Richard Wolff slams American Labor for its servile, incomprehensibly passive response to the worst crisis in memory, born of years of complacent conformance to the ideology of empire (Okay, we added that last part):
US workers suffered a major rise in unemployment from its level in 2008 (5.8 %) to its level in the second quarter of 2010 (9.7 %). By comparison, French unemployment rose from 7.4 % in 2008 to 9.2 % in the second quarter of 2010. These datafrom the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show clearly that unemployment rose further and faster in the US than in France across this crisis’s first three years.
Yet French workers by the millions are in the streets marching against anti-worker “austerity policies,” demanding that government not cut its payroll or the services it provides the public. In contrast, US workers offer no equivalent resistance as US states and towns cut payrolls and public services and as President Obama’s special commission gets ready to reduce social security benefits to the American people. Consider that in September 2010, according to the BLS, while the total US private sector added 64,000 jobs, state and local governments fired 77,000 people. This was done in a time of national economic crisis and record-high US unemployment rates. Nonetheless, worker mobilizations against austerity in the US have been, in comparison to the French, scattered and sporadic.
Although it will have no affect on the labor movement, who will plod with dull cow-like eyes into the slaughtering pens of Quantitative Easing, version 2.0; still it is refreshing to see someone on the left rip aside the veil of victimization from the empty suits in the labor movement and expose their blatant and unmitigated complicity in their own undoing.