Just maybe, we may be getting fortunate in labor's leadership. The guy is thoughtful and interesting. Here's Trumka speaking at the Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School, this month.
I like that. I admit I am surprised he mentioned the "homophobia" that is a part of the current reactionary hysteria.
Democracy does need people with megaphones (Trumka's "political intellectuals") speaking up for restoring some economic equality. Making space for everyone to feel they are getting a fair chance is how we tamp down the rising tide of racism and resentment. If those fancy Harvard types, or the corporate media, won't or can't do it, we need blogs and community organizations adding their weight to the unions, doing the work of democracy.