Which Side Are You On?

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  1. banana
    May 29, 2013 @ 06:56:16

    The people’s flag is deepest red…
    today’s brought to you by UFCW’s wake-up walmart campaign which, you know,

    1. fuck the dinosaurs at UFCW international for being dinosaurs (they grew up in an age where unionizing within expected strategy and legal structures was easy and a good bargain. They’re not pinky-ring wearing fucks but they’re not exactly drawing new talent or ideas and it shows)

    2. I still believe the recession and recovery-for-the-rich was a huge, six-year opportunity for unions to flex their muscles and bring a huge wave of disaffected workers and nonworkers in touch with the labor movement’s ideas. Outside OWS they skipped it.

    3. but ufcw did a good job on smithfield, and ultimately if wake-up walmart makes it clear to people that we can demand a “correction” on the value of a labor in such a high GDP per capita country, it’s succeeded.


  2. joe
    May 30, 2013 @ 13:00:08

    Economic crises generally favor capital. They also often favor the political right. Think of the crisis of the 1970s that battered labor and ushered in Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan. The Great Depression, at least as far as the United States is concerned, was an anomaly in this regard. While Europe saw the rise of fascism the United States saw the consolidation of social democracy. Inroads were made in organizing labor and the country tilted to the left. Hence the lingering nostalgia among some on the left for a crisis that will discipline capital and put the working class in the driver’s seat. Hopefully this current recovery will yet generate opportunities for labor. Hopefully a social movement with more resilience than OWS will appear on the scene. In the meantime crisis has provided neither the political framework to unite disparate struggles for progressive change — from local community struggles like No 7 Eleven, to national issues like universal healthcare, affordable housing, and sustainable agriculture, to international issues like climate change — nor the foot soldiers needed to engage the fight with the rich and powerful. With this in mind I’ll be attending the Left Forum at Pace University on the weekend of June 8th and 9th. I won’t be looking for answers so much as ways to think about a number of questions I have about the present moment and how to create a path forward. I hope others will be there as well!


    • shmnyc
      May 31, 2013 @ 16:16:24

      No 7-Eleven is not progressive, it’s petit-bourgeois.

      I’m actually working on a piece about that right now. Not N7E, but petit-bourgeois-ness.


  3. joe
    Jun 03, 2013 @ 11:25:16

    You have made a case for 7-Eleven and against bodegas. But you haven’t made a case for why the kind of community (and culture) that flows from that argument — a set of issues loosely grouped under the idea of a ‘suburbanization’ of the city — might be desirable. At the end of the day the central issue raised by No 7-Eleven — the defense of community in the face of encroachment by corporate capital — is a progressive one.


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