Jonathan Tasini’s Columns & Projects


The Audacity of Timidity: Where Is The Challenge To Market Fundamentalism?

In the midst of the 2008 presidential election campaign, I looked at  then-Sen. Barack Obama’s economic views and whether he would challenge Market Fundamentalism. Millions of workers needed a president who would re-imagine and restructure the power relationships in our economy, the role of the market and, most important, forge a path to reclaim economic fairness and economic justice that has eluded the average American for several generations. He turned out to be a president consistent with his previous economic views.

Lost in the Margins: Labor and the Media:

In 1990, my study found that the lives of 100 million working people—those who make the US economy and society run—were being routinely ignored, marginalized or inaccurately portrayed in the media. Although reporting about working people and organized labor had declined since the early 1960s, the last 10 years saw an accelerated drop–and nothing has improved since 1990.


This is an archive list of past columns I have written for other publications. If you are looking for my WorkingLife page and blog posts, you can find them here.

Equal Times: Obama’s victory, Romney’s loss and union lessons (11-08-2012)

Equal Times: Why President Obama will win the US elections (11-05-2012)

Equal Times: The Quality of Jobs (10-08-2012)

Equal Times: The Lost Decade of Wages (09-24-2012)

Playboy Interview with Paul Krugman

A Fake Crisis: Why We Shouldn’t Obsess Over Our Budget Deficit (Playboy, March 2012)


The Wal-Mart 22 (11-07-05)
Diagnosis For America (10-25-05)
Gross Domestic Politics (10-07-05)
The Chazer Caucus (08-31-05)
The Birthday Bush Wants To Ignore (08-11-05)
Spanking The CAFTA 15 (07-29-05)
Workers of the Real World (07-20-05)
The Productivity Problem (07-14-05)
The Best Corporate Health Plan (06-30-05)
The Disappearing Pension (05-31-05)
Wal-Mart’s Free Market Fallacy (04-21-05)
Wal-Mart’s Culture of Crime and Greed (03-30-05)
Labor Pains: Eight Simple Rules (02-28-05)
Labor’s Lost Love (02-20-05)
Wal-Mart’s Sweetheart Deal (02-16-05)
Show Us The Jobs (02-01-05)
Of Trade, Quotas and Fairness (12-22-04)
Health Care: The Real Crisis (12-03-04)
Airline Workers: Up in the Air and Losing Ground (11-18-04)
Prepping For Debate (10-12-04)
It’s Not Easy Being Green (9-23-04)
Trading His Way To Victory (9-7-04)
Retirement in Peril (8-12-04)
Labor Pays Its Dues (7-23-04)
A Different Kind of Kerrey (6-30-04)
Labor’s Democrat Problem (6-14-04)
Abandoning the Clinton Legacy (6-4-04)
A Cronkite Moment? (5-7-04)
Trading Authority (4-27-04)
The Wal-Mart Myth (4-12-04)
Back to Basics (3-15-04)
Taking the Low Road (3-4-04)
Injustice For All (2-20-04)
Sales Pitch (1-20-04)
No Free Ride (1-12-04)
A Home Run (12-19-03)
Unions In The Cards (12-5-03)
Who’s the Boss
Workers’ Party (11-18-03)
Trade Off (11-17-03)
Grossly Distorted Picture
Up Against the Wal-Mart (10-22-03)
Busted (10-10-03)
What’s Wealth (10-01-03)
Jobs Without Power (8-28-03)

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