Currently reading The Man Who Never Died by William M. Adler. It's the biography of Joe Hill, the poet and songwriter of the IWW during the labor disputes in the American West just after the turn of the 20th century. His life, his "crimes," times, trial execution, "martyrdom" and legacy.
The one thing that stands out in reading this story is the amazing parallel of the IWW to the beginnings, philosophy and establishment reaction to the present day OWS movement.
My feeling is that employers today don't want good workers, they want cheap workers; and are willing
to screw the average worker
Add to that the ever rising inequities and the ever increasing inability of working folks to get ahead.
I'm all for 'Pulling yourself up by your bootstraps." Heaven knows, "been there, done that." But why do they keep raising the price of the boots?? (or outsourcing their manufacture).
I've always felt that the one impediment to the success of a General Strike in the US (aside from our aversion to mass action) is the absence of Universal, Single-Payer Healthcare. If you go out in protest, you loose your job, you and your family loose their "healthcare" benefits (not to mention your wages) and the other people that need to pay the cable and cell phone bill step up and take your job (and probably for less money).
I'm frightened at the path the country is on ............ and it ain't because of the "black guy" in the White House