[Marxism] Unemployment & Revolution in Libya

Andrew Pollack acpollack2 at gmail.com
Mon Jan 18 18:09:39 MST 2016


excellent point, Clay
most of this list's readers know full well the historic role of
newly-unemployed vets in  postwar radical movements (and in boss-sponsored
reactionary ones).
p.s. All the more reason for us to search out radical Libyan comrades to
get their take on this.

On Sun, Jan 17, 2016 at 12:31 PM, Clay Claiborne via Marxism <
marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:

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> Its obvious that high unemployment can be a critical driving force for a
> revolution. However, it should also be clear that the immediate impact of a
> revolution will most likely be even greater unemployment. During the war
> period "unemployment" doesn't come into the picture as the masses take off
> from work to overthrow the state. After that task is completed, everybody
> doesn't just go back to their old jobs, for reasons that are beyond the
> scope... Counter-revolutionaries of all stripes can always use the fact
> that cures often come with their own pains to attack any revolution.
> According to this paper, unemployment in Libya stood at ~13% in 2010 and is
> ~19% today.
> I haven't read the 103p World Bank report yet, but I think it looks
> interesting enough to pass on the links:
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> http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2015/06/24650277/labor-market-dynamics-libya-reintegration-recovery
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> http://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2015/06/17/090224b082f42bf9/1_0/Rendered/PDF/Labor0market0d0gration0for0recovery.pdf
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