Everything You Need To Know About General Strikes

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  • mwildfire

    Things will most certainly get gnarly enough, and the enemy now has all sorts of means of propaganda, surveillance and control that didn’t exist when most of the actions described took place. Seems to me that’s a bigger concern than lost paychecks–or at least an additional one. But a huge piece of this is missing, in my opinion–the author looks at a general strike as one in which a broad collection of workers in a region withhold their labor. What’s more important, what has more potential to bring the ruling class to its knees, is if we withhold our spending. Don’t go to work or class, sure but more important, don’t buy anything. ANYthing. They don’t depend on our labor to anything like previous degrees, what with automation. But the economy that’s making them ever richer depends on our spending (and paying taxes). Thus, I think the most effective way to institute a general strike is to do it on a Monday (when so many don’t want to go to work anyway) and then, if demands not met, again on Friday. If demands not met, next Monday Wednesday and Friday. This way people have a chance to get some workdays in, to fill up the car and get some groceries on the off days. But if demands are still not met, it’s time for a strike on all but maybe Saturday…

  • rgaura

    The only movie ever banned and blacklisted was The Salt of the Earth. It was about a mining strike in New Mexico. Great movie. True story. Worth watching.

  • rgaura

    Not buying is something the poor do every day. It can also be a vote for a more sane economy, on a daily basis.

  • mwildfire

    RIGHT. Like–when you boycott a company with destructive practices, make it permanent. And–stop shopping in chains of any kind, whether WalMart of Rite-Aid or Wendy’s or Advanced Auto, and instead find a local, one-off, mom-and-pop place to get what you need. And, beyond that, find ways to make your household and your community more independent: growing some of your food, setting up solar panels, water catchment systems, a collection of small revenue streams instead of one regular paid job doing shitty work for a boss you hate. For example, someone in the household gets a government check of some kind–not much but it helps. Someone else makes baked goods or unique clothing accessories and sells them at a local boutique and the farmer’s market. You don’t have a decent backyard for a garden but you help start a community garden. The guy next door is a mechanic, who keeps your rig in working order in exchange for home cooked meals a couple times a week.

  • Jon

    I saw that in the sixties, along with Matewan, later on, about the militant coal miners rebellion. Real working class movies!