Labor & Capital

When Michael Tigar expressed interest as a child in becoming a lawyer, his father gave him Irving Stone’s biography of Clarence Darrow, Clarence Darrow for the Defense. Darrow influenced Tigar in many respects, as he explains in his own autobiography, Fighting Injustice and in Nine Principles of Litigation–And Life. Darrow’s defense of labor leaders like Eugene Debs compellingly illustrated the necessity of responding to government attempts to quash movements seeking reform of the prevailing political-economic system.

As early as Tigar’s years at Berkeley, his ideology took on a notably Marxist perspective, and his later legal and scholarly work made no attempt to hide the influence and evolution of this perspective over the decades. During his career, Tigar regularly encountered the historical nexus of law and capital, identifying a symbiotic relationship between the law and those who have control over the means of production. His thoughts in this arena framed his approaches in other areas that dealt with inequality, including what he laments as the fracturing of the labor movement since the 1940s.

This section includes the text of the second edition of his keystone work in this area, Law and the Rise of Capitalism, first published in 1977. Also included is a play he wrote, Haymarket: Whose Name the Few Still Say with Tears, featuring reimagined dialogues between Darrow and anarchist Lucy Parsons, whose labor-leader husband had been hanged as a result of the Haymarket riots. These and other materials in this section, both historical and contemporary, highlight the centrality of Tigar’s views on labor and capital to his social justice efforts.

15 archive items found.

Preview Type Title Year
Miscellany Fifty Years of Cooperation

1987
Oral History The Need for History

2016
Oral History Developing a Left Critique of the Law

2016
Oral History Marx and a Sense of History

2016
Oral History Fracturing of the US Labor Movement

2016
Oral History Globalization & the Reserve Army of Labor

2016
Oral History Reading Clarence Darrow

2016
Books Law and the Rise of Capitalism

2000
Speeches Query: Judges or Lawyers–Who Are the Keepers of the Flame?

1990
Journal Articles It Does the Crime But Not the Time: Corporate Criminal Liability in Federal Law

1990
Plays Haymarket: Whose Name the Few Still Say with Tears

1987
Journal Articles The Right of Property and the Law of Theft

1984
Book Review Law and Revolution: The Formation of the Western Legal Tradition

1984
Essays The Hobbs Act and RICO in Takeover Litigation

1986
Journal Articles Automatic Extinction Of Cross-Demands: Compensation From Rome To California

1965