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  •  It seems to me that there is a desperate (9+ / 0-)

    need to give the American working class a transfusion of self-activity. I have been looking at the tributes to labor day and thinking about the dismal state of affairs. Every labor day the unions have shrunk from the previous year. There is now a declared war on unions in the public sector which is the only place where they still have real strength. The American public seems to be passively watching it on the evening news.

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    by Richard Lyon on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 05:22:50 PM PDT

    •  I know aht you mean, (6+ / 0-)

      but, as you understand, the whole key of self-activity is that no-one can do it for you or give it to you.  There is quite a bit of labor activism, but consumer capitalism very intentionally tries to channel everyone's energy toward the consumption of things rather than the self-creation of activity.

      As you so aptly put it, it makes us into passive viewers of our own world and even our own lives, which is another form of alienation, really.

      "Karl Marx and Frederick Engels came to the checkout at the 7-11 Marx was skint - but he had sense Engels lent him the necessary pence What have we got? Yeh-o, magnificence!!" (The Clash, 1976-1983)

      by Le Gauchiste on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 05:28:14 PM PDT

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    •  I just got an email from my Union President (4+ / 0-)

      congratulating us on not being like those "other unions" that ask too much of their corporations.  Happy Labor Day.

      When banjos are outlawed, only outlaws will have banjos.

      by Bisbonian on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 09:26:39 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, but is it desperate to dream of (3+ / 0-)
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      isabelle hayes, NoMoreLies, organicus

      a new Green Capitalism that inspires competition and again enforces monopolies, and REQUIRES the true cost of business include impact on environment, cradle to grave considerations for creation through disposal, as well as a living wage, 30 hour work week and 6 weeks vacation every year.

      Because the fact is the workers of the world may design the world they choose to live in.

      Green Capitalism will give rise to a new global workers' union movement.

      Fantasy?  No, because it is an obvious consequence when there are not enough jobs and corporations are not people.

      Separation of Church and State AND Corporation

      by Einsteinia on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 12:43:39 AM PDT

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    •  Think about it.... (2+ / 0-)
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      NY brit expat, congenitalefty

      the Bush tax cuts took $2.5 trillion out of the economy. Working people have paid the price for that. No telling how long it will take to recover.

      Only the weak & defeated are called to account for their crimes.

      by rreabold on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 09:53:32 AM PDT

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    •  An anti-teacher's union movie premiers today, (3+ / 0-)

      apparently with the blessing of the Obama campaign, including Obama himself.

      It's Called "Won't Back Down".

      Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, the nation's second largest teachers' union, blasted the film in an open letter this past week, calling it "divisive" and saying it "resorts to falsehoods and anti-union stereotypes."

      "The film contains several egregiously misleading scenes with the sole purpose of undermining people's confidence in public education, public school teachers and teachers unions," Weingarten wrote.

      I just don't get it. It's tone-deaf campaign strategy to endorse this film, let alone completely destructive to the Middle Class.

      The Democratic Party is such a poor vehicle for the Democratic Platform.

      Purging predominantly minority voters and requiring them to present IDs to vote in the face of VIRTUALLY NON-EXISTENT VOTER FRAUD is RACISM! I hereby declare all consenting Republicans RACISTS until they stand up and object to these practices!

      by Words In Action on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 09:59:04 AM PDT

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