Hell Freezes Over as NY Times Slams Unions

I never thought to see it in my lifetime, but check this key quote from a NYTimes editorial today:

At a time when public school students are being forced into ever more crowded classrooms, and poor families will lose state medical benefits, New York State is paying 10 times more for state employees’ pensions than it did just a decade ago.

There’s much more in the full piece worth pondering by the vast majority of those of us who belong to the Precariat. And by the way, if you think I’m rabidly or reflexively anti-union, check out this radio commentary I did a couple of years back. (Sorry about the weird lack of paragraphing in the text version, but you can listen as well.)

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One thought on “Hell Freezes Over as NY Times Slams Unions

  1. To paraphrase Marx:

    Considering, that against this combined power of the elite classes the primary producers or precariat cannot unite and act for itself except by constituting itself into a mass party-movement, distinct from, and opposed to, all old parties and movements, that this constitution of the precariat into a mass party-movement is indispensable in order to ensure the emancipation of its labour power,

    That such labour power can be emancipated only when, at minimum, the precariat is in collective possession of all means of societal production, all commons, etc., that there are only two forms under which all means of societal production, all commons, etc. can belong to them or return to community:

    1) The individual form which has never existed in a general state and which is increasingly eliminated by industrial progress;
    2) The collective form the material and intellectual elements of which are constituted by the very development of capitalist society;

    Considering,

    That again this collective re-appropriation, or political and economic expropriation of the elite classes, can arise only from the direct action of the primary producers or precariat, organized in a distinct mass party-movement;

    Such permanent organization must be pursued by all the means the precariat has at its disposal.

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