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How successful are standard labor organizing tactics in periods of economic depression?

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By which I mean strikes, work stoppages, etc. It seems than in times of high unemployment (such as the present) it would be easier for capitalists to hire scabs and to convince the state to bring in police. The New Deal was an aberration, of course, because FDR used the state to create employment and other social programs. It can be argued that he did this precisely because the frustration of the many unemployed people might have otherwise led to revolution. Though the economic situation is similar (worse in many ways considering the labor sector of the economy has been shrinking since the boom years of the 80's-90's and much of the natural "resources" have been used up), the political situation is very different now, keeping a liberal administration from swooping in to give hand-outs.

The answers to this question necessarily inform which tactics workers would be wise to adopt.

(I personally would rather see the factories abandoned, but I know many, including anarchists, aren't ready for such a radical move.)
asked Jan 22, 2011 by enkidu (6,710 points)

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Considering that the class-conscious worker in this country has been disassembled and reborn as the ever more alienated employee, i'd say labor organizing is not very hopeful in general.   

Look at the modern IWW, the labor organization that once held the most capacity to enact revolutionary change. They are utterly impotent, irrelevant and reformist. The subjectivity has changed. Time for new tactics.

I wouldn't be so quick to disregard your initial desire to see the factories rot. Use that as a starting point.
answered Jan 24, 2011 by john apolo (340 points)
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