Michael Merrill

The Battle for Paradise

Naomi Klein's new book, The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes on the Disaster Capitalists (Haymarket Books, 2018), is a compelling read and a fascinating story. It is also short! Everyone who cares about creating a just society based on mutual respect, real democracy and true equality of opportunity should read it without delay. 

Prosperity and Justice

As its chair, Tom Kibasi, director of IPPR, noted in his introduction to the report, the “members of the Commission come from all walks of life [including business, labor, local government, civil society and the church] and different political viewpoints.” Given the range of opinion, the group reached “a remarkable degree of agreement,” which its members hoped might be “reflected in a wider national consensus about a new direction for the UK economy” (vii).

A Call for Collaboration

What is Our Best New Jersey? It is a place and a process where the people of New Jersey—or at least an open, representative cross-section of it—can discuss what we like most about the state and how we think it might be changed for the better.

Over the next few months, faculty and students in the Rutgers department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, as well as members and guests of Rutgers LEARN—the Labor Education and Research Network—are invited to explore these questions here.

Real Democracy

Our Best New Jersey is intended as a collaborative platform, where faculty, students and interested members of the general public can share their best ideas and most successful practices with one another.