” or a key variant, “Just turn it off, who even knows who is telling the truth? They are all liars.” To read the entire piece, click on the article.

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Feb. 27th Feature Interview in the Nation Magazine, by DD Guttenplan

Guttenplan describes this 4000 word interview this way:

“We first spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, where, amid the self-congratulation, she cautioned me that “Clinton hadn’t sealed the deal” with the white suburban women that McAlevey had met helping to organize Philadelphia-area hospitals. After her warning proved prophetic, we resumed our conversation—this time focusing on the question at the heart of her new book, No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age.”

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A Really Thoughtful Book Review Just in From Australia

“Organising”, says Jane McAlevey, “is fundamentally about having hard conversations with people and not running away from hard issues.” Her latest book, No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age, is true to this sentiment. In it, McAlevey outlines a critique of most contemporary union campaigning, using case studies and other analysis to argue in favour of a deeper and more rigorous approach to organising. While McAlevey’s experience and examples are primarily from a union context, her insights are highly transferrable.

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Jacobin Just Posted a Second Good Book Review, Stopping Labor’s Backward March

“Readers of No Shortcuts will encounter a book that is markedly different [than her first book], but insightful in new ways, because McAlevey draws from her case studies to develop theory for the rest of us — not in the academic sense, but in the practical one: insights from experience that can inform our strategy going forward.

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