Welcome to Magazine Monday! This is a feature I created to talk about magazine articles I’ve read during the previous week.
Sadly I’ve not had much time to read this week — books or magazines. The piece I’ve selected for this week is the only one that interested me enough to talk about, but it is political; here in the United States it is an election year and a lot of attention is being paid to candidates and issues, so it might be hard to avoid talking about completely, but I will try to avoid deeply polarizing pieces and welcome any respectful comments.
This week’s New Yorker had a report on the effort to recall Wisconsin governor Scott Walker after his unpopular effort to strip many of the state’s public-sector unions of their collective-bargaining rights. The introduction of this bill at the beginning of his term in 2011 created a national and international reaction and it could be argued that it was the precursor to the Occupy movements that developed later that year. In some ways Walker can be commended for making hard fiscal decisions in tough times, but according to this report he made little or no effort to consult with the unions who would be most affected by this bill and seemed to avoid any contact with its opponents. Perhaps it is this attitude that spurred the recall effort, and which inspired people – a few profiled in this article – to spend hours of their own time soliciting signatures on the petition to begin the recall process.
Are there any magazine articles that caught your interest this week? Tell me about them!
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