QUESTION: Radical Unionism/ Debtors Unionism

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Does anyone know of any articles written about Debtor's Unionism? What I mean by a Debtor's Union are people getting together to collectively resist paying similar or different types of debt. I'm interested because there seems to be some validity in this structure and Google is not much help on this topic. Thanks:)

QUESTION: Police Dissent and Resistance

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In Chapel Hill, NC, where the police have recently applied horrifying and disproportionate force against unarmed protesters, some want to chant against the cops, and others want to remember that "Cops are people too." Me, I am trying to make this conversation more interesting. If cops are people, I figure, then they are morally accountable as individuals, and we can ask why there was not a single officer willing to stand up and prevent the attack this weekend. Research will help me make this case.
Is there any single historical work, or perhaps a museum, of police dissent in the United States? There must be some place to go to find the stories of heroic police who stood against their departments and fought to prevent unjust police acts. (And, of course, if such a history is impossible to find, I would also deeply appreciate any research on how American police suppress dissent and silence moral objectors)

Technology, class, and resistance


Is there any chance you can use a college or university library that can help you find dissertations? (I don't have access to such a database myself.)

I am thinking of one in particular, "The Redesign of Design: Multinational Corporations, Computers and Design Logic, 1945-1976," completed by John Harwood at Columbia Univ in 2006. I'm not sure how much Harwood considers class (or resistance, for that matter), but you might find works of interest in his bibliography.

For work on contemporary issues, have you tried Richard Florida's works on his so-called "creative class"? Again, perhaps does not interrogate class, but you could make use of his research.

Also consider checking out the bibliography for Cory Doctorow's young adult novel Little Brother, which you can download for free here.

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QUESTION: Technology, class, and resistance

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I'm looking for literature that might answer the following questions:
What are the dimensions of the scientist class/engineering/inventing class? What are the dynamics between this class and other social/economic classes? What have these dimensions and dynamics looked like in different stages of history (i.e. different modes of production)? How have people resisted the imposition of new forms of technology on their way of life? Some topics/sources that have helped me frame my questions are: Technics and Civilization by Lewis Mumford, Machine Dreams by Philip Mirowsi, Thorstein Veblen, Luddites.

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Hi, thanks for your question! Here's one article from the journal History Teacher that might be helpful:

Author: Pagaard, Stephen.
Citation: History Teacher 2005 38(2): 189-207. ISSN: 0018-2745

Also, below are some relevant books & videos. I'll be happy to send you this list in a more readable format, if you e-mail me at

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