[Marxism] A Popeyes Chicken Sandwich Under Socialism

John Edmundson johnedmundson4 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 28 21:42:22 MDT 2019


Andrew wrote:
" A last note on how such socialization would happen: my guess is that
during
general strikes, instead of just setting up food banks for strikers in a
particular company or industry (as we've seen in recent strikes by teachers
et al.), that strikers will take over the thousands of restaurants -- and
keep them in public hands if the strikes are victorious."

Which is a nice idea. But short of "the strikes are victorious" meaning the
revolution is victorious, it won't happen. Site-occupying fast food workers
could hand out free or cheap food but the entire supply chain would have to
have been seized for anything approaching this to work. Also hopefully they
would improve the quality . . .

Cheers,
John

On Wed, Aug 28, 2019 at 11:48 PM Andrew Pollack via Marxism <
marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:

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> First to get a potential straw man out of the way: I find the article by
> Kampf-Lassin fairly tepid when it comes to speculating on post-revolution
> eating practices and institutions.
> But the article should be motivation for more wide-ranging speculation.
> For instance, Trotsky pointed out the impact of the low state of
> development on collective kitchens, as workers preferred home meals to
> poorly provisioned centers:
> https://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/women/life/23_07_13.htm
> In the meantime mammoth chain restaurants, fast food and otherwise, have
> mushroomed under capitalism on a generally higher state of development from
> a technical standpoint. Going to an objectively-socialized restaurant is
> viewed generally as a treat (while also reducing time spent cooking at
> home).
> So the question is: What are we to do with them once they're socialized?
> A last note on how such socialization would happen: my guess is that during
> general strikes, instead of just setting up food banks for strikers in a
> particular company or industry (as we've seen in recent strikes by teachers
> et al.), that strikers will take over the thousands of restaurants -- and
> keep them in public hands if the strikes are victorious.
>
> >
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