Phil has an interesting post on anarcho-sydicalism and its connections to trade unionism.
A few passages,
“Thus, the key flaw of trade unionism is the flaw of all representative politics. A top-down structure develops almost of necessity, and the leaders “sit in conferences with the capitalists, bargaining over wages and hours, pitting interests against interests, just as the opposing interests of the capitalist corporations are weighed one against another.” As such, “they learn to understand the capitalist’s position just as well as the worker’s position; they have an eye for “the needs of industry”; they try to mediate.” That mediation means that they are not the voice of organised labour, but have the duty “to regulate class conflicts and to secure industrial peace.”’
“So, quite obviously, a full-time official who is answerable to the bureaucracy and who makes decisions with no democratic mandate is beyond these limits. This goes for those appointed to their positions by an employer, but also those (such as general secretaries) who are elected. After all, their election is parliamentary in style – they are representatives, chosen to make decisions on behalf of the members, rather than delegates chosen to voice decisions made directly by the members.”
“Within communities, and unorganised workplaces, they can of course emerge from scratch. But where there is already a union presence, and particularly a strong one, trying to form a separate grouping and asking people to join will only cause splits, as already stated. That is why anarcho-syndicalists agitate within the trade unions. And it is precisely from that agitation that such new forms of organisation can emerge.”
FSK makes the comparison of Guantanamo Bay to Auschwitz, is the comparison fair? Well perhaps not entirely but he makes good points nonetheless,
“The scale of Guantanamo Bay is much smaller than Auschwitz. However, if you include *ALL* people wrongfully imprisoned in the USA, then the numbers start to become comparable. Every jailed nonviolent offender is a political prisoner.
If you ask a State thug, he’ll say “I’m just doing my job.” That’s the exact same logic as concentration camp guards. USA State abuse is less obviously evil compared to outright killing someone. State thugs usually try to kidnap the victim alive. Wrongfully imprisoning someone is still evil. You aren’t killing the victim. You’re still stealing a huge chunk of his life”
DB0 discusses a disturbing trend within the context of women and rape.
Believe it or not but that’s all I found really interesting or worth posting for this week but hopefully this’ll tide people over for a bit until I can start working on my next series. Due to some recent personal stuff going on I’m unsure of when I’ll have the needed interest and enthusiasm for it, we shall see though.