23 October 2007

A General Strike as a Sign of Hope

Over at Alternet Jim Hightower asks "Is a Presidential Coup Underway?" From there I was led to a brief essay in Harpers calling for, of all things, a general strike starting November 6th. I am sure most people who read this manifesto will dismiss it. Why? Americans rightly were inspired by the people of Burma who took to the streets in defiance of the junta. If the Burmese could imagine mass resistance to an authoritarian regime that has an established record of brutality to its domestic opponents why does it seem so difficult to imagine Americans resisting the current political drift not just of the ruling Republicans but the barely oppositional Democrats?

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3 Comments:

Anonymous g said...

Hightower's creeping coup is one thing, but a far more interesting line of thought arises from consideration of the fact that this administration has only a year or so left in office. How in the world can a war on Iran be fit into so little time? Well, we could shrink the war. Or, we could expand the time. That's right. You read it first here. Bush will attack Iran and use the resulting disaster as a reason to suspend elections. Then we'll find out what we're made of.

24 October, 2007 08:07  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

g

I don't put that beyond this crowd. A long while ago I posted this satircal column from The Nation that seems less funny as the 'end' of the Bush term approaches:

http://politicstheoryphotography.
blogspot.com/2006/08/
bush-postpones-2008-election.html

24 October, 2007 08:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can go on strike, unfortunately, my bill collectors won't!

25 October, 2007 18:26  

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