- the masses make history;
- there can be no such thing as a fair day’s pay under the rule of capital;
- the expansion of capital depends on the disciplining of labour-time;
- the state organises capital and dis-organises labour.
- trace the complexities of class formation with women, indigenes, and waves of immigrants;
- look past both hagiography and the abuse of ‘union bureaucrats’ to identify effective leadership;
- provide case studies of workers performing in times when the movement is strong and when it is weak;
- tell stories to which a worker might respond: ‘I could do that’.