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    Where are the champions of rank-and-file Americans with the willingness and clout to do something about the off-shoring of jobs and the failure of our economic system to deliver the fruits of productivity gains to workers? Where are the foes of two-tiered hiring systems that mean new workers will never do as well as those who preceded them? Where are the congressional leaders—and, more to the point, where are the foot-soldiers—willing to say Enough! and actually do something to prove they mean it?

    They are all at the store, buying goodies that were made in China while furiously repressing the thought: "OMG, what if I had to work in the factory where this was made?!?" Only once they have nothing left to lose, will they begin to seriously oppose the system that up until now has coddled them in the lap of cheap crap from China.

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      And of course the reason why people buy cheap crap from China is because our wages have gone down every year since the 70's and we can't afford to buy the good stuff---unlike the business owners who have been living large since the 1890's. So we're already pretty close to having nothing left to lose.

      Our largest obstacle to fighting back effectively, alas, are our own labor unions, who are stubbornly nationalist in outlook (just like their corporate partners) and who treat "foreign workers" as enemies and threats, not as allies and common interests.

      Inevitably, though, reality always wins--we are all, everywhere, fighting the same corporate bosses. And inevitably we will all, everywhere, band together to fight them effectively.

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