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  •  Damn straight. (1+ / 0-)
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    RanDomino

    Capitalists have been carefully, quietly, yet relentlessly continuing their war against workers since our "truce" was declared in the years following WWII.  Only the workers stopped fighting.

    And look at where that's gotten us.

    Fortunately, I think you're right.  It is becoming increasingly impossible for people to pretend that the "peace" is anything but a lie.  Workers all over this country are rediscovering the truth of the words that appear at the beginning of the Preamble to the Constitution of the Industrial Workers of the World:

    The working class and the employing class have nothing in common.  There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of the working people, and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things of life.

    Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the means of production, abolish the wage system, and live in harmony with the earth.

    Between excessive citizen activism and excessive trust or passivity, the former is far preferable to the latter. - Glenn Greenwald

    by An Affirming Flame on Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 09:42:24 AM PDT

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    •  I just wish the union leadership would realize it (1+ / 0-)
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      They seem to be the only people on our side who are against a general strike under any circumstances.  They're completely willing to accept defeat.  They're pathetic.

      I'm glad you mentioned the IWW.  They've printed thousands of these: http://www.stufftotweet.com/...

      and have been trying to maintain a presence in Madison, which is tough because there aren't many (maybe 1000 in the world; even at its peak the IWW was never more than 5% of the workforce).  Remember that tractorcade the other weekend?  Organized by a Wobbly.  They're about to do a quick tour of the region (Wisconsin + Minneapolis and Chicago) and are definitely all about making sure the union leaders follow the will of the people to fight using ALL of our weapons.

      There's no illusion that this is The Revolution or anything like that; but only for a lack of understanding of what is possible, which the IWW is trying to take this opportunity to provide.

      FW 365532

      •  Solidarity from one Wobbly to another ;-) (1+ / 0-)
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        We know the trade unions' leadership are always going to try to rein in the militancy of the workers and channel it into useless campaigns within the system, like recalls.  We have to fight to keep that militancy alive and encourage it, further it.  Hopefully the workers (union and non-union) can lead a groundswell for more radical, industrial action - and then the unions' leadership can either jump on the bandwagon or get swept aside.

        Between excessive citizen activism and excessive trust or passivity, the former is far preferable to the latter. - Glenn Greenwald

        by An Affirming Flame on Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 03:44:09 PM PDT

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