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An Autopsy of a Retirement Plan (EXCERPT: The Labor Guide to Retirement Plans )

When I was still in a 401(k)-like plan and approaching age sixty-five after thirty-seven years of university teaching, I took stock of my future retirement income. I wanted to know what it would look like in terms of achieving the 70 percent of pre-retirement income that retirement experts state is necessary to maintain one’s standard of living… | more…

Chester scrutinizes the liberal darlings of the legal order (“Free Speech and the Suppression of Dissent during World War I” reviewed in the Journal of Arizona History)

Mainstream scholars tend to portray Warren and President Woodrow Wilson as quintessential Progressives. But Chester’s evidence clearly demonstrates their authoritarian tendencies. In general, Chester scrutinizes the very jurists, policymakers, and political thinkers who scholars often credit with defending and advancing the cause of civil liberties during and after World War I. But the traditional “heroes”—Roger Baldwin, Zechariah Chafee, Louis Brandeis, Oliver Wendell Holmes, etc.—simply do not measure up to Chester’s absolutist position on the right of free speech and dissent…. | more…

As skilled in the pyrotechnics of historiographical revision as archival spelunking (Science & Society reviews “The Dawning of the Apocalypse”)

I read this gorgeous, furious book while teaching the first half of the U. S. history survey: 1607–1877….In this book as well as its recent antecedent, ‘The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy and Capitalism in 17th Century North America and the Caribbean,’ Horne turns to examine the earlier foundations of empire and racial capitalism. Unlike much of his other work, these books are primarily secondary-source–driven. But Horne is that historian, as skilled in the pyrotechnics of historiographical revision as he is at archival spelunking. | more…

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