Aus derFacebook-Gruppe „Understanding Capitalism“:
Frank: General strike in all countries for May 1 and perhaps May 2. Viable? I think so.
Neoprene: This sounds inconsistent: Either workers in many states already right now see themselves in a situation to mount massive pressures to fight back the offensives of capital. Then they should rather sooner than later start fighting. Or the call for a May day „general strike“ ist just another rather symbolic gesture. This would be a strike as it is often called by the union tops to let off steam and then go back to business as usual.
Frank: “Or the call for a May day „general strike“ ist just another rather symbolic gesture.“-Strikes are symbolic gestures? Symbolic of what?
Frank: „Then they should rather sooner than later start fighting.“-The problem is fixing a date. And a reason. May 1 and 2 is an excellent choice on both counts. It’s only two months away!!
Neoprene: Either the workers (or at least decisive sections with enough social power) are short of an uprising. Determined to bring down this system. Then it would be ridiculous to wait another month or two just to coincidence with May 1. Or the workers in their majority are far from anticapitalist minded then the most you can get is a „general strike“ that one could see in France or Italy so often: Begging the government for specific reforms by a symbolic short strike of a few hours or a day at maximum.
Frank: Bringing down the system doesn‘t happen overnight. It’s ridiculous to think workers could do this next week.
Frank: “Begging the government for specific reforms by a symbolic short strike of a few hours or a day at maximum.“-Strikes aren‘t begging.
Neoprene: Strikes are very often only begging. And especially this sordid generals strikes a la France or Italy never transcended this militant begging. That they never were unlimited but consciously shorttermed speaks volumes. They never were meant to bring down the hated governments or push back the offensive of the bosses. The were as militant as the big red banners at the May demonstrations. But not a bit more.
Neoprene: “Bringing down the system doesn‘t happen overnight. It’s ridiculous to think workers could do this next week.“ Indeed, and therefore a real general strike is nothing to be called for by isolated leftists. It develops from fights, strikes and so on already going on. It extends from one industry to more of them. And even then it is a question of the aims of the workers movement. If it does not want to topple the government, to bring down the system then it rather sooner than later decides to put an end to the fighting. and of course you normally have the preponderance of reformist leaders in the trade union movement that from the start on are for the restoration of order.
Frank: “Strikes are very often only begging.“-Strikes are forcing someone to do something. That’s not begging. (mehr…)