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At Occupy Wall Street on Friday, 10/28/11, Jack Heyman announces the solidarity of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union with the Occupy Oakland's call for a General Strike on November 2 in response to the police violence against protesters in Oakland.
I suspect you're right, and the Unions probably know it too. Does this mean it's just a gesture and the strike will be cancelled before it has any serious effect?
Realistically speaking I'm sure if this were to go on for any length of time it would be declared a national security issue and the National Guard would be sent in.
It's always a good thing to pause and reasess, but what do you think the 1% will do? You and the Unions have already agreed that the strike will be cancelled before there's any significant impact; why wouldn't the 1% just keep sipping their lattes and let the government handle it?
The fact that something like this is even floated out there probably gives pause to economically and politically powerful segments of our society, which I think is a good thing.
I'm not sure what you mean by globilization. To end it would we have to stop trade with other countries? Only purchase products that were made by American workers? Would you clear that up for me?
As far as hurting the average American goes, I can't think of anything that has enriched the 1% more while hurting the average American than globalization has.
Originally posted by jlv70
I'm in favor of OWS and I'm in favor of Unions. Power always corrupts and I believe that that power should be constrained by checks and balances. In my opinion OWS and Unions both serve to balance and check existing power structures.
Originally posted by charles1952
May I ask a questiion?
Assume that this does go on for more than a day, say, a month. During that time the products coming in from Asia don't come in. Won't those missing products hurt average Americans more than the hurt to the 1%? I know I buy more things from China than Michael Moore does.
It would have an impact, agreed, but on whom?
I'm not disagreeing with you, I'm sure there would be some economic effect, but I wonder if it would be a publicity move like OWS. I think that's what you mentioned earlier, I'm just coming around to seeing your point.
I don't speak for the Unions so I can't agree for them on anything either. They said it would only be a one day strike, so that's all I know. That being said just a one day strike would be expensive, expensive enough to have an impact on our lives, probably not, but it would definitely cost someone some money.
Globalization is basically corporations maximizing profits using global resources. It's cheaper to produce goods in some countries rather than others. Some countries have higher labor costs than others. Some countries have stricter environmental regulations than others.Overall, I feel the net effect of globalization has had a negative effect on the average American, and I feel that wage and income data back me up on this one.
I would like to see trade policies instituted that would benefit all Americans and not just the richest.
I think that people of good will can debate and disagree with each other without dehumanizing and making enemies of each other. If civil discourse is lost, civilization as we know it will be soon to follow.