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The Vast Majority: "What is the Rank-and-File Strategy, and Why Does It Matter?" with Barry Eidlin

August 22, 2019

The question of how socialists should engage with the labor movement has always been a critical one. One proposal: the rank-and-file strategy, which the Democratic Socialists of America adopted in its recent convention. But what is it? Labor sociologist Barry Eidlin explains.


Barry Eidlin is an assistant professor of sociology at McGill University in Montreal and the author of Labor and the Class Idea in the United States in Canada.


Read Barry's short explainer on the rank-and-file strategy here: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/03/rank-and-file-strategy-union-organizing


Read Barry and Micah's article on the "militant minority" here: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0160449X19828470 (Behind an academic paywall, but message Barry or Micah on social media to get a PDF of it)