- Category: News & Analysis
- Created on Wednesday, 25 February 2009 08:30
- Written by Mike Ely
Thanks to Jay for suggesting we post this.
Fox asks East Lansing Mayor Verg Bernero if autoworkers shouldn't have their wages and health care cut. Bernero rips back in angry protest against the attacks on working people. His response is shaped as an argument for "reciprocity" between workers and Wall Street -- and opposition to a global "race to the bottom." ("We'll take our lumps, but....")
It is a snapshot of a debate that is erupting over the economic crisis.
Jeffrey St. Clair's Red State Rebels titled this video clip "How to Destroy a Fox News Anchor." But really, Bernero's defense of wages and benefits (though fiery, populist and far to rarely heard on TV) concedes far too much to capitalism. He assumes precisely the framework that must now be challenged.
So this is actually NOT HOW we should want to "destroy a Fox News Anchor." Something far more radical, biting and true is needed. This spontaneously emerging debate (framed by acceptance of this system and the terms of trade unionism) sharply poses questions of how revolutionaries should speak to these questions. And how we should start to mobilize people to speak and act.
A major contest will now emerge (within official politics, within the public debate andwithin the ruling class) over whether to confront this crisis by pressing a "thirdworldization" of more sections of the U.S. working class, or by adjusting the social contract with fresh elements of social net. One suspects that the first will happening in many ways (seen and unseen), and the latter will receive layers of lipservice but little funding.
and in the midst of this, as people are drawn into such policy struggles on such terms -- how can the political horizons of people (broadly) can change? How does the question of genuine socialism (not Keynsian nationalization) get raised? What programs and avenues will people pursue politically before thinking about more radical solutions? What are sections of the people who have more revolutionary inclinations and can be encouraged to speak loudly amid the awakening and discontent of other broader sections? How can conscious revolutionaries fight to get a hearing from desperate people, and what will we say as we rise to speak?