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  •  I'm not sure which phase we are in of that (12+ / 0-)

    particular chain. Maybe Mockery is most fun (full of narrative, of antagonistic humor, of the promise of punishment still far into the future...)

    We've certainly experienced plenty of Anger.

    They've tried to Fight us with some rightwing mimic groups (a whole 'nuther story!)

    but there is no Winning this! It is always in the process of becoming.

    •  This comment made me think, thanks. (9+ / 0-)

      At what point does one side declare "victory"?

      I agree, unless you're talking about some discreet historical milestone you're trying to achieve (e.g., an electoral victory), it's really basically open-ended.

      In this case, I would count such concessions by WalMart to its employees as are clearly responses to this kind of outcry, as victories. I would count them as such, even if WalMart still isn't a "humane" employer. (Yeah, you're happy when the alcoholic at least gives up his Camels, even if he still guzzles gin :)

      After a few months of this kind of persistent and tiresome demonstration by employees, through the holidays :) say, does Walmart quietly increase wages on the retail floor across the board by .75 an hour? (At some point, all you can do is pacify the hordes.)

      Say they don't seem all that grateful. There's more employee clamor, persisting several  months or into 2013 (God-damn these uppity pee-ons). It's covered at length in venues just like this, with abundant, viral, and highly embarrassing video. Does WalMart quietly make more full-time positions, with benefits, available?

      After a YEAR of virtually continuous pickets, with all the bloggers and local networks and everything picking it up,  when the WalMart execs are really starting to wear down, do they start allowing more workers paid vacations?

      Yes, my time line is 100% hypothetical. But I believe it presents a realistic model for change.

      It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

      by karmsy on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 12:54:56 PM PST

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