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  •  Nothing wrong with the model we HAD... (4+ / 0-)

    Until the conservatives and corporations got together to "Fix It".

    I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

    by detroitmechworks on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 12:15:37 PM PST

    •  Well, thing is, you have to be willing to oppose (7+ / 0-)

      those forces no matter what political party they turn up in. Or what numbers they turn up in.

      The unions should have turned on the Democrats big time as soon as NAFTA was unveiled. Then maybe we wouldn't be in this position. Of course, to some extent the unions themselves were reaping what they'd sown by siding with Nixon (Teamsters) and Reagan (I believe AFL-CIO chose the wrong side in the air traffic controllers' strike, didn't they?)  

      But none of that excuses NAFTA, and it should have been fought with righteous indignation. Had it been, like I said, maybe we wouldn't be so disempowered now. It's hard to have an effective union movement when you're not sure you're going to stand up for workers because your buddies in Washington wearing blue are going to ream workers within an inch of their lives and you really don't want to fight with them about it.

      if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 11:33:59 PM PST

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    •  They figured how to bust unions (1+ / 0-)
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      That's what is wrong.  It's the access to cheap labor.  And there is no end in sight to it.  I can't imagine ever creating laws to prevent it.

      The new model would likely be worker's cooperatives.  The problem in forming them is that they need capital to get started.  Thus far, I hear no one in the political sphere (short of democratic socialists like Bernie Sanders) who wants to fund them.

      "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

      by noofsh on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 05:23:41 AM PDT

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