The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Joshua Murray, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University, joins Sam to discuss his new book (co-authored with Michael Schwartz), "Wrecked: How the American Automobile Industry Destroyed Its Capacity to Compete."

At its peak in the 1950s and 1960s, automobile manufacturing was the largest, most profitable industry in the United States and residents of industry hubs like Detroit and Flint, Michigan had some of the highest incomes in the country. Over the last half-century, the industry has declined, and American automakers now struggle to stay profitable. How did the most prosperous industry in the richest country in the world crash and burn? In Wrecked, sociologists Joshua Murray and Michael Schwartz offer an unprecedented historical-sociological analysis of the downfall of the auto industry. Through an in-depth examination of labor relations and the production processes of automakers in the U.S. and Japan both before and after World War II, they demonstrate that the decline of the American manufacturers was the unintended consequence of their attempts to weaken the bargaining power of their unions.

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Thousands of protesters jam the streets of London accusing the Prime Minister Boris Johnson of mounting a coup against Parliament.

Meanwhile, Trump tells the EPA to rollback restrictions on deadly methane pollution.

And lastly, Kirsten Gillibrand drops out of the 2020 presidential race.


The Trump administration said Wednesday that the children of some U.S. military members and government employees working overseas will no longer automatically be considered United States citizens.

Most voters disapprove of President Trump’s remarks calling American Jews who vote for Democrats disloyal, according to a new poll released by Politico on Wednesday. 

Detroit Free Press reports that FBI and Internal Revenue Service agents have raided the homes of UAW President Gary Jones as part of a nationwide sweep of sites tied to the autoworker union. The multiagency raids come as federal officials ramped up their corruption investigation of the autoworkers union — which is in the midst of contract negotiations with Detroit automakers.

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