Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

‘Courage Is Contagious’

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Great post yesterday at Naked Capitalism. Here’s the key graf: Perversely, people may be so beaten down that they only want to side with institutions that are visibly and aggressively advocating for them. This might lead them to recognize that middle class interests are aligned with those of labor, which was the widespread view in the first generation after World War II. However, that also means that the de facto business unionism of the 1970s onward isn’t appealing. People might only like unions when they see strikes, otherwise all they hear about is backroom negotiations. Perhaps effectively striking is actually the way to force people to ask questions about what kind of country they want to live in. I haven’t seen this much labor coverage since, well, ever in my lifetime.

Written by gerrycanavan

February 25, 2011 at 10:15 pm

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  1. Great MLK quote at the end, too: “True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.”

    gerrycanavan

    February 25, 2011 at 10:17 pm


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