Tuesday, October 27, 2009

State of Our World: Open_Notes 11

the collapse of public confidence and hope in our abilities - a loss-collapse of the power of workers, citizens; the actualization of the strike and vote lost, organizational power [ie., employers depend on workers] - the regulatory framework now governed by the corporate; globalization has punctured the analysis that society has used in the past, popular power has been undermined !! -- capital mobility, heightened trade [these two dimensions of globalization braided together into an argument] against the labor movement, the strike power; world competition threat -- citizen power over the nation state also threatened [capital disinvestment threat] by the corporate vs. regulations [the neo-liberal argument] -- is this argument accurate ?? - structural, institutional power and actualization of that power is a difficult understanding vs. traditions, deference, laws - solidarity over divisions necessary, networks of communication, unified actions - structural leverage dependent on sacrifice [the strike].

working to make people recognize they have power is a struggle; overcoming the lack of unity, the divisions [nourished by employers; one group played against another]; the threat of replacement; the picket is a form of free speech - ** we must develop community alliances ** - we must develop repertoires of struggle, a world view [the employers do so also; vertical relations, oriented toward management vs. horizontal relations] -- state coercive force, to back employers against workers developed [large employer advantages built into American democracy, ie., the courts, labor law]; common law vs. strikes initiated -- democracy consists of a largely weak party system; government is not tightly integrated; penetration by monied, business interests; the 2-party system over time suppressed dissent; building majorities [building big-tent coalitions] cannot survive contentious issues in a conflict ridden society.

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