Friday, December 11, 2009

Letter to Fred Redmond ("Civil Rights" Rep.): AFL-CIO Blog 12/11/09

Liked your s'peach, Fred.


USW has signed a letter of intent with Mondragon. To me, and hopefully for the enlightened all, that should translate USW to United Socialist Workers.

IWW would best be International Workers of the World, until that ideal day when there are no borders. It should also be Industrious Workers of the World, because the concerns of humanity strongly translates to much happier workers (and May I add Equity holders) when there is artisanry in their occupation.

I have tried to communicate with Witherell, Garrard, and Trumka (and others). The following may be of interest:

12/7/09 Post to AFL-CIO Blog

Yes, Cherry, you are correct.

There have always been these tendencies relative to Labor/"Management" Relations, and the real exclusion of thinkers, organizers, agitators, and brave strikers and fighters who often if not most of the time had the best interests of workers and the benefit of the poor, and more recently the natural environment/resource base in their minds, their hearts, their bodies.

You are right that Organized Labor has been, as we so colorfully say, "blown out of the water", particularly in the last thirty years. I would venture a guess that many if not most who built the once strong labor movement in the USA, if alive, would admit that their complicity with Capitalists after they achieved a relative parity was a huge strategic mistake.

Did you know that Lawrence Summers, who was Clinton's Treasury Secretary and Geithner's boss and mentor, before the latter became Chief of the Federal Reserve of the Empire City was one of Ronald Reagan's Chief Economic Advisors?

Anyone who had a good introductory Economics course would know that Say's "Law", which supply-side economics is based on, is totally fallacious.

We now find ourselves in the very precarious position of a post over-supply side economy, where the off-shoring has deadened demand and accompanied by an imploding finite resource supply.

That's all for now.

It looks like the best we can do, these days, is keep chippin' away.

I have a sincere Cynical hope that that will change soon.

In Peace, Friendship, Community, Cooperation, and Solidarity,

Mike Morin
Peoples' Equity Union
Eugene, OR
(541) 343-3808

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