French workers on strike

This is how I know we don’t have a left in North America. Check out what they’re doing in France! (And please do click on the link and watch the video.)

From BBC.com:

“Strike action over labour law reforms gripped France on Thursday, with oil refineries, nuclear power stations and transport hubs disrupted.

Riot police battled protesters in Paris and other cities, making 77 arrests, while 15 officers were injured and cars and shops were vandalised.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls insists the reforms will not be withdrawn but has suggested they could be “modified”.

Tear gas filled the air as police in Paris struggled to contain a march which set off from Place de la Bastille.

Of the arrests, 36 were made in the capital while other cities like Lyon and Bordeaux saw similar confrontations.

Officials say 153,000 people took part across France though union leaders put the number at nearly twice that.”

This is a large group of workers who know they are a class of people with a common interest and who work together to protect their interests. They aren’t afraid of disrupting production and they aren’t afraid of police violence. This is what the left is. This type of action requires an entire culture based on class consciousness, solidarity, and strong unions.

The so-called “left” in North America is currently working to prevent anyone from developing a class consciousness, preferring to have us all think of ourselves as individuals who can choose our own choices, and they are against showing solidarity to anyone (particularly women) and prefer engaging in horizontal hostility. Hardly anyone is willing to think about where this “I choose my choice” paradigm comes from (it comes from neo-liberalism, individualism, consumerism, CAPITALISM), and the effect this paradigm has on the working class (it makes us weaker as a group because it prevents us from fighting for our interests).

The politics of navel-gazing and affirming “identities” and changing our own bodies instead of changing the world is not left politics, it’s a manifestation of our defeat. The promotion of the idea that oppressed peoples such as prostituted women “choose” their oppression because of their “agency” is a manifestation of our defeat, too. We’ve collectively swallowed the neo-liberal agenda that’s been fed to us in a deliberate attempt to allow the already powerful to accumulate even more private wealth.

We should be getting together as a group to fight with all we’ve got against those who plunder the environment, the working class, and women. We know who the enemy is. The enemy is not feminists who understand biology, or shop clerks who call men “sir,” the enemy is those who have the material power to extract resources from the planet and its people to create private wealth and destroy the living environment in the process.

What the left has turned into in North America is an embarrassing disgrace. So-called “progressives” are no-platforming anyone who displays class consciousness, an action which basically amounts to punching yourself hard in the face, and the right is laughing at us. The entire labour movement and the feminist movement need to be rebuilt from scratch.

Take a look at France. They’ve got it right.

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10 thoughts on “French workers on strike

    • Capitalism is growing beyond countries and nations and promoting “globalization” because its leaders (don’t know exactly *who* they are) know that individual countries and its societies can develop forms of defense against its abusive exploitation of labor force, through unions and demands for additional rights and benefits for the working class.

      If the working class of a given country becomes too demanding and politically engaged, they just move business abroad, which can be viewed as positive, e. g. under the pretext of helping poor countries, or reasonable under the “laws of capitalism”, of looking for maximum profit, as dictated by the rules of market, etc.

      All these are lies and manipulation of people (i.e. the majority of the population, by the very small few of the dominating elite, whoever they are) to continue the game that they’ve created, and have structured society to accept, that these are natural and valuable, morally correct, rules.

      The US have suffered a strong backlash in its economy due to these corporate politics of favoring “3rd word” countries, because it’s much more profitable (cheaper, in terms of labor costs) to expand business abroad and, I believe, many politicians may have seen this as an indication that the political support to unions and social organizations that criticize or confront capitalism should be avoided.

      Then, the left became more centralized and the political organizations, in general, more globalized to adapt to the demands of the real leaders of the system, the corporations and those who actually command them.

      In this sense, to criticize patriarchy without criticizing capitalism is a contradiction in terms, and neo liberalism is essentially opposed to the empowerment of women, or humans in general, because it becomes an instrument of oppression.

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  1. That’s how they do things in France. The British left have been wishing for decades, if not centuries, that our country was more like France. I think Marx must’ve been drunk when he said the revolution would start in Britain. I can see why he thought that from an historical point of view, but really? I know we had a Civil War which was actually revolution, but if anything, that inoculated us against anything like that happening again for a very long time.

    You guys are stuck with the legacy of being our former colony, sorry.

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  2. I believe it was conservatives who got the ball rolling with the whole individualism thing precisely to do what it has done; end the civil rights movement, the feminist movement so on. It has succeeded spectacularly and “progressives” are too stubborn to see that they’ve fallen for it, hook, line and sinker. Yes, they are laughing at us.

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  3. I agree with you about starting again … but without reinventing the wheel, as far as feminist politics is concerned … so, where do we start? Finding like-minded women with congruent commitment? Establishing a core group? Creating a manifesto? Finding physical ‘home/homeland/base’? A timeline for all of the above?
    ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Good questions! ๐Ÿ™‚
      I think that anything that undermines patriarchy favors women, in the end.
      Perhaps the best way to destroy the present corrupt system is to become a virus in the body of society.
      I’m a bit skeptical of organized movements as they can be “taken” and corrupted by the system itself. On the other hand, they bring visibility to problem.

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      • It does seem to be the way with most movements. That by the very nature of becoming successful they become mainstream … on the other hand if the core tenets of feminism become the norm, I’m all for it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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