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wm pasz
Post Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 2:27 pm

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The corporate entity has become the predator and the working people are their prey. How do we move from the bottom of the corporatist's food chain?

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Plutodog
Post Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 1:42 am

Joined: 06 Feb 2006
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Location: Oregon
I agree we will need to get the people in the streets. I certainly agree we have the power if we make it so. The question is how we get the people in the street and the answer is not that we get their intellectual agreement. That doesn't go anywhere near generating the passion, the dedication, the unity needed to face the streets and the inevitable resistance, hostility, threats and actual physical harm that will result--from big business, government AND the corporate union among others.

What will it take to build that solidarity? Gut level recognition of our co-workers as more than just our co-workers. It will take knowing them as truly brothers and sisters--not just the phrase we might use in church or as empty jargon in a union hall. How do we do that?

Oh my gawd, we got to talk to each other. And that doesn't mean shoot the s--- about this and that, it doesn't mean polite pleasantries or group singing of Solidarity Forever. We need to actually start talking real stuff with each other about what is real for us in our life -- the good the bad and the ugly, the kids, the mortgage, the biggest fears, the greatest hopes, the history of our families, -- all the things that we must know if we're really going to care in more than theory about what happens to each other.

Can't do it all at once all over the continent. Gotta start local, start where we are, start talking to one person. As we build this kind of relationship -- and we're certainly doing it for our own self interest to start out with -- we start to build a true joint interest and mixing the glue that holds it all together. We begin the process of actually building some "One for all and All for One". We build the power to balance the odds, to get a seat at the table where decisions are made that affect us directly.

And the leaders? You bet we need leaders. And we have them, although they may not be recognized officially as such. They're the folks we work with that get things done, that folks listen to, that have credibility among us. This aint a matter of congeniality necessarily and certainly not necessarily of charismatic good looks. The leaders are out there and they are probably who we need first to get that they must step up and that we must build unity as described above (unless somebody's got a better idea).

And so it begins, if it begins.

Check Saul Alinski's Rules for Radicals and Reveille for Radicals -- Two old books on organizing that still speak from the gut and you know it when you read it.

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SharynS
Post Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 5:01 am

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Great post Plutodog.
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Gut level recognition of our co-workers as more than just our co-workers. It will take knowing them as truly brothers and sisters--not just the phrase we might use in church or as empty jargon in a union hall.
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atuuschaaw
Post Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 12:16 pm

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And the leaders? You bet we need leaders. And we have them, although they may not be recognized officially as such. They're the folks we work with that get things done, that folks listen to, that have credibility among us.

Excellent thoughts Pdog! Like the way ya think! The leaders of the next wave of worker empowerment, in my opinion at least, are pooling together in communities such as this and thousands of others. These leaders are ordinary people like ourselves and we are teaching each other, forming relationships, and supporting thoughts and actions which will build power within the common people. Pure good ol' honesty and sincerity goes a long way as far as establishing credibility, and there are literally thousands upon thousands of working people whose credibility is easily recognized thanks to the ease of communication we now have. The web has brought so many of us troubled and concerned people together to share our experiences and ideas of how we should begin to empower our ranks, which organizing strategies we should use, and how we can reach a critical mass of solidarity among the working people.

And the solidarity I refer to doesn't have borders. Like you mention, it has to start locally but has to be shared internationally. Which is exactly what we are doing here by pecking these keys and sharing what each of us is experiencing in our respective locales. This is how we find out what is working and which areas we need a more concentrated effort. It's happening gradually for now, but I'm of the belief it is going to accelerate exponentially and direct action will become more visible as the atrocities against the working people are also going to accelerate. We are closing in on the apex of corporate rule in my opinion and it's imperative that the working people of the world have a solid understanding of what is coming and what plans should we have in place prior to us reaching the peak and decline of corporatism!

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