[Marxism] Fwd: 3 Articles in Black Agenda Report on "Good News of Brexit"

Dennis Brasky dmozart1756 at gmail.com
Thu Jun 30 12:05:52 MDT 2016

excellent point!

On Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 1:20 PM, Andrew Pollack via Marxism
> The quote from Lenin in Louis's recent blog piece explains Lenin's
> (correct) support for open borders due to the impact it would have on
> working-class unity as workers of many nationalities were brought together.
> Echoes of this can be heard today in antiracist quotes from Brits in mixed
> neighborhoods - quotes counterposed by reporters to much higher levels of
> racism in the same neighborhoods when they were still mostly white. (These
> neighborhoods went heavily for Remain.)
> But this is not to deny - and Lenin never did - that the bosses try to use
> immigrant against "native" labor. By coincidence, today's Socialist Worker
> reviews the 1930s Little Steel battles, which should remind us of how in
> steel, struggles in the decades leading up to those battles featured the
> bosses use of immigrants - and Blacks - as one of their main tools against
> organizing efforts initiated by the "native" workforce. A prerequisite for
> fighting such efforts at division was the recognition that it existed.
> By the same token I vividly remember a Chinese-American labor organizer
> asking his members whether they thought their labor dragged down "native"
> wages. The first few responses were attempts to explain why that wasn't so.
> Then the organizer explained that in fact that WAS the case, that their low
> wages WERE being used in that fashion. His point being that, once again, a
> prerequisite to fighting against such divisive differences in wage
> standards was to recognize what the bosses were trying to do in the first
> place.
> p.s. This all reminds me of Isaac Hourwich's 1912 work on immigration and
> labor, which - like Marx's arguments against Lassalle's "Iron Law of Wages"
> - pointed to factors counteracting the bosses' intent in pitting workers
> against each other. Haven't looked at it in years though...
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