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The Apolitical General Strike

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On October 12, 2021
Someone mentioned this in comments earlier today and I feel it is worth a post highlighting it: American workers are engaged in “the equivalent of a general strike,” former Labor Secretary Robert Reich has argued, following unexpectedly low U.S. employment figures. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) numbers released on Friday showed that U.S. employment increased […]
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General Strikes and the Shutdown

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On January 25, 2019
With Sara Nelson, head of the flight attendants union, calling earlier this week for a general strike to end the shutdown, I have a piece in The Atlantic discussing the history of general strikes in the U.S. and the challenges and potential of such an action. The important part: So Nelson’s call is remarkable not […]
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Strikes Against Trump

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On March 4, 2017
As I have stated, I am highly skeptical of (mostly) white radicals calling for a “general strike” against Trump because it feels like a bunch of privileged people asking workers to play the leading role in a drama that is not their own. I expressed the same to Bryce Covert in this piece she wrote […]

A General Strike?

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On February 6, 2017

There’s been a lot of talk on the left about a general strike in the last 2 weeks. Color me extremely skeptical. It has seemed to me that this is being pushed by people who want to shut shit dow

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