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When the left/liberals go against the silent majority on social/cultural issues, it pushes the working classes into voting for the right and against their own economic interests. Why does this happen? Because the working classes of the West have become so wealthy since the war ended, that they now consider economic issues secondary to social and cultural ones.

Insofar as cause is generally recognized to precede consequence, this story is untenable in the face of the historical experience of Western Europe. Union busting came first, the ugly parties followed in its wake like stink on a dogshit.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sun Jul 22nd, 2012 at 10:09:30 AM EST
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I'm not sure how things stand in Denmark, but around here unions are not in the least busted.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Sun Jul 22nd, 2012 at 12:15:03 PM EST
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The gutting of their ability to prevent strikebreaking and maintain closed shops is already complete. The rise of part-time, temporary, "flexible" work has destroyed the ability to organize several whole sectors.

But more importantly, with the shift from full-employment policies to permanent-unemployment policies, the sack regained its power to compel obedience, and workers are not yet reduced to the sort of devil-may-care desperation required to effectively organize in that sort of environment. Unless current policies are reversed, they will be. But that will be then, and this is now.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Jul 23rd, 2012 at 03:57:55 AM EST
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