[Marxism] Re: Anti-imperialism?

Jon Flanders jonflanders at jflan.net
Mon May 9 14:33:59 MDT 2005

On Sat, 2005-05-07 at 21:21 -0400, Macdonald Stainsby wrote:
> However, none of these things can exist 
> without each other

This brings up another point about Macdonald's perspective. It seems
that the kind of actions he likes can only take place under the
"umbrella" of hundreds of thousands of "boring" trade unionists led by
"TUBS" marching peacefully.

The true militants can only do their thing if big brother is around the
corner implicitly threatening the authorities with their potential

What kind of relationship is this???? It might be well to ponder on,
don't you think?

In another post Macdonald says that"

"5000 people blocking the loading of war cargo onto ships in the harbour
would be a perfect compliment to 100 000 people marching with candles."

Well it's possible I suppose. A more likely scenario is that the small
vanguard action would be used to discourage people from attending the
"boring" mass action.

And for how long could 5000 people blockade a major port? A day? More
likely a few hours. 

Recently in the rail yard where I work, management in its infinite
wisdom decided that a tacit agreement with the yard crews in the
classification area that they could end their work day when they
finished their moves, regardless of the clock, could no longer be

In response, the workers began to observe "all" the rules regarding
train movement and safe work procedures.

The result, as reported by the clueless and most likely misled Albany
Times Union.......
"Tuesday, May 3, 2005   BETHLEHEM - A national record in train freight
has helped make the CSX Transportation Inc. rail yard in Selkirk a
crowded place lately. For the week ended April 22, wait time at the yard
- known in the industry as "terminal dwell" - averaged 63.8 hours, about
twice the historical average for this time of year, according to
Railroad Performance Measures, an industry monitor that tracks five U.S.
and two Canadian railroads."

As many as 25 freight trains were backed up, as far back as Cleveland,
trying to get in. One can only guess how many millions of dollars this
cost. At one point, the hump, which is supposed to process 2000 to 4000
cars a day, was completely shut down.

All this over some work rules. Affecting a handful of yard crew members.
This is power. This is what some of us on this list are talking about,
when we advocate "boring" peaceful mass actions with trade union

Jon Flanders

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