The Baffler, no. 17

More politics and less whimsy than in most issues of this irregularly produced Chicago-based magazine.   Labor lawyer Thomas Geoghegan explains how understaffing of regulatory agencies has effectively repealed many of the reforms of the early 1900’s; Jim Arndorfer chronicles the role of Milwaukee industrialist Harry Bradley in financing the American right; Kim Phillips-Fein reports on the business of online poker; Martin Riker contributes a story about a conceptual artist who develops a piece around an impossible challenge that may not be impossible after all; Steve Evans describes the consequences of Ruth Lilly’s bequest of $100,000,000 to Poetry magazine; Jim McNeill remembers Victor Reuther and the battles that built the United Auto Workers; Matt Weiland looks in on a revival of the Chataqua circuit; and Catherine Liu looks at the use of the word “creativity” in modern corporate-speak, concluding that “It is apparent that ‘everlasting uncertainty’ is code for no job security, ‘lifelong learning’ is code for constant retraining, while ‘creativity’ is code for workforce docility.‘”