What Would It Mean to Win?
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Connecting some of the more remarkable events of the last decade—including the rioting in Oaxaca and in the outskirts of Paris and the modern crises of neoliberalism—this critical analysis suggests new strategies for the progressive Left and that forward-moving change is possible. It examines the concept that movements generally develop at times of acceleration and expansion, but ultimately naturally slow down without consideration of their actual effects—stifling new developments, suppressing the emergence of new forms of politics, or failing to see other possible directions. Global in scope and including writings from Leftist struggles, victories, and defeats, this collection of essays ponders the possibility of a winning movement with lasting change and presents opportunities in all corners of the world.
again, nudge it in a new direction. “To recognise the limits of a particular moment or phase of struggle does not have to imply an inability to move beyond it.” Just the contrary: we must do everything we can to find a way forward. This cannot be done by laying down a new line. Even if we wanted to, there is no one who could do it. The articles in this collection are contributions to a discussion. They share a common concern, but not a common solution. They are all prompted by the question of
it’s pretty much true for any class struggle in any society. In some ways increased flexibility and mobility in and out of work do make organising harder. But not impossible, and, in fact, the IWW has been the only union organising in many ‘flexible’ workplaces (independently contracted computer workers, transportation workers, etc.). But despite these changes in the composition of the class, our model of organisation doesn’t vary much. What is solidarity unionism and how does it relate to other
sometimes hard to engage with a collection of texts which is too polished. You’ve no sooner exclaimed, ‘that’s wrong, I don’t agree with that at all!’ or ‘but what about X?’, than the author’s anticipated your objection in a footnote, or else the editors have directed you to another article which plugs the gap. On the other hand, rough edges provide handholds, something to grab onto. They provide a way into arguments. Maybe you’ll pull at a loose end and everything will unravel. But perhaps
allows average wages to be kept low. In the process of selling our time, we do not only generate enough ‘wealth’ to cover that received in our wages, but also a surplus which is appropriated. ‘Capital’ is the name of both this relation of exploitation, as well as one pole within it. Once locked inside this relation, there is a constant attempt on behalf of capital to increase the surplus extracted. This happens through increasing the length of the average working day: cutting back on holiday
save capitalism from itself, whilst simultaneously heading off efforts by workers and the Left to bring about more systemic change. Doing so, however, involved granting workers considerable concessions which improved their lot vis-à-vis capital. The welfare state was invested in, a minimum wage introduced, and real wages rose. Although different in composition to that which preceded it, out of this New Deal Keynesianism again arose a politically strong and demanding working class, to which the