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By Kim Moody

ISBN-10: 0860919293

ISBN-13: 9780860919292

Over the last decade American hard work has confronted a tidal wave of salary cuts, plant closures and damaged moves. during this first entire heritage of the exertions circulate from Truman to Reagan, Kim Moody indicates how the AFL-CIO’s conservative ideology of “business unionism” successfully disarmed unions within the face of a household correct flip and an epochal shift to globalized construction. Eschewing alliances with new social forces in desire of its outdated chilly struggle liaisons and illusory compacts with significant enterprise, the AFL-CIO less than George Meany and Lane Kirkland has been compelled to give up a lot of its post-war gains.

With remarkable realization to the viewpoints of rank-and-file employees, Moody chronicles the main, yet mostly unreported, efforts of labor’s grassroots to discover its means out of the predicament. In case experiences of vehicle, metal, meatpacking and trucking, he lines the increase of “anti-concession” pursuits and in different case stories describes the ambitious stumbling blocks to the “organization of the unorganized” within the provider quarter. an in depth research of the Rainbow Coalition’s power to unite hard work with different innovative teams follows, including a pathbreaking attention of the chances of a brand new “labor internationalism.”

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Political power in plebeian hands was not wholly an illusion, and those who rebelled against Soviet-style regimes had to reject equality in the name of liberty more grimly than any well-heeled neo-conservative in a City consultancy or think-tank sinecure. Opposing egalitarianism is one of the most onerous tasks facing any class or caste society. The plain and public opposition of the doctrinally pure party and the doctrinally impure (‘transitional’) society offered a lasting symbolic solution, both being concomitantly defended as ‘people power’ (Volksmacht) threatened by inegalitarian disorder and the evil of a self-seeking, profit-maximising, rich bourgeois ruling class alien to the common good and its interests opposed to those of the masses.

See David Ost, The Defeat o f Solidarity: Anger and Politics in Post-Communist Europe, Ithaca, NY and London: Cornell University Press, 2005. 5. Georg Lukacs, ‘Towards a Methodology of the Problem of Organisation , History and Class Consciousness, 1923, pp. 299-300. 6. Lukacs, ‘Towards a Methodology of the Problem of Organisation’, p. 314. 7. Lukacs, ‘Towards a Methodology of the Problem of Organisation’, p. 326. MARX O N 1989 45 8. Hans-Jiirgen Krahl, ‘Zu Lukacs: Geschichte und Klassenbewufitsein’, 1967-68.

To explain the particularity o f the pre-1989 Eastern Bloc regimes one has to turn to the interpretation of institutional solutions in order to enable us to say what has changed, beyond what is obvious and much talked about. The main issue is ‘the party’. I shall not go into the intriguing question o f the origins of the ruling ‘com m unist’ parties and of their national varieties. W hat I shall consider is the party’s mature form, since this is what is least understood. The transition to the ‘mature form ’ - in my opinion one o f the most im portant questions in modern world history - happened during revolution when the small m ilitant sect o f ‘professional revolutionaries’ was transformed into a gigantic mass movement, a key instrument of state power, and it has not lost its worldview, founding myth and unique moral faith.

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