[Marxism] 1,500$ a month for SA mine workers !
d.koechlin at wanadoo.fr
Mon Aug 20 16:09:33 MDT 2012
Your latest comment :
AMCU leaders can rightly be considered the ideological
brothers of the anarchists within the US Occupy movement
who wear masks over their faces, throw trash cans
through store windows and set buildings on fire. The
only difference between those who set buildings on fire
and those who encourage workers to arm themselves and
make unreasonable wage demands is the scale of
Your latest comments are really a reflection on your own position within
the class structure of the US.
You must feel your purchasing power gradually sinking, and must
therefore believe that strikers should not strike as they are lucky
enough to have a job in the first place, and if they do strike, then
they should remain "reasonable" and not arm themselves with machetes.
Workers demand better pay. They have A RIGHT to it as they are the ones
producing the metal in the first place.
If you deny that right to full compensation, which the South African
miners estimate at 1,500 dollars a month instead of 600 dollars a month,
then you are a reactionary. You believe that it is unreasonable for
South African miners to enjoy the same standard of living as a US white
collar worker (1 500$/month). Why ? Well because the SA government is
trying to reconcile the middle class with paying more taxes for the
majority of poor South Africans, and in this context, the miners
arrogantly asking for more (especially when they leave the Government
-approved Trade Union to join a dissident Trade-Union) is unacceptable.
So let's imagine they didn't strike. Would that be perfect for South
African workers ? Would the fact that they didn't strike enhance South
Africa's reputation world wide, so that Chinese companies would invest
in South African production ? Louis, you are a product of your
environment, and I fully expect to be unsubscribed by stating this
elementary truth. If you and fellow college-educated workers demanded a
two- to three- fold increase in salary, you would be the first on this
list to extoll the virtues of going on strike for "revolutionary/utopian
demands" and would brush away "collateral damage" as "necessary in order
to pressure the elite".
Karl Marx was an advocate of free speech, Lenin however put the triumph
of socialism above such concerns (the result being Stalin). The "stupid
radicals (anarchists ?) = unreasonable wage demands" equation is really
the reactionary cornerstone of all anti-worker ideology. How are we to
overthrow Capitalism if we acknowledge the right of the minority to own
the means of production and tell the majority what to do ? This is one
of the reasons why I believe Anarchism/Trade Unionism/Libertarian
Marxism/Council Communism(letting workers decide for themselves) to be
far superior, in the long run, to Lenin's emphasis on seizing the
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