For the past few months strikes have wrought havoc with the UK’s national infrastructure, and will likely continue to do so well into 2023.
The run-up to Christmas saw postal strikes for the UK’s Royal Mail service.
Throughout the second half of 2022, transport strikes were routine. There’s one happening today that has effectively shut down all train journeys.
There’s a possibility of a teachers’ strike later this month, that would see kids sent home from school. Nurses went on strike in December, and will likely do so again this month
It’s not just the UK either. Strikes in several sectors took place all across Western Europe in December and into early January so far.
New York’s nurses are ready to go on strike next week, and Minnesota nurses only narrowly avoided a strike last month.
It was only Joe Biden’s presidential overreach that prevented a nation-wide rail workers’ strike just before Christmas.
A google trends search for the terms “strike” or “industrial action” have seen surging interest worldwide in the last few months. An admittedly crude measure, but certainly not meaningless.
Strikes are suddenly becoming a high profile global phenomenon.
Given the economic hardships currently being imposed this is not surprising of course.
Corporations price fix and cut costs at every turn, and wages have stagnated for decades while profits soar. No wonder workers and their representatives are trying to redress this balance in any way they can.
But in the New Normal world, what does that mean? And is it possible
this perfectly just cause is being manipulated into furthering the great reset agenda?
After all the Union model has a clear disadvantage in the current situation:
It is built on the underlying assumption that bosses want their workers to work.
But post-scamdemic is this any longer reliably the case?
For almost three years we have seen the vast majority of the corporate-political structure dedicated to stopping workers from working.
Covid and “lockdowns” have demonstrated that the establishment wants to:
- Stop people travelling
- Stop people working
- Breakdown healthcare and medical services
- Cripple supply chains
- Increase the cost of living
- Generally ruin the economy
Governments around the world have shown us they want stagnation, disruption and misery.
However just the cause, it’s also true that strikes further almost all of these goals.
And of course they can easily be created by leveraging workers through inflation & price hikes into taking industrial action just to preserve a living wage.
There’s also the handy bonus of shifting the blame at the same time. Just as the appalling state of the economy was blamed on the war in Ukraine in 2022, it will be blamed on striking unions in 2023.
Another reason for repeating the mantra: “the system is broken, we need a new way of doing things.”
…and then, of course, comes another step toward the Great Reset.
What that specifically means in this instance is not yet clear, although some kind of Universal Basic Income system seems likely (it’s in the zeitgeist right now, as we predicted in our This Year in the New Normal post).
Maybe more “public” ownership of utilities, or perhaps new legislation for a state-backed employment mandate where the unemployed are given digital busywork to do from home, like a cyber work camp.
In the UK at least we won’t know for sure until we have a Labour government installed to “save the day”.
Other “resets” could include higher “benefits” that accompany some kind of agreement to not unionise and never go on strike. A proto-social credit system.
It might be sold as “the end of the need to strike”, and everyone will celebrate the new law that makes striking illegal, while anyone who points out the further reduction of our rights will be called old-fashioned and, of course, a “conspiracy theorist”.
“We don’t need strikes with the new way of doing things, and people that want to go on strike will ruin it for everyone else,” could so easily be the line touted by all the usual suspects.
That’s just speculation, of course. One possible future.
Other knock-on effects could play a role in the GR as well.
For example, if corporations are “forced” to increase their pay rates, they will naturally increase their prices to preserve profit margins – meaning strikes can be directly parlayed into exacerbating the cost of living crisis, even as they are called a “victory” for working people.
Or maybe nursing strikes will mean we “lose control of the Covid situation”, and have to endure a new wave of masks and lockdowns.
We can’t be sure what the exact next steps will be, but we can be aware of the high likelihood this current wave of “worker unrest” is being manipulated to further the aims of the globalist narrative-makers, that the government-corporate-union trifecta will guarantee strikes continue, and that it’s playing an important part in shaping our new normal future.
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There you go Kit! You’ve scored into Zerohedge’s anti-labor, anti-worker cheerleading team! All those paper pushing, short & long, crypto mining gamers who never do a real days sweat labor, just love this spike of contempt for dumb commoners.
I think you have not understood the nuance of this article.
I am all for industrial action when people are being exploited. However, most strikes are political in nature and thus are playing into those who would wish to nullify you as they will replace you with machines.
Tackling the problem with a dose of common sense and placing those who are the actual enemy on notice, is what is needed. Your fellow ‘citizens’ have enough to deal with without you further inconveniencing them.
So many people are without tenure and are never likely to have job ‘security’.
Your comment physically justifies the reasons for unions in authoritarian workplaces. Because Unions have been gutted since the 1980’s by the Reagan/Thatcher dehumanization to a privatized world movement, does not mean that that is a reality we should accept. It is the reality forced upon us which too many have accepted. Voting for unions without retribution should be in every workplace to assure fairness. Or they should be democratic workplaces that share goals and profits.
There is no such animal as a democratic company!
Oh yes there is. You can join a collective business. We have lots of collective bakeries in the US. And you can check out Spain’s Mondragon a full on corporation democratically run by the worker owners.
Yes, it is the masonic ordo out of chaos
We need to shoot the enemies of humanity. If you have a piece of shit on your doorstep you never ask it to leave on its own accord you scrub it out with force. That’s how the 1% got there ill gotten gains.
A general strike demanding real democracy by instigating a social revolution where we all own and work the means of production is the only way to negate the GR. The dissolution of authority and the disappearance of government is the only way to evolve consciousness. We are the biological cells that work together if not then the disease is what we have.
Okay, so socialism and communism have worked a treat? You sound like the commie agitators of yore.
Another revolution to ‘heal the world’… Or are you talking about the revolution to end all revolutions?
I’m surprised that there is not any action on food security, of any Western nations.
The fact that wealthy ‘western” nations cannot feed themselves, and must import food from elsewhere. Canada could have a vast array of greenhouses anywhere in Canada, and with all that hydroelectricity, instead of pimping da Yanks with power, use it to light and heat the greenhouses. (and much better investment than e-vehicles) I notice Italy and Spain are practically exporting almost everything to North America just to finance their forced upon IMF debt. They are the “poor” countries on the Collective West. They can grow tons, but not keep i for themselves…
“We can’t be sure what the exact next steps will be,” really? not one mention of robotics and “Artificial Intelligence” (oxymoron) as the replacement of human labor. Why are humans to blame for class warfare? The problem isn’t strikes by underpaid and abused workers. It has and will always be lack of control by those doing the real work (not the robber barons who don’t know the meaning of the word WORK- example: Jeff Bezos who “earns” something like $9k a minute) and the exploitation of those doing the work and the resources needed to create creature comforts first world economies demand.
To quote the brilliant Prof. Michael Parenti “The only thing the rich have ever wanted is everything.”
The working class/poor must stop demonizing each other and replace the systems that create oppression and an unlivable/unsurvivable future on this planet.
Given that the present UK government knows it will not be re elected next time, it begs the question as to what leverage any strike is supposed to have. There’s no arm to twist.
The unions must surely know this, and are fully aware that the strikes harm the strikers, the rest of us, and undermine the industries and establishments that are on strike.
The gain as far as I can see, is that it garners support for a faux revolution, and the incremental move towards a communist state.
On a comparable note, suspicions were aroused way back when the obnoxious Arthur Scargill appeared to be confronting The Maggie Thatcher head-on in the miners’ strike.
If he had not been an obnoxious half-wit, far more people would have looked closely at what was going on.
As things stood, he made the perfect target for anybody who didn’t like the idea of Trotskyism taking hold of the UK. No thinking or analysis was necessary.
The whole thing was staged, but hardly anybody knew it at the time.
– and of course the miners were crushed.
Idea. Regarding an alternate to UBI to support Humanity. Since each new birth creates a need for resources, and potential source of producing resources, and all money conceptually exists only, why not make that person funded up front at birth rather than forcing them to make themselves a dog-eat-dog animal climbing over the top of fellow humans to prove themselves a winner just to survive? The tremendous damage created by these manufactured sociopaths that climb on top of us is self evident in 2023. If each new human being had a million dollar trust fund overseen by a publicly created trustee system that evaluated need, by request (for instance to fund college education, a business plan, a sabbatical or a catastrophe) over the person’s lifetime, would that not provide a nominal backstop of support that relieved the pressure to perform within the capitalist scarcity of success system?
Banks have been given the authority to loan/manufacture $1M dollars from $100K, in held real money assets or less, via fractional lending practice, then get the recipient to pay the bank the invented principal $1M + another half or even $2M more over 30 years. Would it not make greater sense as benefiting Humanity to fund this up front so the beneficiary of the financial arrangement is the human being rather than the abstraction of a bank fronting for the 1%?
we are the only ‘dumb’ animal that is stupid enough to pay for anything/everything when it belongs to us all anyway.
i agree there are enough resources etc for everybody to have what they need to live comfortably and without trauma.
the population of alaska all get a piece of the oil pie i hear…….every resource could be divided equally everywhere………i have a feeling the pedo parasite retards create this centuries old shitshow because they are extremely bored and cannot think of anything better to do………..yes totalitainment seems to describe this very well
Trade unions return to their roots of professional guilds.
They don’t care about workers but work for government and corporate interests in return of elite privileges. That is why in recent decades they never opposed global elite imposed corporate hollowing and devastation of local or regional mainstream economies that caused pain and suffering of those who are living from their labor not from capital.
So what are today’s trade unions in new neofeudal digital age. The same as during feudalism.
The trade and artisan guilds were ancient associations of people, providing goods and/or services, aimed towards safeguarding their own narrow interests vis-à-vis interest of the state. The guilds were not actually counter party to the state, but there were merely extension of the state, which trade represented 99% of all monetized market for goods and services in medieval times. The guilds influence, mostly bore out of cronyism, intermarriage with courtiers of the sovereign or financial arrangements, almost always resulted in acquiring numerous privileges such as tax exemption, toll/fee collection privilege, monopoly positions of trade and/or services within given jurisdiction of the state or province. Effectively guilds were institutions of labor monopoly and market anti-competitiveness as they pushed power elites determined system status quo.
The trade unions today are part of ideological Reset as much as they were part of bourgeois liberal political framework by supporting power elites programs and systemic status quo no matter what.
Much of British trade unions almost never supported systemic socioeconomic changes to satisfy their demands. In fact they inspired bourgeois liberal political representation of Labour Party to work exclusively within capitalist system.
By definition they were not workers unions with antagonist agenda, not only to government or corporates but existed to cooperate with management, stifle genuine workers political movements and systemic agendas in order to accommodate demand of capital.
The true workers unions dominated by leftist agenda of workers liberation and emancipation from capital rule like IWW never last long as they were immediately attacked by state, corporate goons and most of all by trade Union bosses and their thugs.
Today’s waves of strikes are not aimed against the system that undergoes programmed Reset since they are led by Trade unions having no workers interest in heart. And hence can only hasten it.
Unions have always been controlled by the bankers. The events of the last three years prove that. Unions forcing their members to submit to injections of poisons into their bloodstreams. Teacher’s unions forcing children to suffocate behind their muzzles. Monstrous. In the past Western unions sat on their hands while manufacturing was sent to China.
Unions, formerly called “combinations” in England, go back at least 200 years.
So, “unions have always been controlled by the bankers”.And you prove that with their behavior of just the last 3 years?
In the US context anyway, it is true that unions have not really represented the interests of the rank and file since McCarthyism. Before that however, it is a different story…
Absolute bullshit. Read some history my friend. Check out the Haymarket Affair and the bombing setup to destroy the union movement. It has never stopped since. Your position on this has no fact in basis until post 1960’s. Get your facts right. Until then your argument serves to advance the Bankster’s interests. As they like as the real sabotage of a threat to their authority to decide.
Whether or not Unions have been “owned” by bankers, we can all agree that Unions have contributed to legitimize and cement the capitalist system we have lived in for the past 200 years.
While they were negotiating demands for the workers (making them appear on the side of the working class), they were at the same time moving within the constraints of the system that legitimize the principle of corporations and corporate greed.
The idea of decentralizing and democratizing the working system has never remotely been in the mind of the Union leaders, and for very good reasons.
Of course the “leaders” of the unions in the 21st C have soldout, just as the “leaders” making policy and telling us what to do surround us have soldout to the owner class. But the grassroots principles of survivable and even respectable work conditions, sharing of profits and benefits for the employed has been fought hard for since the mid 19th Century out of rational common sense. That’s why we should all advocate self-organizing unions without “leaders” and at minimum fighting for adequate wages, hours, vacation, health care and pensions, and above this to democracy in the workplace and collective ownership. The Mondragon in Spain has been highly successful in this regard as should most workplaces.
trust in the plan
strikes have been used for decades heath and thatcher used crown agents working class hero
citizen smiths power to the people change change agents union reps cut out
zion never sleeps
Congratulations Kit, you woke me up from lethargy.
This time I find your thinking, your grand narrative, disturbing. (shouldn’t we only be delighted when people fight back, damn, it’s becoming rare).
It’s nothing new that system subverts, co-opts, corrupts anything that could threaten it, Marcuse was very thorough on this.
“Thus introjection implies the existence of an inner dimension distinguished from and even antagonistic to the external exigencies-an individual consciousness and an individual unconscious apart from public opinion and behavior. The idea of “inner freedom” here has its reality: it designates the private space in which man may become and remain “himself.” Today this private space has been invaded and whittled down by technological reality. Mass production and mass distribution claim the entire individual, and industrial psychology has long since ceased to be confined to the factory.”
“In this process, the “inner” dimension of the mind in which opposition to the status quo can take root is whittled down. The loss of this dimension, in which the power of negative thinking-the critical power of Reason-is at home, is the ideological counterpart to the very material process in which advanced industrial society silences and reconciles the opposition.”
“The impact of progress turns Reason into submission to the facts of life, and to too dynamic capability of producing more and bigger facts of the same sort of life.”
Marcuse: One Dimensional Man
Kit: “Just as the appalling state of the economy was blamed on the war in Ukraine in 2022, it will be blamed on striking unions in 2023.”
Scamdemic, Ukraine, strikes… which of these events is more generally-ruin-the-economy?
Which has/will have more impact on people’s lives in general?
I have no doubt Ukraine, well not per se, that’s just bloody part of the Theater of Operations, where they provide only sandpit and blood.
Theater of operations, the world. When it started…who knows…maybe with the orange-one who didn’t start a single war, except trade war with china. It’s not bloody, war nonetheless, a post-modern war.
It seems to me that we have been subjected to shock&awe, scamdemic was Shock….is Ukraine affair about Awe??
I’m puzzled how is it possible that after almost a year we haven’t been able to come to the streets and demand Peace. Unless you’ve been born with a golden spoon this shit will affect you, yes, you personally.
But, yes, nobody is trying to stick a needle in you, and it’s not about your wallet. Does that makes it less real, because it’s not straight into your face, because it somehow seems it isn’t about you?
I guess most covidians are now salivating on every ukrainian success, so that is not really a question for them. I hope it will be acceptable question after russian winter offensive. Even more I hope, people will realize the gravity of situation before tactical nukes come into play.
I’m not sure what would be of average guardian-reader’s reaction on title: Russians nuked in Mykolaiv (our 101th airborne brigade in odessa has been in danger to be overruned by russian hordes, two nukes, combined just half of hiroshima, very targeted, just military, just 10.000, not russia proper, our boys safe for now). Then a week later (just as kissinger suggested on dacha) diego garcia and 3 aircraft carriers vaporize (just diego was nuked for sure and there is no more, two feet tsunami in indian ocean). Russians said they equalized body count ((guam was left for chinese)).
Militarily looking very clean, smart and I’m afraid it might be overall acceptable for joe six-pack, reasonable.
Reason went bye-bye, I wonder to what extent.
I admit to only skimming this article, but unions have been co-opted for the last 100 years.
Union bosses always led their “members” to go on strike when there was an oversupply of production.
Anyway, I would just like to express some mild disappointment with the issues tackled by Off-G.
It seems that other than the Covid scam, most here would rather be writing for the Guardian.
How about some more challenging issues. On the UK Homefront – there is always the opportunity of following up on some of the UK Column material such as who is actually running the country.
And of course, nary a word about the Russian war – dismissed because someone snapped a photo of Putin talking to Klaus What’s’isName.
I continue to find Simon Elmer’s analysis in his book The Road to Fascism: for a Critique of the Biosecurity State to be a rich resource:
“We shouldn’t forget that, before they came to power, both Italian fascism and German National Socialism flirted, if only in name, with socialist ideas, particularly about the organisation of the economy. This was done largely in order to appeal to Italian and German workers facing immense economic hardship and exploitation by capitalist landowners and industrialists after the Great War; to gain access to the organisational power of trades unions over the mass of industrial workers; and in a largely failed attempt to draw workers away from the strong communist parties in these two countries. And although, once these fascist movements formed a government, this flirtation rapidly turned to violent anti-socialist policies in fascist states across Europe, many workers continued to think of fascism as a form of socialism right up to the point when their trades unions were disbanded, their social and political organisations outlawed, and their party leaders arrested, imprisoned, tortured and murdered.
Here I take just one example from Richard Evans’ The Coming of the Third Reich, the first volume in his trilogy, in which he follows how the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP) came to power in Germany in March 1933, whereupon it set about destroying all opposition, not only in the Reichstag but also in the strong labour movement. To this end, the ‘socialist’ dimension of National Socialist ideology, which resided in little more than its name, was cynically used by the NSDAP Government to subordinate unions and workers to its rule. After forming a coalition government with the conservative and nationalist German National People’s Party, the Law to Remedy the Distress of People and State, which granted Adolf Hitler dictatorial powers, was voted for by every party in the Reichstag except the Social Democrats and the Communist Party — the latter of which had been banned the month before. Hitler then turned his attention to the trade unions. In April, the Government concluded an agreement with the Liberal and Christian unions to make May Day — traditionally the occasion for the demonstration of the labour movement’s numbers — into a public holiday. In return, the trades unions agreed that it would now be rebranded as the ‘Day of National Labour’, symbolising the union of nationalism and socialism.
On the day itself, however, trades unions were decorated in black, white and red, the former national colours of Imperial Germany, and some workers marched under the sign of the swastika. Many of these had been threatened by their unions with dismissal for non-compliance; but forced or willing, this union of nationalism and socialism was short-lived. The very next day, on 2 May, 1933, SA and SS stormtroopers occupied the offices of every Social Democrat trade union, took over their newspapers, periodicals, banks and assets, and arrested leading union officials. These were taken into ‘protective custody’ — it was claimed for their own safety from the ‘righteous wrath’ of the German people — in Germany’s new concentration camps”
I don’t think there were trade unions in the USSR.
Elmer did not mention the USSR; he’s talking about fascism in Germany.
Fyi, The Russian revolutionaries called trade unions workers’ councils. In Russian the word for council is soviet.
Trade unions in Soviet Union were called professional unions organized by certain socioeconomic branches.
The metal workers had separate Union from textile or medical workers etc.,.
All of unions were subordinated to communist party but not to company managers. And hence there were negotiations even wildcat strikes although there was no right to strike under premise that communist party was an arbiter of disputes and represented interests of both workers and management.
in fact most of recognized by communist party workers’ demands were in fact incorporated into specific branch specific central or regional legislation as unions had big representation in legislative bodies.that passed in 1940s and 50s laws regarding universal and free healthcare, work safety, free childcare K-12 and free college education .
Of course in reality party represented most of all interests of party elite.
Thank you. Interesting. And relevant for grasping how trades unions, to whom we today owe so many of the “rights” we all take for granted, can and have been so readily subverted and appropriated. Like any other group or movement, in fact.
So then what are working people to do? Just accept whatever the bosses, the employer class, the 1% offer, or walk away? Just so they don’t get their Great Reset? Cone on now. I am all against this Great Reset to a privatized, centralized corporate state. But casting the tiny percentage of working class still able to organize and bargain wages willingness to strike as being “manipulated” by the owner class to make things worse and thus make justification for a UBI’d Great Reset, is stretching reality into an optionless passivity. “Manipulate”, no. Spin, yes.
It’s time to be productively critical. The idea that the working class has no right to strike plays more into the hands of our master classes, than anything imaginable. Without the labor movement that started in the late 1700’s and battled the Robber Barons of the Late 19th C, Humanity would be locked down in an unstopped Gilded Age totalitarianism boosted by techno-fascism. As it is, the Great Reset is an attempt to recreate a Neo Gilded Age with the bottom 95% as their neo serfs. How to stop this totalitarian coup is what we should be brainstorming, not pointless critique of striking workers.
A suggestion. All critique of social action that does not at least hint at viable solution, or an alternatively existing more effective solution than that criticized, is just more postmodernist futility. For instance, I will make the criticism that labor leadership has become way too in-the-pocket of the ruling elite over the last 45 years as union organizing has been sabotaged by the 1%’s Reagan/Thatcherist drive to global privatization. And suggest that a solution is for union workers to self-organize thru the existing union structures to exclude the sellout “leaders” and prosecute their own strikes democratically with the general public who is also being screwed daily.
I propose a Labor + Consumer General Strike May 2023 for one month in sympathy with Labor strikes. The demand: a universal Constitutional right for the People to make Policy & Budgets directly to replace failed Western “representatives” managed corporate state “republics”.
We must come up with solutions to the existing abominable system at the same time we criticize their catastrophe. To just chew words and look at screens while these assh*les destroy Humanity is handing them victory. We are the 95%, they are the 1%. We can have majority/consensus rule. Yes we can.
You generally notice similarly to me.
What was lockdown but a General Strike imposed from above?
If the unions wanted any real leverage they need to go beneath the old way of seeing to views that Kit and others are revealing of a deliberate intent to radically restructure human society in ‘their’ own technocratic image.
General Strikes, strikes are tools of the working class, not of the ruling elite. That assertion is absurd inverted logic of postmodernism. Strikes are not imposed from above. That is called totalitarianism and LOCKDOWN.
Seeing it? We all see the ruling elite’s “restructuring”. But once seen as we have now, the question is what do we the working class do effect a society that backstops everyone and throttles capital wealth hording? Strikes and General Strikes are the way The People can affect that change in part initially. If you know a better action, please express it.
I ask you, what do you think can be done to 1) stop the 1%’s Great Reset and; 2) create self-governing policies and budgets that would make an environment of egalitarianism and equality that we bottom 90%ers seek?
Generally ruin the economy..which encompasses all the other points
the logic as portrayed in this article does only make sense if the goal is depopulation. In any other scenario, especially the claim to “increase the cost of living” does not make sense.
If production no longer exist, any production, there is nothing to buy anymore, so what costs do increase, the cost to breathe?
In a scenario that is envisioned by the likes of Schwab, as I understand it, the goal is not to destroy production, but not only to keep the means of production within the capitalist class, but also to prevent ownership of the goods produced and keep the ownership in the hands of the capitalist class, which will be even more monopolized as is presently the case and will no longer permit competition but only the production and renting of a set of unitized goods.
Leasing of the goods needed permits a much-enhanced planning of production, as the leased goods guarantee a regular turnover, thus a planned economy, and a stable income stream.
Within the above scenario, strikes have little or no influences on the longterm goal, it is just a temporary obstacle without much influence as to the direction towards a neo feudal-fascist society.
It’s situational of course – if the msm is covering something heavily (BLM for instance) then we should surely be skeptical about the details and more importantly the solutions being offered. Protest or strikes can be incorporated into the Helegian dialectic problem reaction solution just like anything else. That being said protest and mass civil action has won and still has the potential to win the working classes so much. For example what if the public saw covid for what it was and called bullshit – mass protests against the lockdowns and jab mandates would surely be something to support.
i have been to a few anti-lockdown etc protests over the last three years and there were two huge marches of at least a million both times in london 2021, which were not in the least reported in the msm but widely witnessed on the streets
very good for everyone’s moral they were and it gives me hope……..they really were a sight to behold and be a part of……..im sure the powers that shouldn’t be were not pleased at these turn outs………..bubbling away beneath the surface
I sometimes look in on Steel City Scribblings to see what’s happening in “Left Dupery Land”. There is an article on a Richard Murphy post which reveals a glimmer of awareness that Murphy is an obnoxious intelligence mole (naturally Philip does not put it in these terms – though they are the correct ones – and I no longer make half hearted apologies for these kind of “paranoid statements”. If it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck etc.)
But though Philip is correct in his suspicions he typically goes nowhere near far enough. One little giveaway that he doesn’t pick up on is a few words at the beginning of a Murphy quote:
These are the only words you need to read from Murphy to arrive at the only possible conclusion: The guy is a pure con merchant.
RUN FOR THE HILLS !!!!!!
THEY’VE GONE AND DONE IT!
THEY’VE RELEASED THE KRAKEN !!
The Kraken Wakes or maybe ‘The Kraken Woke’ would be a better title these days:
I think someone once suggested replacing the UK terror alerts from colours to the names of biscuits:
the UK terror alert has just been raised from bourbons to hobnobs
We should do the same with these variants. Just as much sense.
Or just plain crackers.
How about: The UK terror alert has just been raised from “Oh for fuck’s sake!” to “Piss off you boring bastards!”
I love this idea.
The one thing that hurts them more than anything else is ridicule.
“Revolutionary biscuits of Italy / Rise up out of your box / You have nothing to lose but your wafers / Yum yum yum yum yum.”.
(You either get The Young Ones or you’re a poo faced git)
You’ve got your garibaldi
You’ve got your bourbon and then you’ve got your Peek Freans Trotsky Assortment
Do they still make Garibaldi’s?
Those thin slices with the raisins like dried house flies? Gain of biscuits reseach.
A likely scenario: strikes/social unrest and riots » a global police state. A film from a year or two ago with an ominous title “El Nuevo Orden” is quite… instructive in this respect, I think.
i do think kickback is coming from the mass, somehowanywayforcefully.
that’s want they want, . . . .
UBI mentioned twice in a week!!
Lets entertain briefly the security state Conservative theory. ( take note in who is selling this to you)
All you got to do, is try this your self.
My previous before I was self employed was 8am til 4/5pm I got up at 6./630am
juice – coffee – shower etc didn’t really have time to surf the net etc
I login to work – signed a fit for work which meant I had not been heavily drinking etc the night before, YES I no.
I was literally observed all day.
My break was 15min in morning 30 mins @ 13pm for lunch.
15 mins in the afternoon.
Explain to me how I am supposedly able to find time to study and learn about this stuff.?
I dont read the free papers on the train or underground.
MY tax etc was 35%+
Lets entertain briefly Kit and the security state Conservative theory.
In this time supposedly, I would be more free.? According to them
I am free yet paying to live in a property which i am hardly in which I have to pay extra 1500 euro Per Month in taxes on top of mega bills I paid already.
I get back from work at 6/6.30pm 18.30pm. Cook etc I may have to do laundry etc chores.
Now it is approximately 20pm I’m kind of fuckd wanting to chill out.
I put on some music Or read a book maybe even watch a film.
I may even had to briefly check the next day at work make sure there isnt any latest drama/s.
Now lets look at this evil UBI.
You’ve got all day to study learn research or etc etc
The best part is…. the same people who you donate to, so they dont work are telling you UBI means your more controlled. 😂 so carry on working.
Thats some mind control doublespeak magic fuckery.
There is a agenda on both sides. Dont fool for it because it is parroted constantly.
Off-G is becoming On-bot.
I’m pretty sure UBI will not be an alternative to working. It’s Universal and Basic, so everyone receives it, whether they have an income or not. For those not in work it will not be enough for any kind of life (much like their current situation). For those in work it will be a wage subsidy which will allow employers to continue to pay workers less than a living wage. They will need both their wage and a clean social credit score (or whatever is used to determine your right to receive UBI) in order to ‘enjoy’ the same lifestyle they have now. So UBI will undermine workers, subsidise employers and relieve government of any responsibility to maintain the infrastructure and economy to support satisfying, productive work.
UBI gets a bad press though the basic idea behind it is quite noble – that every human gets enough for basic needs (food, clothing, shelter) and then what they do in life beyond that is up to them.
Which, in theory, should free people up from worrying about the lowest level of Maslow’s Hierachy of Needs. Allowing people to contemplate those higher aspects of life denied to those stuck in a panopticon all day.
Allowing robots to do the menial tasks, or work in the sweatshops. People not so enslaved to their pods that they can’t look elsewhere for a better use of their time.
‘The Rise of the Robots’ by Martin Ford is a short read / good justification for it imho. The reverse side of the coin for those who attribute malice to everyone in authority
at what cost? i don’t mean fiscal shite.
no joinie-in, nae “credit”… at the least…
then the rest….
it sounds cool but is zombie-trap.
Ya. Those union strikes really add a lot to economic stability. Like the dock workers strike in Duluth, Minnesota some years ago. Result? Shipping moved to other ports, and Duluth became an industrial wasteland. Great for tourism and low-ball service jobs, though.
Or the auto-workers strikes in the former United States. Result? All major auto manufacturing moved off-shore. Detroit, Michigan became an industrial wasteland, and a major civilian exodus soon followed. Great place to buy vacant housing and invest in the crack cocaine industry…
Let’s not talk about the Northwest Airlines strike. I’ll let this gentleman explain. >
The Northwest Airlines Strike: Where is Labor Going? – Against the Current
Excerpt: “In mid-September the airline declared bankruptcy and announced that it would begin to make permanent hires out of some of the temporary replacements.
NWA have also announced that they will lay off 900 flight attendants (with whose union they are in the midst of bargaining concessions) by the end of October, and another 500 by January. The IAM and ALPA are waiting in line for their turn at the concessions table (or is it a guillotine?). Despite what has turned into a virtual media blackout, the strike persists.”
My father was successfully employed in the printing industry for over 32 years. Seems the printers “union” had plans he hadn’t calculated into his pension. My father didn’t support the “unions” goals, or for that matter, unions at all. Result? Forced early retirement, and a gold watch to idle away his remaining years.
That all the earliest strikes in the US – like the Pullman strike – were met with organized violence while the later strikes – like those you mention – were allowed to play out suggests a changing strategy on the part of companies.
Instead of beating or killing striking workers, companies simply abandoned them to their own devices and moved on. It isn’t the fault of the workers that they got a little greedy for a bigger share of the pie: after all, greed is the ultimate good in America.
Workers just hadn’t realized that greed was a class related characteristic.
I think we’re back to Pullman strategies, only we’re jabbing one another with bogus “vaccines” and electromagnetic weapons… Nice of us to do the dirty work.
The pharmaceutical industry has become the Company Store… I like this definition. >
Excerpted from: Paradox of value – Wikipedia
Main article: Marginalism
“The theory of marginal utility, which is based on the subjective theory of value, says that the price at which an object trades in the market is determined neither by how much labor was exerted in its production, as in the labor theory of value, nor on how useful it is on the whole. Rather, its price is determined by its marginal utility.
The marginal utility of a good is derived from its most important use to a person. So, if someone possesses a good, he will use it to satisfy some need or want. Which one? Naturally, the one that takes highest-priority. Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk illustrated this with the example of a farmer having five sacks of grain.
Greed is good!!! Greed has gotten us to where we are today…
Have we reached peak “war in Ukraine” propaganda?
Good observations. The only one I didn’t see is that the unions were wholly on board with the Covid response.
In HR lingo, they owned it.
What’s happened to children in the schools, and to patients on the wards, is almost entirely the result of union compliance.
Unions are odd things: how many here have seen their career sacrificed for standing up as a member of a union. I know I have. I was a Reuters union rep. It didn’t go down well with HR.
At the grass roots it’s a matter of principle. But what happens at the executive level of unions is very different.
Oddly, it’s closer to the Third Reich which brought worker representatives onto the boards of corporations by law, thereby coopting and managing the workforce top-down. Think stakeholder capitalism. https://moneycircus.substack.com/p/philanthropy-is-now-the-third-pillar
Such uniformity is the big exposé in our time – in the mockingbird media which repeats the same sentiment, in identical language; in the uniform response of the unions.
A thinking person should be suspicious, yet the majority is not. https://awarenessact.com/only-30-50-of-people-have-an-inner-monologue-and-suddenly-it-all-makes-sense/
Four decades ago I sat in meetings with Coventry Trades Union Council and we already, in the 1980s, saw the evidence of infiltration. We were debating how to mark the centenary of the Trades Council and one member suggested sponsoring a debate among local schools.
“You can’t do that,” shrieked a couple of ideologues (long before the era of blue hair and nose rings). “Debates is elitist.” (For these ladies were not surprisingly schoolteachers.)
Do you remember the Dockers’, I replied. How would they have mobilised the British workers in the General Strike – which Churchill countered at gunpoint – without the ability, from nothing more than a soapbox, to motivate their fellows. https://moneycircus.substack.com/p/a-wobbly-perspective
And so the decline began.
I liked the speculation part right at the end, something I would see in a newspaper ad.
The only thing missing from the article was a Turning Point u.k logo on the bottom right hand side.
American empire is the enemy of Humanity, there is no such thing as a NWO, other than US hegemony.
These nurses want more money while they dance in the isles of empty hospitals?
Unions are always on the side of woke labor governments. Watermelons.
Just to add to my post below about working together and being smart about negotiating with the company. I never said to leave the union just be aware of the union rep who comes down demanding strikes. Who will it benefit in the long run.
Hank. simply put if UK union reps leave you asking feeling anything it’ll be miraculous.
Unions have been positioned into a classic Batesonian double-bind: don’t protest when their members are being immiserated and appear irrelevant versus protest and become a tool of the Great Reset.
There remains the choice of how to protest of course. Unsurprisingly the UK union leaderships have picked the strategy most destructive. to the public, their members and the world as we know it. Could they not refuse to collect fares as an alternative? The public could still travel and infrastructure would still work but the owners wouldn’t get their income. Teachers could refuse all admin (i.e. surveillance) but still run lessons.
Kit’s insight that the Great Reset doesn’t want people working is a very good one. I’d only add that in the slightly longer term they want most of the jobs involved switched to automation. Robot nurses won’t go on strike and neither will AI-driven trains. These considerations aren’t distant sci-fi anymore. Their support for UBI is mainly to smooth the path into this world.
Otto Kahn of Kuhn, Loeb & Co. explained the fundamental dialectic: “our essential dynamism makes uses of the forces of destruction and forces of creation, but uses the first to nourish the second”. This was reported by former French ambassador Comte de St Aulaire in his 1937 memoirs. Previously the destruction has had war as its cover, now it’s more fifth generation warfare.
They’ve essentially created a situation where nothing ever works properly and they can just alternate their cover stories. It’s strikes…. it’s pandemics… it’s climate…. the end result looks suspiciously similar.
They may be hoping that the crisis generates some solution whereby their employees act and obey robotically.
If you want to know where sympathies of the UK trade unions or mainstream political parties go, just take a look at the Parliamentary Labour party, Keir Starmer and the ‘Labour Friends of Israel’. This list as follows:
As of February 2022, the Officers, sitting MPs, Lords and former members who were supporters of LFI are set out below.
OfficersLabour (unless otherwise stated)
Sitting MPsLabour (unless otherwise stated)
Sitting LordsLabour (unless otherwise stated)
It’s the same in the United States, only worse. (see ‘The Israel Lobby’ by John John J Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt). Sure there a very small leftish even anti-zionist groups both in the UK and the US, but the Zionist cause is overwhelmingly endorsed and funded in both in both parties.
That’s a great list of useless eaters.
That would be cruel to crocs.
Hand ’em all a shovel. There’s plenty of coal in Hell…
“Given the economic hardships currently being imposed”
In a nutshell !
So true. All part of the GR’s deindustrialization agenda. First world nations value independence and democracy the most, so they must be dehumanized. We need a public bank revolution so that small business entrepreneurship can take off. This is how certain ethnic communities thrive, they support each other.
Trump’s firing of 300,000 government workers allowed the whole Covid flu d’etat to take place. The GR wants to dissolve the whole nation-state Westphalian paradigm since a healthy, functional government that is not in the pockets of oligarchs is our only true protection. And that is why oligarchs will always systematically enslave it – to remove our only real guardian. Once the government is crippled, all of our protections are laid bare, ready to be destroyed.
Public Banks: Removing Job Growth From the Corrupt Jackboot of Wall Street
It’s not simply about the oligarchs crippling the government, but them using it as a tool of repression and enslavement, as we’ve seen vividly over the past few years. In their hands, government becomes a nightmare.
I think that is spot on.
The systematic destruction of the nation state has been a two fold attack – first undermine confidence and belief in govt through corruption within – in the UK this was via parliamentary dictatorship and corporate lobbying. The current system has meant that the party executive is sovereign, not the govt, monarch or the people. This has been achieved via the party manifesto. Secondly govt has been undermined through the press whose owners have gleefully reported the corruption of the very processes they and their sponsors are responsible for causing.
Destruction of the nation state has been the game ever since the Treaty of Westphalia which for the ‘UK’ initiated a long and bloody war against the leading nation, France. Its also no surprise that France was the first country to suffer revolution brought about by these same generational groups.
This is because these ‘internationalists’ see the nation state as a hindrance to their plans. They think in generational terms and what we are witnessing now has been the plan for many years.
It is better described by Yuri Bezmenov who describes the process in detail that were initially techniques used by the Soviets in their plans for western destruction and defeat by communism. The same groupings can be found in all of the above groups who no doubt remain hidden to the everyday footsoldiers.
“First World” nations are the flagships of the central banking cartel that oppress the planet. They achieved their status by plundering and enslaving the world on behalf of their masters. Western governments collabotated in the creation of totalitarian states like the USSR and China. Their citizens lead the way in cultural offensives like feminism, porn and homosexuality.
These nurses, these rail workers, etc, are the struggling public, and the public are pissed. I don’t hear much in the way of criticism from the rest of the public, who are patiently waiting for their chance to strike their own blow against this regime gov’t by removing yet another PM, voted in by the party and not the people.
Labour party take note. If you screw the people again, like toady blaaar, it’ll be the end of you and probably the party system altogether.
Nobody could argue that this system of ours is not already broken. Abused and broken by the tory and labour parties who want to bring you ‘vaccine’ passports, 15 min cities, healthcare via an app, no legal ownership of anything, travel bans and lockdowns, endless booster shots of very poorly produced ‘vaccines’.
The public may one day need to send a message and spoil their ballot papers en masse. When you are at the polls just remember that both political parties in Blighty are pushing a pointless war with Russia and China for their masters.
See you on the barricades.
There is no more socialism left in the Labour party. What we have now is a collection of fat arsed, overpaid, nodding donkeys who are willing to swim with the tide as decreed from on high. They are no more than the elite’s foot soldiers and their affinity with the electorate is wafer thin as too many of them are devoted to climbing the greasy pole of politics and to accept the ‘honours’ that a corrupt Establishment bestows upon them. They are now indistinguishable from Tories and nothing will change until these cretins are removed and the system is totally overhauled.
One of the things that has to change is the way members of parliament are allowed to wander off during debates that affect the rights of every single citizen of this country, forever. Well, until the people have had enough and take it all back again.
Some don’t even bother to attend the chamber during these debates. That’s how much they care for the rights of the citizen. Perhaps i’m being harsh? Maybe they all had business meetings?
Money for old rope sums up these dummies.
Today Labour Party only exists as it did before the ticket election ’18. 19-1969..I said today
What a stupid bullshit written by a total fuckhead…
Is this sentence in English? Erudite you are not. This article is spot on, and something I myself have been saying for some time (I suppose this makes me a fuckhead?). If you wish to respond you would be well advised to show some understanding of the issue at hand, and at least show a modicum of respect; I think this would be beyond you.
Oh, Jeff the Beast often makes comments like this. I believe he’s just trying to be funny. I always have a chuckle at his ineptitude…
Now then Vicar, we all know it’s you behind your Jeff pseudonym because you made exactly the same statement at the children’s nativity play just before Christmas and the children weren’t impressed.
I thought it was very good.
Now that you put it like that It just shows what an idiot I am.
Did you come up with that all own you own? 😂
Back to bed now and don’t forget to take your medication.
Now, that is proper funny !!
Some of it is bullshit. Unions have struck repeatedly in my lifetime and is not a recent phenomenon as indicated in this article. Unions had (and still have) their purpose. Government overreach seems to have outmoded many of those purposes. In the 70s the AFL/CIO treated me well as a summer fill-in garbage truck driver which enabled me to pay for most of my college costs out of my own pocket. My problem with unions is the protection of worthless workers. Teachers in particular. Hard to get rid of a bad teacher and with wokeness pervading education the problem today is doubly bad. Cops and firefighters too. People that should be gotten rid of are protected. No doubt similar problems pervade every work force where unions are involved. Bad employees are everywhere. Total fuckhead seems a little harsh. Maybe a little ignorant, but not stupid.
Is that a downvote Jeff?
The Woke assault on history gets a boost. Graud:
“The $500m Romeo and Juliet case opens a new frontier for #MeToo reckoning
The question of informed consent on Zeffirelli’s 1968 film has revived the historical abuses argument – will movie production companies be hit by a tidal wave of lawsuits?”
Note the words “new frontier” and “reckoning”. Note also “tidal wave”. The climate allusion allied to the breathless prophecy.
“People make their own history but they do not make it just as they please; they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves, but under circumstances directly encountered and inherited from the past. The tradition of all the generations of the dead weighs like a nightmare on the brain of the living. And just when they seem engaged in revolutionizing themselves and things, in creating something that has never yet existed, precisely in such periods of revolutionary crisis they anxiously conjure up the spirits of the past to their service and borrow from them names, battle-cries, and costumes in order to present the new scene of world history in this time-honored disguise and this borrowed language.” -Karl Marx
“Any change is a change in the topic.” -Cesar Aira
“I would rather die standing than live on my knees.” -Emiliano Zapata
Shifting blame from owners of the means of production to producers fighting exploitation by them is an old trick of turning the tables in struggles between capital and labor. It’s virtually guaranteed and predictable that those presently overseeing controlled demolition of the economy will find ways, including controlled opposition, to have us mistake united actions by workers, especially strikes shifting the prerogative of action from owners to producers, as causes or contributing conditions, rather than effects, of the growing immiseration of us all, hiding their goals in plain sight by controlled narrative which creates divide-and-rule, horizontal hostility among exploited working classes at large. (That also goes for the ‘ultimate sacrifice’ of labor exploited as cannon fodder in war, cast as enemies of one another by ideology of nationalism while organized crime against humanity profits from all sides spilling blood.)
Those managing our perceptions don’t need our help reinforcing a fatalistic fait accompli in abstractly approaching what workers are accomplishing in united action like that of striking. We need to concretely approach workers, and one another, in our lives, in order to contribute to bending history back our way by building the kind of mass movements across divisions of labor and beyond business unionism from which the great reset may be challenged.
In short, don’t agonize; organize. Goals of all-out disaster capitalism are not foregone or inevitable, but strategic and tactical points of consideration for our own goals, from reform to revolution, when we rediscover our power on the ground where the war is being fought among conflicting and competing interests. We might fight only to fail, but why give our consent to our own demise by not fighting?
Are there potentials in what workers are fighting for to broaden bread-and-butter demands into class conscious resistance to control, and controlled demolition, of the economy, especially (re)building labor’s lead in social change benefiting working class community and the commons in general, even so far as to beget general strikes of the system? What radicalization might the rank and file offer, distinct from that of union brass and bureaucracy, and how to get past the gatekeepers to find this out? What power might yet be tapped among nonunionized, disorganized masses? We won’t have any real idea of such practical, and urgent, matters unless we reconstitute social relations that lie in waste today after generations of controlled demolition by capitalist relations of production.
“The State is a condition, a certain relationship between human beings, a mode of behavior; we destroy it by contracting other relationships, by behaving differently toward one another… We are the State and we shall continue to be the State until we have created the institutions that form a real community.” -Gustav Landauer
And how do you propose this revolution.
Losing your job when you fight to cheap labor or proving your worth as a skilled worker and negotiator for both sides.
Your proposal to tackle the reset is to stop capitalism which you claim to be the problem.
My idea is to stop communism, fascism, corruption and woke ideologies. That is the reset they wish to bring.
Since you think capitalism is the problem what is the alternative. Dare you say the C word or the S.
Thanks for your positive comments. Despairing cannot save us. We need hope…and organizations that fight back!
“It’s not just the UK either. Strikes in several sectors took place all across Western Europe in December and into early January so far.
New York’s nurses are ready to go on strike next week, and Minnesota nurses only narrowly avoided a strike last month.”
Kit is right to point to Western Global Capitalists as the sinister power behind the destruction of Western industry, whether through closing Dutch farms or sabotaging up German gas pipelines. And as such and for the time being, disruptive strikes are playing into the Oligarchs hands.
Nevertheless it is better for the sheeple to strike, even if only for better grazing, than to do nothing. Perhaps some some of the older and wiser sheeple will recall dim memories that there was once a Socialist ethos behind the workers movement.
I think it is the timing that is suspect in the UK. Why didn’t these workers go on strike during the lockdowns or during Boris Johnson’s premiership or in the aftermath of Brexit? I suspect the strikes are being coordinated by the Far Right (in various guises) with the workers as the pawns, just as they were pawns as spies and corporations needed to hype up the covid con.
Rubbish. The biggest unions cleared out their left-leaning leaders, cajoled them into standing against each other while the preordained General Secretary candidates sailed through the elections eg Christine McAnea in January 2021, while stanning for Sir Queef all the while. This agenda was wholly clear as soon as the 2019 UK General Election was deliberately lost by Labour. It wasn’t quite their turn, while there was still some swill to be lapped up by the Tories, but it soon will be. The current govt will fall this year.
The RMT wouldn’t have gone on strike in response to (or under the cover of) the UK leaving the EU because it was something the RMT (and others like BFAWU) supported.
I used to revere unions and would quote to the hater: “Unions -the people who gave you weekends.“
The unionized worker was pummelled under “FreeTrade, “ another lying bill of goods.
For the last two years unions were instrumental in forcing the toxic jabs in the workplace and probably received blood money.
I think they are unredeemable at this point.
The workers once organised their own unions. This could be done again, from the ground up..
It tends to be forgotten that trade unions were part of the original (i.s.fascist) vision of corporatism. These unions were of course controlled fronts and had no genuine autonomy.
Oh, by a curious coincidence this is just what one of the Fraud’s oldest stooges was recently argiung for:
All of what you say is true, but without unions there would have been no cohesion for the movement that was sorely needed. Workers also wouldn’t now have 40 hour workweeks and weekends off. We would still have mill foremen dragging us from our sick beds if things were left to employers.
Unions certainly have been a handy vehicle for some empire builders and gov’t spooks but on the whole they have been somewhat of a counterbalance to mismanagement, bad planning, or a management system that doesn’t give a shit.
We cannot generalise about unions across time and country. The circumstances under which they arose, the workers who joined them, the methods they used, the scope of the changes they wanted (just higher pay and shorter hours vs deeper economic changes), all varied by time and place. Sadly, I must agree they are now almost all bought out or otherwise compliant with the powers that be.
Couldn’t agree more, as a lifetime union member and organizer. The paid staff, and figureheads, follow their own agendas and give very little support to branch reps. When I left UNISON and tried to join the Wobblies they too were fully onboard with mask-up, shut up, get your vax. They were always a token resistance, a least-worst option, but now their role as enablers of the systemic corruption is fully exposed. More fool me.
Very sad, the utter complicity of a once truly radical group.
It’s not the unions that forced the jabs. It was/is the government. Union leaders are not always the brightest people, in my experience. They tend to be ruthless brutes (and possibly on the take, as you suggest). Meanwhile, the government still recommends the jab for infants. And the government, education, the MSM and medicine are still taking blood money. It is documented. They will never stop lying. Just the idea that they still want to jab infants should tell the whole story. The scum of the earth. Could not get any more evil.
Hilarious re-done Downfall scene by Michael Wallach of highly-recommended 5-part The Viral Delusion series – http://www.theviraldelusion.com:
I may not wholly agree, but that clip is brilliant.
Not again …
Many if not all of these strikes are predominantly about the pay, at least those I’ve heard about.
It’s a no-win, unsustainable situation.
Strikers don’t get paid whilst they stop work.
“we can no longer afford to feed ourselves, or even afford the transport to get to work”
Management would just laugh!
“go on, starve some more then!”
Even those strikes that win some concessions have no chance of keeping up with inflation these days.
More meaningful industrial action would be targeting less quantifiable values such as conditions, safety and dignity.
And sustainable protest should be within the parameters of the job description (else risking termination), in ways that affect core aspects of the workplace.
It will be less visible, less dramatic, but inexorably effective as it can be maintained indefinitely.
For example, the Cathay Pacific “service without a smile” strike.
Strikes are the last resort. These have been brewing for some time now. Striking in the present isn’t taken lightly considering the financial hardship most are going through. Doing so now shows the committment of those laying down their tools, and the urgency of the situation facing us all down the line.
Once they get us trapped in CBDC/UBI, then they can REALLY start depopulating us.
Check out travel vlogs, we are complex beings.
Don’t fret. Never fret. Enjoy life.
Happy 2023 Family!
If they wanted us dead we’d all be dead already.
Profiteering is a crime against humanity. No government anywhere, no politician, no religious leader, nobody with any clout will ever speak out or take any action to curb theft of our wealth through profiteering and unhealthy exponential growth.
Take away the central banks, the EU and watch your wealth return. WEF also.
Interest on loans goes back to the country not some private group.
Electric, gas and water companies should be nationalised. To hand over these assets to greedy private corporate interests was a tragic mistake.
Yeah and let the same people who locked you up lock your utilities.
No, they’re not going to create some Great Reset where people don’t work. That just won’t happen. Work is essential to human life. Unless you believe they want to kill all of us but then the talk of UBI and all is irrelevant. And any kind of UBI is only going to be another social program like food stamps or aid to the elderly, it won’t impact work in general and it won’t last long because the debt will be too large to handle, plus it just won’t work, the inequities and political problems are too big. Sure, the bastards try to manipulate everything to their advantage, but that can’t stop us from fighting them.
So screw that, strike away. Mother Jones would be very disappointed with this.
It can work with a vastly reduced population.
Resource gathering can be mechanised, especially when you don’t have to feed billions.
“It was only Joe Biden’s presidential overreach that prevented a nation-wide rail workers’ strike just before Christmas.”
Its all a script. I saw pictures on here earlier of 1919. They had strikes all over the place too. They had vaccines, masks, food shortages and a purposely ruined economy as well.
Of course, they weren’t facing nanotubes, intellectual property rights violations or neural implants, but the essentials are all there.
1919 was followed by a scripted market crash that was designed to centralize industry in their hands. Our scripted crash is supposed to lead to programmable currencies.
1919 had a flu virus that was never proven to exist, we have covid. Both fake pandemics were held in years ending in 19.
The opposition to mask wearing in 1919 was the same as it is today; that masks were proven to be ineffective. Strange how the research disproving masks was “forgotten” by some of the largest medical bodies in the world, but then again, the masks aren’t about health are they.
In 1919, they incited race riots. They tried really hard in 2019 to get this going. Gateway Pundit was terrible about it. Didn’t get going yet, but its pretty easy to see that whites are being targeted while favoritism is given to everyone else. They’re still working on it.
They had strikes in multiple areas, and those too followed a familiar pattern. Unions and major groups like nurses, but not grass roots people. The people protested the high costs of food and the fact that they added a tax to it. Our shelves get lighter every week. I won’t be surprised if we have food protests at some point. Or, maybe energy. The cost of that is going up and Biden just taxed it all.
There are some differences, but not many. Makes me wonder if the changes to the script are because the old script didn’t work properly. Still, the changes I see are just a matter of timing, such as the timing of wars and market disruptions.
The 2 scripts are so similar, that I find it incredibly difficult to understand people who think its all natural. Mind blowing.
I think the stakes are higher today, though. Nanotubes, mRNA and programmable currency are end-game level concerns.
Funny you should say all that. Some financial pundits have found the current market progress chart closely matching and mimicking that of the market progress before and during the crash of 1929. How this one ends is anyone’s guess but our overlords usually send the people to war.
Rinse & repeat.
They change to to the script is because those that write the script are all going down.
Desperation is all through their mouthpiece the MSM with all the silly reasons they come up with everyday for every ill.
It wouldn’t be so ridiculous if they were winning.
Up to 2019, WHO acknowledged that masks are useless. Now, we know they are dangerous, and can even cause pneumonia.
The history you recount about 1919 is not fully accurate either in how you interpret events or the way you order them in time. The Spanish flu came on before the strikes. And it WAS a real disease, not a hyped up cold (if that) as we have had for the past 3 years. I will here speak about the US situation since that is the one I know best, by far. The strikes failed, yes, not because unions were all controlled and complicit, but because they and the workers were divided. Some wanted anarchism, some looked to the newly created Bolshevik state in Russia, some favoured mild reforms. They were divided also by the type of unions they had; the most conservative were the most skilled workers who saw themselves as a labor aristocracy — workers like railroad engine drivers and carpenters; they saw themselves as a cut above the less skilled, people like factory assembly line workers. White collar workers were overwhelming NOT organised and did not participate in strikes; your comment about nurses is totally off base. You say “they incited race riots” — who do you mean? the race riots were not engineered by those in authority. Much of the context of the 1919 upheaval was the vast disruption and death caused by World WAr I, which had just ended. There was an economic downturn for a short time in 1919, but the 1920s were for the US a boom period (not the case in Germany, I will concede). The crash you refer to only took place in 1929, a full decade later, and can hardly be attributed to events in 1919. Certainly employers, both large and small, and the government took advantage of divisions among workers, racial divisions, etc to push conformity and as an excuse for squashing dissent — what else would they do? But they did not engineer the protests starting and growing. And if everyone will excuse me a slightly rude remark, the fundamental silliness of your analysis is made manifest when you feel you must point out that 1919 and 2019 both end in 19. So what???
Where does that leave us? Don’t strike, and you’ll be rolled over. Strike, and you’re contributing to the Great Reset. Nothing left to do, i guess, except a general strike and occupations of all workplaces and a social transformation.
Then what socialism for all. Good luck.
You may occupy and bring change but for how long? Best play whack a mole.
Military is the only way as it’s the one thing they haven’t got, an army. Then the military bring justice and honour their oath.
When private groups control governments and elections change won’t last long.
Without justice they won’t change.
…you wanna say revolution?
Revolution is impossible in post-modern society. Also, the dark side has now pretty much perfected how to knead humanity towards mindless dough.
I think it would be wiser to dream of evolution for the beginning.
Why does this place put pending for every post? If you don’t like what people post then ban them. If they post something you don’t like then tell them. You are just like the Gaurdian newspaper you came from.
Are you so sensitive you only want yes people and thumbs up?
Never sworn or used abusive language unlike some and that goes for the authors of articles?
I’ll look into why your posts go into pending. I think you’re being OTT though, comparing us to the graun. Have you tried to comment BTL at the guardian lately, on one of the few pieces they allow commenting? A2
Please do and come up with a reason.
I’ll bet you won’t find one unless you say Matt Tailibi is only allowed thumbs up.
Charmed I’m sure. You must be a hoot at restaurants.
I’ll jump right on that then. A2
I get the same when I forget to log in. Might be a cookie problem too. You may have to manually clear your cookies. It involves disallowing off-guardian cookies, restarting the computer, and resetting the cookies back to allowing them again. Had to do that for another site too. A royal pain in the butt. Step by step instructions on manually clearing cookies can be Googled. Sometimes you can simply restart the computer to clear your cookies without having to do anything else. I would do that first.
Yes, clearing cookies is often the problem. I have my computer set up (by my computer savvy husband) to keep out malware, excessive ads, and much of the “we are tracking your every web search” technology), but this means that when I got to a site that uses, for instance, sentry.io, I have to allow it to be able to comment or watch the video, etc. You can set this up to allow it temporarily, just for the one site, or you can allow it for ll for all sites. But if in doubt (I am told) just allow it for the website you are looking at that moment. I am just repeating what I have been told, but it seems to work for me. Hope I don’t sound stupid; technology is not my forte. But give it a try.
Unions are becoming so much less relevant in the last 20 years.
When it comes to the crunch workers will always want to work to pay the bills and feed the family. So what matters in not the national or local union branch but what the workers in a company want to do. If the national branch wants to go on strike but a group of workers in a certain company don’t then they keep working if the majority in that company say so. Workers are well aware that unions don’t care for them and have been bought. Covid showed most of them that. The union will not want to lose members so they can’t do anything.
You’d be surprised at how many places keep working when the national branch says strike.
Bosses need you to work so workers need to be smart and understand when someone says strike who is it really benefiting.
With more and more strikes third party casual labour will become more prevalent and unions and workers will lose out. So be smart. Negotiate with a core group of workers for the benefit of yourselves and not some paid off union boss.
Bosses need good smart workers who care about the company not third party casual workers who don’t care and turnover is the norm.
If workers go with the attitude us v them nobody wins in the long run.
Which union member in the past would have thought put a mask on and say nothing would be the norm today. Speak up. There are bosses out there that appreciate good workers that are willing to work together.
Once you get a woke union boss or company boss kiss your job goodbye.
The Great Reset isn’t ‘coming’. It began years ago.
The end of more isn’t coming, it has begun.