[Marxism] I t?s Time for the Left to Build a Force Outside the Democratic Party

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Feb 6 12:57:55 MST 2020

On 2/6/20 2:41 PM, John Reimann via Marxism wrote:
> It was just last spring that hundreds of carpenters - mainly apprentices -
> rallied against a sellout contract in New York. There was even a campaign
> towards a wildcat strike (which didn't get off the ground). Prior to that,
> thousands of construction workers actually shut down central streets in
> Manhattan in protest against a major nonunion construction project.
> In 1999, 2,000 carpenters did go on a wildcat strike in the SF Bay Area.

There are strikes and there are strikes. When these carpenters get the 
wage they rightfully deserve, they will go back to the atomized 
existence that characterizes all of the blue collar/factory workers in 
the USA. When I see carpenters showing up at protests against ICE or at 
a cops out of the subways protest under their own union banner, I'll sit 
up and pay attention.

What are the teachers doing now who were on a wildcat strike that Eric 
Blanc wrote a book about? Any sign of them doing anything except going 
to work each day and then returning home to look after family affairs?

I am afraid John is susceptible to what Freud called projection, even 
though I generally have little use for his theories. As a young college 
student, just like most people who hooked up with Labor Notes, et al, 
John was radicalized by the war in Vietnam, read Karl Marx, and 
concluded that only the working class can lead the USA to socialism.

Unfortunately, most carpenters don't travel that road. Just go out to 
Queens or New Jersey and find a bar where they hang out after work. See 
if you can get them interested in helping to launch a new party of the 
working-class. Don't blame me if they look at you as if you have 
two-heads. Not to speak of losing some teeth.

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