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  •  we need more than "the past was better" (1+ / 0-)
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    The (centrist) Democrats and progressives don't have a coherent vision to sell the rest of the country - or at least the percentage of the rest of the country that aren't overwhelmed with frothing tribal hatred. Rebuild the labor movement around it's existing withering frame isn't a plan for how the country is going to operate in the 21st century. That fight has been lost slowly since Reagan.

    The world is flat, remember. Labor must be devalued to compete, so say the business people behind closed doors. The original US labor movement was born out of a fundamentally greater level of pain and starvation than exists in today's society.

    We need a vision / plan / more-than-talking-points about what would move the country forward and we need a mass of people ready to act. Boycotts are a good idea. But the non-union goods are so cheap.

    One thing is clear (and it sure isn't this post) - the public unions are about to be crushed. Obama speechifying about "green shoots of recovery" isn't going to save the pensions of the public employees around this country. It's not a marching slogan. Whatever we can do it will have to come from the ground up and work up through local to state to The House. Which is how the extremist right did it.

    If you didn't like the news today, go out and make some of your own.

    by jgnyc on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 05:23:54 PM PDT

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