Sunday, 25 March 2012

Class in Contemporary America

Recent Class Struggles in the USA - Loren Goldner
For this week’s blog subject, I have chosen is a speech and interview by Loren Goldner - which is actually a transcript of a talk that she gave.
The speak starts with presenting 2 parts of an analysis of the class struggle that dominates the United States. To begin with, she goes into detail about the historical side of class describing when the United States did not exist and was only a series of British colonies in 1676. At this time there was a rebellion of white workers and African slaves together against the planter class in a colony of Virginia. She states that this was important because both white workers and black slaves had similar working conditions and the difference of race did not exist yet but does develop later. However after this time there was a rise of the white supremacy ideology which divided the workers and this made white workers then have a stake in the system. It is due to this that there was never a mass workers party in the United States.
After this Goldner goes on to describe King Phillips war of 1676 which was in the North East New England states where Puritans killed approximately 30,000 Indians. This was evidence of radical Protestantism - the African slaves and the Indians and the combination of these events is what created the radical oppression within American society which can be seen today.
Later in Goldner's speech, she goes on to describe more with US capitalism and the rise of the US official workers movement followed by a series of struggles that began in 1955 such as the rise of the black movement and the wild cat strike movement which led on to destroy the rule of the democratic party.
The second part of her talk is describing a series of working class defeats such as the strike of the Greyhound bus drivers and the coal miners in 1989. After her talk there is a question and answer session in which she states that she thinks that there will be a new round of working class resistance and that the new anti terrorist ideology following 9/11, will serve as a tool to integrate the American working class into the capitalist system.

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