Michael Lind

Michael Lind

Michael Lind is a professor of practice at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of more than a dozen books, most recently The New Class War.

The Once and Future American Labor Law Share This

Sep 14, 2020

American labor law has become worse than useless: a lower share of the private-sector labor force is organized today than before the National Labor Relations Act was passed in 1935. The time has come for an entirely new model.

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Labor Market, Labor Code—Or Labor Bazaar? Share This

Sep 07, 2020

There are only two ways to establish the price of something, including a day’s wages for a worker—the market and the state. Impersonal market forces, beyond the control of either employers or employees, can be allowed to determine how much a worker is paid. If we do not want to allow a free labor market […]

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Industrial Security Policy: New Missions for DoD, SBA and CFIUS Share This

Aug 10, 2020

Thanks to the near-criminal negligence of neoliberal globalist policymakers in both the Democratic and Republican parties, America’s national industrial base, the foundation of its global power, has eroded to the point of collapse. The microchip was invented in the U.S., but America is dependent for its microchip supply on Taiwan and other countries and has […]

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Are Labor Unions Predatory Monopolies? Share This

Aug 03, 2020

Re: Labor and Management Remain Unequal

At Law and Liberty, I took part in a symposium debating the libertarian scholar Richard Epstein’s comparison of labor unions to predatory monopolies, which he described as the “classical liberal” view.  In my contribution, I pointed out that both Adam Smith and J.S. Mill, who were classical liberals by any definition, rejected the idea that […]

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Rethinking Welfare Capitalism Share This

Jul 01, 2020

Re: Fringe With Benefits? The Case for Welfare Capitalism.

Since the neoliberal era began in the 1970s, many public policy thinkers have assumed that America’s employment-based benefit system of welfare capitalism is doomed to extinction by the growth in freelance or gig workers. To replace employer benefits, the left tends to support welfare statism and the right tends to support welfare individualism, in the […]

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Reshoring with the Government We Have Share This

Jun 15, 2020

A Response to Ganesh Sitaraman

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On Domestic Sourcing Share This

Jun 09, 2020

Local content requirements offer a simple intervention with benefits that its prohibitionist detractors ignore.

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From Protecting Essential Workers to Upgrading Essential Industries Share This

May 05, 2020

The COVID-19 panic has drawn long-overdue attention to the economic and health and financial challenges facing many “essential workers” including nurses and health aides, nursing home aides, slaughterhouse workers, truckers, grocery store clerks and other retail workers, warehouse workers, and others upon whom the daily functioning of our continental society depends.  Unfortunately the response of […]

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