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TRANSIENT SERVITUDE AND WORK IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

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  • Richard D. Vogel

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      Richard D. Vogel, 12230 Meadowdale Drive, Stafford, TX 77477, U.S. Telephone: +001-281-495-1662. E-mail: rdvogel@combatingglobalization.com
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  • Richard D. Vogel is a political reporter who monitors the effects of neoliberal globalization on working people and their communities. He is the author of “Transient Servitude: The U.S. Guest Worker Program for Exploiting Mexican and Central American Workers” and “The NAFTA Corridors: Offshoring U.S. Transportation Jobs to Mexico”, both published by Monthly Review.

Richard D. Vogel, 12230 Meadowdale Drive, Stafford, TX 77477, U.S. Telephone: +001-281-495-1662. E-mail: rdvogel@combatingglobalization.com

Abstract

This article focuses on the dilemma that labor finds itself in at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Working people everywhere have been undermined by neoliberal labor policy which has been aimed at managing labor migration. Workers in labor-sending countries often face the choice of working in the informal economy of their own country or of submitting to conditions of transient servitude in a developed nation, while citizen-workers in labor-receiving countries have to compete with a reserve service and industrial workforce maintained by a regulated flow of temporary migrant labor that has no prospect of citizenship in the host country.

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