Klimov + Starbucks + Liu
"We need to be teaching the intellectual history of our politics."
Elem Klimov’s Come and See
A Starbucks in Mesa, AZ became the third Starbucks staff in the country to unionize—a milestone, since the first two locations, both in Buffalo, NY, unionized simultaneously. Despite Starbucks’ illegal union-busting, workers continue to organize across the US. Follow @SBWorkersUnited.
Podcast segment: 0:33:00 -1:37:50
Catherine Liu, mentioned here before, brings a winning blend of unsparing critique and self-deprecating humor to a new interview about her life and work. (The rest of the episode isn’t this show at its best; start 33 minutes in.)
Highlights include a conversation on US foreign policy since Sarajevo, Liu’s memory of her childhood aspirations to the PMC, her commonsense calls for more attention to the viewpoints of people outside of elite institutions, and her moving read of economic anxiety among students.
The claim that today’s younger generations are “ripe to create a genuine left movement” is, coming from Liu, credible and exciting.