Fine analysis by Mr. Johnson. I'm glad he mentioned Powell and The Page & Gilens Study. However, I'm surprised that left unmentioned is Jane Mayer's book, "Dark Money" since it chronicles how billionaires like the Koch Brothers funded the think tanks that MADE FOR the "conventional knowledge" of the land. It's this type of generous funding that puts monsters like Paul Ryan, Rick Scott, and Scott Walker into top governor positions.
Also, while NAFTA is mentioned, I think it's important to add that many jobs have been "outsourced" to foreign nations with cheaper labor pools. THAT threat hangs over other companies that still base inside the U.S. This threat tells workers--and if they're fortunate enough to still have union management--that if they demand too much, their jobs will head south or east, too.
Between offshoring jobs and automation, good jobs are becoming scarcer. The only entities that can strike are those still situated here in the U.S.
But the Koch Brother types have been granted New Muscle through a virtual resurrection that's based upon the massive lobbyist system in Washington, the corporate consolidation (and control) of mass media, and a Supreme Court that could not be more deferential ("Citizens United") to them--the 1%.
Nor will TIPP and TPP do much to favor workers, the environment, or the principles of Democratic representation.