(11 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
It been so long since a general strike has happened in the US, I better post some background from the wikipedia entry …
A general strike is a strike action by a critical mass of the labour force in a city, region or country. While a general strike can be for political goals, economic goals, or both, it tends to gain its momentum from the ideological or class sympathies of the participants. It is also characterized by participation of workers in a multitude of workplaces, and tends to involve entire communities. The general strike has waxed and waned in popularity since the mid-19th century, and has characterized many historically important strikes.
The term “general strike” is sometimes also applied to large-scale strikes of all of the workers in a particular industry, such as the Textile workers strike (1934). Those “general” strikes, however massive they might be, involve workers only in a particular workplace. The classic general strike, by contrast, involves also workers (and members of the working-class) who have no direct stake in the outcome of the strike. For example, in the San Francisco General Strike of 1934, both union and non-union workers struck for four days to protest the police and employers’ tactics that had killed two picketers and in support of the longshoremen’s and seamen’s demands.
The distinction is not always that clear. In the Minneapolis Teamsters Strike of 1934, as an example, many building trades unions and organizations of unemployed workers in federal work projects struck in sympathy with striking truck drivers and to protest the police violence against picketers. Thousands of others participated in demonstrations to support the strikers. Those sympathy strikes, while sizable, never acquired the scope necessary to amount to a “general strike”, however, and the organizers of the Teamsters’ strike did not describe it as such.
It’s time for the left to start the discussion involved with consideration of calling a general strike due to the disintegration of the US Federal political process.
The American political process has corrupted to the point that the people of this country can’t get issues that 70-80% of the people support to the floor of Congress to even be voted on. Members of Congress are buried so deep in the political contributions of outside interest groups that the corruption of political process is threatening the very existence of American democracy.
The American people can withdraw their consent to be governed in a such fashion. We do not have to cooperate. We can stay home and refuse to allow our labor to used by those who would destroy democracy in America.