Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson is executive editor of The American Prospect. His email is hmeyerson@prospect.org.

Recent Articles

The Myth of the Benevolent Postwar Corporation

AP Photo, FILE Workers at the end of the assembly line at General Motors plant in Euclid, Ohio, put finishing touches at the cabs of Fisher Body Metal Station Wagons in 1950. M uch as the presidency of Donald Trump has contributed to the retrospective appreciations of George H.W. Bush, so the conduct of American corporations over the past four decades—not to put too fine a point on it: pocketing revenues for their shareholders while stiffing, if not altogether abandoning, their workers—has cast a rosy glow over the American corporations of the post-World War II era. One commentator bathed in that glow, based on the evidence of his column Monday in The New York Times is David Leonhardt. His column quite rightly bangs the drum for Elizabeth Warren’s bill to require corporations to set aside 40 percent of their board seats for representatives selected by their workers—a slightly watered-down version of German co-determination, but a significant step forward, if ever enacted, in the...

Want a Democrat in the White House? Reform the Primaries

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik Elizabeth Warren greets supporters after speaking at American University in Washington, D.C. This article originally appeared at The Los Angeles Times. Subscribe here . T he Democrats are flying high right now, but they’re headed for a crash. Fifteen or 20 or, good God, maybe even 30 of them are lining up to run for president two years hence, and the party—and the American electoral process more generally—has no good way to select a nominee when so many aspirants split the vote. In a field of 10 or 12 candidates, it doesn’t take much to come out on top. The winner of the first contests, before the field has been winnowed, will be anointed as the frontrunner, with all the electoral advantages that conveys, even though in a field that crowded, he or she may have won only 15 percent of the vote. Say, for instance, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who can easily spend billions on his campaign, takes the early contests with that 15 percent, while Bernie...

Why Would Progressives Back a Right-Wing Challenge to Nancy Pelosi?

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi arrives to face reporters at a news conference at the Capitol. L ook at a list of the Democratic House members who’ve said they’re not going to vote for Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker, and you’ll find a group of Democrats who either represent districts they’ve barely won, or Democrats who want to shift the party in a rightward direction. Some, like Michigan’s Elissa Slotkin and Virginia’s Abigail Spanberger, are newcomers who narrowly defeated Republican incumbents in districts where right-wing media’s two decades of Pelosi demonization had taken a toll. Some are current members who’ve opposed Pelosi for being too liberal on social issues, like Ohio’s Tim Ryan, and Stephen Lynch and Seth Moulton of Massachusetts. Moulton’s PAC, which donated funds to a number of centrist Democrats this fall, was able to raise its funds “thanks to a network of donors rooted in the financial centers of Boston and New York,” according to a...

What Each Side Won Yesterday

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin Soon-to-be House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi smiles as she is cheered by a crowd of Democratic supporters during an Election Night returns event in Washington. T he clearest takeaway from yesterday’s election is that we’re essentially indistinguishable from Poland. Poland, it turns out, just held elections for municipal and provincial governments. In full revolt against the country’s xenophobic and semi-authoritarian Law and Justice Party, which controls the national government and has sought to abolish the country’s independent judiciary, the more liberal and cosmopolitan opposition parties won 103 of the nation’s 107 mayoral races over the past week. On the other hand, Law and Justice won pluralities in nine of the 16 provincial legislatures, and outright majorities in six of them. Which is to say, Poland’s Trumpies got clobbered in the burgs, but turned out enough votes in the sticks to do well at the regional level. Sound familiar? Here in the states,...

About Those (Not Quite so Great) Wage Increases

AP Photo/Jonathan J. Cooper Construction workers build a new house in the Coffey Park neighborhood of Santa Rosa, California. A s America goes to the polls, Republicans claim one talking point that isn’t racist as such: Wages are going up. For the most part, of course, they don’t claim it. The vast majority of Republican candidates have fallen in behind Donald Trump in making their closing pitch an attack on immigrants. They’ve largely ignored the headline stories in last Saturday’s papers: that wages in October were 3.1 percent higher than they were in October 2017. That increase is largely the result of the low unemployment rate, which remained at 3.7 percent. But that increase isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be: So if you’re in line at your polling place next to a prospective voter who effuses about that wage increase, you might suggest that this effusive prospective voter consider this: That 3.1 percent increase doesn’t take into effect the rise in the cost of living since last...

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