This is a very compelling presentation of the situation faced by organized labor in the current moment, and with it the fate of any progressive themes in American society. The author suggests that the only way to fight back is to launch a massive organizing campaign based on directly challenging the ideology of corporatist individualism that grounds right-wing assaults. I think she is completely correct in arguing this, but it prompts a simple question. Will unions, currently as always fighting their own local battles for basic survival, actually fund such a thing? Are there other progressive organizations with the capital, resources and willpower to launch it? This type of effort would take tens of thousands of organizers to make a real dent. How will they be found and who will pay them? Practically speaking, would it be possible to do something like this with trained volunteers?
Donald E. Jackson
Feb 24 2011 - 3:26am